Homemade Christmas Ornaments

My favorite holiday decorations are the homemade Christmas ornaments that the kids make for our tree.

Every year after Thanksgiving our family gets together and we make several of the ornaments for our tree.

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Here are five, super simple ornaments that entertained and engaged my 2-5 year olds.

Cinnamon Stick Star Ornament

Cinnamon Star Ornament

My four year old, with supervision hot glued the pieces of cinnamon sticks together.

My five year old drizzled on the glue while my newly three year old drizzled on the glitter.

We love natural ornaments!  This one was inspired by Rosy Posy.

toy ornaments with glitter Glittery Toy Ornament

Glitter is huge at our house… and glue!  The more the better!

We dug out some of our old tiny toys and coated them with glue then doused them with glitter.

Love the effect!

We used tacky glue and I was not impressed with how well the glue “stuck” – the kids pealed the glitter off a few days after we hung them.  If any of you make similar ornaments, let me know what glue would be more lasting.

Our glittery toy ornaments were inspired by MarthaLove her.

jingle bell ornaments
Jingle Bell Ornaments

These were my youngest’s favorite ornaments.  Seriously, she is constantly trying to get “her bells”.

Add several bells to a thread.  Knot the ends together bunching the bells.  Hang on the tree!

Tip:  If you make them with preschoolers, use a plastic upholstery needle for them to thread the bells.  My kiddos were frustrated with the yarn until I remembered we had a stash of needles hidden away!

Bonus:  You will know when the kids are playing with the tree.

cinnamon ornaments Cinnamon Ornaments

I first made cinnamon ornaments when I was a child, the ornaments pictured I made with my oldest when she was a tot.  They have seen a number of Christmases and still look and smell great!

I spritz them lightly with water each season to help rejuvenate the scent.

To make cinnamon ornaments:

  • Add 1 cup cinnamon to 2/3rd cup applesauce and 1/3rd cup of glue
  • Bake in oven at 170 degrees {flip them once} until dry.

P.S.  Make sure your kiddos know that while these ornaments may be non-toxic, and they may smell really good – they are not food.  One of our stars is “missing” one of it’s “points”.

Felt Wreath ornament Felt Wreath Ornament

This ornament was inspired by Junk Garden Girl.  She featured a felt wreath ornament and my kiddos had to make one!  We had lots of leftover felt from previous projects.

This ornament is a great way to put scraps to use!  String the felt squares into a stack then tie the ends together.  Easy.

More Homemade Ornaments for Kids to Make

Love these ornaments?

We have more homemade Christmas ornament crafts for kids to do and there are several dozen suggestions from blogs I love on my pinterest board: Ornaments.

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).