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16 Popsicle Stick Ornaments You Can Make with Your Kids for the Christmas Tree

16 Popsicle Stick Ornaments You Can Make with Your Kids for the Christmas Tree

What is it about popsicle stick ornaments that draw us in? Perhaps it’s the memories of delicious sugary popsicles on hot summer days. However, equally memorable are the wonderful times we spent making popsicle stick ornaments and crafts when we were kids.

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hand crafted christmas popsicle stick ornaments by children, snowman and reindeer made out of popsicle sticks and hand painted.

Back in the day, our moms and grandmothers painstakingly washed and saved the popsicle sticks we tossed into their sinks. In the modern era, you can buy these ubiquitous and humble little crafting supplies online or in craft stores. Nevertheless, one thing hasn’t changed. We can still make fun popsicle stick Christmas ornaments and create tons of new joyous memories with our own little ones.

1. Log Cabin Popsicle Stick Ornaments

[image attached, source: https://www.craftymorning.com/popsicle-stick-log-cabin-ornament/]

This quaint little log cabin ornament looks so cozy, doesn’t it? The homespun touch of the checkered ribbon really makes this ornament special. Also, we love the extra details like the berries, greenery, and the little window with shutters.

Supplies:

  • 2 sizes of popsicle sticks
  • Light brown and white acrylic paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paintbrush
  • Small curtain material
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Silk ribbon
  • Artificial pine branch and berries
  • Twine string

These would be perfect done in different colors for your tree.

Source: Crafty Morning

2. Snowman Hat Christmas Ornament

[image attached, source: https://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/snowman-hat-ornament/]

It looks like Frosty melted away and left his hat behind! This snowman hat ornament will look great on your tree with the other popsicle stick ornaments.

Supplies:

  • 5 miniature popsicle sticks
  • 2 standard popsicle sticks
  • Green felt
  • 3 red buttons
  • Pinking shears
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun or tacky craft glue
  • Yarn or string
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black and red acrylic paint
  • Satin Finish Mod Podge (optional)

One idea suggested by Melissa at Fireflies & Mud Pies is to have all the snowman hat ornaments put together before bringing them to your children’s activity group. Then, all they have to do is have fun painting them.

Source: Fireflies and Mud Pies

3. Handmade Sled Christmas Ornament

[image attached, source: https://www.cleanandscentsible.com/handmade-christmas-ornaments-popsicle-stick-sleds/]

Who can ever forget the long snow days spent speeding down the nearest hill on our sleds? Not every child is fortunate enough to grow up in a hilly area where it snows, but everyone can have these cute little sleds on their Christmas trees.

Supplies:

  • 2 regular sized popsicle sticks
  • 5 small popsicle sticks
  • Wood stain
  • Wood glue
  • Paint
  • Glue dots
  • Twine
  • Desired embellishments (jingle bells, baker’s twine, and faux flocked greenery)

Jenn at Clean & Scentsible has a video tutorial for making these sleds on her website.

Source: Clean & Scentsible

4. Snow Skis Christmas Tree Ornament

[image attached, source: https://www.cleanandscentsible.com/popsicle-stick-skis-christmas-ornaments/]

If your kids are going to be dreaming of sledding down snowy hills, why not add some skis, too? These little snow ski popsicle stick ornaments are so easy to make and the bright colors stand out beautifully against a flocked tree.

Supplies:

  • Large-sized popsicle sticks
  • Wood skewers or toothpicks if you use the smaller popsicle sticks
  • Clear glue
  • Chalk ink markers, paint pens, paint, or colored sharpies
  • Baker’s twine
  • Ribbon or twine for hanging
  • Leather cord or felt for pole wrist straps
  • Small discs for ski pole bottoms (you can find these in the jewelry section at craft stores)
  • Embellishments like jingle bells, flocked greenery, and glitter
  • Double-sided tape (optional)

We love the extra detail like the miniature ski poles. Too cute!

Jenn suggests putting your glue on a paper plate since you’ll be gluing small items. Then you can use a toothpick to place the glue exactly where you want it.

