The holiday season is a time for crafting, creating, and cherishing special moments with loved ones. This year, why not bring a touch of nature into your festive decorations?
In this blog post, we’ll explore delightful DIY Christmas ornament ideas that kids can make using treasures found in the great outdoors.
These crafts not only add a personalized and eco-friendly touch to your tree but also create lasting memories for the whole family.
DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids
1. Pinecone Reindeer:
Select a pinecone for each reindeer ornament. Twist two brown pipe cleaners around the pinecone, creating antlers. Attach googly eyes and a red pom-pom or bead for the nose using glue. Hang your adorable reindeer on the tree using a piece of twine or ribbon.
2. Twig Star Ornaments:
- Small twigs
- Twine or thin wire
- Glitter glue or paint (optional)
Gather five small twigs of similar length. Arrange the twigs in a star shape and secure the ends together using twine or thin wire. Add a touch of sparkle by applying glitter glue or painting the twigs. Attach a loop of twine at one point of the star for hanging.
3. Dried Citrus Slice Ornaments:
- Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, or limes)
- Parchment paper
- Optional: Cinnamon sticks or cloves for added fragrance
Slice citrus fruits into thin rounds. Lay the slices on parchment paper and bake in a low oven until they are dried (about 200°F or 95°C for 2-3 hours). Thread a piece of twine through the dried slices, creating a citrus garland or individual ornaments. For a festive touch, add cinnamon sticks or cloves for a natural, aromatic twist.
4. Acorn Cap Snowmen:
- Acorn caps
- White paint
- Small paintbrush
- Colored felt or fabric scraps
- Thin ribbon or yarn
Paint the inside of acorn caps with white paint to create a snowy effect. Once dry, glue three acorn caps together, with the painted sides facing outward. Cut tiny scarves and hats from colored felt or fabric scraps. Glue the accessories onto the acorn cap snowmen and add a loop of ribbon or yarn for hanging.
5. Cinnamon Stick Stars:
- Cinnamon sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon or twine
Arrange five cinnamon sticks in the shape of a star. Use a hot glue gun to secure the sticks together at the points. Tie a loop of ribbon or twine at one point for hanging. Hang these fragrant stars on your tree for a cozy and festive touch.
6. Nature-Inspired Cookie Cutter Ornaments:
- Large cookie cutters (try these fall/winter nature shapes!)
- Air-dry clay
- Acrylic paint
- Clear varnish or Mod Podge
Press air-dry clay into the cookie cutter shapes and smooth the surface. Allow the clay to dry completely. Paint the dried ornaments with festive colors and designs. Seal with clear varnish or Mod Podge for a polished finish. Attach a ribbon loop for hanging.
These DIY Christmas ornaments not only add a rustic and charming appeal to your tree but also provide a wonderful opportunity for kids to connect with nature and unleash their creativity.
As you embark on these crafting adventures with your little ones, remember that the true beauty of these ornaments lies in the joy of making them together and the memories they create for years to come.
Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!