Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – 12 easy Christmas ornaments for kids

You probably know how much we LOVE making Christmas crafts here in my home daycare. We LOVE making homemade Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations.  We also like making stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money.  We try to use basic craft supplies, and items you already have around the house whenever we’re crafting.  Especially at the holidays because Christmas can be expensive enough already without spending money on the ornaments you’re making!

We also like to keep things simple here, so if you’re looking for easy, inexpensive, Christmas craft ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

Here are 12 easy Christmas crafts for kids to make this season:

12 easy Christmas crafts for kids 

These Christmas tree decorations  were all made by toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare in recent years.   Because I wasn’t blogging when we made these, I don’t have detailed how-to posts, but because our kids crafts are easy to make and use basic materials, the photos and descriptions below should pretty much tell you everything you need to know. Enjoy!


Homemade sheet music ornament: roll up a small piece of sheet music rolled up, and embellish with a a ribbon and a button.

easy Christmas craft - sheet music ornament

Easy tissue wreath ornaments: Cut a small “wreath” from some cardboard (cereal or food boxes are great for this kind of thing).  Cover it with crumpled tissue paper & attach a ribbon with some glue.

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids - tissue wreath ornament


Cardboard Christmas Tree decoration: Cut a Christmas tree out of some corrugated or sturdy cardboard.  Paint it green and wrap with colourful wool.

Easy Christmas ornament - Cardboard and wool Christmas Tree

Pipe Cleaner Ornament:  String beads onto pipe cleaners.  Form a loop at the top of the pipe cleaner.

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Ornament


Wreath of buttons – Cut a small cardboard wreath out of a cereal or food box.  Paint it a festive colour, and glue buttons/pearls all around.

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids - button ornament

Reindeer puzzle piece ornament: Glue three puzzle pieces together (you may want to prep this ahead of time with a glue gun).  Have children paint pieces brown.  Attach googly eyes and a red pompom nose.

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids. - puzzle reindeer ornament

Homemade Candy Cane Ornament: Paint a cardboard candycane and wrap with white wool.

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids - homemade candycane ornament

I Spy Christmas Ornament:  Remove top from plastic ornament and fill with fake snow and a variety of tiny items (Lego, paperclip, foam shapes etc).  Attach a list of things to look for if you’re giving this as a gift.

I Spy Ornament

Popsicle Tree Christmas Tree: Glue popsicle sticks to form a triangle, and paint green.  Attach a piece of cardboard or card-stock as a trunk.  Decorate tree with pompoms and foam shapes.

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids. - Popsicle stick Christmas Tree Craft

Star Christmas Ornament: Form two triangle with popsicle sticks and glue together.  Have children paint sticks white and attach coloured gems with glue.  (this one is missing a few gems, but these were really pretty!)

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids. - popsicle stick star craft

Gingerbread ornament: Cardboard, rick-rack, buttons, googly eyes and a ribbon.  So cute!

 Easy Christmas Crafts for kids. - gingerbread ornament


Mitten Christmas Ornaments: Cut small mitts from felt.  Use cotton balls for cuffs, and decorate with buttons.  String together with a piece of wool.

Easy Christmas Crafts for kids - mitten christmas ornament

Find lots more of my easy homemade Christmas ornaments in the Christmas Category  right here on my blog. 

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  1. says

    These are all really cute and easy ideas! Love them. I will definitely try a couple out this year. I have everything we need for those christmas trees already. Thanks!

  2. carolinedeeley@hotmail.com says

    absolutely fantastic – they are so original! You should, if you haven’t already, get a book out. Favourites are the button wreaths and Christmas trees… can’t wait!

    p.s. conkers going bonkers here: kids piling 30+ into small children’s frying pan and “flipping pancakes” – they go EVERYWHERE and it’s providing 1hr17mins and counting of entertainment and shrieks of delight… it’s the little things 😉

    • happyhooligans says

      Ha! So funny, Caroline! Just this weekend I was talking to my friends about a book being one of the things I’d really like to do!

  3. Katie says

    I love that your crafts have that look that says – made by kids! I’m always looking for craft ideas that are simple enough for toddlers to make, and still end up looking nice!

  4. says

    The I-spy ornaments would make great kid-gifts. I love that one for kids to give one another. Many ornaments the kids would love to make, but I find myself wondering which would they like to *get* when considering what to have my kindergartner make for her peers.

  5. Karen Lowrie says

    we have made stick trees, stars, all so simple, playgroup children loved them, we also made sandpaper gingerbread men, cut out the ginger bread man shape from sandpaper, rubbed the sandpaper with cinnamon sticks or all spice sticks, smelled lovely and were very effective, thank you for all of your great ideas, x

  6. Barbara says

    Hello Jackie,

    you have saved me!
    I was getting increasingly nervous as I had promised to do the craft stall at my youngest daughter’s primary and had no exciting ideas.
    The Christmas tree from sticks for the younger ones or for the older kids a star made out of broken, (narrower) pieces decorated in white or gold with glitter seems a super idea. Thank you soo much! I am feeling really enthusiastic now.

    This is a great site,
    I love it!

    Barbara from Edinburgh

  7. happyhooligans says

    Thanks for the shout out! You’ve gathered up some great ideas! Love the scrap-paper tree and the money tree!


  1. […] And since we are talking Christmas trees and shapes, this is the ornament we made. I prepped the trees before they came–hot glueing the popsicle sticks together and adding the pipe cleaner loop on top. then the kids got to add whatever puff ball or jewels (from Target Dollar Spot) they wanted. We talked about how it is a triangle shape with three sides. {inspiration} […]

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