Here are 15 gorgeous and totally easy Christmas ornaments for kids to make for the Christmas tree. They’re quick and easy ornaments that you can make with things you already have around the house. From popsicle sticks and old cds to paper, cardboard and styrofoam, you’ll find loads of crafts for your little ones to make this December.
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 just joined us recently, let me tell you, cheap and easy Christmas crafts (that look GREAT) are our thing. 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 the home or picked up at the dollar store.
Secondly, they’re really easy; easy enough that toddlers and preschoolers can make them with little or no assistance.
And finally, our ornaments are TOTALLY gorgeous. Your kids will be so proud to hang these on the Christmas tree, and you’ll love having these keepsakes to bring back memories as your little ones grow.
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15 Gorgeous, Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids
Easy Icicle Ornaments – when it comes to easy ornaments for young children to make, they con’t come any prettier than this. 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! All you need to add are buttons!
Beaded Wreath Ornaments – these easy beaded wreaths are so simple to make, but wonderful for helping toddlers and preschoolers strengthen their fine motor skills.
Felt Mitten Ornament – A felt mitt looks adorable hanging from the Christmas tree. Make a whole set in an assortment of colours, and decorate them with craft gems and jewels from the dollar store.
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes – young kids will love the way they’ll make these simple snowflake ornaments look like they’re dusted with snow.
Easy Initial Ornament – to a child, the most important letter in the alphabet is his or her first initial. Have your kids transform a piece of cardboard into a monogram ornament for the Christmas 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.
And there you have it, my friends. 15 gorgeous easy ornament for kids to make at home, preschool or school this year.
If you liked them, stay tuned! I’ll be rounding up a more of my favourites in the days and weeks to come.
And if you want to get a head start on your New Year’s crafting, Red Ted Art has 30 New Year’s Eve crafts that you can make with your family.
In the meantime, check out these crafty ideas!
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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. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.