Homemade ornaments are the best. They fill your tree with memories that you can unwrap and decorate your tree with each year. We have a family ornament-making day each Christmas as part of our “Countdown to Christmas” activities. Memories!
Here are some of the best DIY ornament ideas we’ve found.
Adorable! Capture your child's fingerprints in these tiny heart keepsake ornaments. “ via Mama Papa Bubba.
Meet Rudolph. This burlap ornament is easy to make and doubles as a candy cane holder. – via Inch of Creativity.
Make a cute pom-pom ornament from an old T-shirt. This is a cute ornament that is unbreakable. Perfect for a home with small kiddos. – via Skip to my Lou.
Ornaments Kids can Make
CUTE! These reindeer are made from bottle caps, twigs and googly eyes. – via Dollar Store Crafts
Do a science experiment and decorate your tree “ at the same time “ with these crystal ornaments. – via The Craft Train.
Use scraps of fabric to upgrade an old ornament. Wrap them and add some festive sprigs . “ via Good Housekeeping.
This Snowman Face is a super easy concept to re-create using an old ornament. – via Mer Mag
DIY Christmas Decorations
Paper is light and versatile! Create some origami star ornaments to decorate your home. – via Anne Kata.
Remember your child's first year by turning their baby shoes into an ornament. Be sure to write the year on the sole. – via Tidy Brown Wren.
I adore this DIY shadow box ornament with mini action! – via Mod Podge Rocks
Transform a light bulb-like ornament into a tiny snow globe. You will need glitter, glue and a tiny tree. – via No Biggie.
Wrap yarn around a Styrofoam cone to create a fun tree-like ornament. Easy and cute! – via Craft Passion.
Christmas Tree Decorations
Kid-made Idea: Create ornaments for your tree from scraps of cardboard, aluminum foil and jewels. – via Kids Activities
Cut paper towel tubing into rings to create these glittery stars. Great for preschoolers or kids to make. – via Blog a la Cart.
Air Dry clay is the perfect medium to create one-of-a-kind ornaments. Trace birds into clay using a coloring page to make these ornaments. – via Kids Activities.
So easy, preschoolers can make it “ and they look great! Make a popsicle stick tree. – via Spoonful Blog.
Use Spraypaint to create mock-mercury glass ornaments. Just paint over old toys to get a fun new look. – via Create, Craft, Love.
Make a mini-terrarium “ use bits of moss and greenery to fill the bottom of your ornament. – via Brit.
Applesauce and cinnamon ornaments “ these are a fun Christmas tradition at our house. We make them every year! – via Fettle Vegan
Create a mini-snowglobe with a fun glass ornament and some white glitter and greenery bits. – via Mod Podge Rocks.
Did you cut down a tree this past fall? Use a slice from one of the branches to make a snow man's face. – via Clumsy Crafter.
Use alcohol ink (we make our own “ recipe in the book) to dye ornaments into a gorgeous mottled look. – via By Stephanie Lynn.
Cover pinecones with glitter for a fun sparkly tree ornament. The colors are fun! – via The Homes I have Made.
Cover a small toy with glue, glitter and a top coat of clear nail polish to add some sparkle to your tree. – via Kids Activities.
Create a self-portrait of your face with clay to put on the Christmas Tree. – via Kids Activities.
Twist metallic pipecleaners into dangling icicles “ add beads and you have a sparkly tree ornament. – via Happy Hooligans.