Easy Ornament Crafts for Kids


There's a reason that preschools and kindergartens have kids make ornaments at holiday time -- it's fun! Children enjoy both the process of making ornament crafts and the results. Whether they hang their ornament on a Christmas tree or decorate the table with their creation, they have something they can proudly show to friends and relatives.

So why keep all the fun at school? Making easy ornament craft projects at home is a great way to involve your kids in preparing for a holiday or decorating for a season. It's also a great way to keep the tots occupied and to reinforce many of the skills they're learning at school.

Follow the links below for instructions on making some winter-themed ornaments:

Glitter Ornaments

Add some sparkle to your Christmas tree, or hang these pretty ornaments in the window to celebrate winter.

Craft Foam Ornaments

These ornaments are easy and bright, and kids can use their imaginations to make them as simple or elaborate as they want.

Clay Pocket Ornaments

Most kids love the chance to work in 3-D, and these easy clay ornaments give them the chance.

Beach Ball Ornaments

This is a unique but easy project, and your kids will love looking at the results year-round.

Straw Stars

These decorations are so simple and lovely. Make a bunch of them to hang on a tree, around a lamp, or in a sunny window.

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Glitter Ornaments

Glitter Ornament
Glitter Ornament

With a little glue and glitter, you can make a shimmering glitter ornament for each member of your family.

What You'll Need:

  • Waxed paper
  • Craft glue
  • Assorted colors of glitter
  • Thread

Draw an ornament design on a sheet of waxed paper with a thick line of white glue. If you can't think of a shape, put a simple picture under the waxed paper and trace it with the glue.

Shake glitter over the glue, covering the glue completely. Let it set overnight.

The next day, shake off the excess glitter. Peel the waxed paper off and tie on a piece of thread for the hanger.

Make a set of ornaments for your family. Make something that each member of your family uses in his or her hobby such as in-line skates or a flower.

Check out the next page for another type of ornament to make -- out of craft foam.

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Craft Foam Ornaments

When you send a handmade ornament to someone special, it says, "I'm thinking of you."

What You'll Need:

  • Assorted colors of craft foam sheets
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Blunt scissors
  • Needle
  • Poster paints
  • Paper towels
  • Thread

Draw a Christmas tree shape on a sheet of green craft foam, draw a Santa Claus shape on red craft foam, and draw a candle and candleholder on yellow craft foam. Cut out all the shapes.

Use a needle to scratch in the detail on both sides of each foam shape. Rub poster paint in the scratched areas. Wipe off any excess paint with a damp paper towel.

Carefully poke a small hole in the top of each foam shape. String a piece of thread through each hole and knot the ends to make the hanger loop.

For instructions on making a clay ornament that will look pretty next to this one, see the next page.

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Clay Pocket Ornaments

Make the Clay Pocket Ornament from a full circle and a half circle of clay.
Make the Clay Pocket Ornament from a full circle and a half circle of clay.

Create this special Clay Pocket Ornament to put on a wall, hang as a Christmas tree ornament, or hide tiny treasures in.

What You'll Need:

  • White polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Waxed paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft knife
  • Items such as keys, coins, or buttons (to make impressions in clay)
  • Drinking straw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush

Roll out a 1/4-inch-thick layer of clay, on waxed paper. Use a toothpick to make the outline of a 5-inch-diameter circle (the back piece) and a 2-1/2-inch half circle (the pocket) in the clay. Cut both pieces from the clay (have an adult help you with the craft knife).

If you want to decorate your clay pocket, press some small items in both clay pieces, or use a toothpick to make tiny impressions, such as baseball stitching.

Place the half-circle pocket piece over the back piece and pinch the edges together. Then use the straw to punch a hole at the top.

Place a piece of crumpled foil into the pocket to hold it open while it dries. With an adult's help, bake clay according to package directions. Once it has cooled, paint with acrylic paints.

Keep reading to learn about a fun Beach Ball Ornament you can make.

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Beach Ornament

You can enjoy the beach all year round with this great Beach Ornament.

What You'll Need:

  • Clear plastic Christmas ornament
  • Sand
  • Small siphon or funnel
  • Glitter
  • Small shells
  • Small pieces of beach glass
  • Small pebbles
  • Other small beach items
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Remove the top of the ornament, and, using a siphon, fill the ornament 1/4 of the way full with sand. Pour in some different colors of glitter, and gently shake the ornament to mix the glitter in (be sure to cover the opening with your hand when you shake it).

Drop in small shells, beach glass, beach pebbles, small pieces of driftwood, and anything else you have discovered at the beach. You can also add a small marble for a beach ball, a tiny paper umbrella, or a pair of doll sunglasses if you wish.

With an adult helping, glue the lid of the ornament back in place. (Be extremely careful, the glue can be very hot!)

Now it's time to admire the beach in the little world you created. Hang it on your Christmas tree or in a window. Every time anyone in your family looks at it, they'll be reminded of all the fun you had last summer on vacation!

For another fun idea for ornaments you can make yourself, see our Straw stars on the next page.

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Straw Stars

Straw Star
Straw Star

Weave straws together to make glittering straw stars. Who knew ordinary drinking straws could become glittering holiday stars? It's true -- they can be works of art.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 plastic drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • String or yarn
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter

Cut the straws in half; be sure the halves are even. Take a long piece of string or yarn in your hand, at least 18 inches long. Criss-cross 4 straw halves so they are in a star pattern, then wrap the string around the middle of the pieces, being careful to keep the string tight in the center.

Weave around the straws at the middle, pulling the straws slightly apart as you weave to keep the arms of the star separated. Once you've made the weave secure, knot the string, leaving a little dangling as a hanger.

Use glitter to decorate Use glitter to decorate
Use glitter to decorate

Spread glue on the straw star, and sprinkle it with glitter. Now make enough stars to decorate your house for the holidays!

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