December 7, 2017

Holiday Craft Finds from the Dollar Store {Week 1: Christmas Ball Ornaments}

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I love finding a good deal and on any one my shopping trips, I try to make a little time for a quick trip to the dollar store. You never know what treasures you are going to find there, especially if you homeschool.

Since, we spend a lot of time doing preschool arts and crafts here in our home, the dollar store is a fabulous place to grab some materials at a fraction of the cost. Around the holidays, they also tend to stock some pretty neat items. Just a few weeks ago, I spotted several new products there that I knew would be just perfect for a few fun Christmas arts and crafts time. Over the next few weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday, I will be sharing some of those finds.



One of my first finds were these Crafter's Square Christmas Ball Ornaments:





They are clear plastic balls, which are wonderful for homes with younger children and pets (a while back I outlawed glass Christmas balls after my cat kept knocking them out of the tree, leaving broken glass shards all over the floor). These are basically clear ornaments that you can personalize to make them just the way you want. The thin metal top pops off (with adult supervision) and children can fill them with crumpled paper or other fun trinkets...like these:





Shiny confetti in the shape of holly...how adorable! Also, no preschool can be complete without a collection of fuzzy pom-poms. We use them for all kinds of activities here, so when I spotted these fun, festive tinsel pom-poms, needless to say I was elated!

So we have our ornaments and the contents that we'll be placing inside, now on to the fun part...filling them:




I have to note that this is also a wonderful activity to help practice fine motor skills, since little ones have to pick up the small items and place them into the narrow opening of the ornament. Once my son was all done filling his ornaments, I helped him put the metal caps back on and we had fun placing them on the Christmas tree for display.




This is also an activity that will create so many special memories year after year. When we bring out the Christmas decorations every holiday season, we'll be reminded of the fun we had making these.


Need more holiday craft ideas to do with the kiddos? Be sure to check out this post where we created Christmas tree ornaments using wooden Popsicle sticks and Thin Stix. Also, stay tuned for next week where I'll be sharing our second Christmas craft find from the dollar store.



Read the complete Holiday Craft Finds from the Dollar Store series:

Week Two: Coming soon..
Week Three: Coming soon..



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15 comments:

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

Those ornaments turned out great! I love that last picture of it hung on the tree, it's just beautiful! I was thinking how it was great for fine motor skills, and then I read the part where you said the same thing! I like that they're plastic so they won't break into a million little pieces if they drop. I was just telling a student this week, who was struggling with math facts, that she should look at the dollar store for some multiplication flash cards to practice with. The Dollar store is great for so many things!

ANetInTime said...

an easy craft for littles to do. good job. :)

Brittney said...

What a cute idea! My little ones would enjoy doing something like this.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you, Brenda! We had a lot of fun putting these together. It's such a fun and easy craft to do around the holidays. Good advice for your student...I have found so many packs of flash cards there. You could also let her know that Target has a Dollar Spot area where they sometimes get in flash cards for only a buck! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you, Annette! This is a really fun and easy craft to do during the holiday season! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You should definitely give it a try...I bet they would! I'm guessing some of the craft stores may also have the empty ornaments, but I always recommend checking the dollar store first. ;-)

Kym Thorpe said...

So many fun and creative things you can do with these ornaments! Our youth group is selling them filled with peanut butter balls and with the outside painted as reindeer or snowmen. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Mother of 3 said...

Such a cute and easy idea!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

And tons of fun, too! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

What a neat idea and a great way to raise funds! I agree, these are really versatile...there' so much you could do with them. :-)

Lori H @ At Home said...

So simple and fun! We are going to be donating some crafting items in honor of our little friend with cancer. I may have to go see if our dollar store has any of these. They would be perfect to send.

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

Thanks for the tip about Target, I'll let her know.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That is such a thoughtful gesture, Lori! They would make wonderful donation gifts. I will be keeping your friend in my prayers.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're welcome! :-)

kewkew said...

These are so cool. There were clear ornaments at the Christmas Tree Lighting and Decorating party we went to in the town last week, but I never knew you could get those balls at the dollar store. Will have to check them out. The children poured paint in the ones at the party and twisted the balls around to make designs. But I love this simple idea of putting pompoms in. Very pretty.
Thanks for sharing over on Littles Learning Link Up. Your post was featured this week. Can't wait to see what your next post in this series is going to be about.

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