Create A Fun & Easy Gift from Kids with Elmer’s Painters Pens

Raileigh loves to give presents to those that she loves.  It is sweet to watch as she chooses gifts, often selecting something that she would love herself.  I suspect that she does this because she assumes that if she loves it, then the recipient will as well.

This year, I wanted to help Raileigh make something for her grandparents.  Sure, we could have headed out and purchased a gift they would have enjoyed.  However, I think handmade gifts tend to be the very best– especially when coming from a child.

We headed to Walmart to get everything that we needed for our special project.  You’ll be thrilled to know that the supplies are quite minimal.  Check out our entire shopping adventure over in our Google+ album.

Now, I want to share with you exactly what we made: customized ornaments made with a pack of holiday glass ball ornaments and some Elmer’s Painters Pens.  These sweet little keepsakes are incredibly simple to make and will add a special touch of sweetness to any Christmas tree.

Would you like to know how to make them?


  • Pack of Holiday Glass Ball Ornaments {we got a pack of 14 for only $2.50 at Walmart}
  • Elmer’s Painters Pens {we chose a 5 pack in Bright Colors, but go with any colors you want}
  • Optional additional supplies: cardstock scraps, ribbon, number rubber stamps, and ink


1.  Gather your supplies and get ready to create.  The first time you use your Elmer’s Painters Pens, you’ll need to “activate” them for use.  I did this by holding the pen down on the back of the package until I could see the paint flowing to the tip.

2.  Draw away on the ornament.  I simply held the ornament for Raileigh and she drew a design of her choice on it.  In fact, she calls her design “party” because it features streamers {the lines} and confetti {the dots}.  On one, she even added her initials.  Your child {or you!} can draw whatever your heart desires– there are no limits! If you aren’t into the dots and lines design like Raileigh, here are a few suggestions:

  • Draw a script-y looking initial or monogram
  • Draw large dots in one color When the paint dries, color smaller dots on top of the big ones in a different color for a fun layered effect.
  • Turn a white ornament into a snowman or a red ornament into Santa.
  • Glue sequins or other extras to a painted design for a fun textured effect.

3.  Let the ornament dry.  I did this by hanging it on an ornament hook on the very tip of one of my tree branches so it wouldn’t hit anything as it dried.  The drying process only takes a few minutes.

4.  You can choose to hang it with the ornament hook {my box of ornaments actually came with some} or add a piece of ribbon for an extra festive touch.

5.  I added a small date tag that I made with some tiny number stamps I’ve had forever and some scraps of cardstock.  Since my little one made the ornaments, I thought it would be fun to look back years from now and know exactly when she made them.

That’s it.  Pretty simple, right?  I do have a few tips I want to offer.  First of all, the Elmer’s Painter Pens are permanent.  We didn’t have an issue with Raileigh getting them on her clothes, but you may want to put your child in an art smock or an old shirt just to be safe.

Also, I thought it would be fun to cut shapes from contact paper and use that as a stencil to create some ornaments.  Bad idea.  The contact paper peels the shiny colorful film {or whatever it is} right off the ornaments.  So, if you thought of attempting this as well… don’t.  Unless you were using clear glass balls, in which case I think it would work perfectly.

I cannot wait for Raileigh to give her custom ornaments that we created using Elmer’s Painters Pens to her grandparents.  I know that they will love them and treasure the ornaments for years to come.  I have to admit– I did keep one of the ornaments for my own tree.  I love the one where she wrote her initials, complete with a backwards “J”.  I couldn’t resist adding it to our tree!

I invite you to connect with Elmer’s for even more fun project ideas.

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