What’s not to love about a handcrafted ornament made with love by little hands. Whether you’re making Christmas ornaments to decorate your tree, for a neighborhood ornament exchange or for the kids to give as gifts, there are plenty of DIY ornaments on my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board. You can also just type ‘Christmas ornaments’ into the search box and you’ll find ornaments of every type.
From salt dough ornaments to felt ornaments and ornaments made with recycled items, there’s something for every age and ability level. Your little one will love making an easy paper ornament from Fantastic Fun and Learning or a simple snowflake ornament from the DIY Mommy.
Start with beads, popsicle sticks, construction paper, markers, felt, glue, glitter and other ingredients you probably have in your craft box. In no time at all, your child can create a perfect DIY gift for mom, dad and grandparents. Try these simple ornaments with your little one.
Christmas Shape Ornaments
Use cookie cutters to trace Christmas designs on construction paper or felt. Let your kids cut out the shapes, then decorate with markers and glitter. Add a hole at the top with a hole punch and thread ribbon or yarn through to hang from the tree.
Cookie cutters can also be used to make salt dough ornaments, a favorite for kids of all ages. You can also trace around your child’s hand to make handprints ornaments from the dough.
Salt Dough Ornaments
Mix one cup of salt and one cup of flour. Gradually add water and mix with your hands until the dough is not too sticky and there is no residue left on your fingers when you touch the dough. This will take 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes to make it soft. Your kids will enjoy this step. Roll the dough out and cut shapes using cookie cutters. Using a straw, make a hole at the top of the ornament.
If you prefer, cut large oval shapes from the dough. Make a hole at the top of the ornament with a straw. Let your child press down with his hand in the center of each oval to create a hand print impression. You can also trace around your child’s hand and cut out with a knife.
Place shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 100 degrees for up to 3 hours. Turn over once or twice during cooking.
Let cool and remove from cookie sheet. Your child can paint using acrylic paints, then add glitter or sequins if desired. After ornaments are dry, let your child write his name on the back with a permanent marker, spray with a fixative and add ribbon or yarn for a hanger.
Easy Filled Ornaments
Start with glass or clear plastic ball-shaped ornaments. Remove the tops and partially fill with your choice of glitter, confetti, ribbon or artificial snow. Mix and match fillings to create a unique gift.
Handprint Snowmen Christmas Ornaments
Check out Simple Fun for Kids for an easy snowman ornament made using your child’s handprint. Paint your child’s hand with white acrylic paint, place an ornament in the palm of your child’s hand and let her close her fingers around the ornament. When the paint dries, use a Sharpie to add details.
For younger kids, ornaments made from kits are super easy to make. Visit your local craft store and you’ll find a selection of ornament kits. The kits come with everything needed to make cute ornaments to give as gifts or hang on your own Christmas tree.
Making handcrafted ornaments is a family tradition your kids will love. Let each child make ornaments to give as gifts to grandparents, sitters, relatives and friends. Be sure to have your child write his name and the date on each ornament and don’t forget to keep one for your tree.