Maribelle’s Christmas Ornaments
Four days before Thanksgiving and we’ve started our Christmas preparation. My daughter has a small tree of her own. Now that she’s at the ripe old age of 2 1/2 I wanted to let her help decorate this year.
She picked out these painted ornaments in the December 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living. Mostly because she is obsessed with paint.
The Martha Stewart Living iPad app (Which I must say is excellent and beautifully done – seriously, even if you’re not the Martha type, you should check out to see what can be done with the medium.) had a helpful How To video.
There was also a fun animated cover –
While Maribelle napped I set up the project. We went the Michael’s earlier in the day and she picked out the paint colors.
With a 2-year-old we used plastic ornaments rather than glass. It was a must.
I tried the first three paint jobs on my own. The most surprising thing was the direction say “tap” on the ornaments to get the paint to disperse. Um…I’d say “slap” or “pound” would be more accurate.
When Maribelle came downstairs she was very excited to get started. This is her “thinking” face. She takes painting quite seriously.
Her favorite part was squeezing the paint into the ornament.
My husband Josh even painted a few. We ended up with a several splattered and solid ornaments in sort of an Easter egg pallet.
We even had one “all-splatter” ornament thanks to Maribelle.
The ornaments need to dry overnight before we can use them. Once the her tree is done, I’ll share it with you. It’s certainly going to show more of her personality this year.