Complete Guide to Making Popsicle Stick Ornaments this Christmas with Kids

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.

Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments Penguin Reindeer Snowman

Homemade Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

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

Instead of buying craft 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 the jumbo craft sticks as well.

For this batch of craft stick ornaments, we made Santa and friends:

  • popsicle stick penguin ornament
  • craft stick reindeer ornament
  • popsicle stick snowman
  • craft stick elf
  • and of course a popsicle stick Santa ornament!

How cute are they? I just love how these ornaments look on our tree!

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Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments that look like: Santa, and elf in green, a penguin, Rudolph, Frosty

Supplies Needed


Step 1

Give each popsicle a base coat of paint and then let it dry. You can follow the pictures in this article or if you are making a different holiday character as your Christmas ornament craft, then find a picture or something to follow.

The base paint color should go directly on the popsicle stick and usually the best base coat will be the most dominating light color.

Step 2

Once the paint dries then paint the detail layers to each ornament.

Paint on the skin, fur, smiling faces, and accessories. Remember that one of the charms of craft stick ornaments is that they are brightly colored, bold and simple. Consider a paint line across instead of more detail when it comes to clothing hats, etc.

Step 3

Using glue, add the decorations like the felt pieces, pipe cleaners, and mini pom-poms.

This is really where your creativity can go wild. There are a million combinations that will turn out great and kids can choose what details need to be added and what to use for those details.

Step 4

Use glue to attach the string onto the back of the popsicle sticks so that the ornaments can easily be hung in the tree.

Popsicle stick ornaments that look like santa and an elf.

5 Popsicle Stick Ornament Tips

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 time for the fun part!

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, or sequins, etc. Go on a scavenger hunt through your house to locate everything you need.

If you do have to go to the store, don’t forget to stock up on Imperial Sugar for the glue! 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 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. I mean, you will probably already have your bag of Imperial Sugar out on the counter, so…

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

Kids naturally love giving. It’s one of the most beautiful things about their little souls. My daughter always picks up leaves and flowers to give me when we take walks. She has done it since she was a little thing.

Her absolute favorite is making DIY Christmas ornaments for the people she loves! She carefully selects her 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!

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Craft Stick Ornaments To Make This Holiday Season!

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These popsicle stick ornaments are kid-friendly, easy to make, and a great way to spend time with your children this holiday season.


  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Sugar Paste
  • Googly Eyes
  • String
  • Decorations (felt, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, etc)


  1. Paint each popsicle stick with a base coat.
  2. Once dried paint on the features like hats, faces, designs, etc.
  3. Make the sugar paste.
  4. Use the sugar paste to add the decorations and googly eyes
  5. Add a string to the back of the ornament using the sugar glue.
  6. Decorate your tree!

This popsicle stick ornaments article was written in 2019, but has been updated since that time and is no longer sponsored.

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What popsicle stick ornaments did you make for Christmas?

One Comment

  1. Beth Wiemers Gelinas says:

    Good luck with your family

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