Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations

by Aubrey on December 2, 2009

I am so excited for this post today!  Destri has put all of these ideas together on how your kids can make the cutest homemade tree decorations.  Can I just say she is amazing? She is the brains behind The Mother Huddle and brought all of us mothers together.  Thanks Destri, you are the best!

Homemade Ornaments for the Little Ones

Every Christmas season I have these grandiose ideas of the traditions I would like to start.  I usually develop on one idea and then am left sitting, looking at the tree on Christmas morning, wondering how everything went so fast.

So in an effort to capture more memories with my family this year I decided I would host a tree trimming party with all the kids.  I took out the ornaments, dusted off the star, and immediately had images of my three year old launching the glass bulbs at his cousins.  Realizing this was not quite the memories I was after, I had the thought that maybe it would be fun to have a homemade tree this year.

So I will put on a pot of chili, throw some doughnuts and hot cocoa into the mix (just like in the movies) and sit back (ya right) and watch their crafting splendor.  It plays out perfect in my head…depending on how it actually goes, I think the ornaments turned out so cute I will have them come trim the tree annually!

Ribbon Candy Garland

I had these packing peanuts leftover from a package I sent, and noticed they looked similar to the ribbon candy my mom used to fill our stockings up with.  I think they make the cutest handmade garland I’ve seen in a while if I don’t say so myself!  I mean seriously they look so good you could eat them.  Oh the possibilities with these little beauties!

Foam packing peanuts you are sure to have laying around
Red and Green markers (helpful if they are washable)
Invisible thread

Just let them color the peanuts then thread them onto the line (let the younger ones color, older ones thread).  Seriously these turned out so cute.  I may have to steal these and put into a tall glass vase or something, yes I think I may…


This is for the older ones

Red, orange, white pipe cleaner
Foam balls in three sizes
Twigs, with glitter glued on if desired
Mini pom poms
Black beads
Red fabric, cut into thin strips
  1. Start things out for them by slightly cutting off one side of each ball, just so they fit together a little better
  2. Secure the balls together using the toothpicks by inserting them through the center on each side of the middle ball, then add the top and bottom
  3. Cut equal lengths of the red and white pipe cleaner and twist together creating the band for the ear muffs, place over head
  4. Take the pom poms and secure them with thin wire (I used green floral wire) bent at the end to hold them on
  5. Press beads into foam and they should stay
  6. Snip a little piece of orange pipe cleaner for the nose
  7. Give him some arms, wrap him in a scarf and now you have a Frosty!


Fabric Ornaments


This one is easy, good for 4 and up

Scrap fabric with medium interfacing ironed on
Christmas cookie cutters

Let them trace and cut out the shapes.  Cut a small slit in the ornament and pull the ribbon through, tie a knot to secure.

Candy Canes


Again, this one is super easy, for 2 and up

Red and white pipe cleaner
red ribbon

Twist the pipe cleaners together and form into a cane.  Tie two together with the ribbon.  I cut standard length pipe cleaner in half to make two, it seemed to make the perfect size.

Glitter Pine Cones


Easy peasy, as young as you dare!

Pine Cones (I  bought the cinnamon ones, mmm)
Craft glitter
Modge Podge, or Elmers

Dip the tips of pine cones into the glue and then roll in glitter.  They could even tie ribbon to these or glue some jingle bells and evergreen to them.  Whatever suits their fancy.

If you are looking for more fun Homemade Christmas Ornaments the kids can make, check out our Bead and Felt Ornaments.  So fun and easy!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

aubrey December 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

Destri, they all turned out so cute!! I’m very impressed! I want to see a picture of your Christmas tree once it’s trimmed! They are all pretty simple, but adorable!

Thanks again!


Destri December 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm

You’re welcome….I will have to send a picture of the mayhem before the tree trimming too.


candace December 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Okay, so you already know how I feel about those peanuts…

As for Frosty, he’s simply too cute for words.

What I really love about all of these ornaments is that they are fairly safe, minus the toothpicks in Frosty which could easily be replaced with glue. Since my baby has developed a taste for shiny glass bulbs, I always feel a little wave of panic come over me when I see him lingering by the tree for too long. Thanks for all of these darling homemade ideas.


Destri December 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm

soooo…I did try glue, but it didn’t seem to want to work on the foam:( …so I agree, I will putting frosty up a little higher on my tree! You should see the peanuts in person, they look yummy!


Maria December 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm

You are a total genius with the packing peanuts. I had to do a double take. I thought they were real at first glance. I am really hoping we get a package this holiday with some in it so we can make some. Fun ideas. I think we will make some candycanes, with the pipecleaners we have in our craft box. Thanks for the idea.


Destri December 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I hope you get some too, because they are sooooo cute, seriously, I didn’t realize how cute they were going to be! I was wondering if you have a recipe for ginger bread men you like? I was going to try and make them for the party this weekend. They don’t have to be edible, just smell good!


Suzanne December 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Really cute Destri, you worked hard on these, love the peanut garland too. Just a thought for the little snow man for the eyes and buttons sewing pins might work if they are short enough.


Destri December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

funny you should say that, I used them for the buttons! I forgot to mention that, thanks!


Christeena December 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

I went and bought all the stuff to make those cute little Snowmen! they are so cute, i am excited to make them.


Destri December 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Yay! They were super easy…post some pics on your blog so we can see them!


Jennie b February 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

very cute! I need ideas for tiny hands, thank you=)


Erica at B is for Boy December 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

Thanks! I appreciate the age ranges for each craft! I think some Pipecleaner Candy Canes are calling our name today!


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