Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids
to Hang on your Tree

by Karen & Grace Morris

Kids love decorating the tree. Here are some Christmas ornament crafts for kids that they can make.

The pictures are quick links to Christmas Ornament Crafts for kids on this page.

You will not have to worry about broken bulbs.

Soon your tree will look nice with homemade stars, bells, tissue paper candy canes, and other Christmas items. 

Elf Hat Ornament

In the legend of Santa Claus, elves help Santa at his workshop by making toys. They are short mystical creatures who usually wear red or green clothes. They also wear pointy hats and curly toed shoes.

elf hat


  • Paper to make pattern
  • Felt
  • Needle and tread
  • Jingle bell
  • Quilt batting or white felt
  • Craft thread
make pattern

On white paper, cut a 5 1/2 by 6 inch rectangle. Turn the rectangle so that one corner is at the top, round the bottom edge.

cut out felt

Pin your pattern to the corner of your felt. Cut out.

sew the side

Bring the two sides together. Thread a needle. Staring at the bottom of the hat, sew the sides together using a whip stitch.

add a bell

At the point sew on a small jingle bell.

sew on batting

Cut a 1 by 8 1/2 inch piece of quit batting for the trim of the hat. If you don’t have batting, you could use white felt.

Sew the batting on at the side seam.

sew top down

Fold the top of the hat down 2 1/2 inches and sew.

add hanger

Leave a hole at the top so that you can thread a craft thread through.

Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star…

star ornaments

You will need;

  • Sparkly pipe cleaner (you could use a regular, but we think the sparkly ones look the best)
  • 5 beads
add bead

Place one bead 3 1/2 inches from one end of the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner around the bead.

continue adding beads

Add another bead 2 inches from the first bead, twist. Repeat until you have four beads.

add 5th bead at top

Slide your 5th bead through both ends of the pipe cleaner. Make a circle by twisting the two ends together.

Bend into a star shape.

In Gospel of Mathew verse 2:1-12, a star brought Magi to Jesus. We also sing about the star in the song “We Three Kings”.

Candy Cane

Many people decorate their trees with candy canes. Here is one that anyone can make.

candy cane

What you will need;

  • 1 Wired Garland Tie
  • White tissue paper
  • Red tissue paper
  • White craft thread
cover tie

Take your Garland Tie and wrap it with white tissue paper until it is fully covered and you can no longer see the green.

add string

Cut three pieces of craft thread and tie on the Garland and tissue paper.

add red strip

Cut 4 1/4 by 19 1/2 inches of red tissue paper. Fold three times so you have a long strip. Wrap around the white and tie with more craft thread.

bend into a candy cane shape

Bend into a candy cane shape.

A Silver-Blue Bell Cup

Bells are popular to ring during Christmastime. In the Middle Ages, churches rang bells for important events, such as Christmas. There are also many songs about bells such as; “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, “Jingle Bells”, “Silver Bells”, and “Christmas Bells are Ringing”.

bell ornament

You will need;

  • One 3 oz cup
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Wooden bead
  • Push pin
  • Paint
  • Glitter
poke hole

Cut 8 inch piece off your pipe cleaner.

Poke a small hole with the push pin on the bottom of your cup. You will want it big enough to be able to pull the pipe cleaner through. 

add pipe cleaner

Pull the pipe cleaner through the hole in the cup. Make a hanger at the top.

add bead

At the end of your pipe cleaner, twist on a wooden bead. It should make noise when you shake it.


Paint your cup a Christmas color. I used blue and white.

add glitter

Before your paint dries, sprinkle the cup with glitter. I used silver.

Let dry overnight. Now hang your bell on your tree and let it ring.

Recycled Garland

A lot of kids make garlands for the Christmas tree by gluing a strip of paper into a ring. Then placing another strip inside the ring and gluing the ends.

Here is a different way to make a garland.

red and purple garlands

You will need;

  • A permanent marker
  • Thin plastic water bottle
  • Scissors
color water bottle

Take the paper label off the water bottle. With the marker, color the bottle.

cut of top

With an adults help, cut the top off.

cut in a spiral

Cut the middle part of the bottle in a spiral.

Hang the garland on the tree.

Snowman in a Ball

This snowman you can hang on your tree and it won’t melt.

snowman in ball


  • Wooden bead
  • 3/4 inch wooden doll head
  • White paint
  • Black permanent marker
  • Scraps of felt
  • Hot glue
  • Plastic ball ornament that comes in half, the size that I used was 2.36 inches or 60 mm.
paint beads

Paint beads with white paint, you will need at least two coats of paint.

When the paint is dry, draw eyes and mouth on the head piece with a marker.

glue the two beads together

Glue the head piece to the wooden bead.

cut felt pieces

Cut a thin piece of felt 4 1/4 inches long. Also, cut a diamond shape 1/2 by 1 inch for a hat.

glue on hat

Glue the hat on top of the head.

add scarf

Tie the scarf around the neck. You will want your snowman to stay warm.

place snowman in ball

Glue the snowman to the inside of the ball.

Snap the ball together.

Now use the Christmas ornament crafts for kids to decorate your tree.

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