30 Kid-Friendly Handmade Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been pushing the Handmade Christmas idea this year, and this is primarily my mother’s fault. She’s the one who is insisting on removing store-bought from our holidays.

And while it forces us to be creative when it comes to presents, it’s much easier when Christmas decor is involved. Because my kids have to be involved in every.single.thing I do, I’ve curated a collection of 30 handmade Christmas ornaments that even the little beaners can make.

Easy Present Ornament
Melanie from In a Blink, shows how to make this simple Christmas Present ornament using popsicle sticks.

Toilet Paper Roll Poinsettia
Turn paper towel tubes into this glittery poinsettia ornmanet. Craft Klatch has the deets!


I love this super simple, but fun, snowball ornament made by One Artsy Mama! 

Salt Dough Ornaments

Alex, from Northstory, has a great tutorial for Salt Dough Ornaments. A classic. 

Pom Pom Glass Ball

I know we’re doing this one. Pom-pom ornaments that are easy and vibrant by Feels Like Home

Pipe Cleaner Candy Cane

Speaking of classics, did you do this in grade school? Make a candy cane ornament with Fourth Avenue Kitchen. 

Photo Snowman

This is too cute! Get inspired to have your kids’ faces on the tree with Elementary Art fun! 

Owl Angel?
Fall sometimes travels into Christmas. Make this fabulous muffin-dress Owl with Skip to my Lou. 

Milk Carton Ornament

If you have any leftover juice or milk cartons, this ornament by Pitter and Glink is perfect for the tree! 

Macaroni Snowflakes

If you have pasta hiding in the cupboard, why not make snowflakes with your kidlets, as shown on Katy Elliot. 

Handprint Ornament

Handprint ornaments have made their way all ’round Pinterest, and Confessions of a Home-Schooler shows you how. 

Gumball Snowflake
You can have a few treats while you make this snowflake. Parents Magazine has the tutorial. 

Glitter Ball

I love all-things-glittery. This glitter ornament tutorial, written by The Ornament Girl, shows how to make these for your own tree. 

Felt Pinecone Ball

I love these pinecone-style Christmas balls, as shown by eighteen25. 

Felt Candy Cane

These simple felt candycanes are easy for little ones to make. Head to Better Homes and Gardens to get more. 

Cupcake Ornament

These cupcake ornaments would be a huge hit with my girls. Stephanie Lynn has the tutorial on her blog, Under the Table and Dreaming. 

Christmas Tree Ornamnet

These sweet little Christmas tree ornaments would be so much fun to make with the kids. Head to Craft Passion for the tutorial.

Button Wreath Ornament

This wreath would be great for little fingers just learning how to string beads. Details are on Martha

Button Snowman

And if you’re already playing with buttons, what about his adorable snowman ornament? This is great for those just learning how to glue. Scrappin’ With DeeDee has the tutorial. 

Button Christmas Tree

Or this Christmas tree button ornament created by Daisy Mae Belle – get the tutorial here. 

Button Ball
Finally, break out the pins and buttons to create this ornament as shown on Embracing Messy. 

Bird Feeder Gingerbread Man

Perhaps the tree you want to decorate is outside? Head to Saltwater Kids to learn how to make this birdseed gingerbread man. 


These bottle cap reindeer are simple to make and are so cute! One Artsy Mama has the tutorial. 

Bottle Cap Reindeer

Or turn them into these sweet little reindeer like Angie made on The Country Chic Cottage! 

Owl Ornament

This sweet little owl is a cinch to make after reading Sarah’s tutorial on Repeat Crafter Me

Scrabble Ornament

If your kidlets can spell, have them use Scrabble letters to create Christmas ornaments, as shown by Mine for the Making. 

Glitter Twine Ball

Lauren from The Thinking Closet has a great tutorial for this twine ornament. How cool is this? 

Angel Pinecone

And isn’t this Angel Pinecone ornament so precious? Make this after reading Morganized Chaos’s tutorial. 

Cinnamon-Star-Ornament11 (1)

You can continue with the natural, rustic look with this darling Cinnamon Stick Star, created by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.


Last, but not least, make these darling little pinecone elves with the kiddos. They’re so sweet, and can be found on Better Homes and Gardens. 

I know that I’m inspired after looking at this great collection. Tell me, what ornament will you be making with your kids this year? 


Looking for more ornament inspiration? 

Check out what we’ve done:

Personalized Block Ornament - Suburble
Personalized Ornaments

Gold Dipped Ornaments
Gold Dipped Ornaments


Or follow my Pinterest Board:

Kids Can Make Christmas Ornaments 

Follow Tara @ Suburble’s board Kids Can Make Christmas Ornaments on Pinterest.



  1. October 26, 2014

    brilliant round up!! I’ve pinned this. … I’m always looking for ornament ideas that my kids can make!!

    • November 4, 2014

      Thank you so much, Emily! I’m going to be making a few of these with my kidlets these season!

  2. October 28, 2014

    Love these! And, thanks so much for including my glitter bulbs. 🙂

  3. November 12, 2014

    Such a fun collection you have here! Thanks for featuring my snowman tag!

  4. December 9, 2014

    Such an interesting post you have. The ideas are awesome and looks fun and easy to make. This is perfect for the kids and I’m sure that they will enjoy it. BTW, thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. February 18, 2016

    the snowman just too cute and awesome,, so unique and brilliant idea you have 🙂

  6. December 23, 2016

    It’s no wonder you love all things glittery. Those traditional glitter lights are gorgeous.


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