The Christmas holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year. The weeks leading up to Christmas are the perfect time to join in seasonal festivities that bring out the holiday spirit and bring family and friends together. One great way to get children involved in the holiday cheer is to make homemade Christmas ornaments that can be hung on the tree or given as gifts. In this post, you’ll find 15+ of the best ideas for homemade Christmas ornaments for kids to make.
These crafts are great for younger and older kids. The whole family can join in to make them. They use common items that you can find at craft stores, the dollar store, or even around the house. Some of the most common supplies needed for these and other Christmas crafts:
- Pom poms
- Paint brushes
- Acrylic paint
- Pipe cleaners
- Felt fabric
- Cookie cutters
- Play dough
- Popsicle sticks or craft sticks
- Googly eyes
- Candy canes
1. Let it Snow Ornament by Crafts by Amanda
This letter tile ornament is a simple yet cute idea to make as a family or even in school. You and your children can come up with different sayings, so that everyone has a unique ornament. Make a personalized one with someone’s name or a special message for a heartfelt gift.
2. Book Page Ornaments by Sum of Their Stories
Little readers and book lovers of any age will love this book page ornament. Upcycles book pages into pretty ornaments or decorations you can use on cards, gift wrap, and gift bags. These would be fantastic with favorite children’s books. Or reuse old greeting cards and holiday print paper for even more variety.
3. Santa Seashell Ornaments by Down Red Bud Drive
I cannot get over how cute this Santa seashell ornament is! Bring a little of the beach home with you to your holiday tree by turning a seashell into a sweet Santa. You can make more holiday characters like snowmen and Mrs. Claus too.
4. Grinch Ornaments by Simplistically Living
If your family loves the Grinch, then this green ornament is a must for your tree! You may find your heart growing three sizes while making it.
5. Wine Cork Snowman Ornaments by Crayons and Cravings
Save your wine corks and turn them into these little Santa’s to add a handmade touch to your tree or to give away. These are very simple to make, so the children can make many of them with all sorts of creative designs.
6. Simple Felt Ornaments by Mommy Made That
This tutorial requires basic sewing skills, so would be perfect for tweens and teens who have some of those skills. The result is a beautiful felt ornament anyone would be proud of.
7. Wood Slice Snowman Ornaments by Mom Brite
These darling snowmen are made from wood slices. They also make great crafts incorporating counting and fine motor skills. Make a whole family of these snowmen for your tree!
8. Clothespin Trees by Thrifty Jinxy
Grab a few wooden clothespins to create these festive little Christmas trees for an ornament the kids will love to display.
9. Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Ornaments by The Denver Housewife
These applesauce and cinnamon ornaments require only a few ingredients. With only a few ingredients and the air fryer or oven, these ornaments can be used as name place settings, decorations, and traditional ornaments for the tree. You can use different cookie cutters to make different designs too. I bet they smell so nice!
10. Salt Dough and Marker Ornaments by Sweet Silly Sara
This salt dough ornament is perfect for even the youngest children who want to make ornaments. Use salt dough, plastic cookie cutters, and markers to make these easy ornaments.
11. No Sew Tree Ornaments by Kids Activities Blog
This is an easy DIY Christmas ornament for those who are short on time or have little ones that switch activities quickly. There is no sewing required to make these adorable trees. Make multiples of this ornament in a matter of minutes and use them as ornaments or a garland.
12. Easy Coffee Cup Ornaments by Modern Mom Life
This coffee cup ornament looks professionally made and makes a great gift for an adult who loves coffee. Kids can make a hot cocoa version for themselves or others.
13. Colorful Paper Ornaments by Printables Fairy
This budget-friendly paper ornament is recommended for kids over 7 years old. Grab the template and make some colorful origami ornaments.
14. Air Dry Clay Ornaments by Mimosas and Motherhood
Even the youngest kids who want to make ornaments can join in making these air-dry clay ornaments. Have them help cut out their favorite holiday shapes and decorate them.
15. Wood Slice Santa Ornaments by The Inspiration Edit
The Santa hats on these wood slice ornaments are just too cute! Don’t forget to make Mrs. Claus too.
Christmas activities are a great way for the whole family to enjoy holiday festivities together and build up anticipation to Christmas Day. What better way to do that than by making homemade ornaments?
Whether you’re making handmade Christmas ornaments with little kids and older ones, you may find it to be the best part of the lead up to Christmas. Enjoy!
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