Ornaments can be expensive and if you have little ones around, you know they can break relatively easily. Here are some kid-friendly homemade Christmas ornament ideas that are so easy and fun to do, you might just want to make this Christmas craft a yearly tradition. They also make great gifts for those hard-to-buy-for relatives.
Button Balls Christmas Ornaments
What you need:
- Red, green, and white buttons of varying sizes and styles
- 100 (more or less for each ball), 1 1/2″ pearl push pins
- Styrofoam balls, 2-3″ in diameter
- Christmas ribbon to match the buttons
These homemade Christmas ornaments are virtually unbreakable. First, attach the buttons to the Styrofoam ball by inserting the push pins through the holes of the button and into the ball. Overlap the buttons and mix up the colors to make it festive and fun. For more security, you can add a dot of hot glue to the back of each button as you go along. When the ball is completely covered, make a loop out of the ribbon by tying the ends of a 6″ piece of ribbon together. Put a pin through the knot and into the top of the ball and you have homemade Christmas ornaments that are fun and easy for everyone.
What you need:
- Brown, red, green, and gold pipe cleaners
- Red craft pom poms (optional)
- Craft googly eyes
- Red, gold, and green 1/2″ ribbon
- Red, gold, and green sequins
- Craft glue
- (1) pencil
- Craft scissors
- (1) hole punch
These kids Christmas ornaments are sure to be a hit because of the unique material that is used. Rather than using paper, these reindeer are made from sandpaper. Simply trace the child’s hand on the sandpaper with the pencil and cut it out with scissors. Rotate the sandpaper hand so that the fingers point downward, as they will be the reindeer’s feet.
Glue a red pom pom “nose” or a red sequins on the tip of the thumb. Add an eye just above the nose. Punch a hole in the area of the hand print where the thumb joint connects to the hand. Wrap a pipe cleaner through the hole, twist it to keep it secure, and bend them to create antlers. Punch another hole at the base of the palm (or the top of the reindeer’s back) and loop a ribbon through, tying it off so that it is the hanger for the ornament. Decorate the reindeer with sequins, pipe cleaner, and ribbon.
Tube Stars Christmas Ornaments
What you need:
- Paper towel or toilet paper cardboard tubes
- White glue or mod podge
- Wax paper
- 5 clothespins
Begin weeks or even months in advance so that you can collect all the toilet paper and paper towel tubes that you will need. Each star will require approximately 2 1/2″ of tube. Begin by cutting the tubes into 1/2″ pieces. Crease each piece so that they are in the shape of an almond, rather than a circle.
Working over a piece of wax paper, lay 5 almond pieces out in a circular pattern, 5 tips together, so that they form the shape of a star. Apply glue to the sides where they touch, and clip them with a clothespin until the glue dries completely.
Using the paintbrush, coat the entire star with white glue or mod podge. Before it can dry, sprinkle the glitter all over it, coating it well. When your stars are completely dry, tie a ribbon to each one so that you can hang your homemade Christmas ornaments on the tree.