Christmas Craft for Kids: Washi Tape Ornaments

Dec 9, 2013

 Last month, J (age 4) made this really cool washi tape art on our light table. He spent close to an hour layering tape to create a cool piece of art that now hangs on our living room window. It looks amazing with the natural light filtering through the layers of washi tape. So I figured that the same technique could be used to make some simple Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree. And I am so happy with how they turned out! They were easy to make, even for my toddler, and they look pretty neat with the Christmas lights shining through them. Plus, the boys made enough to give as gifts to their relatives.

To make the ornaments, I drew some circles on a clear overhead transparency. I traced the bottom of a plastic container to get my perfect circle shape. You'll also need some washi tape and scissors.

Peeling tape and cutting with scissors are great for fine motor development. J had no problems cutting and peeling the tape all by himself.

K (age 2) needed some assistance with the tape so that he could cut it.

Placing the tape on the transparency is also great fine motor practice as K's chubby toddler hand demonstrates below.

Once the boys finished layering the tape on the transparency, I cut the circle out, hole punched it, and tied a string on it so that it could hang in our Christmas tree. I particularly like how J's are a great reflection of his interests. He is obsessed with numbers, so it only made sense to make some numbered Christmas ornaments. K's are more simplistic, but more colorful as he liked to pick a new pattern of washi tape for every cut he made.

These ornaments would make a great Christmas gift, especially since they are flat and could be easily mailed to relatives far away. 

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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