“ Brand: Bigjigs / Type: Painting „
A week or so before Christmas I spotted these Bigjigs Christmas shapes at my church fete which turned out to be plywood tree decorations all ready to be painted up by my granddaughters. Of course I had to have some so paid the princely sum of 79p for a packet of 20 decorations which also came with thin strips of ribbon to hang them from the tree.
The following day the girls' visited so I laid newspaper everywhere, popped an apron onto the baby and put all the paint, glue, glitter and anything shiny I could find onto the table.
What can I say? These decorations were a major hit with the girls' and they enjoyed being creative for a change rather than just going to the shops and buying the decorations. The pack I had had a slightly different combination of shapes to those pictured above; I had three stars, three holly leaves, six Santas, four angels, two Christmas trees, one candle and one bell. These were in a clear plastic bag so presumably the person who donated the set had used some of the shapes, this didn't matter though as I just put them all on the table and let my granddaughters choose which one they wanted.
I used plain childrens paint and found the shapes painted up easily, the wood has been treated so the decorations did not soak up too much paint as is sometimes a problem with kits like this. I found the paint went on nice and evenly with no smudging, it dried fairly quickly too so the children didn't have to wait too long to turn the shape over to paint the other side.
The glitter aspect didn't work so well as I couldn't get the craft glue to go onto the shapes thinnly enough to look nice, although in retrospect I should have done as Dooyoo suggested in the product description above and used a tube of glitter glue. This would have been much easier to control and would have resulted in much less loose glitter in my kitchen to coat the feet of my poor long suffering moggies!
The shapes had been pre-drilled with holes just the right size to thread the festive red and white ribbon through, once they were dried and the ribbon threaded the decorations looked absolutely lovely. My elder granddaughter is very artistic and turned hers almost effortlessly into masterpieces, the middle granddaughters were decorated in typical girly style, while my 19 month old granddaughter had dolloped so much paint onto hers that they were definitely heavier than the rest!
I hung them all on my Christmas tree and they look wonderful, they are all roughly 4 inches long and this I think is the ideal size for most Christmas trees. They really stand out amongst the tinsel and the rest of our mainly homemade Christmas tree decorations, and they mean all the more to me because my granddaughters decorated them themselves. They had a lot of fun too painting them so it was worth buying these for this aspect alone, plus it helped to teach them that Christmas is not simply about throwing money around but some beautiful things can be made and sourced for very little cost.
Decorate your ornaments with a choice of paint stain, glue glitter or paper.