Source: Clean & Scentsible

5. Glittery Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

[image attached, source: https://onelittleproject.com/glittering-popsicle-stick-christmas-trees/]

Our favorite thing about these colorful little trees is how easy they are to put together. Once you have your sticks cut, all you have to do is glue them together and start decorating them.

Supplies:

  • Colored popsicle sticks (or ones you’ve painted)
  • Foam star stickers
  • Twine
  • Sticker rhinestones
  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue gun

As with some of the other popsicle stick ornaments we’ve mentioned, if you’re doing this with a group of children, it may be easier to have them assembled and painted in advance. Then the kids can just enjoy decorating them.

Debbie at One Little Project has a video tutorial for how to make these on her website.

Source: One Little Project

6. Minimalist Skinny Popsicle Stick Ornaments

[image attached, source: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/115125/craft-stick-christmas-ornaments/]

These skinny ornaments are perfect for a small Christmas tree like you would have in your office or classroom. We love that there’s no cutting required. These would be lots of fun to decorate.

Supplies:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Googly eyes
  • Sugar paste
  • String
  • Embellishments (pipe cleaners, felt, glitter, pom-poms, etc…)

Heres is another idea. These ornaments would work great as personalized gift tags. You could write the recipient’s name on the back.

Source: Kids Activities Blog

7. Popsicle Stick Buttoned-Up Snowmen Ornaments

[image attached, source: https://artsycraftsymom.com/make-a-popsicle-stick-snowman-craft-this-christmas/]

We are head over heels in love with these cheery little snowmen. Their carrot noses, pipe cleaner scarves, and colorful buttons are just perfect. Best of all, they’re also super easy to make.

Supplies:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Craft foam sheets or colored paper (orange, white, and black)
  • White chalk paint
  • Patterned pipe cleaners
  • Patterned washi tape
  • Colorful buttons
  • Black markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or twine if you’re going to hang them

Shruti at Artsy Craftsy Mom has another suggested use for these adorable snowmen. They make excellent bookmarks.

Source: Artsy Craftsy Mom

8. Colorful Pom-Pom Mini Stars

[image attached, source: https://kidscraftroom.com/pom-pom-popsicle-stick-stars/]

These adorable stars bypass the traditional glittery stars that we love and go straight to cheerfulness and color. The pom-poms make these little popsicle stick crafts so sweet and the more color the better.

Supplies:

  • Colored popsicle sticks
  • Scrap paper
  • Cool temperature glue gun
  • Yarn
  • Pen
  • Mini pom-poms

These little stars are a great project for younger children. You can assemble the stars in advance and all they have to do is embellish them with the pom-poms.

Source: Kids Craft Room

9. Fireplace Popsicle Stick Ornaments

[image attached, source: https://iheartcraftythings.com/fireplace-craft.html]

On our list of popsicle stick ornaments, this cozy little fireplace, complete with stockings hung by the fire, is perhaps the most unique. These adorable ornaments will become family heirlooms.

Supplies:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Brown paint
  • Cardstock (red, black, brown, and white)
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Christmas cording
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Fireplace craft ornament template (optional)

You can buy the template on the template at the I Heart Crafty Things website, but savvy and handy parents can easily make their own template.

Having all of your embellishments cut out and prepared in advance will help the little ones to assemble these fireplace popsicle stick ornaments easily.

Source: I Heart Crafty Things

10. Nativity Scene Ornament

[image attached, source: https://kidfriendlythingstodo.com/popsicle-stick-nativity-ornament-craft-kid-friendly-things-to-do/]

For many people, the nativity symbolizes the true meaning of Christmas, and these nativity scene popsicle stick ornaments perfectly capture that essence.

Supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Glitter foam
  • 6 mini popsi8cle sticks
  • Small wooden bead (for the baby’s head)
  • Foam star stickers
  • Black fine tip marker or flair pen
  • Miniature clothespin (for the baby’s body)
  • Raffia for straw
  • 4-5 feet of blue yarn
  • Low-temperature glue gun and tacky craft glue
  • Hole punch (optional)

In our opinion, this is another popsicle stick ornament that will become a family heirloom and be used to decorate Christmas trees in your family for decades to come.

