First the record was over ran by the 8-track, then the 8-track was taken over by the tape and then CD’s were born and tapes were obsolete…now we don’t even use CD’s we just use our phones, IPADs and IPODS for our musical pleasure. So, for those of you who are so technologically advanced what have you done with all those old CD’s? Are they collecting dust in some attic, used as Frisbees for the kids or coasters for when you have all those unexpected guests? Well, if you are like us you have a whole drawer full, whether they are the old musical kind or ones we used to download information onto from the computer, but really who even does that anymore?!?!
A friend of mine had assembled this ornament craft for some of the craft fairs she attends and I fell in love with them! They are such a great, easy craft for the kids to do for anyone from teachers, to grandparents or if they are really wanting to “buy” something for that special friend of theirs! The creative possibilities are endless. I have a wide range of Christmas paper, which really makes these crafts fun to experiment with. I have done some of these ornaments on my own with more traditional paper and elaborate embellishments where the kids took some fun, festive paper and used stickers and punch outs for their embellishments. Both my 5-1/2 and 3-1/2 year old had fun making these ornaments for their teachers…the best part was my 5-1/2 year old was so excited and amazed she was actually allowed to scratch a CD (or in her case DVD…she thinks they are the same and in our house the rule is for both, we only hold them in the center, so when she was able to put glue on them she was ecstatic! Ha!) Plus the kids are able to see by recycling materials you have around the house they are able to transform old objects into a beautiful ornament everyone can enjoy for years to come.
Double sided tape
Embellishments (stickers, gems, sequins, punch-outs, ribbon, stamps, markers, buttons)
1. Trace the outline of the CD on holiday paper (do this twice as you will need to cover the front and back of the CD)
2. Cut out the circle
3. Use double sided tape and put the ribbon on the top of the CD in a loop (this will be how the CD will hang on the tree)
4. Put glue on one side of the CD and then glue one circle onto one side of the CD
5. Repeat step 4 so that both sides of the CD is covered
6. Embellish your CD as you wish – my 3-1/2 year old didn’t want to put anything on one CD and stickers on the other and my 5-1/2 year old put stickers, candy cane punch outs and gems on another. This is the really, fun creative part…go crazy!