12 Homemade DIY Christmas Ornaments For Kids to Make (Perfect for Gifts!)

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!

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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

Starbucks Frappuccino bottle cap homemade Christmas ornament with Santa Claus and reindeer

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!

Starbucks Frappuccino DIY ornament with Pottery Barn deer image

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

Cinnamon Ribbon Christmas tree ornament DIY kid craft

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 Christmas Ornament kid craft DIY

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

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!

Angelina Ballerina's Christmas Crafts books

  • 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

Angel ornament with clothespin and lace DIY kids Christmas

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

Popsicle sticks Christmas tree ornament with sequins DIY kids craft

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!


Materials:

Popsicle sticks

Green acrylic paint

Brown acrylic paint (or brown magic marker will do as well!)

Sequins

Glue

Glitter Glue

Ribbon, twine or yarn to hang



Directions:

  • 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

Magical Memories birch wood ornament DIY kids craft Christmas

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!


Materials

  • Wood slices

  • 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!

Mod-Podge Method

  • 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!

Wood slice Christmas photo ornament DIY kids crafts


7. Popsicle (or Cinnamon) Stick Reindeer

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer Christmas ornament DIY craft

Years ago when I was teaching music, one of my third grade classes surprised me with a Popsicle Stick Reindeer ornament during the holidays and I was so touched!


They had made one of these ornaments for every one of their teachers, the staff, principals and to bring home as gifts for their family. Every year I hang it on my tree and remember them!


Years later I did the same craft with my daughter's Girl Scout troop (yes, I was the troop leader!) and the girls loved it!

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer popsicle stick DIY Christmas ornament craft

You can put this reindeer ornament together with popsicle sticks as the base or go fancy and use cinnamon sticks! They're a little trickier to secure with the glue, but they smell wonderful!


Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer with the toy elf from the movie

Popsicle sticks, googly eyes, a red pom pom for a nose, and brown chenille sticks for antlers will be held together nicely with craft glue --or hot glue if you are short on drying time!


Red and green markers for decorating aren't necessary but make a nice touch!


A bit of red ribbon or twine makes a perfect way to hang your Rudolph ornament!