So, we kind of did a thing...
I came across this TreeMendous ornament maker online and instantly fell in love. I knew that once it got closer to Christmas this would be an item that I would want to get for my granddaughter. This is right up her alley, in every possible way imaginable. From the day she could sit up straight and put things together, she has been all about the crafts and creation.
This kit comes with the ornament spinner, 3 blank ornaments, ornament tops and 8 quick-dry markers. It also has instructions and is super easy to use.
The on/off switch is huge and strategically placed on the side, so it doesn't get bumped accidentally during the fury of excitement taking place when kids see their ornaments coming to life with their colors and designs of choosing.
What powers it is 4 AA batteries (not included), and a note not to store batteries in the kit while it is in storage..advice I have myself learned to heed over the years. Unused batteries will corrode, and they will ruin your item. So once the holiday season is over, and you are packing this up for use the following year, just remember to pop out the batteries first.
The ink in the markers dries really fast, which is important with an item like this one. Little ones get excited and want to hold their work as soon as it's done. If the ink didn't dry quickly, it would smear and cause fret and tears, I'm sure. Thankfully, TreeMendous is tremendous at considering such things, and was very proactive in how they created it.
Here you can see my son creating a Christmas Ornament in the machine. To do so, he simply needed to select a color, turn on the on switch and rest his ink where he wanted to marks to begin on the bulb. The spinning does the rest. If you mess up with a wobbly hand, like my son did a little with the blue above, you can simply run the ink over that spot again and it clears it right up.
I didn't actually figure that out, my son did when he was working on his decorating.
This is what it looked like after he did the touch-up.
The next step is to apply a little bit of pressure with your thumbs at the bottom of the ornament, to allow it to pop out of the machine.
The 'thing' we did, that I alluded to in the beginning, is that this was supposed to be something I took to my granddaughter's house for her to play with and create (remember she's the one who has crafty in her bones). She is 6-years-old. Turns out my son, who is 12-years-old, also loved making these, and asked if we could keep it! How could I resist? Of course, I said yes, but guess what's on grandma's shopping list for the little? Mmm hmm, a Treemendous Ornament Maker. I could just buy the 6-pack of blank ornaments and let her use this machine, but I'm thinking it'd be more fun for her to have one of her own. Perhaps I'll buy those bulbs for us, and we'll sit with her...and her new machine, and make ornaments at the same time.. :)
This is an item that is great for kids of all ages. I highly recommend Treemendous. If you like it too, please be share this post with a friend!