Whether you are looking for a handmade ornament for your own tree or to give as a special gift, here are twelve easy and inexpensive ornaments that are fun to make!
The holiday season is such a festive time! Whether you enjoy curling up and watching a movie (check out our 25 Family Favorite Christmas Movies), and checking it off on this Movie Bingo Printable or keeping the kids busy by getting ready for a New Year's Time Capsule, there are so many fun things to do!
We really enjoy making Christmas ornaments and every year we have a lot of fun making memories and creating homemade art for the Christmas tree!
Handmade Christmas ornaments also make perfect gifts for family, teachers and friends!
12 Homemade DIY Christmas Ornaments For Kids to Make that are Perfect for Gifts!
1. Starbuck's Bottle Cap Ornament
Those Starbucks Frappuccinos that you can find in grocery stores are super yummy! The Mocha one is a favorite, but truly, we love them all!
Well, after accumulating a fair amount of the Starbucks Frappuccino bottles and caps, we started getting creative! Being that the creativity struck around the holidays, it was a natural progression to start thinking about Christmas ornaments!
These Starbucks bottle cap ornaments are super simple to make, fun and the end result is simply lovely! The ornaments also take advantage of those holiday flyers and catalogs that fill the mailbox!
The above deer was from a Pottery Barn catalog! See the complete tutorial here!
2. Cinnamon and Ribbon Christmas Tree
A couple of years ago we started doing a little Christmas craft night with family and this Cinnamon and Ribbon Christmas Tree ornament was the craft we made! It was a lot of fun!
With cinnamon sticks, cut ribbon, a glittery star and a glue gun you can create this fun and artsy little Christmas tree!
We found our inspiration for this fun Christmas ornament and full directions here!
Don't be put off that the result may look a bit 'artsy;' it just adds to the charm!
3. Clothes Pin Ballerina
Angelina Ballerina was (and still is!) a favorite book character of ours! For many years the Angelina Ballerina picture books were on our coffee table, in our library bag and being purchased at the book store!
Angelina Ballerina Dresses Up is a fun sticker book with a fabulous story and illustrations!
As I sit and write this, my blogging partner (and daughter) is in her ballet class and I attribute her love of dance to the influence of that ballet-loving mouse!
Well, we purchased the Angelina Ballerina's Christmas Crafts book (still available, but a little harder to get) and had a lot of fun making many of the crafts and the Clothes Pin Ballerina was one of those cute ideas!
Wooden clothes pins (the old-fashioned kind) make up the body
Use marker or paint to add ballet slippers
Wrap tulle or wired ribbon to make the skirt
Chenille sticks for the arms and upper body
Three small white pom-poms are the head and mouse ears
Glue on seed beads for the eyes and nose
Add a little piece of decorative gold trim glued on (from JoAnn's) to make a crown!
Tip: Regular craft glue will work but hot glue will speed the process along!
It does take a little bit of time and patience, but the end result is very pretty and you can pin your ballet mouse ornament right on the tree or have her arm hold on! No hanger needed!
4. Clothes Pin Angel
If you had some wooden clothes pins left over from your Angelina Ballerina mouse ornament, you might as well try your hand at the angel!
I recommend starting with the face, JUST in case your kid slips and the face looks a little wonky - you can always turn it around and try again!
Using Sharpies, draw on the eyes and a mouth - lashes, nose and cheeks are extra. You can go simple with the 'closed eyes' expression and a simple mouth.
Wrap white lace trim from JoAnn's (there are PLENTY of options to choose from!) around the clothes pin and glue in place
Cut a small piece of felt for the hair, pick your favorite hair color!
Wrap a white chenille stick for the arms and torso
Twist a sparkly tinsel chenille stick for the halo
Craft wings and a bit of ribbon can be sewed or glued on and your angel is complete!
5. Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees
Affordable and fun, these ornaments come together easily with popsicle sticks, sequins and a little glue! The trickiest part with making these Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree ornaments is cutting the sticks to the correct length.
We used a good pair of utility scissors to make it easier!
Green acrylic paint
Brown acrylic paint (or brown magic marker will do as well!)
Ribbon, twine or yarn to hang
Cut popsicle sticks to length to be the tree branches (see photo above)
Paint the 'trunk' brown and the boughs green
Glue the green boughs to the base- 'tree trunk' and adjust to give the traditional tree shape
Glue on sequins, gems, faux pearls
Optional: add glitter glue as tinsel!
Green acrylic paint for the boughs and brown paint for the trunk will dry in no time! Decorate your popsicle tree with glued on sequins, gems, and pearls and add glitter glue for a tinsel-y look!
6. Birch Wood Photo Ornament
These wood ornaments are a terrific way to capture and display a wonderful memory and revisit it every year while decorating the tree!
We just applied the photo right to the wood slice and left the photo intact rather than doing a photo transfer because we like seeing a really clear photo!
If you prefer the more rustic look, you can do a photo transfer method to remove the paper and leave just the image.
There are three ways to do photo transfers to the wood ornament, visit A Girl And a Glue Gun for steps for all three methods.
We chose the simple Mod-Podge application method because that worked best for us!
Photo printed out on regular paper
Mod Podge or other water base sealer
Optional: Glitter or really fine fairy dust glitter to make it look sparkly and magical!
Print out your photo on regular paper
Trim your photo to size using the wood coaster as a guide
Paint Mod-Podge on the wood
Place photo on the wood
Paint more Mod-Podge over the photo to seal
Optional: While wet, sprinkle diamond dust or glitter to give it some holiday shimmer!