Christmastime is upon us! And it’s time for the kids to make some DIY Christmas ornaments. Not only is it a fun activity, but it’s a great way to remember the stage that they were in that year. We also like to give them to our family and friends as gifts. They’re cute and appreciated but also budget-friendly gifts.
It seems like there are so many things to go to and get done around this time of year, so I opted for something simple and cute for ornaments this year. We made two types of DIY Christmas ornaments this year, one for each kid, ages 2 months and 3 years.
The DIY Christmas ornaments for the kids are made from the same base, a wooden disk. We had pine branches with a diameter of about 3 inches from last year when we cut down our own tree, so we made our own disks. If you don’t have branches or a saw or a desire to make your own disks, they’re also available online at places like Amazon and Etsy.
My husband cut half-inch disks using a miter saw, which gave them a really nice finish with minimal sanding necessary. I wanted a chunkier look, but you can cut them to any width that you desire. As always, when using any type of tool, please take the appropriate precautions and wear the appropriate safety gear. Please don’t cut near the knots on the branches as this can be dangerous and always keep a safe distance away from the blade.
Using an electric sander, we sanded down one side of each disk until smooth to the touch. Then we drilled a 5/32-inch hole in each of them to string the ribbon through.
Rudolph DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids
After the prep work was complete, it was time to get the kids involved. For my 3-year-old’s ornaments, we made the disks into Rudolph. We affixed large googly eyes and red pom-poms to the disks using Aleene’s All Purpose Tacky Glue.
The antlers are made of brown pipe cleaners. Each antler is made up of a pipe cleaner piece about 4 inches long and two smaller pieces about an inch long each. The two smaller pieces are wrapped around the longer piece and bent up into a “V” shape. We attached the antlers to the back of the wood disks using hot glue.
To finish it up, I threaded a piece of ribbon through the hole and tied a knot to make it a loop. The ribbon was a little difficult to get through the hole, so I used a toothpick to help me get it all the way through.
Lastly, I wrote my son’s name and the year on the back. He really enjoyed making these, and the project wasn’t too time-consuming for his attention span or too messy.
Baby Footprint DIY Ornaments for Kids
For my 2-month-old’s ornaments, we simply did acrylic paint footprints on the wood disks. Like my son’s, I used a ribbon as a hanger and put her name and the year on the back. Super simple, but very cute. I will say that we gave handprints a go, but they were too difficult to get right, so we went with the feet instead.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Check out my DIY Decor projects for ideas for how to make your house a home, on a budget, all year round! Also, keep up with me and my projects on Facebook and Instagram!
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