I am so excited to share this Grinch-inspired homemade Christmas ornament! It’s based on one of my favorite Christmas books, kids can make it on their own or with their families, and my son helped come up with the idea.
Also, it’s very simple and allows for all kinds of open-ended art opportunities!
Homemade Christmas Ornament Based on The Grinch
As I mentioned, my son helped me create this ornament (both the idea and the ornament, itself).
We knew we wanted to make an ornament that shows how the Grinch’s heart grows at the end of the story.
It was Engineer’s idea to add the sweetest touch at the end, based on my love of hand print and fingerprint art!
I hope you and your kids enjoy making this as much as the kiddo and I did. 🙂
Materials we used
Wooden heart pieces
Acrylic paints – red, green, and white
What we did
To start off, we created different shades of red using red and white acrylic paints. We added more and more white to the red paint, giving us a few different shades of red to choose from. My son decided he wanted to do the same with some green paint “since the Grinch is GREEN, Mama!”
The largest heart got painted the brightest red, with the next heart a shade lighter. Once the wooden hearts were painted and dried, we glued a piece of green ribbon onto the biggest heart. Then the smaller hearts were added.
At Engineer’s prompting, I used my thumb to make a green “heart” in the center of the wooden hearts. Once that dried, he added his own with a slightly lighter shade of green.
The kiddo and I were having a good time, so we decided to make another one. We went with twine instead of ribbon, mounted the hearts on green felt, and only added Engineer’s fingerprint heart in the middle.
I absolutely adore both ornaments, but I know I’m biased! The Grinch’s growing hearts can be changed up easily, depending on what the kids want to do.
How would your kiddos change up this Grinch-inspired homemade Christmas ornament?
More Ideas for Making a Homemade Christmas Ornament
This post is oh-so-joyfully a part of Mama Miss’ 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas! Be sure to check below for some amazing ideas to try with the kiddos.
Nutcracker-Inspired Peg-Doll Ornaments by Rainy Day Mum
Tiny Baby Jesus Ornament by A Sip of Southern Sunshine
A Colorful Christmas Using Romero Britto’s My Alphabet Playbook by Smart Tinker
How to Make Fun and Easy Paw Print Decorations by Peakle Pie
The Grinch’s Heart Homemade Christmas Ornament by Fun-a-day
Christmas Bell Ornament by Teach Beside Me
Festive Train Ornaments inspired by Polar Express by Crafty Mama in Me
Children’s Book Inspired Mitten Ornaments by Playdough and Popsicles
Christmas Resources for Preschool Teachers
Save time planning (and, really, you can use all the time you have around the holidays!) with already done-for-you resources from Preschool Teacher 101. There are lesson plans, math and STEM activities, and literacy resources just for you! Be sure to check out the membership options for even more savings. You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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