20 Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids to Make
Make festive homemade ornaments with your kids for keepsakes or to give as thoughtful gifts this Christmas.
Holiday family time
“Spending time together as a family is what the holidays are all about and holiday crafts are a great way to bring everyone together,” says crafting expert Sandy Sandler, creator of Bowdabra. Crafting with your children can be a healthy and therapeutic activity with proven emotional and physical wellness benefits. “Crafting stimulates the brain and helps with the development of fine and gross motor skills,” Sandler explains, “It also provides a sense of accomplishment and relaxation.” Making Christmas ornaments is a wonderful family activity. Need some inspiration? Here are 20 festive ornaments your kids can create for the holidays. There’s still time to pull of these 15 sweet Christmas Eve traditions with your family.
Courtesy Sandy Sandler
The kids will need a place to write down all their Christmas crafting adventures. Sandler shows you how to create this adorable snowman notepad with cardstock and foamie paper. These little notepads make fun gifts for stocking stuffers or for a Christmas day activity. We also love these 100 stocking stuffers under $10.
Star of wonder
These fun stars use a creative material: lollipop sticks. Just make sure you get fresh ones, not your kids’ leftovers. Head over to Eighteen25 to get the directions for these unique Christmas ornament crafts.
Yarn pom poms
Pom poms are perfect for adding a finishing touch to gifts or to hang on a tree. This small to medium-sized pom pom starts with a simple table fork: Wrap the yarn around all four tongs over and over until you’re satisfied with the size of the pom pom. Then, cut a long string and wrap that around the middle of the pom pom between the two center tongs. Pull hard and secure the middle with a knot it. Cut the sides by the outer tongs and fluff it up. Tie the tails from the middle together to form a loop—now it’s ready to hang! For another easy and fun activity, try these 26 inexpensive Christmas decorations anyone can make.
Cold as ice
Courtesy Happy Hooligans
Turn Christmas prep into a learning experience with this icicle ornament science experiment. Borax helps create these impressive crystals, and you and your children will be amazed watching them grow. Find out more from Happy Hooligans.
Salt dough clay
Three ingredients are all you need to make the easy salt dough clay for these ornaments. Mix 1-cup of salt, 2-cups of flour, and ¾ cup of water. Turn out the dough onto a table and knead with your hands until smooth. (You may need to help your kids with this step.) Then, roll it out and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, poking a hole out of the top, then place on a baking sheet. Bake for two hours at 250 degrees and let cool completely before decorating with paint or beads. Once decorations are dry, thread a string through the hole and tie. Now it’s ready for a special spot on your tree. Speaking of, find out 12 secrets your Christmas tree wishes you knew.
This paper wreath is a cinch to make and perfect for young children—you’ll just need to assist with the cutting. Cut equal lengths of crepe or construction paper, at least 12-inches long and fold in half. Cut a notch at the ends to form a ‘V.” Next, take a paper plate and cut out the center portion. Insert the fold pieces of paper through the middle of the paper plate. Glue the folded ends onto the edge of the center and then glue the other ends together. Repeat until the plate is covered. Have the kids glue paper confetti or embellish the wreath with stickers. Just make sure you avoid these holiday decorating mistakes you didn’t know you were making.
Craft sticks are a versatile medium for creating all sorts of things. With a little paint and glue, the kids can create Christmas trees, reindeer, and snowmen. To make the tree, start by gluing together three sticks to form a basic triangle. Break another piece in half and glue them at an angle on the to make the middle of the tree. Snip off the end of another piece and glue it into the center of the base of the triangle to make the stem. Paint and decorate with paper confetti or stickers.
Your kids will love transforming a mini terra cotta pot into Rudolph. Flip the pot upside down and glue a large red pom pom in the center on one side for the nose. Add two large googly eyes then glue on a tan pipe cleaner for the antlers. Cut out ears from construction paper, attach, and Rudolph is ready to guide your sleigh. Find out the history behind “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and your other favorite Christmas carols.
Tin can Christmas tree
Courtesy Babble Dabble Do
This upcycled craft is perfect for adorning an entryway table or as a centerpiece at the kid’s table for Christmas dinner. All you need are three different sized empty and clean tin cans and green paint to make the base. Grab the complete how-to on Babble Dabble Do. Check out these 10 creative ways to recycle a Christmas tree.