These Christmas coloring pages are great to keep kids of all ages busy this holiday season. Download these free PDF files for personal use. The coloring sheets can be printed on an 8.5 x 11 inch paper. These are more than a somple paper ornament. Or you can use the images for Christmas cards. Who doesn’t appreciate getting a handmade Christmas card for the holiday? Simply print the graphic file on card stock and viola, a Christmas card!
Another use for these printable Christmas tree ornament printables is to simply use them as Christmas decorations. Have each person in your family color an ornament. Cut out the coloring picture and attach them to a piece of string to create a holiday garland for your Christmas tree.
Free printable Christmas ornament coloring pages, such as these Christmas baubles, help children develop their motor skills. They have fun using colors and their creativity, but this activity is a great way to practice precision. Coloring also takes the eyes off the screen and onto paper. Even the older kids will appreciate the nostalgia of holding crayons or markers in hand and creating something. Children don’t have to spend a long time coloring, but little ones can keep busy while the adults talk.
History of Christmas Ornaments
Originally called “christmas bulbs” or “Christmas bubbles” Christmas tree ornaments are decoration items, usually to decorate Christmas trees. These decorations may be weaved, blown (glass or plastic), molded (ceramic or metal), carved from wood or expanded polystyrene, or made by other techniques.
Ornaments are available in a variety of shapes and image depictions. The best thing about ornaments is that they are always reused year after year. Family collections often contain a combination of commercially produced ornaments and decorations created by family members. Such collections are often passed on and augmented from generation to generation. Festive figures and images are commonly chosen.
The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, by Hans Greiner (1550–1609), who produced garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees. The popularity of these decorations grew into the production of glass figures made by highly skilled artisans with clay molds.
The artisans heated a glass tube over a flame, then inserted the tube into a clay mold, blowing the heated glass to expand into the shape of the mold. The original ornaments were only in the shape of fruits and nuts.
After the glass cooled, a silver nitrate solution was swirled into it, a silvering technique developed in the 1850s by Justus von Liebig. After the nitrate solution dried, the ornament was hand-painted and topped with a cap and hook.
We don’t expect these paper ornaments on these free coloring pages to become family heirlooms, but perhaps they can inspire a family tradition during the holiday season. These free printable Christmas ornaments coloring pages include traditional ornaments, cute ornaments and Scandinavian style ornaments. This Christmas season use these themed coloring pages to get into the Christmas spirit. It’s a fun way to spend time with family and do something creative.