Christmas popsicle stick ornaments are a fun way to get creative with kids of all ages this holiday. They are cheap, easy to make, and can be used in a variety of ways…
Add some homemade fun to your Christmas tree! Paint wooden craft stick ornaments and create your children’s favorite holiday characters. The best part is that craft sticks or popsicle sticks are plentiful and inexpensive and can be decorated with stuff you likely already have on hand.
Homemade Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments
You can even make easy craft stick Christmas ornaments as gifts which is great if you have a long gift list.
Instead of buying craft sticks (also known as ice cream sticks), save popsicle sticks and use them for ornaments and other popsicle stick crafts. Many of these craft stick crafts can be done with stir sticks or jumbo craft sticks as well.
For this batch of popsicle stick Christmas ornaments, we made Santa and friends:
- popsicle stick penguin
- snowman popsicle stick
- popsicle stick elf
- popsicle stick reindeer
- and of course, popsicle stick Santa!
Related: Make popsicle stick snowflakes <–it is easy & can make a star ornament.
Supplies needed to make popsicle stick ornaments
- Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks)
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
- Small pom poms
- Tiny googly eyes
Instructions for making popsicle stick ornaments
Using acrylic paint and a paintbrush, paint the main color for each of your popsicle stick ornament characters.
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.
Using a fine paintbrush, add facial features, buckles, buttons, feet, and more to your Santa, elf, reindeer, snowman, and penguin.
Using glue, attach small pom poms to each of your popsicle stick Christmas characters including a red nose for your popsicle stick reindeer.
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
How cute are they? These ornaments will look so great on our tree!
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 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.
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!
- Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks)
- Acrylic paint (assorted colors)
- Pom poms
- Google eyes
- Paint your popsicle sticks in the primary color they need to be and set it aside to dry.
- Attach googly eyes to each of your popsicle sticks.
- Paint the remaining features on each of your popsicle sticks and then set them aside to dry.
- Glue pom poms onto each popsicle stick.
More Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornament Crafts We Love
Check out another version of these popsicle stick Christmas crafts that we made for the Imperial Sugar website. We used a sugar paste to attach craft supplies to our popsicle sticks.
This is a great option if you are looking for a glue alternative for this craft!
- These popsicle Christmas tree ornaments from One Little Project are super cute and a great Christmas craft for kids.
- This manger popsicle stick ornament is really adorable from Housing a Forest.
- Make these sweet miniature ski and poles tree ornaments from popsicle sticks from 21 Rosemary Lane.
- If you want a larger version of popsicle Santa, check out The Craft Patch Blog! This Santa head is fun!
More DIY Ornaments To Make As A Family
- This Q Tip Snowflakes ornament is one of the easiest to make with kids and they turn out lovely on your Christmas tree.
- We have the cutest and simplest clear ornament ideas for filling ornaments with fun items for your holiday decorations.
- We have a list of 26 DIY ornaments you can make with your kids! They’re all unique and beautiful.
- Turn your kids artwork into an ornament that is custom made.
- This Christmas craft is perfect for smaller kids! They can make these easy and colorful tin foil ornaments.
- Don’t miss our ornament coloring pages!
What popsicle stick ornaments did you make for Christmas?