ALL ABOARD! Whether your family is a fan of the classic Christmas storybook The Polar Express or your family has come to love the movie, you know all too well that the story line encompasses a simple, sweet and endearing Christmas message: to “Believe”. Our family believes in the spirit and magic of Christmas, does yours?
Each Christmas, one of our family traditions is that the kids and I create a home-made ornament to hang on our tree and ornaments that we can give to family and friends during the holidays as gifts. We love seeing the ornaments that have a special meaning to our family pulled out of the ornament box each year when we are decorating our tree. We spend time on each ornament, remembering when it was made, what went into, and what is has meant to our family. This year we wanted to bring life to one of our hands down all-time favorite Christmas storybooks: The Polar Express.
To make your own DIY Polar Express Christmas Ornament you will need the following materials:
- Heavy Duty Glass Balls Clear Glass
- Jingle Bells
- Red and White Twine
- Alphabet Letter Beads
- Green Pipe Cleaner
- Golden colored pom pom
- 1 small yellow tissue paper square
- Hot glue gun
First I would suggest pouring your alphabet letter blocks into a plate or pie tin to find the letters to spell out “we believe”. Then, using your hot glue gun on a low setting, place a small amount of hot glue at the end of each block as you build the letter onto one another. We wanted our words “we” and “believe” to be separate as the kids both thought it would look cute to see them moving around in the ornament.
Now that your word blocks are ready to go, pop off the metal ornament topper and take the Insta-Snow and use a funnel to drop it into the glass ornament. We added roughly 2-3 tablespoons worth of the snow (although that will vary depending on the size of your ornament and how much snow you want inside your ornament).
Then, have your child or students create a small rectangular golden ticket out of the tissue paper. Then, use a super small pipe cleaner to make a Christmas tree by bending some smaller pieces around the pipe cleaner and adding a golden star (the pom pom) to the top of the tree by using a small amount of hot glue. We also prepared our bell by pulling the candy cane colored twine through the bell loop (do not tie your twine yet).
Then have your child or students drop all the pieces into the ornament which already had a bed of snow to fall upon.
Lastly, take your twine and loop it onto the metal ornament topper. Then, carefully push the metal ornament topper back onto the ornament making sure that the bell hangs at the proper level you wish for it to hang before you push the metal ornament topper back on. Tie the twine off with a triple knot and cut as much excess twine off as you can to give it a clean appearance. To finish off your DIY Polar Express Christmas Ornament, cut some excess twine to make a bow to finish off your ornament.
Now the magic and spirit of the Christmas season can be remembered each year for your family and shared with your close family and friends. If you like to have a year dated on your ornament you can use a black permanent marker at the very bottom of the ornament and write the year on it.
From my family to yours, we hope that if you make this ornament this year with your children that you can all hear the bell ring for many years to come. Merry Christmas!