20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: ORNAMENTS, Plastic Bottle Poinsettia

So, here’s my ambitious plan – every year I’d like to start doing a kid-made series for the holidays!  There are so many beautiful things that are kid-made, and so many directions it could go in, I’d figure it’ll keep me busy for at least a couple of holiday seasons :)  Well, to kick off the FIRST EVER kid-made Christmas series, we are blowing it out of the frozen water with ORNAMENTS!


20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments @mamamissblog


Some of my favorite ornaments from my childhood are the ones my mom saved that I made…I love my little initials scrawled on the back of them…they make me smile.  Growing up we had every kind of ornament imaginable decorating our tree – all with meaning.  Some homemade, some heirlooms, and several glass pickles (hehe it’s a German thing), but all were treasured.  I have been handed down some of these ornaments and will hand them down to V&T one day too.  That’s what it’s about, the memories, the dreams, the meaning, (the glass pickles ;)…am I right?!  My mom even hung ornaments on the plants, we had so many!!  hehe – I shall explain…during the winter, my parents brought all the potted plants that were normally on the porch in the summer, indoors.  The living room at my parents house in the winter was (& still is) a mini jungle providing many more branches to decorate.  And they were decorated to the max too.

So, I’m all about an eclectic & homemade kinda’ Christmas tree with lots & lots of homemade love.  And now that V&T are a little older this year I thought we’d kick off the season with making some special kid-made ornaments!  And, bright idea moment!  I decided the more ornaments, the merrier (literally)!  So I asked some other fabulous bloggers in the Kid Blogger Network to create a kid-made ornament with their little ones too & share them with us!!!  So, for the next twenty days, December 1-20, we will have several new kid-made ornaments each day – wahoo!  I’m sooooo excited!!!  So, are you ready to get crafting with the kiddos?!  And remember grandma’s & grandpa’s LOOOOOVE homemade kiddo gifts too – so go crazy & make bunches :)

Without further ado…here is V’s kid-made ornament creation, for our kid-made Christmas…our beautiful poinsettia!


Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts



clean plastic water bottle

red tempera paint

foam sponge brush

yellow printed paper

red baker’s twine

hole punch


3/8 circle punch



optional: Mod Podge (for sealant)

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts



Cut the water bottle in half.

From the bottom to the cap cut out eight petals.

Shape each petal with a rounded edge.


Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts


Paint the petals, let dry, apply second coat, let dry.

Cut out circles from yellow paper with 3/8 inch punch.

Using a q-tip dipped in glue, place & overlap circles on the cap, creating the flower center.

(optional: depending on your paint – a sealant may be necessary to stop it from flaking – at this point we used Mod Podge).

Let dry then hole punch top.  Thread twine through hole to hang.


Upcycled Plastic Bottle Poinsettia | @mamamissblog #kidmadechristmas #homemadeholidays #kidcrafts


Plus, you can turn it into a learning opportunity too – get a book to go along with it & make it a book and a craft :)  Here are a few that I like…



Here are the other fab bloggers that are posting today, make sure you pop on by & start pinning!!

Here Come the Girls

Creative World of Varya


Oh & speaking of pinning – you can find all kinds of kid-made ornaments here for your kid-made Christmas & I’ll be pinning all the ornaments as they are linked up below too, to this board.  Soooo get to crafting & linking, my friends :)

You can find the schedule here of what is coming each day (where I’ll also link the actual post up as they go live).  Plus you’ll find them linked up below!  I can’t wait to see what you’ve been crafting with your kiddos!!

Would you like to join in on the fun too?!

Here’s how:

  • Just link a KID-MADE ornament you’ve created with your kiddos. (Q: What’s kid-made? A: Well, it must be made by your kiddos, or with some mama help, just not totally mama-made).
  • Add this pretty little button to your blog post, or your sidebar, or somewhere on your beautiful blog letting me know you are joining in on the fun too!!
  • Please only link things you’ve made, from YOUR blog.
  • Label it: 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments & link it to THIS page.


Oh & PLEASE limit your kid-made ornament links to 2 a day too.   I think that’s a good number, if I hear crickets I’ll increase it – it’s just that this is going for 20 days so I don’t want this page to go on for days lol ;)  The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.

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