If you’re looking for kids’ Christmas ornaments that are easy to make with things you already have around the house, here are 30 simple, adorable homemade ornaments for your kids to make for the Christmas tree this year.
Easy Homemade Ornaments for Kids
As each year passes, our kids’ Christmas ornaments become more precious to us, so take some time this holiday season to make some of these adorable homemade ornaments with your kids. You’ll be glad you did.
All of the kids’ ornaments in this collection are easy to make using things you already have around the house. From popsicle sticks and old CDs, to paper, cardboard and styrofoam, you’ll find loads of ornaments for your kids to make for the Christmas tree this December.
Inexpensive, Easy and They Look Great!
If you’ve been with us for a while, you know how much the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare LOVE making Christmas crafts. If you’ve found us recently, let me tell you, inexpensive and easy Christmas crafts that look GREAT are our thing.
We particularly love making homemade Christmas ornaments and we’ve made hundreds of them over the years because we are simply nutty when it comes to holiday crafting.
As with most of our crafts here in my daycare, our ornaments are always inexpensive to make. Most of the supplies can be found around your home or picked up at the dollar store.
Secondly, they’re easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make with little or no assistance.
And finally, our these kids’ ornaments are TOTALLY gorgeous. Your children will be so proud to hang these on the Christmas tree, and you’ll will treasure these keepsakes for years to come.
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30 Easy Kids’ Christmas Ornaments
Easy Icicle Ornaments – Pipecleaners and beads are all you need for these pretty icicle ornaments. Make a bunch! The kids will be so proud to see them sparkling on your Christmas tree this year!
Styrofoam Button Ornaments – put a styrofoam produce tray through the dishwasher and it becomes the perfect canvas to make a Christmas ornament with! Just add buttons!
Beaded Wreath Ornaments – these easy beaded wreaths are simple to make, but wonderful for helping toddlers and preschoolers strengthen their fine motor skills.
Our cork and clothespin nutcrackers are so easy to make, and all you need is a cork, a clothespin and some paint. Kids and adults young and old will love making them.
Preschoolers can make these plastic icicle ornaments. Don’t they look real?
Toddlers and preschoolers will love making these fluffy snowflake ornaments.
Take the kids for a walk to collect sticks, and make these simple twig tree ornaments with your finds.
These tissue paper candy cane ornaments are perfect for toddlers to make. Try green and white too!
Have your preschoolers repurpose some old CDs into these adorable cd snowman ornaments for your tree.
And lastly, dig out your button collection, and have your child make a vintage button wreath ornament with some of your old favourites.
Preserve the size of your child’s hand with this simple Felt Mitten Ornament
Have the kids paint some popsicle sticks and splatter them to make colourful snowflake ornaments.
These initial ornaments are so pretty and so simple to make. Kids love seeing their initial on the tree!
Easy Paper Candy Canes – older kids will LOVE making these candy cane ornaments. They’re so easy, using just markers and paper, and they’re super-addictive. Don’t be surprised if you end up with an entire tree covered in candy canes this year.
Milk Jug Sun Catcher Ornaments – even the youngest crafters can make these easy sun catcher ornaments. Hang them on the tree or in a sunny window!
Craft Stick Button Snowflakes – everyone loves it when we get out the button collection. We used Starbucks stir sticks for this easy snowflake craft.
Lacing Christmas Tree Ornaments – these trees look so pretty, and they’re great for teaching early sewing skills and for developing fine motor skills.
Button Tree Ornaments – the kids are going to love the way you paint these button tree ornaments! To give you a clue: there will be a whole lot of shaking going on.
Wool Wrapped Christmas Tree – here’s another one that’s great for fine-motor development. It will challenge your kids’ co-ordination skills too, as they wrap and wind their Christmas tree with yarn.
Tin Foil Tree Ornaments – a little tin foil, a little tissue paper and a whole lot of bling. These tin foil tree ornaments are one of my favourite Christmas crafts ever for young children. They’re so pretty!
Glittered CD Ornaments – believe it or not, even I, who despises glitter, couldn’t get enough of these glittered CD’s. What a great way to use old, scratched disks that you can’t play anymore!
Craft Stick Star Ornament – and of course, an old classic. These stars made with craft sticks are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but older kids will love them too. They can make a whole set in a variety of colours.
Preschoolers can strengthen their fine-motor skills with these paper cone tree ornaments.
These craft stick snow people are a hoot! Have the kids make a whole bunch to hang on your Christmas tree!
Aren’t these tissue paper wreaths cute? Toddlers love scrunching tissue paper and it’s great for developing hand muscle.
Ninja fans will love making these simple craft stick ninja ornaments for the Christmas tree!
Our craft stick Santa, Reindeer and Elf ornaments would look cute peeking out of a Christmas stocking.
Toddlers will love the crumpling up tissue paper to make these candy cane wreath ornaments.
These Egg Carton Christmas Bells give fine-motor skills a workout, and look simply charming hanging on the Chrismas tree.
Kids can paint AND practice their wrapping and winding skills with this wool-wrapped tree ornament.
This simple button wreath is so sweet. The kids love sorting through our button collection.
The process we used for colouring our coffee filter trees a fun lesson in absorption and colour mixing.
And there you have it, my friends. Loads of easy kids’ Christmas ornaments to make yours the best Christmas tree on the block.
Stay tuned! I’ll be rounding up a more easy homemade Christmas ornaments and crafts in the weeks to come.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
Thank you for all of your great ideas, I look at your post everyday for inspiration to help bring fun craft into the home. I also love that you promote having fun with the activity rather than getting it perfect – it helps me keep a healthy perspective when glue, glitter and pens are going everywhere except where I thought they would.
Karen @ a house full of sunshine
I always love your ideas, Jackie! Thanks so much for the inspiration. 🙂
Aw, thanks, Karen! Happy to keep you inspired. 🙂
Ducks n a Row
Jackie, these ornaments for kids to make are just adorable! I have to make some with my preschoolers. They will love them. 🙂 Their parents will too! ♥
Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row
Thank you! They’re definitely some of my favourites!
Get crafty this holiday season with these adorable homemade ornaments that are not only fun and easy to make (so you can totally make it a family activity) but will look stunning on your Christmas tree. Your home will feel so much more cozy and warm with these personal touches hanging up, rather than pricy ornaments from the store. If you get done with these and you’re looking for even more easy Christmas DIY projects to make with the kids, try one of these festive yet simple Christmas crafts .
We have ideas for young children, teenagers, and even adults that they will love and don’t cost a fortune. Here is a whole collection of magical Christmas projects that will make your room as festive as possible. I really love the ones that can be made with things I already have on hand.