When school is out and the weather isn’t cooperating, nothing passes the time with restless little ones like a good craft project. Put those tiny feet in some fuzzy socks and get to work on some DIY Christmas ornaments to make the tree shine and the time fly. And here’s a happy bonus: homemade Christmas ornaments make great gifts for grandparents!
Salt Dough Ornaments
Season of Giving
You’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen that doesn’t already have the items needed to make these beautiful ornaments. With just some flour, water, salt, and a few hours in the oven, the decorating potential for these baked ornaments is virtually limitless. Getting the kids involved is easy—just give them a cookie cutter when the dough is ready and let them go crazy. You can find the full instructions here.
The Golden Snitch
Season of Giving
Chances are pretty high that you have at least Harry Potter fan in your family. Charm the freckles right off their round bespectacled faces with this DIY golden snitch ornament. Because this ornament requires a couple of tricky parts (nothing too difficult) and a few sharp objects, this project is definitely better suited to older kids. Find full instructions here.
Minion Christmas Ornaments & More
While the big kids are toiling with tools, the little ones can try their hands at something a little more their speed. Make your life easier with a couple packs of plastic ornaments to make this project safe and stress-free. First fill ornament with paint, and then add the faces with vinyl adhesive. No paint-stained fingers, no paint on the ceiling—that’s a good DIY day! Find full instructions here. Button Trees Season of Giving
These are almost too cute to handle, but they’re easy enough to tackle without fear of winding up on a “Pinterest Fail” page. Perfect for both tiny fingers and teenage ones, these trees are simple, fast and can fill an afternoon with fun. Some ribbon or sturdy string and a bucket of buttons is all you need for this project. Bonus: this is a great way to clean out that weird junk drawer in your craft room. Instructions here.
The (Elusive) Christmas Pickle
Free Christmas Sewing Pattern: Pickle Ornament
Surely you know about the Christmas Pickle. In case you don’t, you might want to brush up on your Christmas folklore before heading into another Christmas season. This project definitely delight the little ones with an interest in sewing. Find full instructions here.