20 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments (2024)

Looking for some fun DIY Christmas Ornaments?

Planning fun activities for your little ones to do will make it even more wonderful! In this article, you will find 20 EASY DIY Christmas Ornaments to try with your kids. 

Let’s get started with the magic!


#1: Reindeer Pom Ornament

This reindeer DIY Christmas ornament is simple to make and turns out adorable.

I love it when I get to do crafts with the kids. It creates such fun memories. This is great for the adults and kids to work together to make.

reindeer pom ornament diy

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

The kids can push brown poms into a clear ornament!

C. Activity

Make antlers out of brown sparkly scrapbook paper. Then, cut them out and hot glue them to the top of the ornament.

Involve the kids in this step by letting them cut the antlers out. This is a great way to work on some cutting skills. Then, the adult will use the hot glue to attach them.

Then, stick googly eyes onto the front of the ornament.

Grab a craft pom, button, or paint on a red nose for the reindeer. We chose to hot glue on a pom, but the kids can create more if they paint the nose on.

Lastly, add a smile using a Sharpie marker!


#2: Snowglobe Ornament

These are just the cutest DIY Christmas ornaments that you’ll want to make each year!

I love how these turned out. The pictures in them are adorable.

laminated snow globe ornaments

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Open up your laminating sheet. Then, cut out the circle part of the snow globe template and trace it onto the inside of the sheet. You can fit 4 circles onto one sheet.

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C. Activity

Paint the bottom of the circle blue or white for the snow. Then, have the kids fingerprint snow around the circle.

Let it dry completely.

While letting it dry, find the pictures you want to add. Cut out your kid’s pictures so there is no background in the picture.

Once the snow globe is dry, tape the picture down on the snow globe. Then, shut the laminating sheet and laminate the photos!

Cut out the circles and punch a hole at the top of the circle to stick a ribbon or thread through to hang on the tree.

Then, cut out the bottom part of the snow globe and copy it onto colored card stock paper. Attach with tape or hot glue and hang up on the tree!


#3: Popsicle Stick Tree Ornaments

Stick crafts make the perfect DIY Christmas ornament for kids to make. I especially love these ones because of the photos inside.

They are great to put on the tree year after year. These are so fun and colorful with all the supplies that were used.

 How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Grab some colored popsicle sticks or paint them using acrylic paint.

If you choose to paint them. wait for them to dry, then hot glue them in a triangle shape to make a tree! If you choose colored sticks, you can do this step right away.

C. Activity

Let the kids decorate the trees using the supplies you have! We used all the items that are listed in the materials section. Most can be glued on using regular school glue.

The only one that had to be hot glued on was the mini ornaments.

Place a star sticker at the top of the tree!

You can just choose to leave them like they are with just the sticks, or you can add in a special photo. To do this, you can either tape it onto the back or hot glue it on to make sure it doesn’t move.

Then, cut a piece of Christmas ribbon and make a loop by connecting the two ends. You’ll need to hot glue the ends together and then hot glue it to the back of the top of the triangle by the star.


#4: Handprint Ornaments

Looking for the perfect keepsake DIY Christmas ornament? Make these easy and adorable handprint ornaments.

I love putting these ornaments up on the tree each year. I have such special memories of making them with the kids.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Fill each of the ornaments up with craft poms! The kids love this part. Don’t put the top back on until the ornaments are done because you can flip them upside down to dry.

C. Activity

Paint your child’s hand with acrylic paint and make prints on the ornaments. This can be tricky; the nice thing is, if you mess up, you can wipe it off and try again until you get the print you like.

Flip the ornament upside down and let it dry completely (since it’s acrylic paint it’ll only take about 15/20 minutes).

Then, add the details! For the snowmen, add eyes, paint a nose on, and make fingerprint buttons. At the end, I hot glued small craft poms on and added a top to the ear muffs with a paint brush and paint.

For the tree, the kids will make fingerprint lights and paint on a star or use a star sticker!

Lastly, for the reindeer, hot glue googly eyes on and fingerprint on a nose and lights around the top of the fingers.

I also added on Sharpie for the string of lights.

