wine bottle cork reindeer homemade ornament a kid made

Homemade Ornaments to Make and Give (Day 12), 12 Days of Shopping

DIY Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

I am not especially good at crafts. I never seem to have all the items to make a specific craft and I gravitate towards open ended art. This holiday season, I’m going to provide my kids with raw materials as well as images for inspiration to see what they come up with. I bought construction paper, glitter, glue, googly eyes, craft sticks and fancy pipe cleaners.

In case this is an epic fail, I’m also including some wonderful ornament crafts from other bloggers. We’ve never made ornaments before so we are venturing into new territory but I think homemade is much nicer than purchased.

Kids in the after school program at our elementary school hold a craft fair fundraiser. We usually buy ornaments at their sale for our tree. Aren’t they cute? We’ll use these as inspiration.

wine bottle cork reindeer homemade ornament a kid madeThis reindeer is adorable. Too bad we don’t have corks. I should save them for next year.

made by kids ornaments, north pole sign ornamentHmm… How to cut the sign out? And is that puffy paint for the sign? Don’t have that either. Sigh!

craft stick christmas tree homemade ornamentWe could handle this one except for those sparkly jewel things. Glitter instead? I think I have plastic beads somewhere…

toilet paper roll ornament, kids make ornamentsWhat a cute idea for toilet paper rolls. But that music? I guess you can cut up an old sheet of music? I don’t have felt for the hat. I guess we could use construction paper.

diy ornaments, kids make ornamentsI can’t pull this one off. Not sure how to cut out the pieces and we don’t have paper or old Christmas cards but something to think about for next year!

Homemade Ornaments Kids Can Make

For homemade ornaments that kids can create, I turned to Kid Blogger Network Christmas Pinterest board for great craft ideas. Please feel free to search here for ideas. I found great ideas here: 30 homemade ornament ideas from Hands On: As We Grow, 10 more ideas from No Time for Flashcards, and 15 from Red Ted Art.

I pulled a few more that I think we can pull off with the limited craft supplies we have. I’ll update this post when we make ornaments this weekend — we just got our tree so we are motivated!

CrafToArt has a great one using old bracelets and ribbon. I love the recycling aspect too!

old bracelets turned to ornaments

Two Big Two Little has a craftstick ornament idea that is perfect for us! I love the Rudolph one and we’ve purchased these in years past from our school craft fair! Oh drat. I don’t know if I have pom pom balls. (This is why I am bad at crafts!)

craft stick ornaments

Happy Holligans makes alphabet letters. My kids would love this!

alphabet ornaments

Our Homemade Christmas Ornaments

homemade Christmas ornament, DIY ornament craft for kid, Christmas ornament out of guitar strings

Someone tried to play my son’s guitar using a pencil as bow. As a result, the strings were damaged and his guitar teacher switched them all out so they wouldn’t snap on him. We used the old strings to make this Christmas tree ornament. My son added a tag and voila! Our first homemade DIY ornament. Wire would work as well.

homemade christmas ornaments by kids, kids crafts ornaments for christmas tree

PickyKidPix, who’s 10,  took a kids’ sewing class and made these lovely ornaments using felt, fabric and ribbon. You don’t have to use a sewing machine though! Try fabric glue or just tacking the edges down with a needle and thread. She loved using the sewing machine’s fancy stitches.

Please link up with any posts you have of Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids! Thank you! I have more that we made here. Capability:Mom has her post here.

p.s. I posted on how to make your own personalized labels for gifts last year.


The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Nancy

    Great ornaments! I have felt…and some glitter beads and a hot glue gun – borrow them anytime! I forgot about a great tile craft that the Auburndale Community Library just had for kids. Decorative tile – take plain tile, pretty paper and some Mod Podge! I’ll Instagram it later – glue some felt on the back so it doesn’t scratch the table. Thanks for all the great ideas! Next Friday I can finish my shopping with that pop up artist store at L’Aroma Cafe!
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  2. I love the cork reindeer!
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  3. Asianmommy

    Very nice–I like the reindeer!
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  4. That reindeer ornament is cute. Now I have a reason to drink more wine!!!!

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