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13 Homemade Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make

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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments 
  2. 2. Cookie Cutter Ornaments 
  3. 3. Jersey Pom Pom Ornament 
  4. 4. Recycled Key Snowman 
  5. 5. Cork Snowman Ornament 
  6. 6. Reindeer Thumbprints 
  7. 7. Upgrade Plain Glass Ornament 
  8. 8. Homemade Beaded Ornaments 
  9. 9. Salt Dough Hand Print Ornament 
  10. 10. Reindeer Ornament 
  11. 11. Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments 
  12. 12. DIY Tissue Paper Flower Ornaments
  13. 13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Ornaments 
  14. Create more holiday fun with these great ideas:
  15. You'll love these 11 DIY Christmas Crafts for Kids

Do you have your Christmas tree up yet? We usually start decorating right after Thanksgiving! We love unpacking decorations and spending a great deal of time reminiscing about where they came from or who gave them as gifts. The homemade ornaments are especially dear. This baker’s dozen of ornament ideas include Peppermint Candy Ornaments, Cookie Cutter Ornaments, Jersey Pom Pom, Recycled Key Snowman, Cork Snowman, Reindeer Thumbprint, Plain Glass Upgrade, Homemade Beaded Christmas Tree, Salt Dough Hand Print, Reindeer, DIY Christmas Ornament Craft, and the Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments will make your house smell delicious!


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1. Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments 

An easy DIY ornament, they just scream Christmas and we can only imagine how beautiful they would look hanging on the Christmas tree. All you have to do is melt some spare peppermint candies in fun Christmas shapes using metal cookie cutters! Be sure to save some candies for yourself too.

2. Cookie Cutter Ornaments 

Aluminum cookie cutters are super easy to find around Christmas time. You can buy them in big bundles at Target, Walmart, and nearly any dollar store. After making your Christmas cookies this year, use the cookie cutters to make these beautiful cookie-cutter ornaments. Use them as a frame to display festive holiday scrapbook paper, favorite family photos, or even children’s artwork. They would be great for personalized gifting as well! 

3. Jersey Pom Pom Ornament 

Everyone has a collection of old raggedy t-shirts saved up at home. Now you can put them to good use with this wonderful tutorial for handmade jersey pom pom Christmas ornaments. These ornaments look great on the tree and make the perfect Christmas craft project for kids of all ages. It would be so fun to fill a mini tree with all pom pom ornaments. This project is fun. easy, and best of all budget-friendly. 

4. Recycled Key Snowman 

All those extra keys you have lying around now have a purpose. Instead of adding them to our growing landfills, turn them into festive snowman ornaments to keep or give as gifts! Simply paint the discarded keys all white and then add fun and festive decorations like pom-pom and pipe cleaner earmuffs, fabric scraps or yarn scarves, pink paint cheeks, and a beaded string to hang on the Christmas tree. 

5. Cork Snowman Ornament 

This tiny little cork snowman ornament only requires four simple supplies but adds the perfect amount of festiveness to a Christmas tree or holiday package. All you need is a recycled cork, some basic craft paint, a picture hanger from the hardware store, and a length of twine or ribbon. With a few crafty touches and you will have created this adorable Christmas ornament. We also think it would be beautiful to use as a gift tag on Christmas presents. 

6. Reindeer Thumbprints 

Take your regular ball ornaments to a whole other level with this fantastic tutorial for Raindeer Thumbprint Ornaments! A little craft paint, ball ornaments, a permanent marker, and some tiny thumbs are all you need to help children make a keepsake ornament for recipients to enjoy for years to come. Any grandparent, teacher, or family friend would love being gifted this ornament around the holidays. 

7. Upgrade Plain Glass Ornament 

These giant ornaments are made up of affordable repurposed elements and still pack a big visual punch on your mantle or front porch.

8. Homemade Beaded Ornaments 

Help your little ones develop their fine motor skills and practice hand-eye coordination with this fun and beautiful Christmas craft from True Aim. Dip into your craft cupboard to use up old beads, stringing them onto crafting wire to create a spiral Christmas tree ornament. Bonus—it only requires beads, wire, and some ribbon or string from which to hang the final product!

9. Salt Dough Hand Print Ornament 

Handprint crafts are always our “go-to” near the holidays because they are fun to create and make the perfect thoughtful gifts for grandparents and other family members. Use a few common kitchen ingredients to help your children freeze their handprints in time with these sentimental salt dough handprint ornaments. A simple recipe and an hour of low-temperature oven baking will result in cherished memories for a lifetime.

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10. Reindeer Ornament 

We fell in love with these super sweet Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer Christmas ornaments the moment we laid eyes on them. They are super simple to create, even with younger children, and look so festive hanging on the Christmas tree. Clear glass ornaments get a reindeer makeover with the help of chenille stem antlers, acrylic paint eyes and nose, and a brown paper shred center!

11. Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments 

Let your kids bake up a little love for your Christmas tree in the form of these cinnamon applesauce heart ornaments.  Not only do they look cute, but they also smell great too! Head to the kitchen to make a big batch of the dough, cut them out with heart-shaped cookie cutters, and press holes into them just after baking. The next day loop a string through each of the holes to hang on the tree, and string together to make a garland.

12. DIY Tissue Paper Flower Ornaments

Grab some tissue paper from the store and let your kids create a magical ornament that will make your treat look amazing!

13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Ornaments 

Add a little “cowabunga” to your tree this year with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas ornaments! Kids would absolutely love making these to decorate a tree. , All you need to make them are some green glass ball ornaments, the appropriate colors of felt, and some fun googly eyes. 

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