Now that the winter air is heavy with Christmas spirit, it’s time to look for a tree and decorate it before you pile gifts beneath. If you’ve been using the usual Christmas ornaments to decorate your tree year after year, why not try something different? You can design your own ornaments at home and ask the kids to chip in.
6 Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations for Kids
1. Cute Little Snowmen
Design tiny snowmen for the Christmas tree to add a fun element to your tree. Cut out felt bodies for your snowmen as shown below, keeping his eyes, hat and buttons black. Use cotton balls to stuff him up and give him the straight-from-the-Pole look. You can also add a button-down front for a cheeky snowman!
2. Holly Bunches
This is one of the easiest Christmas tree decorating ideas for kids – but a classic one nevertheless. All you need are the holly bunches you used last year for Christmas. This season, use them to make little hanging giftboxes! You can also add holiday-themed stickers from a store and glitter baubles. Voila! You’ll have handfuls of amazing new ornaments for your Christmas tree in a short time.
3. 3D Stars with Cookie Cutters
This is another simple Christmas tree ornament. Using star-shaped cookie cutters, ask your older children to trace stars on cardboard. Have them cut them out carefully and stick coloured and patterned paper over them. Fold in half and stick two or three stars together. What you should be left with are 3D stars that look wonderful when caught in the breeze.
4. Gift Wrap with Rudolph
Forget wrapping small boxes with paper to hang on the tree. This year, let your kids create Rudolph the Reindeer labels! Hand them colourful ribbons to tie around the gifts and use them to adorn the Christmas tree. You can also use this idea to dispatch or hand-deliver beautiful Christmas gifts that are almost too stunning to unpack!
5. Stocking Fun
When you’re working on handmade Christmas tree ornaments that are cute and fun to create, stockings made of felt paper and ribbons are a must. Cut out two pieces of felt and stitch them together using ribbons. Give your kids free reign over colour combinations and decorating the stockings. Though it’s not a suitable craft for toddlers, older children who know the basics of stitching can easily do them.
6. Initials on Snowflakes
Design pretty snowflakes using coloured paper and cardboard. Decorate them with ribbons and glitter. Adorn the centre of the snowflakes with initials of your family members. Your kids might need some assistance in making the snowflakes though you can leave the writing of initials to them. Check this out for origami and paper-folding Christmas crafts that anyone can excel at!
Candy cane made of paper and cloth, reindeer faces made with bottle caps and wrapping paper–go ahead and experiment with different ideas to make great ornaments for your Christmas tree. Don’t forget to ask your children for ideas. Their little minds may be bubbling with creative designs!
What are you making together this Christmas?