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DIY Christmas Tree Decorations – Galaxy Ornaments

These DIY Christmas tree decorations are out-of-this-world gorgeous! These are homemade ornaments that look just like a galaxy! They are so easy to make, a preschooler can do it!

A Multi-Sensory Arts & Crafts Project for the Holidays

Not only is this a beautiful way to make DIY Christmas tree decorations, but the process of creating these galaxy ornaments exposes children to a multi-sensory experience while strengthening fine motor skills! 

Here you’ll find a how-to video, all the materials used in this project, step-by-step instructions, the educational benefits of this activity, as well as my top picks for store-bought ornament kits!

Skills: Arts & Crafts
Ages: 2 Years +
Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Watch the Video to See How to Make These DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

Here you’ll see just how easy these homemade galaxy ornaments are to make! The materials are budget-friendly, and they make for such a unique addition to the Christmas Tree!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch the Video to See How to Make These DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

Here you’ll see just how easy these homemade galaxy ornaments are to make! The materials are budget-friendly, and they make for such a unique addition to the Christmas Tree!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Tips for Making These DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

How easy was that?! You just saw how quickly and vibrantly these DIY galaxy ornaments were able to be created. You may have noticed that I positioned the plastic ornament on top of a used tape roll. This kept the ball steady while my kids funneled in the paint.

These plastic ornaments are light weight and plastic which allows for safe handling for little kids! One thing to keep in mind — once these DIY Christmas ornaments are filled with paint and cotton balls, they will be heavy!  Be sure to hot-glue or tape the lid shut to ensure no accidental spilling! Check out all the step-by-step instructions below!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

 Fill 1/3 of the ornament up with tempera paint mixed with water at a 1 to 1 ratio.

Step 2

Add stretched out cotton balls until the mixture is absorbed.

Step 3

Add glitter (optional).

Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 two more times, each with a different color. We used pink, blue, and purple.

Step 5

Finally, use hot glue to secure the top. Note: find a strong branch because this ornament will be heavy!

Step 1

 Fill 1/3 of the ornament up with tempera paint mixed with water at a 1 to 1 ratio.

Step 2

Add stretched out cotton balls until the mixture is absorbed.

Step 3

Add glitter (optional).

Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 two more times, each with a different color. We used pink, blue, and purple.

Step 5

Finally, use hot glue to secure the top. Note: find a strong branch because this ornament will be heavy!

Educational Benefits of These DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

Pouring, filling, mixing, pushing — there are so many life skills being practiced during the creation of these galaxy ornaments!

As children mix water and paint, and then fill the ornament up, they are strengthening their shoulder muscles and learning capacity and volume.

Stretching the cotton balls and poking them in with a craft stick is wonderful for fine motor skill strengthening.

And placing the cotton balls inside the water-paint mixture will be a quick lesson in absorption too!

This is also a great opportunity to talk about outerspace. The vibrant colors with star-like glitter can be compared to the Milky Way!

Educational Benefits of These DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

Pouring, filling, mixing, pushing — there are so many life skills being practiced during the creation of these galaxy ornaments!

As children mix water and paint, and then fill the ornament up, they are strengthening their shoulder muscles and learning capacity and volume.

Stretching the cotton balls and poking them in with a craft stick is wonderful for fine motor skill strengthening.

And placing the cotton balls inside the water-paint mixture will be a quick lesson in absorption too!

This is also a great opportunity to talk about outerspace. The vibrant colors with star-like glitter can be compared to the Milky Way!

Store-Bought Christmas Ornament Kits

Here are my top picks for kits you can buy to make your own ornaments!

Paper Mache Ornament Kit

This kit has everything you need to create 4 paper mache ornament balls, including paint, glue, glitter, snowflake sequins and more!

Clay Print Ornaments

This soft moulding clay kit creates beautiful keepsakes of hand prints, foot prints, and even paw prints! This clay dries naturally, no baking necessary!

Spin Art Ornaments

Create colorful keepsakes with this innovative technique! This set comes with the battery-powered spinning decorator, 3 blank ornaments, and 8 non-toxic markers.

Paint Your Own Wooden Ornaments Kit

This beautifully designed kit comes with 5 handmade wooden ornaments with gorgeous details, 8 paint pots, and a paint brush. 

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