Source: Kid Friendly Things to Do

11. Gingerbread House Photo Frame Christmas Ornament

[image attached, source: https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/gingerbread-house-ornament/]

If you love giving photo ornaments as Christmas gifts and adorning your tree with them, you will fall in love with this adorable gingerbread house ornament.

Supplies:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Patterned and solid pipe cleaners
  • Christmas tree foam stickers
  • Pom-poms or cotton balls for snow embellishment
  • Glue

The tiny peppermint candies and candy canes make it extra special and original.

Source: Teach Me Mommy

12. Button Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornament

[image attached, source: https://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/12/easy-christmas-tree-ornament-decoart.html]

There’s something magical about Christmas and buttons, isn’t there? Maybe that’s why we love t his little buttoned-up Christmas tree. What a creative way to add color to a simple popsicle stick craft.

Supplies:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Foam brushes
  • Chipboard for trunk
  • Cardstock (yellow for the star)
  • Buttons in varying sizes and colors
  • Hooks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Green acrylic paint

The more different colors and sizes of buttons you use, the more fun this Christmas tree is!

Source: Ginger Snap Crafts

13. Christmas Angel Keepsake Photo Ornament

[image attached, source: https://www.thekeeperofthecheerios.com/2017/11/angel-christmas-ornament-keepsake.html]

Homemade photo frame ornaments are so special, and they make wonderful gifts for everyone in the family. This little angel ornament is perfect for framing photos of your own little angels.

Supplies:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Heart doily
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • White craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Colored cardstock for skin tone and hair
  • Gold chenille stem (or pipe cleaner)
  • Black pen or extra-fine Sharpie
  • String for hanging
  • Your child’s photo

We love the idea of using a paper lace doily for the wings! And here’s another idea. You can glue a magnet to the back of this to make it a refrigerator magnet.

Source: The Keeper of the Cheerios

14. Eclectic Christmas Trees

[image attached, source: https://onelittleproject.com/popsicle-stick-christmas-trees/]

More popsicle stick Christmas trees? Absolutely! We couldn’t resist adding these to the list because it’s so much fun to make a variety of different styles. The possibilities are endless with these simple little trees.

Supplies:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Brown card stock
  • Glittery yellow card stock to make the stars
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments: tiny pom-poms, jingle bells, sparkly pipe cleaners, buttons, rhinestones, glitter

The more colorful the better. These little trees would also make wonderful gift embellishments.

Source: One Little Project

15. Popsicle Stick Reindeer Ornaments

[image attached, source: https://artsycraftsymom.com/popsicle-stick-reindeer-craft/]

If you loved Artsy Craftsy Mom’s snowmen popsicle stick ornaments, you will also adore these little reindeer ornaments. The process is very similar, and it’s just a matter of changing up the colors.

Supplies:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Brown cardstock or construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Brown pencil
  • Small red pom-poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush

As with the snowmen ornaments, you can also use these as bookmarks or gift embellishments.

Source: Artsy Craftsy Mom

16. Rustic Minimalist Reindeer Ornament

[image attached, source: https://lovecreatecelebrate.com/mini-deer-pallet-ornament/]

For some people, rustic and minimalist ornaments are what works for their holiday decor. If this is you, you will love these rustic reindeer ornament.

Supplies:

  • Thick popsicle sticks
  • White leather
  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut transfer tape
  • Scissors
  • Power Tac Glue
  • Wood stain
  • Jute string

Although she used leather and a Cricut machine to make these, you could easily use a reindeer stencil and white paint.

Another thing you can do with these is to string them together with twine to make a beautiful garland.

Source: Love Create Celebrate

Which of These Popsicle Stick Ornaments Will You Make First?

Our comprehensive list of popsicle stick ornaments probably has you itching to get started. Which one will you make first? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share with us any great ideas that we may have missed.

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