Friday, December 1, 2017

Cupcake Liner Ornaments Inspired by Too Many Tamales

Kids can make these cupcake liner ornaments inspired by a fun Christmas story.


This year's Family Dinner Book Club is winding to a close and we're making one last stop seeing the world through children's books. We've done a lot of fun crafts but these cupcake liner ornaments might be my favorite of all. We love making handmade ornaments for our Christmas tree and this year our Family Dinner Book Club book gave me great inspiration for a simple ornament that kids (and adults) of all ages will love to make. And I have even more fun kid made ornament ideas to share with you too!

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Kids can make these DIY Christmas ornaments inspired by Too Many Tamales. A fun make your own ornament craft for kids and a great upcycled Christmas craft too! #Christmasornaments #Christmascrafts #Christmasforkids #kidsbooks

Cupcake Liner Ornaments Inspired by Too Many Tamales

This project is part of our monthly Family Dinner Book Club, and if you've never joined us before now is the perfect time to start. Every month, my cohosts and I share a total family experience centered around a children's book. We're beginning to plan for 2018 and we'd love to have you join us! Click here for the entire 2018 lineup.

This month, we are reading Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez. This charming Christmas story takes place in Mexico and involves a mishap with a missing ring and a plate of tamales. It's a fun story about family holidays and the perfect choice for a Family Dinner Book Club evening.

For our Too Many Tamales craft, I wanted to capture a Mexican holiday tradition as well as having something to do with the kitchen - where the book is set and where so many holiday memories are made. This ornament fit the bill on both counts! It uses aluminum cupcake liners as the base - reminiscent of traditional Mexican tin ornaments and of course a staple in Christmas baking. These ornaments are super easy to make and they look great on the tree! Here's what you need.

Cupcake Liner Ornaments Supplies


Start by pressing your foil cupcake liners into flat circles. As you press them flat, you will find that the center crinkles and creates a mosaic like pattern. Then simply use your chalk markers to color in the center, creating any design that you'd like. 


You'll see that each liner you flatten makes a unique pattern, and you can use it to inspire your design.  It's almost like a coloring book! Or create your own design, it's totally up to you.


When the ink is dry, punch a small hole near the top of your circle and thread a length of ribbon through. Tie the ribbon together and your ornament is finished!


So simple and pretty, and ready to hang on your tree. The foil catches the light and makes them so shiny and fun!

Complete Your Family Dinner Book Club Experience

Experience the entire Family Dinner Book Club project for this month by heading over to Growing Book by Book for your conversation starters, and to Chef Sarah Elizabeth for a themed menu. And share your dinner with us on Facebook - we love to see your photos.

Be sure to check out our other Family Dinner Book Club crafts for more inspiration!

10 Days of a Kid Made Christmas

I'm so excited to be joining 10 Days of a Kid Made Christmas for the third year in a row! Last year we made a really fun ornament based on Eric Carle's Dream Snow and the year before we were inspired by If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.

You can find all the Kid Made book inspired ornaments (and gifts!) in this year's lineup by clicking here, or check out these great ideas:

Felt Cat Ornament (Feels Like Home)

Kid Made Balloon Ornament (Mosswood Connections)

I Spy Ornaments (The Moments at Home)

Old Fashioned 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Ornaments (Wunder-Mom)

Christmas Owl Ornament (Inspired by Family)

DIY Jeweled Rainbow Ornaments (Artsy Momma)

Rhinestone Pine Cone Ornaments (Rhythms of Play)





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  1. I had no idea that you could use chalk marker on this type of surface. Can't wait to try these out for our Family Dinner Book Club.

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