#5: Snowman Pom Ornament

Here’s another simple and fun pom DIY Christmas ornament for kids to make.

This time, let’s make a snowman! I love this because you can make a few of these and change up the colors to make them different.

diy snowman oranment

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Have the kids push white poms inside the clear ornament.

C. Activity

To create the snowman, stick googly eyes onto the front of the ornament.

Then, create a carrot nose out of card stock paper and glue it on.

To make the mouth, you can either use hot glue to glue on buttons, paint small black dots, or use a Sharpie marker and draw them in.

Lastly, hot glue two poms to the sides of the ornament for the ear warmers. We used sparkly poms, but you can use regular ones as well.

Cut a pipe cleaner to fit in between your poms and hot the sides next to the poms. What a cute DIY snowman ornament!


#6: Handprint Christmas Tree 

This is my favorite DIY Christmas ornament. I just can’t get enough of handprint crafts. They are always the cutest and the ones we keep.

This one is SO easy too! My son loved creating this ornament. It’s a special one to put up on the tree each year.

handprint Christmas tree ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Have the kids add white poms in the clear ornament. This isn’t a must for this activity, but we added them in to look like snow in the background of the tree. Plus, he loves adding poms to the ornaments.

C. Activity

Paint your little one’s hand and make a print on the ornament by pressing the hand upside down to look like a tree.

Make sure to press the entire hand down, including the fingers, so the whole print shows up on the ornament.

Let this dry; it will only take a few minutes. Then, have the kid’s fingerprint ornaments using other colors!

Lastly, hot glue a star to the top of the ornament. Make sure to put the top of the ornament back on before doing this step.

What a cute handprint craft for your Christmas tree!


#7: Christmas Pom Tree Ornament

Make this adorable DIY Christmas ornament for your Christmas tree.

I love the buttons on this craft. It’s so fun and colorful for the kids to create.

diy Christmas tree ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Have the kids push green poms into the clear ornament. I like the dark green poms for this craft so the colorful buttons really stand out!

C. Activity

Draw on strings of lights using a Sharpie marker around the entire ornament.

Have the kids use glue to stick buttons around the ornament. They can also fingerpaint the ornaments on if you don’t want to use buttons. Either way, this craft will turn out cute!

This is such a simple DIY Christmas ornament.


#8: Wood Slice Snowman 

Making wood slice DIY Christmas ornaments is easy and fun.

I love how they turn out! Kids and adults will love creating these ornaments.

wood slice snowman ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Paint your wood slices white. We just do the inside circle part of the slice so you can see part of the wood (this is optional, you can paint the entire thing if you’d like).

We used two wood slices to make our snowman, you can use one or two, either way, it will look cute!

C. Activity

You will use a black Sharpie to draw the eyes and mouth. Then, you can paint on an orange nose!

If you are using two wood slices, hot glue the bottom of the face to the top of the body of the snowman.

Then, either draw on buttons or hot glue buttons/poms onto the body.

Lastly, if you have a ribbon, you can tie it around the neck of the snowman to be the scarf!


#9: Wood Slice Reindeer Ornament

This is another fun woodside DIY Christmas ornament that your kids will LOVE!

Make Rudolf and his reindeer friends in this simple ornament craft.

diy reindeer wood slice ornaments

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Paint the inside part of the wood slice brown. We chose to use light brown, but you can use either dark or light brown.

C. Activity

Stick the googly eyes onto the slice and hot glue a red pom in the center for the nose.

Have the kids cut a pipe cleaner in half and wrap it around their finger a few times to create curls. Then, hot glue two pieces of pipe cleaner to the back of the slice to create the antlers.

Lastly, hot glue a piece of twine to the back of the ornament.

This is a simple but adorable DIY Christmas ornament that you and the kids can make together.


#10: Grinch Pom Ornament

One of the best Christmas movies of all time is The Grinch! Your kids will LOVE making this simple DIY Christmas ornament.

There are just a few simple steps, too, which I always appreciate!

grinch pom ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Have the kids add in green ornaments.

C. Activity

You can do this step along with your child by making the shape of the heart with acrylic paint. Then, they can fill in the heart shape!

