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12 Adorable Holiday Ornaments for Kids to Make

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

Use common craft supplies to make a dozen decorations for your tree.

Use common craft supplies to make a dozen decorations for your tree.

How to Craft Handmade Christmas Ornaments With the Kids

Making Christmas ornaments with kids at school or home is a very old tradition around the world, and so many adorable ornament ideas are available!

Kid-made Christmas ornaments are sweet and sentimental. They become treasured keepsakes adorning tree after tree, generation after generation. Parents and grandparents will cherish these ornaments or magnets for years to come. They will appreciate the teacher or caregiver’s efforts in helping kids with these homemade crafts.

Try these adorable ornaments to make with the kids this Christmas. They require few materials and are easy to do yet quite impressive-looking. Younger children can make them with adult help. Older kids can make them with minimal help. Also, making ornaments into refrigerator magnets is an option for some of these crafts.


What You'll Need

Some of the supplies you'll need for the various projects include:

  • craft sticks (both Popsicle and tongue depressor size)
  • paints
  • craft foam
  • buttons
  • beads
  • pom-poms in varying sizes
  • cloth scraps
  • ribbons
  • glitter
  • styrofoam balls
  • google eyes
  • red and green felt magnetic strip

Refer to each project for materials.


Christmas Mouse

This cute Christmas mouse is made of 3 simple parts, with googly eyes and a sequin for its nose.

  1. Cut an oval about 2 and a half inches long from green felt.
  2. Make 2 vertical slits near the mouse’s head.
  3. Insert the green felt oval to form the mouse’s ears.
  4. Tuck a candy cane inside the ears on the backside.
  5. Glue on googly eyes and a sequin nose.
  6. Hang him from the tree by his candy cane tail.

Tiny Shiny Tree

  1. Paint a craft stick green and let it dry.
  2. Cut and glitter a yellow craft foam star.
  3. Thread beads into the ends of a few pipe cleaners.
  4. Wrap the pipe cleaners around the craft sticks.
  5. Glue on the star and a ribbon hanger.

Snow Buddy

  1. Glue plastic beads and googly eyes on a styrofoam ball.
  2. Thread a jingle bell into the middle of a pipe cleaner.
  3. Add the pipe cleaner at the top, as shown.
  4. Add the pom-poms as ear muffs.

Craft Stick Tree

  1. Glue 3 craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Tuck in and glue a third craft stick.
  3. Paint the tree shape with green paint and allow it to dry.
  4. Decorate the tree with pom-poms or other craft supplies.
  5. Add a glittered yellow craft foam star for the top.
  6. Add a ribbon hanger.

Peppermint Stick North Pole Sign

  1. Paint a craft stick with white tempera or acrylic paint.
  2. Add stripes of glue.
  3. Sprinkle on red glitter.
  4. Make an arrow sign shape out of green construction paper.
  5. Write "North Pole" on the sign.
  6. Glue the sign to the top of the candy cane pole.

Craft Stick Rudolph

  1. Glue craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Leave an overlap for the antlers.
  3. Paint with brown tempera or acrylic paint.
  4. Allow it to dry.
  5. Glue on googly eyes.
  6. Give Rudolph a red pom-pom nose.
  7. Add a festive green ribbon and hanger.

Craft Stick Snowman

  1. Paint a craft stick white.
  2. Allow it to dry.
  3. Glue on small black pom-poms as eyes and buttons.
  4. Use a black Sharpie to add a mouth.
  5. Glue on an orange pom-pom for the nose.
  6. Add a scarf made from Christmas plaid ribbon.
  7. Cut and glue on a piece of chenille stem for the earmuffs.
  8. Add pom-poms on each side to complete the earmuffs.

Craft Stick Christmas Snowflake

  1. Arrange 6 Popsicle sticks in a hexagonal design and secure with glue.
  2. Paint with white tempera or acrylic paint.
  3. Allow it to dry.
  4. Glue on clear beads.
  5. Add a hanger of silver rope thread.

Manger With Angel

  1. Form a manger from 3 craft sticks and 2 halves, as shown.
  2. Use halves of 3 other sticks to paint an image of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus.
  3. Use another craft stick half and a shiny pipe cleaner to form an angel.
  4. Use pieces of craft stick for the manger.

Manger Picture Frame

  1. Form a square with 4 craft sticks that overlap.
  2. Glue the 4 craft sticks together at the corners.
  3. Glue on 2 extra craft sticks at the top in a triangle to form a roof.
  4. Glue blue paper behind the "roof."
  5. Add a craft foam star.
  6. Add a photo from a Christmas manger scene play.
  7. Glue on magnetic backing or use as an ornament.

Snazzy Snowman

  1. Paint an empty toilet tissue roll white.
  2. Cut a circle from cloth for a hat.
  3. Cut a strip of cloth for the sweater.
  4. Glue on clothing and buttons.
  5. Fold a circle over the top for cap and glue it on.
  6. Add a matching pom-pom to the cap.
  7. Glue on eyes. Draw facial features.

Snowman Fridge Magnet/Ornament

  1. Glue 6 wide (tongue depressor) craft sticks onto a backing of 2 narrow (Popsicle) sticks. The Popsicle sticks provide support for the 6 wide craft sticks.
  2. Glue a wide craft stick across the top horizontally, about 2 inches from the top.
  3. Paint the bottom white to represent the snowman’s face. Paint the top and horizontal stick black to represent the snowman’s hat.
  4. Allow it to dry and add googly eyes.
  5. Add craft foam shapes for a hat band, a carrot nose, and a mouth.
  6. Add a narrow black ribbon, and the magnet becomes an ornament.
  7. If desired, kids can personalize the front with their name and the date. Use a silver Sharpie.


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2020:

These homemade ornaments are so cute. I remember making ornaments using styrofoam balls with my mother when we were kids.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 08, 2019:

Thanks so much, Chitrangada!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 07, 2019:

Wow! So many creative pieces and all of them are so beautiful.

Well written and well presented article. It will help so many to prepare for the upcoming festival of Christmas.

Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 07, 2019:

That's great! Thanks for commenting, and have fun making them!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2019:

These ornaments are adorable. I am going to see my granddaughter in a few days so maybe I can work with her or ornaments. These instructions are very good.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 06, 2019:

Thank YOU. And happy holidays!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 06, 2019:

Thanks, Linda. It's so much a part of the holiday!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 06, 2019:

All of your ornaments were adorable. I know kids would have a blast making them, Thanks for sharing.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on December 06, 2019:

I like these fun ideas for kids crafting adorable ornaments and enjoying decorating the Christmas tree!