Feeling Crafty? Make These Holiday Crafts With Your Kids, All for Under $6

diy christmas ornament
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The holidays are right around the corner, and, if you’re like me, you’ve left the majority of your shopping until the last minute. Sure, it’d be easier to plan in advance when it comes to gifts for friends and family, but so often life gets in the way and gift lists get pushed to the side.

Most years, I end up taking full advantage of my Amazon Prime membership and ordering the majority of my gifts online. But this year, since my 2½-year-old daughter Rose is at a good age for crafty things, I decided that we would try our hands at some handmade ornaments.

Unfortunately for Rose, crafting is definitely not one of my strong suits — it’s not even close to the top of my list of skills. So, I turned to the internet for inspiration and found a number of ideas for handmade ornaments that we could make together but that wouldn’t involve too much skill on my part.

After a full day of crafting, here’s a list of ornaments that we made together. Each craft cost less than $6 for supplies, including those I already had on-hand.

Felt Tree Decorations

felt tree ornament
Photo courtesy of Catherine Hiles

Felt is easy to work with, even if you don’t have crafting experience. We made Christmas trees and decorated them with glitter and pompoms, but you could make simpler or more difficult shapes depending on your cutting skills. See the full article here.

Handprint Ornaments

DIY hand print ornament
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These ornaments are very easy to make and require very few supplies. If you’re a new parent, consider making this a yearly craft so you can see how your child’s hand has grown from year to year. See the instructions and some photos of the finished products here.

Salt Dough Ornaments

DIY hand print christmas ornament
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Salt dough is easy to make and fun to work with. Grab your mixing bowl, preheat your oven and get to work with your preschooler on this simple craft that’ll bring pure joy to the hearts of your gift recipients. See the full article and photos here.

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

a popsicle DIY tree ornament hanging on a christmas tree
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You probably think of popsicle sticks as a summer thing, but with a little paint, glue and some decorations, you can use them to make super cute Christmas trees that you can either hang on the wall or from your tree. These are so simple that even the ones I made looked pretty good. See how I made them here.

Catherine Hiles and her daughter had a lot of fun making these holiday ornaments together and look forward to making it an annual tradition.

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