Hanging Ornaments

Lesson #5929

Create a personalized photo ornament for the holidays.

Grade Level:

Students can create a variety of crafty, personalized ornaments. Learn about cultures and traditions and discuss how different people celebrate the holidays.

Students will create single or double-sided ornaments as special gifts for friends and loved ones.

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Supplies Used: Cardstock, Glue, Ribbon, Photo, Ribbon, Tape (Double-Sided)

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Each student may bring a small photo from home. Alternately, take a photo of each student at school.
  2. Die-cut ornaments from multiple colors of cardstock, construction or patterned paper. Laminate paper for greater durability.
  3. Decorate and layer die-cuts using glue or double-sided tape. To layer, leave one shape whole and cut highlights from other colors (Figure A).
  4. To make a two-sided ornament, cut two of each shape and decorate each shape.
  5. Either tape the student's picture to the front or back of the decorated ornament, or adhere the picture between two decorated shapes for a two-sided ornament (Figure B).
  6. Cut a 10" length of ribbon, loop through the opening and tie in a bow for hanging (Figure C).
  7. Ask students to include the date on their design.
  8. Decorate a classroom tree or branch before the students take their ornaments home (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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