Last year I wrote a few tips on how to toddler-proof your Christmas tree. I follow most of the advice, like using jingle bells to know when the toddler is near the tree or making a felt Christmas tree for kids to decorate. Well, it did the trick, but more than a few times, I was late, and at the end of the month, we lost about 10 glass ornaments to little prying hands. This year I decided to avoid glass ornaments altogether and make handmade shatterproof kid-friendly Christmas ornaments.
Since the theme of this Christmas is zero waste, all-natural decorations, it was quite easy to accomplish. The great thing about featured ornaments is they are not only kid-friendly aka unbreakable but also kids could be involved in making it, which could become a fun activity and make these ornaments treasures you’ll keep for years.
I divide all our handmade shatterproof Christmas ornaments into a few categories by materials they are made out of:
- natural materials
- other things you can find at home.
Handmade ornaments from natural materials
Christmas tree from twigs
Source: Easy, peasy, and fun
You'll need: Popsicle sticks, twigs, embellishments, Hot Glue gun
PIN IT TO REMEMBER LATER
Christmas ornaments from pinecones
You'll need: Pinecones, mod podge, Epsom salt, embellishments
Snowman from wood circles
You'll need: eye hooks, felt
Cinnamon stick Christmas tree
You'll need: Cinnamon sticks, evergreen branches
Dried citrus ornament
Cut orange and lemon slices (5mm), dry them at 250 degrees for 3 hours. It will also make your house smell amazing!
Handmade ornaments from felt
I also adore Lia Griffith's felt ornaments. They are so cute that I'm going to make a bunch with my daughter.
You'll need: quality felt
See below how my Elf turned out. I didn't have a bead for the face and used half of the bottle cork instead.
Handmade ornaments from paper
This simple and elegant ornament will undoubtedly make your tree more festive, and oh, it’s impossible to break it. To make it cut paper stripes 1 in wide each.
Paper 3D ornaments with tacky glue
To make these 3D ornaments cut eight circles in different colors. Glue halves to each other. With the same concept, you can create 3D Xmas trees.
It's elegant, beautiful, and super simple to make. I'm planning to make those for myself 😉
You'll need: binding wire, glue, paper napkins
Handmade Christmas ornaments from household items
You'll need: Mod podge, jute twine
Salt dough ornaments
I have an excellent recipe for salt dough ornaments and step by step how to make salt dough macaroons here.
They are so great to decorate with kids.
Ornaments from pasta
So many cool decorations you could make out of regular pasta! It's crazy! And with a little paint, they can be transformed into a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree.
The DIY enthusiast has a great selection of pasta ornaments. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to make them this year but I'm really looking forward to it.
Ornaments from cork
These adorable angels from cork give me all the chills. They are so cute!
I hope you enjoyed this collection of Handmade kid-friendly Christmas Ornaments that are also so great to make with a toddler!