25 Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

How to Make a Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament

Fireflies & Mud Pies 

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

    DIY Christmas Ornament: A Pipe Cleaner and Beads Snowflake (A Kid’s Craft)

    The DIY Mommy

    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

    DIY Space Christmas Ornaments

    Adventure in a Box 

    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

    DIY Sesame Street Ornaments

    Lets Make Stuff 

    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

    Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Ornament

    Girl in the Garage

    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. 

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    Melted Bead Ornaments

    Handmade Beaded Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make

    Crystal and Co. 

    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

    Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornaments

    Easy Peasy and Fun

    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 Cane Christmas Trees

    Mom on Timeout 

    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

    DIY Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments for Kids From Repurposed Sweaters


    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. 

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    Kooky Christmas Decor

    Easy and Fun DIY Ornaments

    Busy Mom’s Helper 

    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

    Easy Paper Strip Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make

    It’s Always Autumn 

    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

    Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

    Hello Homebody

    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

    Paper Straw DIY Christmas Ornaments

    Make & Do Crew 

    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. 

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    Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments

    DIY Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

    Farmhouse on Boon

    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.

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    Colorful Metal Ornaments

    Christmas Ornaments – Christmas Crafts For Kids!

    Reality Daydream 

    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

    Sparkly Pom Pom Ball Christmas Ornaments For Kids to Make

    Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

    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

    DIY Festive Animals For a Kid’s Christmas Tree


    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. 

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    Upcycled Scrap Ribbon

    How to Make a Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament

    Fireflies & Mud Pies 

    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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    Lego Ornaments

    Simple Lego Christmas Ornaments For Kids

    Little Bins for Little Lands

    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

    Light of the World Light Bulb Christmas Ornament

    It Happens in a Blink

    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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    Princess Baubles

    Disney Princess-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

    As the Bunny Hops 

    Jazz up classic Christmas baubles and decorate them like your family’s favorite Disney princesses.

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    DIY Christmas List Tree Ornament

    Make a Christmas Ornament!

    Honeybear Lane 

    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

    DIY Salt Dough Donut Ornaments

    A Beautiful Mess 

    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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    Light Bulb Penguin Ornaments

    Light-Bulb Penguins

    Lady With The Red Rocker

    One of the mascots of the holiday season is the cute and lovable penguin. You can create your own penguin character by painting an upside-down light bulb. Kids can customize each one with their name and favorite colors. 

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    Simple DIY Stained Glass

    Stained Glass Nativity Ornament Craft For Kids

    I Heart Arts n Crafts 

    Painted tissue paper gives this ornament a stained glass look without all those dangerous materials to work with.

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    Cocoa-Filled Ornaments

    Homemade Hot Chocolate Ornaments Gift

    Life Sew Savor

    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.