A Homemade Christmas

December is a magical month. You can feel it as the sun begins to set earlier and earlier, and the air gets colder and colder. You can smell it in the form of fresh pine needles, mandarin oranges, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. As a child, I always used to look forward to this time of year. Not for the presents, but for the traditions! Like picking out a tree, taking it home, and decorating it with the whole family. 

I, of course, had my favourite decorations, and I insisted on hanging those ones myself. The funny thing is, they weren’t the shiniest ones in the box, or the most beautiful. On the contrary, the decorations I loved most were the misshapen ones, the ones made out of cardboard and handpicked pinecones, and with big patches of glitter missing. In other words, the ones we had made ourselves.

Those decorations reminded me of special times spent with my mom and my sister, sitting around the kitchen table giggling and gluing. And I was proud of myself, for having made something with my own two hands, and that what I had made got displayed on the Christmas tree, for everyone to see, year after year. 

Making your own Christmas decorations is a special experience for children and parents alike, not to mention the many benefits of crafting that we touched on in our blog post Winter is the Most Wonderful Time of Year… to Craft! So, we put together a list of 10 of our favourite DIY Christmas ornaments for you to try making with your child this Holiday season:

Top 10 Favourite DIY Christmas Ornaments 

1. Christmas Nature Craft ‚ÄstThis craft by mothernatured¬†is¬†as original as it is adorable, and gets bonus points for being eco-friendly.¬†


¬†2. Popsicle Stick and Twigs Christmas Tree ‚ÄstDecorate your big tree with little trees! This¬†lovely little craft by¬†easypeasyandfun¬†is just that: easy, peasy, and fun.¬†

Popsicle stick and twigs christmas tree ornaments 

3. Keepsake Chalkboard Ornaments ‚ÄstThis neat craft idea by¬†firefliesandmudpies¬†uses permanent chalk to immortalize your child's drawing skills.

Chalkboard ornaments


4. Wood Slice String Art Ornament ‚ÄstInspired by a children's book, this delightful craft by happybrownhouse¬†doubles as a fine motor skills activity.¬†

Wood slice string art ornament star and christmas tree


5. Pom Poms and Pinecones Christmas Ornament ‚ÄstThese little ornaments by onelittleproject¬†are ridiculously easy to make, and super cute to boot.¬†

Pom poms and pinecones christmas ornaments


6. Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees ‚Äď Customize these mini¬†trees by¬†onelittleproject¬†with whatever leftover squares of wrapping paper and bits of ribbon you have lying around the house.

Popsicle stick christmas tree ornament


7. Colourful Pom Pom Popsicle Stars ‚ÄstThese colourful and straightforward¬†star ornaments by¬†kidscraftroom¬†will brighten up any room.¬†

Pom pom star ornament


8. Spice Jar Lid Star Ornament¬†‚ÄstHave your child practice their hand eye coordination with this simple star craft by¬†firefliesandmudpies.

Spiced jar lid christmas ornament


9. Craft Stick Reindeer Ornaments ‚ÄstA true classic, this simple reindeer craft, covered here by¬†firefliesandmudpies,¬†is great fun¬†for children of any age.¬†¬†



10. Yarn Wrapped Reindeer Craft ‚ÄstBring your favourite Christmas characters to life with this lovable reindeer craft by¬†iheartcraftythings.¬†

yarn wrapped reindeer


These cost-effective and creative crafts are sure to be a hit with the kids. Make your tree your own this Christmas by making your own decorations!

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