Every year the kids get to both make an ornament to gift to family and friends and buy an ornament. When they are on their own, I'll give them all the ones they picked out to buy plus one of each that they made to decorate their first trees.
In 2011, Jasper made a
and Risa made a
In 2012, we are still sparkly. Jasper selected a penguin / snowglobe ornament inspired by a
You can follow directions for how to make the pipe cleaner penguin on their site... though those instructions aren't perfectly clear. I may do a step-by-step pictorial of how to make them. Jasper went with one penguin, a tree and a cupcake pick that says "Merry Christmas". I couldn't find clear sided cups but Jasper actually likes the looks of the rippled sides better. I used old Christmas cards to cut out the bottom piece so the ornament is fancy on the bottom too. And I hot glued the hanger to the top. I was afraid the cup would break if I tried to poke a hole through it.
Risa went with a lovely peacock / pine cone ornament inspired by a
We used craft foam for the body and Risa added lots of peacock blue glitter paint to the pine cone.