Perhaps the greatest part of the holiday season is getting in quality family time and the centerpiece of every festive family home is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Lights, tinsel, and garlands all have their place, but ornaments are a Christmas tree must-have.
You can combine these two Christmas traditions by creating your own adorable ornaments at the side of your family. Your kids will love the tradition of decorating the tree even more when they can select their own handmade ornaments to display.
Need ideas beyond basic baubles and colorful candy canes? We’re here to help.
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Beaded Snowflake Ornament
This craft is so simple, it only requires three supplies. Nonetheless, it results in a gorgeous ornament that will make any tree sparkle.
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Cosmic Christmas DIY
Every kid dreams of being an astronaut, right? They can start dreaming up their future now while making your Christmas tree look out-of-this-world and, to boot, improving fine motor skills.
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Sesame Street Ornaments
We think Sesame Street characters are welcome anywhere—even on Christmas trees. Craft up Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and all your kids' favorites with this easy tutorial.
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DIY Paint Chip Christmas Trees
If you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with this craft. It’s cheap, kid-friendly and mess-free! Parents, you know that combination is hard to come by.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Melted Bead Ornaments
The possibilities are endless when it comes to these DIY melted bead ornaments. Kids can choose their favorite colors, patterns, and shapes to design their perfect decoration and show off their creation on the family tree. Festive cookie cutters make all the difference here.
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Handmade Yarn Trees
All ages will love this cute craft, using yarn and pom-poms to decorate their very own mini Christmas trees.
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Candy Cane Christmas Trees
Candy canes are the essence of Christmas. You may be tempted to hang bare candies on the tree, but try dressing yours up this year. Here, you can learn how to transform your candy cane into an adorable Christmas tree.
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Upcycled Sweater Ornaments
Kids grow fast. Put their outgrown shirts and sweaters to good use by repurposing them. They can help you transform their old stuff into beautiful ornaments to place on the tree this year.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Kooky Christmas Decor
No one will be able to hold in the laughter after they spot these ornaments on the tree. After your kids create their own Christmas-y character, give them a name. The stranger, the better!
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Elegant Paper Ornaments
These DIY paper ornaments may look fancy, but you can trust us when we tell you this craft is kid-approved. The key is finding beautiful and festive paper. The rest is simple!
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Festive Peppermint Candy
During the holidays, candy is never out of reach. If you find yourself a peppermint surplus, we have the perfect DIY for you and your family.
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Paper Straw Ornaments
Take advantage of the cute, decorative paper straws on the market these days, gather your family, and create these ornaments. You’ll need to use a needle and thread to keep the straws in place, so extra parental supervision is required.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments
Bring the joy of baking to your Christmas tree with the DIY ornaments in this tutorial. With only two ingredients, you can’t go wrong.
Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments from Farmhouse on Boone
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Colorful Metal Ornaments
Aluminum foil makes for a fun, shiny, budget-friendly Christmas decoration. Your kids will love using markers to decorate foil shapes to their hearts' desire and hang them dutifully on the tree to admire throughout the season.
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Pom Pom Balls
Pick out fun pom poms in varying Christmas colors and let your kiddos go wild. (But leave the hot gluing to an adult.)
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Painted Animal Tree Ornaments
Our favorite part of this project? No pointy hooks! When placed strategically, animal figurines fit nice and snug on a Christmas tree. Give old toys a makeover with paint and you’ve got a fun new tree decoration.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Upcycled Scrap Ribbon
If you don’t have any extra ribbon laying around, check your local thrift store for scraps or head to your local craft store. This craft is fun for all ages and the ornaments make great gifts for family and friends.
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Kids go crazy for Legos. Once they’re in the Christmas spirit, they can make some impressive ornaments from them.
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Glitter-y Light Bulb DIY
Lights are a big part of the holiday season. Considering Christmas falls near the dark winter solstice, that makes sense. Follow this tutorial with your kids to give your tree a little light.
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Jazz up classic Christmas baubles and decorate them like your family’s favorite Disney princesses.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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DIY Christmas List Tree Ornament
Your kids can write down their Christmas wish list this year and place it where Santa is sure to spot it—right on your tree.
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Salt Dough Donuts
Parents will likely remember working with salt dough from childhood. It’s a simple, versatile, and fairly kid-friendly material that’s perfect for making unique ornaments. Mix things up a bit this year by creating these adorable salt dough donuts to place on the tree.
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Simple DIY Stained Glass
Painted tissue paper gives this ornament a stained glass look without all those dangerous materials to work with.
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You can find empty clear glass baubles at most craft and hobby stores. Your family can help you fill them with sweet treats to give away as gifts or save for the next snow day.