Easy Christmas Ornaments {affordable and kid friendly}

image This will be the easiest and cheapest Holiday project you do this year. Kids love making these!

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees F.  Bake for about 2 hours, checking every half hour, flipping once midway. Remove when fully hardened. Decorate as desired. Full details are below.



To Make ‘Homemade Playdoh:’

  • Flour
  • Salt

Mix equal parts flour and salt. Add water 1 tsp at a time until a thick and workable consistency. Should not be too sticky and should still roll out easily. Sprinkle flour on your working surface.

Decorating Material Ideas:

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Stamps
  • Copper or Craft Wire
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Sugar or sparkles
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Mod Podge

Mix your homemade ‘play doh,’ roll out (sprinkle work surface with flour), cut shapes with cookie cutters, stamp with your desired wording (using toothpick to deepen/clarify the letter shapes so they show up better).

Add hole for twine or ribbon (or 2 holes for wire) and bake.


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After removed from the oven and fully cooled, you can use wet, used coffee grounds to fill in the letters and ‘stain’ the ornament for a vintage/rustic look. It’s a little messy!

Sprinkle with sugar for shimmer and coat with Mod Podge to seal. I would imagine a used tea bag could also work for staining.

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I really liked how the sugar sparkles next to the lights! I cannot wait to get these up on our Christmas tree and to make more for gifts!

So cute!

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Teal owl ornament below was painted with acrylic craft paints ($.79 to 1 each at most hobby stores). For the owl I used an iridescent gold shimmer paint.

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3 thoughts on “Easy Christmas Ornaments {affordable and kid friendly}

  1. Juana says:

    This is awesome! We’re on a not-so-great budget this year, and this is a great idea for the holiday season. Do you think it would work for a handprint for my 6-month-old? I’d like to start a collection of those as a family tradition.


    • Genbumom says:

      I understand. We are on a tight budget as well this Christmas. It’s nice to use stuff you may already have for a fun craft with the kids that could also make great gifts for grandparents, etc. My son painted his own- he made an alligator out of his plastic playdoh cutters. 🙂


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