16 oh-so adorable popsicle stick crafts for kids to make to make as Christmas tree ornaments, to give as gifts, or for play. They’re easy enough for preschoolers but so ridiculously cute that the older kids will fall for them too.
Popsicle sticks (also known as wooden craft sticks) are one of my favourite craft supplies here in my daycare. They’re so versatile. The kids can turn them into almost anything. You can decorate them in so many ways – with glue, paint, markers, fabric, yarn etc. They come in a variety of sizes too. We generally use the regular and jumbo popsicle sticks when we’re crafting.
From ballerinas to ninjas to Santa and his helpers, you’ll never run out of quick and easy craft ideas for the kids once you’ve seen this collection.
Hey, how about setting up a challenge for the kids?
See if they can make one craft stick ornament every day in the last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas.
Click on the links or the photos to get the instructions and supply list for each craft.
16 Ridiculously Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids
Popsicle Stick Snowman Ornament: Yep. Cuteness overload right here. These snowmen are so easy to make with just a few bits and bobs from the sewing basket. They’ll look adorable hanging on your Christmas tree.
Popsicle Stick Star Ornaments: This is one of my favourite Christmas ornaments for toddlers and preschoolers to make. It’s perfect for little ones just learning to craft. Little kids love the sparkly gems, and gluing them in place is great for fine motor development. You’ll treasure this ornament for years.
Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree: Here’s another adorable Christmas ornament for your youngest crafters to make. I don’t have a post written for it; it’s simply pictured in my collection of 12 Easy Ornaments for Kids. As you can tell by the photo, it’s just painted craft sticks, pom poms and foam shapes.
Popsicle Stick Santa, Reindeer and Elf Ornaments: Ok. I can’t even handle the cuteness of these little guys. Who knew craft sticks, googly eyes and buttons could look this darn cute? These guys make me giggle every time I look at them.
Starbucks Stir Stick Snowflakes. These soft and fuzzy woven snowflakes are beyond cute with their sparkly gems and jewels. We didn’t use actual popsicle sticks for these, but you could. We used long, thin stir sticks that I picked up when I was at Starbucks. The 8 and 9 year olds made these ones, and they loved the process.
These button-craft stick snowflakes are super-cute. I love how dainty and delicate they look when the sunlight shines through the buttons. You can hang these on the tree but they’d look lovely displayed in a window too.
Popsicle Stick Ballerina Ornament: I love this one, and if you have a little dancer at your house, she’ll love it too. A coffee filter, and some ribbon and yarn are all you’ll need to make this adorable ornament for your tree.
And how about this whimsical little Stick Button Tree? A popsicle stick for the trunk, and then some cardboard, paint and buttons. This wonky little tree looks like it would be right at home in Whoville.
These popsicle stick dolls are one of our favourite crafts ever. The girls sat for hours making them one day, and they always ask to make more any time they’re here. We didn’t have ornaments in mind when we made our dolls but you can add a loop of thread to hang these on your Christmas tree.
So simple and sweet. This craft stick snowflake is another good one for beginner crafters. My toddlers and preschoolers made loads of these one year.
Ok. The cuteness here is just too much. I had the boys in mind when I thought up these Popsicle Stick Ninja ornaments. Sometimes boys are a little reluctant to come to the craft table, but if you can tie the craft in with something they love, they’ll be all over it.
I adore this little Musical Craft Stick Christmas Tree. Wouldn’t it be a great ornament for a child to make for a music teacher or a music-loving friend or relative?
And lastly, a few more super-cute ornaments from some of my blogging colleagues:
Molly Moo’s craft stick nutcrackers are SO cute. My boys would love this one too.
These Popsicle Stick Stars by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls are on our to-do list this year. We’re going to make a ours silver and gold, and string them into a garland.
These sweet craft stick angels by Barking Dog Designs are available on Etsy.
And the last dose of cuteness today comes in the form of this classic popsicle stick sled ornament by FireFlies and Mud Pies.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection. Now, get on out there, and pick up a box of popsicle sticks so your kids can craft up a whole lot of “cute” at your house this Christmas season.
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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.