Looking for an easy activity to do with kids to get into the holiday spirit? How about decorating wood ornaments for the Christmas tree?! Today’s craft idea is not only simple to do with the kids, it’ great for playgroups too! It’s open-ended, can be done with all ages (mom can have fun too!), and can be cleaned up easily with our craft tips mentioned below (step one).
You can find wood ornaments at the craft stores, craft aisles at Walmart, and online. The best part is that they are typically inexpensive to purchase. I found ours as a craft kit at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (and the embellishments too!)
See also: Tissue Paper Lanterns
Kid-made Wood Christmas Ornament Ideas
- wood ornament craft kit
- paint, glitter and shimmer paints are fun!
- permanent markers
- glitter/glitter glue
- buttons (We used fun Christmas ones that came in a small package!)
Decorating the Wood Ornaments for Christmas:
Beforehand, cover the table with newspaper, butcher paper, or a tablecloth that’s just for craft purposes. Set out the paint, paintbrushes, and a pencil if the kids want to sketch their design. I also set out our Huggies® Clutch ‘n Clean Wipes for easy cleanup. My kids tend to paint themselves (arms, face, fingers…lol), so I find it easier to just give each kid a wipe to keep closeby.
It came in super handy when my daughter dropped her paintbrush on the kitchen floor. She instantly grabbed the wipe to quickly clean it up before it could get anywhere else.
Wooden Owl Christmas Ornaments
Little Sister (5 yrs old) and I sketched an owl design on our wood ornaments and then painted them. After letting them dry for a bit, we added a 2nd coat. I love how both the shimmer paints and the glitter paints look!
Once dry, we outlined them with the colored Sharpies we purchased for DIY our t-shirts over the summer.
Kid-made Flag Ornaments
Big Brother (9yrs old) is obsessed with countries and knows all kinds of facts, etc. about them. He is always writing his own soccer cups and drawing every flag there is. Naturally, he chose to make flag ornaments.
So which flags did he choose? Here’s his thought process: he chose to make Brazil because that’s where the Olympics were held this year and Israel because it’s where Bethlehem is, and Christmas is about Jesus.
He added smiley faces just for fun.
Kids Embellished Christmas Ornament Idea
Little Sister decorated her second wood ornament (earlier she painted it with sparkly red glitter paint) using fun Christmas embellishments: shaped buttons and a somewhat big glitter/small confetti.
She did the project over a paper plate. Any mess that did end up on the table was wiped back onto the plate. The stubborn pieces easily wiped up with a Huggies® Wipe.
I love the fun shapes that came in the buttons package and am excited to see what else Little Sister makes with them.
What Christmas ornament decorating ideas has your family enjoyed doing throughout the years? These wood ornaments are great because of how versatile than can be. They can be decorated with tissue paper, markers, all glitter, as a favorite character or snowman face, the sky’s the limit!
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