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15 DIY Christmas ornaments for kids (SO easy to make!)

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Whether holiday crafting is a snow day activity, or something to stave off boredom on November and December weekends … I always love finding DIY Christmas ornaments to make with my kids.

This year, my kiddos are in fourth grade and kindergarten, which is a pretty big age gap if you think about it.

So when I’m coming up with projects for them to do, it’s always important that I keep that age difference in mind.

Every craft has to be easy enough for the younger one to do (without whining, preferably) but interesting enough to keep the older one from proclaiming that it’s “lame.” (Don’t get me started on that one!)

The best DIY Christmas ornaments for kids of ALL ages

That’s why I put together this roundup of adorable DIY Christmas ornaments for kids. 

These are all easy enough that kids five and up can make them, and can do most (if not all) the steps required on their own.

File this post away (Hint hint: pin it!) for when the kids are proclaiming, “I’m bored!” on a Saturday afternoon.

These are all simple, cute DIY ornament craft ideas that kids of nearly any age can make.

15 of cutest kid-friendly Christmas ornaments to make

Here are 15 fun DIY ornament craft projects you can do with the kids.

Happy crafting!

#1: DIY gumball machine Christmas ornaments

DIY Christmas ornaments that the kids can help with_ Yes, please! These DIY gumball machine Christmas ornaments are so cute and so easy! #christmasornaments #diyornaments #christmasdecor #christmastree

These DIY gumball machine Christmas ornaments were a hit at my house!

The supply list is short, and they’re simple for kids to make.

After we made these, we hung them on our candy-themed tree. You can go check out our fun candy tree right here!

Get the full tutorial here from yours truly for these cute DIY ornaments.

#2: Easy colorful DIY Christmas ornaments

DIY colorful Christmas ornaments with paint

My friend Tasha at Kaleidoscope Living made these fun and colorful DIY ornaments with her daughters.

They’re so easy to make — simply pour different colors of paint into clear shatterproof baubles, and then spin and shake the baubles so that the paint spreads — not to mention they add a perfect pop of color to your tree!

Get the full tutorial from Kaleidoscope Living right here.

#3: DIY mini acorn wreath ornaments

DIY mini acorn christmas wreath ornaments

These little wreaths are so cute!

You’ll just need acorns (go make the kids collect them from the yard as a pre-DIY activity), felt balls, glue and ribbon.

The best part? You can customize these sweet DIY ornaments using any color felt balls and ribbon that you want.

Get the full tutorial from Pillar Box Blue right here.

#4: Pom pom and crinkle paper DIY Christmas ornaments

This is the perfect Christmas ornament DIY for kids of literally any age to do.

There’s ZERO mess involved, which makes me oh-so happy. And the result is super fun (and easy to customize!). 

Get the full tutorial for these DIY Christmas ornaments for the kids right here.

#5: DIY unicorn wood slice Christmas ornaments

DIY unicorn christmas ornaments

This is the perfect Christmas craft for little girls!

These DIY unicorn wood slice Christmas ornaments are simple to make. You’ll need just a few simple supplies to create these cuties.

Get the full tutorial from Artsy Momma right here.

#6: DIY origami Christmas ornaments

origami christmas ornament diy

All you need for these colorful (and clever!) ornaments is paper and string.

With a few folds, kids of all ages can create these fun wreath-like ornaments.

Get the full tutorial from DIY Candy right here.

#7: DIY cinnamon stick Christmas tree ornaments

DIY christmas ornaments for kids cinnamon stick tree

These DIY ornaments are not only cute, but they smell great too!

I just love these little cinnamon stick trees.

Get the full tutorial from Crayons and Cravings right here.

#8: DIY pine cone and pom pom ornaments

pom pom pine cone diy ornament

These pine cone and pom pom ornaments are fun, easy to make, and you can use any color pom poms that you want.

All you need for this cute DIY project is glue, paint brushes, pom poms and pine cones.

Get the full tutorial from Growing Family right here.

#9: DIY pipe cleaner wreath Christmas ornaments

pipe cleaner wreath DIY kids christmas ornament

Pipe cleaner wreaths? Yes, please.

Bonus: What a great way to help the little ones work on their fine motor skills!

Get the full tutorial from Artsy Craftsy Mom here.

#10: DIY wood slice fingerprint Christmas ornaments

diy christmas ornaments for kids fingerprints

This DIY Christmas ornament project is simple but way too cute!

The fingerprint idea is PERFECT for little ones.

If you have older children, they can still participate in this one without it feeling to baby-ish — just hand them a paint brush and some craft paint and let their imaginations go wild.

Get the full tutorial from Mommy Snippets right here.

#11: DIY elf ornaments

elf diy christmas ornament

Calling all “Elf” fans — grab this printable elf template and get to work making your own ornaments!

And remember … “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.”

Get the full tutorial (and downloadable template) from Simply Everyday Mom right here.

#12: DIY clay pot Christmas tree ornaments

christmas tree clay pots ornament

This is such a clever idea!

I happen to have some mini clay pots hiding in our craft room, so I might just be giving this project a whirl with my kids this weekend.

Get the full tutorial from Projects with Kids right here.

#13: DIY paper straw Christmas wreath ornaments

diy christmas wreath ornaments

If you’ve got holiday-printed straws left over from your last Christmas party … here’s the perfect opportunity to put them to use.

These paper straw Christmas wreath ornaments are darling!

Get the full tutorial from Projects with Kids right here.

#14: DIY wrapping paper photo ornaments

diy wrapping paper ornament

Photo ornaments are a great way to commemorate a year.

Create a collection of these, and you’ll be able to see just how much the kiddos have grown (sniff, sniff) over time.

I also love that this project encourages using existing rolls of gift wrap, along with cardboard — two things you probably already have sitting around at home!

Get the full tutorial from In the Playroom right here.

#15: DIY paper starburst Christmas ornaments

paper diy christmas ornaments

If you have colorful paper on hand, then you’ve got almost everything you need to create these cute starburst-style paper ornaments.

These make great ornaments — I could also envision using them to create your own garland.

Get the full tutorial from The Printables Fairy right here.

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I hope this collection of DIY ornament crafts for kids gave you some projects ideas for the next cold winter weekend!

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