Making popsicle stick ornaments is a fun way to get creative with kids of all ages this Christmas. Popsicle stick crafts are cheap, easy to make, and can be used in a variety of ways like the popsicle stick ornaments we are making today. Add some homemade fun to your Christmas tree with these painted wooden craft stick ornaments and create your children’s favorite holiday characters.

Popsicle stick ornaments for the Christmas tree including a penguin, snowman, reindeer, elf, and Santa.
Make these adorable Santa, penguin, snowman, elf, and reindeer popsicle stick ornaments.

Homemade Popsicle Stick Ornaments for Christmas

Christmas popsicle stick crafts are a great way to decorate your tree this holiday. We are showing these Christmas ornaments with popsicle sticks made with regular size popsicle sticks (also known as craft sticks or ice cream sticks), you can also use stir sticks or jumbo craft sticks too.

Related: Make popsicle stick snowflakes ornaments, Popsicle Stick & Tissue Paper Mosaic Sun Craft, and Christmas Dough Ornaments – Based on a Coloring Page

What I love about these cute ornament craft ideas is that they use simple materials and are lots of fun to make together. Make some each year to add to your Christmas tree! Even the youngest little hands can help: toddlers, preschoolers and older kiddos.

How to Make Christmas Ornaments from Popsicle Sticks

Santa & Friends Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornament Instructions in this Article Include:

  • Popsicle stick penguin
  • Snowman popsicle stick
  • Popsicle stick elf
  • Popsicle stick reindeer
  • and of course, popsicle stick Santa ornaments!

Supplies needed

Make popsicle stick ornaments for Christmas using popsicle sticks, paint, googly eyes, and pom poms.
Gather popsicle sticks, paint, pom poms, and googly eyes to make popsicle stick ornaments.

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Instructions for making popsicle stick ornaments

Step 1

Step 1 for making popsicle stick ornaments is to paint the main color onto each popsicle stick.
Paint your popsicle sticks in the main color for each Christmas character.

Using acrylic paint and a paintbrush, paint the main color for each of your popsicle stick ornament characters.

Note: We have painted small items like this that don’t need a lot of precision with cotton balls.

Step 2

Step 2 for making popsicle stick ornaments is to attach tiny googly eyes to each of your popsicle stick characters.
Attach googly eyes to each of your popsicle sticks.

Attach tiny googly eyes to each of your popsicle sticks. If you don’t have self-stick googly eyes, then use glue to attach them.

Step 3

Step 3 for making popsicle stick ornaments is to paint buttons, buckles, and facial features on each of your Christmas characters.
Paint the details on your popsicle stick Santa, elf, reindeer, snowman, and penguin.

Using a fine paintbrush, add facial features, buckles, buttons, feet, and more to your Santa, elf, reindeer, snowman, and penguin.

Step 4

Step 4 for making popsicle stick ornaments is to add pom poms to your characters hats and a red nose for your reindeer.
Glue pom pom’s to hats, and add a red nose to your popsicle stick reindeer.

Using glue, attach small pom poms to each of your popsicle stick Christmas characters with their own special details:

  • Your craft stick Santa ornament will need a black belt with a buckle and a white pom pom for his Santa hat.
  • Your craft stick elf ornament will need a contrasting color collar and some buttons!
  • Your craft stick reindeer ornament needs a big red pom pom nose and some painted antlers.
  • Your Popsicle stick snowman ornaments need a orange triangle nose, scarf and contrasting buttons.
  • Your popsicle stick penguin needs a white belly and orange beak and feet!

Don’t forget to glue a string loop to the back of each of your ornaments for hanging them on the tree.

Our finished popsicle stick Christmas ornaments

Snowman, penguin, elf, Santa, and a reindeer Christmas ornaments made out of popsicle sticks.
Make our 5 cute and easy popsicle stick ornaments this Christmas.

How cute are they? These ornaments will look so great on our tree!

You can even make easy craft stick Christmas ornaments as gifts which is great if you have a long gift list.

5 Tips for Making Popsicle Stick Ornaments

Holiday craft stick ornaments are fun and easy to make. Here are some things we learned when doing this Christmas craft with kids and might do differently next time:

1. Make sure you give each coat of paint on your craft stick ornaments enough time to dry. 

Your little ones might be excited to get started, but it’s important to have a good base for your craft stick ornament.

When we make them in my house, I usually have my kids help paint the main color onto the craft sticks a day in advance. This gives plenty of time for a second coat later on that evening if it’s needed. Once the craft stick dries, it’s easy peasy from there!

2. Stock up on everything you need before you get started. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a craft, and then realized I was missing a key crafting supply! Include your kids in the planning, and make a list of all of the items you might need: paint, markers, googly eyes, sequins, etc. Go on a scavenger hunt through your house to locate everything you need.

Check out the craft store or even the local dollar store for supplies and popsicle stick ornament embellishments. The best part of this craft is that you can make do with what you have in the house in order to decorate your craft stick ornaments!

3. Plan your crafting time thoughtfully. 

Make sure it’s at a time when everyone is well-rested and not rushed (although the nice thing about this easy Christmas craft is that you can take breaks and come back to it!). This is the perfect Christmas activity to do while you wait for batches of Christmas cookies to bake and are easy popsicle stick crafts for kids of all ages including little kids.

Everyone will enjoy this popsicle stick Christmas trees ornaments because they are such a cute craft.

4. Talk about the joy of giving, and lead by example. 

Kids naturally love giving. It’s one of the most beautiful things about their little souls. Her absolute favorite is making DIY Christmas ornaments for the people she loves! She carefully selects her craft project ideas so that they fit the gift receiver, and it warms my heart to watch.

We have fun crafting together, but more importantly, she learns how gratifying it is to think of others. She adores surprising our family and friends with a thoughtful gift, given from pure love.

5. Take your time, and take pictures of your artist with their craft stick ornaments!

These special moments go too quickly. Your crafting buddy won’t be little forever. Pictures and videos will last a lifetime, along with your sweet memories!

What fun keepsakes!

Yield: 5

Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

popsicle stick ornaments for christmas

Make these adorable popsicle stick ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree including a reindeer, penguin, snowman, elf, and Santa.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks)
  • Acrylic paint (assorted colors)
  • Pom poms
  • String
  • Google eyes
  • Glue


  • Paintbrush


  1. Paint your popsicle sticks in the primary color they need to be and set it aside to dry.
  2. Attach googly eyes to each of your popsicle sticks.
  3. Paint the remaining features on each of your popsicle sticks and then set them aside to dry.
  4. Glue pom poms onto each popsicle stick.

Check out another version of these popsicle stick Christmas crafts that we made for the Imperial Sugar website.

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What popsicle stick ornaments did you make for Christmas?

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  1. Popsicle stick ornaments are a great (and inexpensive!) way for kids to be able to make gifts for their loved ones! I just love all of your inexpensive crafts, made from simple household items! It really brings back the true spirit and meaning of Christmas.

  2. We love making popsicle stick Christmas crafts! My girls are going to be so excited to get out the paint pens and googly eyes for this project!

  3. Oh my goodness, these popsicle stick ornaments are adorable! I love how few supplies it takes as well. It’s a perfect seasonal activity for my co-op students!

  4. These popsicle stick ornaments are so cute! I was just looking for an idea for a parent gift and these seem perfect!