This is such a simple ornament you can also add a ribbon at the top of the ornament, we didn’t have a red ribbon at the time, but I wish I did!

Add the ribbon at the top of the ornament and hang it on your tree! This is a perfect DIY Christmas ornament for toddlers and preschoolers.


#11: Santa Wood Slice Ornament

This wood slice DIY Christmas ornament is adorable.

Your kids will love making a Santa ornament!

santa wood slice ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Paint one wood slice red and create another one 1/4 red at the top of Santa’s hat and make a beard using white paint.

You can paint Santa’s face, or you can just leave it with the color of the wood.

C. Activity

Paint a black stripe in the center of the red slice for Santa’s belt. Then, make a buckle out of glitter glue.

Let the glitter glue and paint dry.

Hot glue the top and bottom together to make Santa!

Draw on eyes for Santa’s eyes and hot glue a white pom at the top of his hat.


#12: Fingerprint Snowman

This is an adorable keepsake DIY Christmas ornament to hang up on your tree each year!

I love these simple ornaments, too; they make it fun and easy for the kids to be a part of.

fingerprint snowman DIY ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Have your little one dip their fingers in white paint and make three prints to make a snowman. You can most likely make 2-3 snowmen on your ornament depending on how large it is.

C. Activity

Paint snow at the bottom of the ornament using white acrylic paint.

Leave this to dry (Place a scrunched-up paper towel underneath the ornament so it doesn’t roll around, or place it back in the container it came in if there is one).

Then, draw on eyes, buttons, and a scarf using colored Sharpies. If you don’t have colored Sharpies, you can also use acrylic paint markers, or you can even paint them on if you want.

Add the year at the bottom of the ornament to remember when your kids created the ornament.


#13: Fingerprint Reindeer Ornament

This is one of my favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that we have made. I just love the colors and how it turns out!

Plus, as you can see, I am really into the handprint and fingerprint ornaments, they are always too cute to look back on.

fingerprint reindeer ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • clear ornament
  • white poms
  • acrylic paint
  • brown acrylic paint marker
  • Sharpie
  • poms
  • Q-tips

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B. Set-up

Push white poms inside the clear ornament.

C. Activity

Have the kids dip their finger in brown acrylic paint and make prints around the entire ornament. They should leave some space in between the reindeer, so there is enough room to draw on the antlers.

Then, leave the prints to dry.

Once they are dry, draw on the antlers using a Sharpie or brown acrylic paint marker.

Use Q-tips to paint some colors around the ornament.

Lastly, draw on some eyes and a nose for the reindeer. What a cute and fun ornament to make with your kids!


#14: Fingerprint Lights Ornament

We found these adorable photo ornaments at Hobby Lobby.

I love the photo frame is already included, so it makes it super simple to make and create.

fingerprint photo ornaments

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Paint the wood part of the ornament white with acrylic paint and wait for it to dry.

C. Activity

Once the white part is dry, draw a string for the lights using a black Sharpie marker around the entire ornament.

Then, the kids will dip their fingers in colored paint and make ornaments around the string you created.

Lastly, add a photo, and you have an adorable photo Christmas ornament!


#15: Snowglobe Print Ornament

When I saw these snow globe ornaments at Dollar Tree, I knew I had to grab them to create these fun DIY Christmas ornaments.

This one is so cool because it really looks like a little snow globe!

snowglobe fingerprint ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Unscrew the cap of the ornament and hot glue a mini tree in the middle.

C. Activity

Add fake snow inside the clear ornament, screw the cap back on and shake the snow to the bottom near the tree.

Hot glue a ribbon at the bottom of the ornament.

Then, have the kids dip their finger in acrylic paint and make snow prints around the entire ornament.

Tie a ribbon or piece of thread at the top and hang it on your tree!


#16: Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Popsicle stick crafts are fun and easy! These make wonderful DIY Christmas ornaments for your tree.

This snowflake winter craft for kids is fun because you can use many different supplies!

popsicle stick snowflakes

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • popsicle sticks
  • acrylic paint
  • glitter
  • glue
  • yarn
  • poms
  • buttons

B. Set-up

Paint the popsicle sticks using acrylic paint. Once they are dry, hot glue two in a cross shape and then two diagonally to create a snowflake.

