DIY Christmas Ornaments for kids
With a little help from an adult, any of the ornaments on this list can be turned into DIY ornaments to make with kids! Kids can make these ornaments and wrap them up as a gift to their parents. Kid made ornaments are such a special keepsake and a ornament making is a great way to kick off the holiday season!
I love the idea of kids turning paint brushes into a silly faced ornament. Santa Claus is adorable, but I am 100% sure kids could come up with all kinds of silly faces! Best part? Just add a ribbon through the already punched hole in the top of the paint brush and hang on the Christmas tree.
2. Glitter reindeer
My crafty friend, Annie, made these with her preschool class a few years ago. Aren’t they cutest? Simple cover a bulb in glitter, add eyes, a red pom pom nose and hot glue twigs for antlers! I originally shared the glitter reindeer ornament on C.R.A.F.T. facebook back in 2010!
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This is my all time favorite DIY ornament for kids 3 and under. All you need is card stock, crayons, and a Christmas tree punch. (Buy a Christmas tree punch here!)
4. Yarn ornaments
These colorful, fun ornaments mimic snowflakes and are perfect for the kids to make. Use yarn, embroidery thread, or twine and up cycle card board to make these snowflake ornaments. Find the complete tutorial and lots more pretty pictures on Tauni Co.
A hot glue gun and glitter takes these popsicle sticks to modern ornament masterpieces in no time. Best part? These Glitter Dots are easy to use and mess free.
6. Nature ornaments
Use sticks, hot glue, and yarn to make adorable Chrsitmas trees! (Or teepees!)
7. Wood slice ornaments
For my son’s holiday class party, I bought this pack of wood slice ornaments and painted the center of each one white. I had the kids use paint markers to draw a Christmas tree or snowman scene on their ornament. For older kids or adults you could leave the wood slice natural and let them use acrylic paint
Recycled Christmas Ornaments
8. DIY Ornament wreath
Not only are these little wreaths made with peels that would likely be thrown in the trash, but they look so cute too. My 4 year old son loves oranges and enjoyed tearing the peels into tiny pieces and threading them onto wire.
Turn old holiday cards into adorable 3D sphere ornaments of any size!
10. Walnut turned strawberry ornaments
All you need for these cute strawberries are walnuts, paint, beads, felt, and ribbon!
Who would have thought that two small pieces of PVC pipe could make such a modern snowman ornament?! Use a peice of scrap fabric or ribbon to make a cute scarf.
12. Gnome ornaments
Turn a cork, felt scrap, and a little fake fur into these adorable mini gnomes in less than an hour!
13. Scrabble Ornaments
These scrabble ornaments are perfect for the game lover in your life. Consider spelling out grand kid’s names or Santa’s reindeers! For the complete tutorial hop on over to Decor on a Dollar.
DIY Christmas Ornaments
The following DIY ornaments are cute, simple, and made with simple supplies you likely have on hand like red paper and sphere ornaments!
14. Paper ornaments
For a super simple, inexpensive DIY Christmas ornament use card stock. I love that you can make the spheres as big or as little as needed. Here is a set of unfinished wood ornaments to decorate.
All you need to make these easy DIY ornaments are wood beads and fishing line!
16. Cactus ornaments
How fun are these cactus ornaments made from a simple green ball ornament? For the complete tutorial on the cactus ornaments check out My Poppet Makes.
These adorable family tree ornaments were inspired by a fancy version from Pottery Barn. All you need to make these are foam board, XACTO knife, glitter, and glue! They will be loved year after year by the whole family.
Ugly sweater ornaments
If you love ugly sweater parties as much as I do, this is the best part of the list!
Craft up ugly sweater ornaments with card stock, markers, buttons, cotton balls and stickers. Best part? Make tiny DIY hangers out of paper clips to hang the sweaters on the tree!
For a simpler version of tacky sweater ornaments you can buy precut wooden shapes at your local craft store and use red washi tape to create ugly sweater inspired patterns on the pre-made ornaments.
20. Ugly sweater photo ornaments
I love the addition of the photo faces to the ugly sweater ornaments! How fun is that? For the complete tutorial check out Cul de Sac Cool.