Holiday DIY: 15 Easy Decorations to Create with Your Kids

NOV 15, 2016 updated May 18, 2021

With Thanksgiving just around the corner for many of us, it’s time to start planning ahead for the holiday season–and that means decorations. If you have kids, you know that this time of year is challenging because you want to keep your little ones engaged and occupied (especially if they’re on holiday break) while also accomplishing your decorating tasks. Never fear: we’ve assembled a list of 15 easy DIY ornaments & crafts you can make with your kids. Keep them busy, create some fun memories that will last for years to come, and get your house decorated at the same time. A win-win-win, if you ask us. Let’s jump in!

1. Holiday family newsletter ornaments


Fabric newsletter ornaments | Delineate Your Dwelling

Ask your kiddos to cut out the shapes before you sew them up!

2.  Cut and sew gnome ornaments

Ask your kids to draw or paint some elves / gnomes, then scan in the paintings together, upload to Spoonflower, and order on fabric before making them into ornaments together.

Cut & Sew Finnish Elves | Mirkahokkanen on Spoonflower

photo via: mirkahokkanen Instagram

 3. Add a touch of gold to your holiday decorations with these DIY gold painted ornaments.

DIY Gold Painted Holiday Ornaments
newspaper + gold spray paint + old ornaments = the perfect back porch kids activity!

Golden Ornaments | Style Me Pretty

4. Cute, kid-friendly ornaments in under an hour? Absolutely.

Purple and Yellow custom holiday ornaments

DIY Ornaments in Under an Hour | Paper & Stitch

5. Cut and sew fabric gingerbread ornaments

Cookie Cute designed by MarcelineSmith for Spoonflower’s Hanging Ornament Design Challenge

Cookie Cute cut and sew hanging ornament

6.  These easy DIY pomegranate ornaments will add a bright, citrus-y pop to your holiday tablescape.

Crepe Paper Pomegranate Holiday Decoration Ornaments

Crepe Paper Pomegranate Ornaments | Lia Griffith

7. Add a rustic touch to your home with these adorable holiday pinecone trees.

Christmas Tree Pinecones with jewels and garland

Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft with Kids | Adventures of Mel

8. Make your kids feel special with these easy (and awesome) personalized Scrabble ornaments.

Personalized Scrabble Ornaments to make with you Kids

Personalized Scrabble Ornaments | Life Your Way

9. Have a some leftover scrap fabric? Then these quick holiday cards are calling your name!

Scrap fabric Christmas tree cards

Scrap Fabric Holiday Cards | Smashed Peas and Carrots

9. Drawstring pouch Advent calendars.

My So Called Crafty LifeShop the cut and sew template here first before following along with this tutorial.

10. These peppermint-themed ornaments made with baker’s twine are quick to create and look great on a tree.

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DIY Baker’s Twin Ornaments | Hello Splendid

11. This classic holiday craft with provide you and your little ones with memories for years to come. Get creative with it!

Handmade Salt Dough Ornaments | Viva Veltoro

12. Searching for a creative way to recycle broken crayons AND make some ornaments? Look no further.

DIY Drip Crayon Ornaments

DIY Crayon Drip Holiday Ornaments | The Swell Designer

13. These inventive tags can be made with some twigs, paper, and a little bit of glue–we might even add a sprig of pine.

 Recycled paper and twig gift tags

Recycled Paper Twiggy Tags | Keeping with the Times

14. Make these adorable keepsakes–made with polymer clay and gold paint–for the whole family!

Handpainted FIMO Clay Holiday Ornaments

Kid’s Fingerprint Ornaments | Cutesy Crafts

15. Harness the cold weather with this simple outdoor décor DIY.

DIY Holiday Ice Lantern candle holder

DIY Ice Lantern | HGTV

Have a favorite, kid-friendly holiday DIY craft or ornament that that we missed? Let us know in the comments. Happy crafting!

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