12 Easy Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make Without Destroying Your House
It's the most wonderful time of the year — Christmas crafting time. Even though I've got just as many Pinterest fails as successes under my belt, I'm still always willing to take a crack at a cute D.I.Y. project. That goes double now that I've got kids to celebrate the season with. My almost 3-year-old is just now starting to be able to follow directions, and loves to do activities together. That's why I'm super pumped about all the easy Christmas ornaments that kids can make (with just a little help from an adult) to be found on Pinterest.
For the last few years my family has done a homemade ornament swap, so I've spent every December cutting, crocheting, hot gluing, and painting ornaments. This year, it will be fun to take a break from complicated creations and focus on decorations that little hands can make. My mom still has the many of the ornaments my siblings and I made growing up, and though they're a little worse for the wear, it's so sweet to see them all these years later. As fun as the ornaments on this list will be to make now, imagine how much you'll cherish them when your kids are grown up.
Here are 12 super cute ornaments to hang on your tree this year — and treasure for years to come.
1. Cork Snowmen
I have a stash of wine corks tucked away in my junk drawer just waiting for crafting inspiration, and I think I may have finally found it. These cork snowmen from Red Ted Art could not be cuter.
2. Santa Hands
Those little hands won't stay little forever, so I love the idea of capturing them in a Christmas keepsake. The instructions for this handprint Santa ornament from Messy Little Monster include the recipe for salt dough.
3. Filled With Fun
You can customize this clear ornament idea from Fun Learning for Kids any way you'd like. Stuffing little bits of decoration inside is also a great way to practice fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
4. Yarn Ornament
Ornaments that can't fall off your tree (or be pulled off by curious little hands) and smash are a must. This yarn ornament from Taunie Everett fits the bill, and you can totally customize the design and the colors.
5. Clear Bauble Snowmen
Clear baubles can be turned into pretty much anything you can dream up — including these adorable snowmen ornaments from Happy Hooligans.
6. Button Snowman
Never throw out a loose button — you never know when it'll come in handy for crafting. Kids will love making these button snowmen from Kids Craft Room.
7. Bauble Bird
Is there anything more fun to work with than googly eyes? These bauble bird ornaments from Feels Like Home will crack kids up.
8. Peppermint Ornament
I love this peppermint candy ornament from One Little Project, especially since the instructions walk you through the trial and error of getting it just right. If your first attempt is still a Pinterest fail, you can always eat the evidence.
9. Glitter Dough Ornaments
I can't guarantee your house won't look like a glitter bomb went off after making these cute salt dough glitter ornaments from The Best Ideas for Kids, but I am pretty sure the results will be adorable.
10. Fingerprint Bauble
This fingerprint ornament from The Happier Homemaker has been on my to-do list since last Christmas, so perhaps it's time to give it a shot.
11. Yarn Stars
The Inspired Treehouse's colorful yarn ornaments will have you seeing stars.
12. Paint Chip Christmas Trees
Paint chip samples have a million and one uses in crafting, including these awesome paint chip Christmas tree ornaments from Mama in The Now.