Every year, we make tons of homemade ornaments for our Christmas tree. One of the projects we made this year were these fun scratch art ornaments. I had to do a lot more prep ahead of time for this project, but the results were worthwhile. The girls loved making their own designs to hang on the tree.
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To begin, I cut a selection of circles from white card stock. I used a couple of different sized circle punches to make life easier on me. (This is one of the circle punches I used) If you don't have punches, just use some drinking glasses as a stencil.
Next, I used our oil pastels to make colorful designs on the circles. You can also use crayons, though you will want to color darkly. I prefer using the oil pastels because they go on so much thicker than crayons.
Finally, you'll want to color over your designs with a thick coat of black. When you're done, it's time to scratch! We used a toothpick to gently scratch our designs on the ornaments. Some were well planned out and others were random and fun. When all were done, we punched a hole in the top, strung some string through the hole and hung them on our tree.
Scratch art is fun and you don't have to buy a specialized kit to experience it. Not only were these a fun afternoon project, but they would also be an easy and inexpensive stocking stuffer. Just bundle a few pre-made ornaments with a couple of toothpicks for scratching in a pretty package. What a fun thing to find in a Christmas stocking!
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