Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book : Review & Giveaway

Thank you to Monika Mira and Lucid Publishing for sending this book to me This is my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation. This post does contain affiliate links.

Most of us have made Christmas ornaments at some point in our lives; in kindergarten I made a glitter-covered poinsettia out of egg cartons.  Unfortunately, after decades of love, my Mother interred it in the ornament cemetery (i.e. trash can).

The first few years we were together, my husband and I had all of our Christmas Eve party guests create clay Christmas ornaments , and we still have a few on our tree today.

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And I still have some tired-looking beaded ornaments I made a few years back.

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Clearly time for some new hand-made Christmas ornaments, no? Well, I started to feel the Christmas crafting “itch” again a few months back, so I was thrilled  when illustrator Monika Mira from Lucid Publishing offered to send me her book, Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts.

Overview

Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts by Monika Mira is published by Lucid Publishing, a small, local publishing house dedicated to producing high-quality, eco-friendly, artistic and educational publications. The book has 24 Christmas decorations to color.  Besides coloring the designs, you can go a step or few further and use your colored-in creations as Christmas cards, decorations, and gift tags, or assemble them into unique three-dimensional ornaments to hang on the tree.

The first 19 pages are single-sided decoration designs to color followed by five pages of more complicated creations. The next pages are the simple instructions for creating the three-dimensional Christmas ornaments.  The last pages of the book are ornament outlines along with ideas for creating your own designs.

Designs

The 19 decorations to color are a mix of balls, stars and trees, with three or four of each design on each single-sided page. Once colored, you can cut out the designs and assemble them according to the christmas coloringinstructions in the back of the book. The more complex designs – an angel, a peacock, a cardinal, a snowy church and a ball – could be tree ornaments or table decor. The final pages contain outlines of 4 of the ornaments plus another cardinal.

 

Construction

This coloring book is 8.5” x 11.2” with 68 pages. The covers are glossy card stock showing some examples of colored-in creations. You will need to place the book on a hard surface to color. The binding is glued, and it takes just a gentle push to crack the binding to get the book to lay flat on a surface for coloring. The pages are not perforated so if you want to remove them for displaying or creating decorations, you will need scissors.

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Water- & Alcohol-based Coloring

The paper is a tad heavier than copier bond with just a bit of tooth. My alcohol-based markers bled through the paper. I had no problem with this as the designs are single-sided, but did have to put to pieces of paper behind to protect the next design from the bleeding. Alcohol markers will feather a bit outside of fine line work, so save them for the less-detailed designs. If you intend to use the ornament designs as gift tags, don’t use alcohol-based markers.

Colored pencils, both oil- and wax-based, worked beautifully as did gel pens.  My Staedtlers were perfect for coloring the more detailed illustrations, but they did shadow, although not enough to prevent the designs to be used as gift tags.

The printing quality is excellent; all lines are very sharp –  even light line work and tiny details.

Level of Difficulty

There are designs in Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts for everyone to enjoy.  The “Design Your Own” pages would be perfect for small children, while some of the more detailed designs are more appropriate for adults. The heavier line work on most of the illustrations would be fine for anyone, even those without excellent vision or fine motor skills.

Making the decorations from the colored-in designs is simple, for the most part, and involves scissors and glue.  You will need hooks or light string if you are going to hanging any on your tree.

I went all out and not only colored my first ornament, but I sprayed it with fixative and gussied it up with some glitter before putting it together. I am so happy with the results:

Supplies I used:

After coloring the four pieces of my ornament with Prismacolors, I sprayed the page with fixative (outdoors, of course).  I “painted” glue on the areas where I wanted glitter and, while the glue was still wet, scattered the glitter over the page.  Once completely dry, I cut out the pieces and glued them together according to the book’s instructions.  As a final touch, I rolled the edges in glue and then more glitter.  Once completely dry, I put my ornament on our tree!

