Easy Christmas crafts for kids! Great classroom holiday party ideas for ornament crafts. Make a pom pom ornament and pipe cleaner candy cane and Christmas tree.
Christmas crafts for kids
Looking for some easy Christmas crafts for kids? I brought these ornament crafts into my daughter’s classroom for her holiday party and they were a huge hit! She is in kindergarten, but they would worth through elementary school, as they are easy enough for little hands, but cute enough for older kids to love.
Find instructions for each ornament below, with video how-tos, and at the end of the post, find tips on how to make the crafts in the classroom or with a large number of children.
Christmas ornament crafts
I found all of the budget-friendly supplies for these Christmas ornament crafts at the craft store (on sale! with a coupon!), but I’ll link to online resources below. The kids loved making the ornaments. I had plenty of extra pipe cleaners for the kids who worked more quickly. The candy canes are so easy to make, some kids made several.
pompom Christmas ornament
you will need:
- clear plastic ornament balls (I found mine at the craft store, but they are similar to this link)
- variety of mini pom poms in white and Christmas colors (for example, this Christmas set and these with glitter)
- mini bells, 10 mm or less (optional)
- tinsel pipe cleaners for making hooks
Remove the tops from the ornaments. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and make a hook for the top. Set aside. Fill the ornament with an assortment of pom poms and bells. Replace the top.
pipe cleaner ornaments
you will need:
- Assorted pipe cleaners (red, white, green, and pink), this is a fun set too
- Red, white, and/or green pony beads
to make a pipe cleaner candy cane:
Cut pipe cleaners in half. Twist two different colors together and bend into a candy cane.
to make a pipe cleaner Christmas tree:
Hold a green pipe cleaner horizontally. Pinch with each hand near the center of the pipe cleaner, with about three inches between your hands. Fold each side up to make a “U” shape. Add beads as you like. When done, close the ends with a twist to form a triangle.
tips on Christmas classroom crafts
- Plan on bringing in these crafts to a classroom holiday party? Or making the crafts at your own holiday party? Here are some useful tips.
- Purchase small paper plates (labeled in marker with their names) for the kids to collect their ornaments and to use as workspace. This way, they can keep their ornaments together without mixing them up and they can move their crafts to a safe space until the end of the party or school day.
- To make the pom pom ornaments, put the pom poms and bells in small paper bowls at each table.
- Remove the tops of the ornaments before the party, add the pipe cleaner hooks, and set them aside. As kids finish their ornament, have an adult add the top.
- For the candy canes, cut all the pipe cleaners in half before the party. I offered, white, green, red, and pink. All you need to do is place the halved pipe cleeaners on the table for them.
- For the Christmas trees, place beads in paper bowls and place the green pipe cleaners on the table. Younger kids may need helping bending the Christmas tree shape and twisting it closed at the top when done.