DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas for Kids

'Tis the season for crafty holiday projects! Kids can make these festive decorations with supplies from the craft store.

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Looking for a way to occupy your kids during winter break? Whip out some of these DIY Christmas decoration ideas! Our round-up has projects for all ages, from preschoolers to elementary schoolers, and they can be completed in with simple craft-store supplies. You'll find instructions for making Christmas countdowns, wreaths, ornaments, garland, decorative trees, and more. Not only will these decorations add festive cheer to your home, they'll bring back happy memories for years to come!

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Totally Tubular Countdown Calendar

Countdown Calendar
Courtesy of Maya Made

Decorate toilet paper tubes for an advent calendar garland that holds little surprises for each day. Let the countdown begin!

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Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones

Yarn Pine Cones
Courtesy of Camilla Fabbri

Spruce up Mother Nature with bits of leftover yarn from your craft closet. Wrap bright yarn in the crevices of a pinecone, then group in a bowl for display or tie on the top of a package as playful gift wrap.

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Tissue Paper Trees

Yarn and Paper Tree
Courtesy of Cathie Filian

Who says it's all about red and green? Decoupage colorful tissue paper to Styrofoam cones, then wrap bits of yarn around the trees to create a minimal, modern look.

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Your Christmas Angel Tree Topper

Angel Tree Topper
Courtesy of Toddler Approved

Your little one can smile down on you from the top of the tree with this personalized tree topper. Have your own angel join in the fun by finger painting the wings and making the paper plate base.

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Peppermint Marbled Ornaments

Marbled Ornament
Courtesy of The Cheese Thief

This minty-fresh Christmas decoration idea uses distilled water and nail polish to achieve a cool marbled look.

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Popsicle Snowflakes
Courtesy of Crafty Nest

Snow day! Arrange craft sticks into snowflake patterns and glue into place. Paint them red or white and add some sparkle with glitter or rhinestones. Tie with a ribbon to hang in a window or display on a wall.

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Cards and Clothespins Wreath

Clothespin Wreath
Courtesy of Craftiness is Not Optional

Decorate your wreath with the faces of the people you love! Clip painted clothespins around a bent wire hanger, then insert the day's haul of holiday cards for all to see.

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Mistletoe Kisses Poster

Mistletoe Kisses
Courtesy of Welcome Sunshine Home

Meet me under the mistletoe: Wrap a piece of foam core for the base of this Christmas decoration idea. Cut out a silhouette and glue to your gift-wrapped foam core and rest under the mistletoe!

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Clothespin Countdown

Clothespin Countdown
Courtesy of Visual Heart

Count down the days until Christmas with treats, notes, and surprises clipped to each clothespin.

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Jingle Bell Garland

Jingle Bell Garland
Courtesy of DIY Maven

Jingle all the way with this crafty crocheted garland. Even if you're a novice when it comes to knitting needles, you can easily make this string of jingle bells. Just attach your bells to some red yarn and make about 15 slip knots between each bell. When you're done, wrap around your tree and start decorating.

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Squared Away

Felt Garland
Courtesy of The Inspired Room

To make this winter garland, cut out and stack a bunch of squares of felt. There's no need for the squares to be exact sizes. Then, thread dental floss through all the squares of felt and add bells to make it jingle.

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Felt Petal Tree

Felt Petal Tree
Courtesy of Scissor Variations

This adorable felt tree will never shed its leaves. Layer some felt circle petals onto a foam tree form with straight pins, and add this classy Christmas decoration idea to your table or mantle.

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Yarn Snowman

Yarn Snowman
Courtesy of Sweetpeas and Kisses

Make a Frosty the Snowman that will never melt away! Build your snowman by covering three Styrofoam balls with white yarn and glue them together to keep them upright. Glue the bottom of the snowman to a painted piece of wood.

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Bottle Candelabra

Bottle Candelabra
Courtesy of A Subtle Revelry

Recycle your empty wine bottles and turn them into a beautiful winter candelabra. Spray paint your bottles white and wrap them with a pretty ribbon. Hang a tag on each ribbon that has a different holiday saying like "joy," "peace," or "love."

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Coffee Filter Tree

Coffee Filter Tree
Courtesy of Crafts by Amanda

Quick and easy to make, create this tree by layering a bunch of coffee filters on top of a Styrofoam tree form. You'll have to cut the centers out once you get to the base. Because the filters have a natural ruffle to them, all you need to do is add a star at the top of your tree and glue on some festive buttons or sequins as ornaments.

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Acorn Ornament

Acorn Ornament
Courtesy of Creature Comforts Blog

Grab some acorns from your lawn before the squirrels sneak them all away for the winter. Then, use them to makes these funny-faced seasonal ornaments. Add an acorn top to some plain wood beads and attach a festive piece of yarn or string to hang. This is an adorable Christmas decoration idea for younger kids!

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Pom Pom Snow People

Pom Pom Snow People
Courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess

Craft these fuzzy snow people from pom-poms for a cute table display. Stick a bamboo skewer through two pom-poms and a Styrofoam ball for a head, and then top off with a felt hat and a pipe cleaner wrapped as a scarf.

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