This popsicle stick ornaments post was written in 2019, but has been updated for 2020 and is no longer sponsored with Imperial Sugar.
Add some homemade fun to your holiday tree! Paint wooden craft stick ornaments and create your children’s favorite holiday characters. The best part is that craft sticks are reasonably priced.
This is helpful when you have a lot of loved ones to make gifts for! Instead of buying craft sticks, save popsicle sticks and use them for ornaments and other popsicle stick crafts.
We partnered with our friends at Imperial Sugar for this holiday project, using their sugar paste recipe to attach accessories to our ornaments!
Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments
For this batch of craft stick ornaments, we made Santa and his squad: a penguin, reindeer, snowman, and an elf! How cute are they?
I just love how these ornaments look on our tree! They add such a personal touch.
Supplies Needed To Make Popsicle Stick Ornaments:
- Wooden Popsicle Sticks
- Paint Brushes
- Sugar Paste
- Googly Eyes
- Decorations (felt, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, glitter, etc)
How To Make Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments:
- Give each popsicle a base coat of paint and then let it dry.
- Once it dries then add on the features to each ornament. Paint on the skin, fur, smiling faces, and accessories.
- Then make the sugar paste.
- Use the sugar paste to glue on the decorations like the felt pieces, pipe cleaners, and mini pom-poms.
- Use the glue to stick strings to the back of each ornament.
- Hang up each ornament on your tree!
5 Popsicle Stick Ornament Tips
Craft stick ornaments are fun and easy to make. Here are some tips, in case you have questions!
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!
- Wooden craft sticks
- Paint brushes
- Sugar Paste
- Googly Eyes
- Decorations (felt, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, etc)
- Paint each popsicle stick with a base coat.
- Once dried paint on the features like hats, faces, designs, etc.
- Make the sugar paste.
- Use the sugar paste to add the decorations and googly eyes
- Add a string to the back of the ornament using the sugar glue.
- Decorate your tree!
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