25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments for the Whole Family to Make

25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments The Whole Family Can Make

25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments the Whole Family Can Make

Every year our tree is decorated almost entirely with homemade Christmas ornaments. We have those traditional ball ornaments on our tree and lots of lights, but other than that, it’s pretty much all handmade.

One year it was paper snowflakes (beautiful!); other years there have been many salt dough ornaments, beaded ornaments, and stained glass paper chains.

Christmas is around the corner, so I thought I’d put together a post of Christmas ornaments for the the whole family to make. 

25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments for the Whole Family to Make

Ornaments that are both easy and fun to make as well as beautiful on the tree.

Our tradition is to head out to the Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving to choose our Christmas tree. So it’s getting time for us to think about tree decorations and to make a new batch of ornaments.

We keep some year to year and make some new, partly just for the joy of making. It wouldn’t feel like Christmastime if we weren’t making some ornaments.

Some of these are our faves and standbys, some are ones we’d like to try.

25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments the Whole Family can Make

Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments (11 different kinds!)

Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Melted Bead Ornaments & Beaded Spirals

Melted bead ornaments

Beaded spirals (on True Aim Education)

Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Woven Cardboard Stars and Sewing Card Ornaments

Woven cardboard stars (on The Crafty Crow)

Sewing card ornaments (on Mr. Printables)

Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Glitter Stars and Yarn Wrapped Stars

Glitter stars

Yarn-wrapped popsicle stick stars (on Frugal Fun for Boys)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Candy cane shapes and cinnamon ornaments

Candy cane hearts and spirals

No Cook Cinnamon Ornaments (on Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Nature prints and pinecone ornaments

Nature print ornaments

Pinecone ornaments with pompoms (on One Little Project) or with glitter (on Mom Spotted)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Clothespin nutcrackers and beaded wreath ornaments

Clothespin nutcracker ornaments (on Willowday)

Beaded wreath and candy cane ornaments (on Buggy & Buddy)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Paper snowflakes and Borax crystal snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

Borax crystal snowflakes (on Work It Mom)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Cardboard stars and photo ornaments

Hand-drawn recycled cardboard star ornaments (on Jennifer Rizzo)

Birch photo ornaments (on View from the Fridge)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Embossed yarn ornaments and free printables

Embossed yarn ornaments (on Babble Dabble Do)

Printable dove and tree ornaments (on Picklebums)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Yarn wrapped stars and origami stars

Yarn-wrapped cardboard stars (on Mama Miss)

Origami star ornaments (on Homemade Gifts Made Easy)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Perler bead snowflake ornaments and button snowflakes

Perler bead ornaments (on Housing a Forest)

Button snowflakes (on Red Ted Art)

Homemade Christmas Ornaments - Felt Layer Ornaments and Fabric Houses

Felt layer ornaments (on Stumbles & Stitches)

Fabric house ornaments (on belle and burger)

How about you? What are your favorite homemade Christmas ornaments to make with the kids? Any here that you’d like to try?

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25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments the Whole Family Can Make

25 Homemade Christmas Ornaments The Whole Family Can Make


  • Reply
    November 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Thank you for making this list! We are going to make marbled nail polish ornaments on clear plastic balls. But now I think I will add some of these. We always do coffee filter snow flakes and dough ornaments too. I really appreciate the hard work you put into the artful parent and wanted you to know I am grateful for the inspiration and ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      November 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Dena! And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! :)

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    Brenda from Dwyer's Farmhouse
    November 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    These are all so lovely! Thanks….we will be making several of these!

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    maggy, red ted art
    November 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Thank you so much for including our Button Snowflakes!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      November 23, 2015 at 6:42 am

      Of course, Maggy! I can’t wait to try them with the kids! :)

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    Ashley Donati
    November 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I love all of these! For the past few years, I have kept my breakable ornaments in boxes and decorated my tree with paper snowflakes. I don’t have to stress about my toddler breaking an heirloom, and it still looks really pretty.

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    Handmade Beautiful
    August 12, 2016 at 2:58 am

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  • Reply
    December 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jean and Family! Just wanted to stop by & leave a note for anyone passing through… Looking for tons of easy set up, actually makeable activities, for you and the kiddos & fam to do together–& even learn a thing or two: this is the place you want to be! We have been subscribers of the artful parent for 5 years now & have tried at least 70% of Jeans activities…tried..tested..true they say! This is a fun-tastic blog/website to get activities from! Thanks Jean for the many years of generosity, positivity, & inspiration you’ve poured into your little place on the webspace☺️?!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 4, 2018 at 5:42 am

      Thank you SO MUCH for the super kind note, Jeanine! You totally made my day! :)

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