C. Activity

Add some glue to the popsicle sticks and add on your supplies!

Set them aside to dry. These can also be hung up by adding a piece of twine to the back.


#17: Bell Wreath Ornament

Jingle bells make the perfect DIY Christmas ornament for kids.

My son loved making his ornament, he was so proud of how it turned out!

bell ornaments diy

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Have the kids start stringing the bells on the pipe cleaner. My son wanted to do a pattern of colors!

C. Activity

Once they filled up most of the pipe cleaner, bring the two ends together and twist to close the pipe cleaner.

Grab a Christmas ribbon and tie it around the top of the pipe cleaner where you twisted it closed.

Then, if you want to use this as an ornament, grab a piece of twine and make a loop. Hot glue it to the back of the ribbon. Then, hang it on your tree!


#18: Straw Wreath Ornament

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How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Cut paper straws into small pieces to be able to string on the pipe cleaners.

C. Activity

Choose a design that you want to make with the wreath! You can use one certain color straw or mix and match.

The kids will start threading the straw pieces on. Leave some room on both sides of the pipe cleaner so it can be closed.

Once they have enough straw pieces on, twist the ends of the pipe cleaner to make to make a bow! This will also make sure the straw pieces don’t fall off.

Add these wreaths right on your tree!


#19: Fingerprint Snow Ornament

I love the fake snow in this DIY Christmas ornament.

This is a simple ornament to make with toddlers and preschoolers that can be put on the tree each year.

fingerprint snow ornament

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Have the kids add the styrofoam balls to the ornament.

C. Activity

Draw a string of Christmas lights around the entire ornament with a Sharpie. I made three lines of lights!

Then, have the kids dip their fingers into the paint and make lights all around the ornament.

Let it dry, and you can write the year that it was made on the side to remember!


#20: DIY Glitter Ornaments

These glitter ornaments were so fun to make, and they were super simple.

My kids are obsessed with glitter. So, they were immediately excited when I told them we were making these ornaments. Watch the video below for details.

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How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • clear ornaments
  • Polycrylic protective finish
  • glitter
  • pom
  • googly eyes
  • scrapbook paper
  • cardstock
  • glitter glue
  • gems
  • hot glue

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B. Set-up

Open up the clear ornament and use a medicine syringe to put Polycrylic protective finish. Rotate the ornament around so it covers the entire inside.

C. Activity

Add glitter inside the ornament. We chose brown, red, and green glitter. You’ll rotate the ornament around again to get the glitter around the entire ornament.

Once covered, place the top of the ornament back on.

Then, make your ornaments! We made a reindeer, a Christmas tree, and Santa.

For the reindeer, we added on scrapbook sparkly paper antlers, googly eyes, and a pom nose, the Christmas tree has gems and a sticker star, and the Santa has a paper belt with glitter glue buckle.


#21: Mickey Christmas Ornament

I am a MAJOR Disney fanatic. I had to include making a Mickey ornament in our DIY Christmas ornament list.

Here’s an adorable way to bring some Disney magic into your house for the holidays.

mickey christmas ornament DIY

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • clear ornament
  • black poms
  • red acrylic paint
  • small mini ornaments
  • hot glue
  • buttons
  • paint brush

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B. Set-up

Have the kids push black poms inside the clear ornament.

C. Activity

Then, paint the bottom of the ornament red using acrylic paint. If you want the kids to help with this part, make the line that they should paint up to on the ornament, and they can fill it in.

Place it upside down to dry. When it’s dry, hot glue to mini red ornaments at the top on either side for Mickey’s ears.

Then, hot glue two buttons in the center of the red section. We grabbed these Mickey buttons from Joann Fabrics.

Now you’ll have a little piece of Disney in your house for the holidays!


Final Thoughts and Conclusion 

I hope you found some magical DIY Christmas ornaments that you can try this holiday season!

Christmas is the best time of year to craft. You’ll make such fun memories doing these crafts together, especially since they are EASY!

I’d love to hear about some DIY Christmas ornaments that you have done with kids. Also, what activities or traditions do you do at home? Please share with our community!

Happy Holidays!

Deena

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