DIY homemade popsicle sticks crafts - Christmas tree, Christmas candle, star, and snowflake
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Easy & Gorgeous Wooden Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

Easy Christmas Popsicle Stick Ornaments for Kids to Make Preview: You’ll find out how kids can make seven different Christmas ornaments from popsicle sticks and wooden shapes with this simple tutorial. It’s a perfect Christmas craft for kids of all ages. 

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting to enjoy the excitement of the holidays with my kids.

My son loves to do crafts with me, so we try to come up with new Christmas crafts, decorations, or ornaments to make each year. This year, we happened to have a huge box of colored wooden shapes along with popsicle sticks.

From those things, we created 7 different ornaments.

Not only did we have a blast making them, but it’s always fun to deliver them too. My son sang Jingle Bells while delivering ornaments and Christmas fudge to our neighbors 🙂 I’m sure my daughter will be joining in on the songs and crafts next year.

Without further ado, here are the instructions on these easy Christmas popsicle stick ornaments for kids to make.

Christmas Ornaments kids made from popsicle sticks and wooden shapes

Materials for Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

One of the things I love about these popsicle stick ornaments is they look so pretty! You can’t tell if a kid made them or an adult 🙂

Materials used to make popsicle stick Christmas ornaments - pom poms, popsicle sticks, glitter, twine, washi tape, and wooden shapes

Instructions for Kids Christmas Ornaments

Instructions are pretty simple for this popsicle stick Christmas kids craft. Just set up your pieces, glue, and tie with a ribbon.

I tend to use hot glue because it works so well. So after my son put the shapes together, I glued them down. I also found that the twine a little hard to work with, but ribbon worked much better.

If you do use uncolored shapes or popsicle sticks, you’ll need to account for dry time. So, the first session would be painting the shapes and popsicle sticks, and the next session would be piecing together the shapes into ornaments.

Here are the different ornaments we made with the wooden shapes.

Christmas Tree from Popsicle Sticks

Simply take 3 popsicle sticks and shape into a triangle. Use a rectangle or square for the tree stump, a star wooden shape for the top, and decorate as you wish. We used glitter on some and ribbon on others. Washi tape would also work well.

Children's Christmas ornaments made from popsicle sticks

Rudolph the Reindeer from Popsicle Sticks

Another one of my favorites – Rudolph is a fun one to make! Start with an upside down triangle. Add oval or teardrop wooden shapes for the ears. We then used googly eyes on stars for the eyes and a red heart for his nose.

Simple Star from Popsicle Sticks

Christmas tree and nativity scene popsicle stick ornament that kids can make

For the star, take five popsicle sticks out. Start by making an upside down V with two popsicle sticks. Then make an X with two more popsicle sticks. Lay the X on top of the upside V, and you will see your star starting to take shape. You’ll place the 5 stick across the middle to finish the star. 

Nativity Scene from Popsicle Sticks

Homemade nativity scene ornament using popsicle sticks and wooden shapes

This one is my favorite – so much, that we made many more of these than the others. We started by making the stable with 6 popsicle sticks (see pic). Then, we used various circle and rectangle shapes to create Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in the manager. Don’t forget the star at the top!

Snowflake from Popsicle Sticks

For the snowflake you just lay four popsicle sticks on top of each other to form a snowflake-like shape. Easy peasy!

DIY homemade popsicle sticks crafts - Christmas tree, Christmas candle, star, and snowflake

Christmas Candle from Popsicle Sticks

This Christmas candle works well if you have oval or teardrop shape wooden pieces. You’ll use that piece for the candle’s flame. Then, use rectangles or squares or a combination to build the candlestick. Lay on a short popsicle stick for a holder, and you’ll have a Christmas candle.

Santa Hat from Popsicle Sticks

The last one is the Santa hat popsicle stick ornament. You just form a triangle and then lay cotton balls or pom-poms on the bottom to create a fuzzy hat look. Don’t forget to put one cotton ball or pom-pom at the top!

Christmas popsicle stick crafts that kids can make - Christmas tree, nativity scene, star, santa claus hat and more

Connecting Lesson

I know what you’re thinking – a lesson?! With a kids craft?! The way my former-teacher-mind works is always in the form of a lesson. So I thought, I would share it with you, just in case you could benefit from it 🙂

  • Toddlers: Colors. Have your child sort by color, using construction paper. Lay out the construction paper and have toddlers place the red shapes on the red paper, yellow shapes on the yellow paper, etc. (Be careful of small pieces with little ones.)
  • Preschoolers: Shapes. Have your child sort by shape. Cut each shape out of construction paper and have the kids place the little wooden shapes on the construction paper shape you cut out.
  • Kindergarteners: Patterns. Make a couple of sample patterns. Use all the same color for the first few (e.g., red circle, red square, red circle, red square). Ask your child what comes next. If they seem overwhelmed or have a tough time, pull a couple of shapes to give them a multiple choice. (e.g. “What comes next? The red circle or the yellow square?”) Gage their level and make harder patterns or have them make you a pattern! 🙂
  • Elementary Level: Compose Shapes. Have your child put various shapes together to create something cool – like a robot, a fox, a flower, a person, etc. Make it easier or harder by pulling shapes for them.

Fun Christmas Craft

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas craft for kids this year, you can’t find an easier one than these popsicle stick Christmas ornaments. Plus, everyone loves receiving them as little gifts!

Don’t forget to make a few extra for your Christmas tree too.

DIY popsicle stick Christmas ornaments
Nativity scene ornament made from popsicle sticks

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