Easy Christmas Ornaments and Decorations That the Kids Can Make

Looking for a gift that the kids can make for their teacher or grandparents, or need a craft project for Scouts or school? Check out some of these simple-to-make holiday decorations for kids of all ages.

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Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

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Photo By: Susan Teare

Flower Power

Recycled electrical wire, costume jewelry and old buttons come together to make these colorful ornaments. They look great on a Christmas tree, put can be used anywhere and any time of the year. Simply bend strips of wire into petal shapes then hot glue them to the back of a button or piece of costume jewelry. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Easy and inexpensive, these aromatic cinnamon ornaments smell great and lend a classic look to your holiday decor. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo Gift Tags

Kids always get a kick out of looking at old family photos. This year have them help you make gift tags from old pictures. They can pick out what photo to use, scan them, cut them out and tie the ribbon. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Giant Candies

This is a good project for older kids. Large wood discs are painted in red and white swirls then wrapped in big pieces of cellophane to look like massive mints. To make it easy for the kids, pencil the lines on the wood then have them paint in each section. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Beaded Necklace Turned Ornament

This is a great craft for an older Girl Scout troop or teenagers looking to make a nice gift. These ornaments are made from old costume-jewelry necklaces that were cut apart and restrung on dressmaker’s pins. The pins are then inserted into polystyrene balls and then hung with a pretty piece of ribbon. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Peace Out

Add some groovy vibes to your holidays by having the kids create pom-pom peace signs. These are so simple and fun for little kids to make. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Embellish a Plain Stocking

With the help of self-adhesive felt and a pair of craft scissors, a child can take store-bought stockings from plain to family heirloom. Have them add bells, polka dots, flowers or any shape they want. Find more stocking projects >>

Chalkboard Wall Ornaments

Have the kids help you make a holiday message center for quick notes or holiday wishes. Craft-store discs are painted to look like Christmas tree ornaments and then a coat of clear chalkboard paint is applied to make them writable. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Glitter Trees

These holiday decorations couldn't be easier to make. Styrofoam cones from the craft store are covered in glitter then a pretty snowflake ornament is added to the top. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Yarn Star

These Scandanavian ornaments are easy and inexpensive make, and a fun project to craft with the kids. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Fringe Trees

Here’s another project for bigger kids. Cut white linen or burlap fabric into strips. Pull out some strands of thread to make the strips fringed. Then simply wrap and glue the strips around the cone-shaped tree forms. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Far Out Frames

Have the kids glue ribbon, felt and old buttons onto picture frames. We used old frames from the thrift store, but you could use lightweight wood frames found at craft stores. Fill the frames with family photos from holidays gone by.

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