I feel like breaking into a chorus of “O, Christmas Tree”, but I’ll spare you my singing (yes… even over the internet, you’ll be able to hear my out of tone voice!). But this is my way of saying how excited I am to write this post!
Below you will find 25 Christmas ornament crafts for kids! These ornament ideas are perfect winter activities for kids of all ages. Younger children and preschoolers might need help with some of them, but older kids will able to do most of these with little or no help.
There’s such an array of ornament crafts to pick from, and I have chosen a variety of types that use lots of different materials and techniques.
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A Kid’s Christmas Tree
Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favorite holiday activities. We normally do it after Thanksgiving on the Saturday or Sunday. We actually have 3 trees! My main living room tree, a smaller one in our front window and then a fun kids tree!
Over the years my kids have created so many different ornaments that our main tree was just getting too full. So we decided to buy a smaller tree, decorate it with fun, bright-colored baubles and use it to display all my kids’ homemade ornaments.
We have made a lot of the ornament projects below, but there are a few which we are really excited to try out this year.
As a massive Lego fan, I can’t wait to try the Lego ornament ideas… just need to make sure I have the pieces! The galaxy STEM balls are intriguing and look like a lot of fun to make (after all, I love all things galaxy!).
But I am probably most looking forward to making some pomanders, as I have been making them every year since I was a child! It’s just a simple orange with ribbon wrapped around it. You then stick whole cloves into the orange (in any pattern you want). The whole thing just smells wonderful and just the thought of them makes me feel very festive!
There are so many different ideas below (just scroll down!). They are perfect to make at home, at school or at a party with friends.
Holiday Classroom Parties
Finding craft projects for school classroom Holiday parties can be a real challenge. It needs to be non-denominational, easy to assemble, cheap to make, but create a nice keepsake that the child and family will love! Not much to ask for!
Most of these Christmas ornament crafts would be perfect for classroom Holiday parties. There are some very simple but effective projects that kids will love to make and their parents’ will love to receive!
Holiday Ornament Crafts
Let’s get festive and take a look at these adorable and easy Christmas ornament crafts which are just perfect for any kid in your life (or adults too!).
Paper Angel Ornament
We'll start this list with the simplest kids' ornament - a Paper Folded Angel. All you need for this ornament is some paper, ribbon, and a bead! You could even use glitter or colored paper if you wanted to make it even more festive.
It's fun to use natural items to make ornaments as they give a rustic feel to your Christmas tree. Try this painted walnut ornament. You could decorate it to look like pretty much anything (top it upside down and paint it green to make mini Christmas trees!), this example shows a strawberry!
Sea Glass Ornaments
This project uses a simple salt dough and sea glass (or other small trinkets, like buttons) to make pretty little trees. The options are endless for what you can do with this idea!
Paper Clip Angel Ornament
I love how simple this kids' Christmas ornament project is. Bend a paperclip, attach a bead and ribbon and you have yourself a little angel! This would be a fun craft to make in the car on a long drive to a relatives house for the holidays.
Paper Snowman Ornaments
I love paper crafts and this one is a great example of a simple but effective paper ornament. Older kids will have fun making this on their own. Younger kids might need a little more help.
Snow Globe Tutorial
Snow globes are such a fun Christmas decoration, so why not have a go at making your own mini snow globe? You could use any miniature figurine in the center of the globe. Even a Lego minifig!
Santa Wish List Ornament
I wish I had thought of this when my children were smaller! Write down all the things on your child's holiday wishlist (don't forget to put the year) and put it inside a clear ornament... a wonderful keepsake ornament! Imagine a tree full of 18 of these when your child reaches 18 years old!
Salt Dough Handprint Ornament
Salt dough is a great way to make custom ornaments for your tree (bonus, it's non-toxic for little ones to play with). Roll out the dough, imprint your child's hand, allow to dry and then paint! Simple, but effective. These make great gifts for family and friends too!
Did you know you can make your own plastic from gelatin? Yep, the cheap little packets of gelatin that you can get at the grocery store! This is a great STEM project and you end up with an adorable holiday ornament.
Unicorn Christmas Ornament
Unicorns might not be a traditional Christmas ornament, but these guys are too cute! If you don't fancy making unicorns, you could even use the same method to make reindeer faces.
Lego Candy Cane Ornament
Lego crafts are so much fun! This Lego candy cane ornament uses common pieces and will look so cute on your kid's Christmas tree! These would also make nice gifts for your kids to give to their friends.
Lego Christmas Tree Ornament
Love, love, love this Lego Christmas Tree! It uses slightly more unusual pieces, but you can get normally find them on various Lego brick sites (on this site they start from 2 cents each!).
Snowflake Globe Ornament
This is a different twist on a snow globe ornament. It is much simpler to make than the previous one, so this might be better for younger kids or older kids who want to make it on their own.
Elf Handprint Ornament
This is a fun way to turn your child's handprint into a cute little festive elf! There are so many options for this project - you could make a little Santa, a reindeer, even a Christmas tree.
Wine Cork Snowman Ornament
Do you have some wine corks hanging around? Go on, admit it! Why not put them to good use and make these adorable snowmen ornaments. Customize it with different ribbons, you could even pick your favorite sports team or college colors for the scarf.
Jigsaw Piece Ornament
My son actually made this craft at his pre-school many years ago. I still have it and hang it on the tree every year! Such a nice keepsake and a great gift for family and friends too.
Rudolph Tealight Ornament
A dollar store tealight, some paint and a few basic craft supplies, and you have yourself a cute light-up reindeer! Your kids will love to see Rudolph's nose glowing from among the branches of your tree.
Christmas Angel Ornament
This clothespin ornament reminds me of my childhood! Every year we would make clothespin dolls for our tree. We even had a clothespin Nativity scene! You can find old fashioned clothespins on Amazon (about $12 for 100) and make a whole host of angels for your tree!
While we're talking about old fashioned ornaments, this is another very traditional ornament that you can make together as a family. Bonus... it smells amazing! The smell of oranges of cloves will fill your room and make you feel very festive!
Reindeer Cinnamon Stick Ornament
Another way to make your tree smell of Christmas is to use cinnamon sticks. Tie three sticks together and you've got yourself the start of a reindeer ornament! The more of these you make, the better your tree will smell!
Simple Sticker Ornaments
This is a very simple, but very effective ornament. All you need is some clear ornaments, some filler, and festive stickers... that's it! How simple is that? But your kids will love to make them and take pride in hanging them on your tree.
Terracotta Pot Snowman Ornament
This little guy is just too adorable! And so easy to make too! This would make an awesome classroom party craft for the holidays. The kids would have fun making it and get to take home an ornament that their whole family can enjoy.
I love all things galaxy (like my Galaxy in a Bottle craft), so making galaxy ornaments is a no-brainer! This is a great STEM project to inject a bit of education into your Christmas crafts. I can't wait to make this with my kids this holiday season!
You can use your old mason jar lid ring to make this wreath ornament. Once you've made the basic shape you can decorate it any way you want to - beads, buttons, charms, ribbon, glitter and more!