Keeping the kids busy and entertained during winter break is a daunting task for any parent. These fun and festive DIY ornaments are a great way to spend an afternoon (or several!) together, and they’ll love adding their creations to the tree. Gather up some supplies you probably already have around the house, put on some holiday tunes, and roll up your sleeves. Bonus points with homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows, recipe HERE.
Bottle cap snowmen
Photo and project credit: kidsomania
How cute are these little guys?
White, black, orange, and red acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
- Paint the inside of each bottle cap white. You may need a couple of coats.
- Glue three bottle caps to a piece of ribbon, one on top of the other.
- Form a loop at the top of the ribbon and secure with glue.
- Use the end of a paintbrush to paint the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons.
- Tie ribbon or yarn between the top two caps to make the scarf and add an accent button.
Felt and twig trees
Photo: Erik Putz, Project: Today’s Parent
Make an afternoon of it: take the kiddos outside to explore and collect small branches, then come home to make these sweet little trees.
Stiff colored felt
- Cut out triangles from felt.
- Glue tree branches to felt.
- Decorate with pom poms, small beads or buttons, and a star.
- Glue ribbon loop to the back.
Photo and project credit: Live, Craft, Eat
The kiddos will love making these holiday stars. Let them choose the yarn colors!
Corrugated cardboard (save your Amazon Prime boxes!)
Double-sided tape or glue
Yarn in one or more colors
Scraps of patterned paper or cardstock to complement yarn colors
- Cut out two 2” x 2” cardboard squares.
- Tape or glue one cardboard square to the other to create a diamond shape.
- Cut out a piece of patterned paper or card stock in a square slightly smaller than the 2” x 2” cardboard piece.
- Stick one pin in each cardboard corner, eight total. Stick in pins about a third of the way, as you want to keep enough pin sticking out so you can wrap the yarn around it.
- Start by taping a yarn end piece to the back of the ornament. Take the yarn from behind the star, go over the top of one pin, go down two pins following the edge of the square, go around that pin, then come up behind the pin that is one pin up from where you just were. Loop the yarn over the top. Think 2 pins down, 1 pin up, 2 pins down, 1 pin up, 2 pins down, 1 pin up. If you need a visual, step-by-step photos can be found here.
- Repeat until the star resembles the photo above.
- Cut the yarn with a couple of inches to spare. Weave it through to the back of the ornament and tie a knot to secure.
- Push pins all the way into each corner to help keep the star’s shape.
Photo and project credit: Turtles and Tails
Create a memento from a favorite family beach vacation and include collected shells and a little paper tag with the location and date.
Clear glass ornaments
Sand or small decorative rock
Twine or ribbon
- Add sand and shells.
- Secure top.
- Wrap twine or ribbon several times and tie off with a bow.
Craft stick snowman
Photo and project credit: SheKnows
One large wooden craft stick per snowman
White paint and brush
Black card stock
Elmer’s glue pen
String or ribbon
- Paint craft stick white.
- Make the scarf by folding a 4-inch piece of washi tape over the upper middle part of the stick and trim end diagonally.
- Glue two to three buttons under the scarf.
- Cut out a triangular shape from the orange paper for the nose, then a hat shape from the black paper. Glue both in place.
- Add the eyes using a pencil.
- Cut a piece of ribbon or string, create a loop, and glue it to the back of the snowman.
Photo and project credit: Jones Design Company
Make this Etsy darling for a fraction of the cost. Select paper to coordinate with your tree or let the kids run wild. Use twine for a more rustic look or ribbon for color.
Holiday scrapbook paper
Twine or ribbon
- Cut uniform triangles from the scrapbook paper.
- Punch a hole on each side.
- Thread the twine through.
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