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8 easy homemade Christmas ornaments kids can make and hang on the tree

There’s something magical about making memories around Christmas time, especially for families. Capturing the festivities in a special and exciting way are fantastic opportunities for moms, dads, and kids to use kid-centered crafts to spark new traditions that can become time-honored ones…perhaps even carrying on through the years into the next set of branches on the family tree. Ornaments that are handmade, painted, colored, or created and then carefully placed on the family Christmas tree are true keepsakes that continue to bring light and joy each Christmas season. So, grab your hot glue guns and pom poms, your festive glitter sticks and maybe even a few Yuletide tunes, and get in the spirit of the holidays with some homemade Christmas ornaments.

Confetti ornaments

These easy-to-make, eye-catching, and customizable ornaments are perfect for kids of any age – especially smaller kids that need more hands-on help. These ornaments are not only adorable but also blissfully shatterproof, thanks to non-shatter clear ornament shells, making them perfect for households with small kids and pets.

Felt Olaf ornament

Elsa, Anna, and the rest of Disney’s beloved Frozen characters shine in this ornament idea. Lovers of Frozen can celebrate while making these lovable and easy-to-make ornaments. Consisting of felt, small branch pieces, and “googly” eyes, kids and parents can make these tree adornments with ease, needing nothing more than some hot glue – with parental supervision or assistance of course.

DIY dried citrus ornaments

For simple, delicate, and lovely smelling ornaments to hang on your family’s tree, try these deliciously scented dried fruit ornaments. Not only are these dried orange slices perfectly light and intricate, but they also bring a classy “stained glass” look to your home’s Christmas theme. Baked low and slow and strung with twine – or even in a row to make a gorgeous, sliced orange garland – take these stunning slices a step further by incorporating blood oranges, lemons, limes, or various other orange fruit varieties.

Salt dough ornaments

These classic and quintessential handmade Christmas ornaments are beloved by kids and parents alike. The dough can be tinted to customize color combinations and Christmas themed, blending perfectly with any holiday decor. Kids can use cheerful cookie cutouts, or create their own shapes for the family tree or to give as heartwarming gifts.

Take this idea a step further by incorporating a classic holiday scent into your ornament making by including some cinnamon into the salt dough.

Disney princess themed ornaments

For the children of the house who adore a certain Disney princess, collect the ingredients for these classic yet royal-themed ornaments. By incorporating their favorite princesses’ colors, kids can easily find their favorite royals on the tree all season long.

Pom Pom pinecone ornaments

Not much says “cozy winter” better than a pinecone, especially as an ornament. Using nothing more than a hot glue gun and a package of pom poms, responsible kids – or those with some parental assistance – can use that gun to easily glue the colorful pops of color to their pre-selected pinecones. If you’d like to add extra pizzaz and pop, pinecones can quickly be spray painted, or coated in spray glue and sprinkled with vibrant glitter.

Twig tree ornaments

All families need are popsicle sticks and a collection of twigs from the backyard or a recent walk through the woods to create this rustic tree ornament that is sure to look whimsical on your Christmas tree. Best of all, it’s so easy to make and cheap to prepare!

Bottle cap reindeer ornaments

These adorable, easy-peasy, and festive ornaments are perfect for kids of any age to create. What better way can parents choose to blend inexpensive, cutesy, and memory-making experiences with an adorable craft to show for it? Add a touch of uniqueness to the project by using different-sized bottle caps for original and interesting reindeer shapes and sizes.

Whether your kids like licensed characters or prefer nature’s splendor to set the theme for your Christmas trees each year, our list of kid-friendly homemade ornament ideas should be more than enough to keep your little ones busy for more than a day or two. Make memories, new traditions, and possibly a few gifts for grandparents and family members by incorporating your kids’ crafty work into the spirit of this holiday season.

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