Therapeutic Benefit

One of the wonderful things about this book is the peace you can get from the coloring, as expected.  I also enjoyed reminiscing about Christmases past as I colored and then crafted. In fact, clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay says, “There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters [and colorists! – MK.] have known anecdotally for quite some time, and that’s that creating — whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating — is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

Most of the individual designs on each page will not take much time to color so they are wonderful for times when you simply cannot sit for too long.  However, completing the three or four pieces and then assembling them into a finished decoration is great for keeping you distracted from stressful thoughts. If you are not confident about your cutting or gluing skills, I recommend just coloring as the additional crafting activity may be difficult for anyone who is anxious.

The Verdict

christmas coloringGet your coloring and craft on! Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts is great for families and all skill levels. Although I created my ornaments on my own, you could give individual pages to your family members and have a pre-Christmas coloring/crafting event. The only thing I would change is to make the paper a bit heavier for sturdier Christmas decorations. I rate it 4★ out of 5★.

Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts by Monika Mira is available at Amazon.com for $6.99, Amazon.ca for CD$9.40  and Amazon.co.uk for £4.54.

And don’t forget to check out our post on other Christmas coloring and craft ideas here.

The Giveaway!

Monika Mira has kindly offered to send a copy of Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts to one lucky reader!

Getting in on the fun is easy-peasy: simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and starts today, November 29th.  The last day to get your entries in is midnight on December 8th. Be sure to come back every day for new and more entry options to improve your chances of winning! 
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36 Comments on “Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book : Review & Giveaway

  1. I love making ornaments! I usually do something crafty out of felt or something like that but this year I’m doing an entire tree in Lego Star Wars minifigs for my hubby! Me making them into ornaments is mostly going to be sticking them in split plastic balls with tiny bells, glitter, mini pompoms & tiny trees!

  2. I have made ornaments from wood, crochet thread, paper, fabric and ribbon. If there is a craft that makes ornaments I am willing to try it.

  3. I have made my own decorations since I was in about 1st grade. They started as paper and paste, and I eventually graduated to needlepoint and more, sometimes using designs from coloring books as my inspiration.

  4. This is the most beautiful book I’ve seen to date. Everyone enter to win!

  5. The Complete Hawaiin Reef Fish Coloring Book is my absolute dream aduke coloring book yet.

  6. I am new to coloring with pencils and coloring books. I am enjoying myself very much. This book would be a delightful addition to my limited coloring book collection.

  7. Many years we painted pinecones with glitter pain to add to the tree.

  8. I like both of the The Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Books.

  9. The kids and I make our own Christmas Tree Ornaments. Sometimes there will be pictures in them and other times it’s whatever they feel like decorating

  10. I made several ornaments in ceramics class back in the 80s — still have them and they are beautiful.

  11. I would like to have…. The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book

  12. There are some fantastic books on there. One I found, I know my grandson would love, is the Build your own Coral Reef Mural Kids. He would have so much fun.

  13. We have done the popcorn garland and paper snowflakes decorated for the tree.

  14. As I am older I make less, but when I had children at home and they were small, we did the cranberry garland along with the decorations they had made at school…Always had a “Charlie Brown” tree to decorate…

  15. We have made ornaments out of beads. We just treasure all the ones the kids made at school. They are dated and still hung.

  16. This year I made paper mache ornaments, origami stars, and paper stars for the office tree. We have to have a theme for our tree and I picked God Bless America for our tree. I also made some ornament with little plastic army men. I put a tiny eyehook in the top, then I spray painted the metallic gold and put red white and blue ribbon with a tag that said, “Remember to pray for our troops and their families”. I am going to make a gingerbread village with my grandson, he is two years old. I love handmande decorations!

    • Beth, you are amazing! Such wonderful crafts, and with such meaning. As the daughter of a retired Air Force officer, I “salute” you!

  17. I really like the idea of learning how to do the 3-Dimensional coloring. I will have to get this book. Thank you for the directions.

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