10 Last-Minute Christmas Ornaments


In the middle of the holiday rush, there’s still time to hang a handmade ornament or two on the tree! Try these fun, last-minute projects to get one more seasonal craft in before Christmas. They also make great gifts!

Washi Tape Ornaments
Once the Christmas tree is up, all kids want to do is create more ornaments to hang up! Here is a fun, quick, and low-mess option you can try with washi tape.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments
We see a lot of salt dough ornaments and gift tags, and this is definitely the coolest idea yet. Take kids on a winter nature walk to find objects with various textures, and then press them on the raw dough and watch beautiful ornaments come to life. A really special keepsake.

Peppermint Wreath Ornaments
Pretty, simple wreaths made entirely from peppermints! Just put them in the oven, and let them make some holiday magic.

Borax Ornaments
We love crystal ornaments, and these double as a science project! No waiting for weeks for these crystals to form…using borax instead of salt or sugar will give you completed ornaments overnight.

Handprint Felt Mittens
These felt ornaments are a sweet keepsake, and easy to make. Trace little hands every year to watch them get bigger on the tree.

Paper Heart Baskets
Christmas woven hearts are made by kids and hung on the tree in Denmark and North Germany. They’re worth adding to your Christmas traditions! Fill them with candy or small stocking stuffers for a Christmas surprise.

Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes
Have some wintery fun creating these simple & fun snowflakes! They can also be easily turned into a handmade ornament for your tree or a gift.

Newspaper Ornaments
Using any cookie cutters you have, turn newspapers into cute recycled ornaments! We made these for a dinosaur fan, but you could use any shapes. Best of all: you can make them from items in your recycling bin!

8-Pointed Stars
These eight-pointed stars are so pretty, and so easy to make! Use pretty papers, or make your own with drawings and glitter if you’d like. Either way, they’re sure to be beautiful!

Ice Sun Catchers
These lovely outdoor ornaments are so easy — all you need is a freezer. If it’s cold enough, you can even make them outdoors. You can freeze almost anything inside them: bits from your Christmas tree, little beads, and so much more. Freeze overnight, and hang them outside. Simple and beautiful.

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