The holidays are a great time to craft, especially with kids. This DIY ornament activity is inexpensive (less than $5!), easy for crafters of all ages, and produces a fun decoration for your — or a recipient’s — Christmas tree. Even better, it’s screen-free family fun.

Naughty and Nice

• Clear plastic ornaments that snap together
• Charcoal
• Peppermint candles
• Stick-on letters
• Ribbon


• Fill one ornament with 2 pieces of charcoal and another with peppermint candies. Snap ornaments closed.
• Apply letters to spell “Naughty” and “Nice.”
• Add ribbon

Cost: Less than $2 per ornament

Santa and Rudolph

• Flat glass ornament
• Map
• Mod Podge
• Disposable sponge paintbrush
• X-acto knife or scissors
• Foam adhesive circles
• Ribbon
• Santa and Rudolph artwork
• Heavy paper or scrap booking stickers


• Cut map into small pieces and adhere to ornament with Mod Podge.
• Once ornament is covered with map pieces, Mod Podge the outside of map. (It may be easier to use your fingers, rather than the brush.) Let dry.
• Look online for Santa/Rudolph clip art and print out on heavy card stock, or find a sticker and place on poster board.
• Cut out the artwork/sticker, leaving a white border.
• Add foam adhesive to 2 or 3 places on the back of artwork/sticker and attach to ornament.
• Add ribbon.

Cost: Less than $3.50 per ornament

Holly Ornament

• Clear glass ornament
• Embellishments
• Stick-on letters
• Mod Podge
• Water
• 2 paper cups
• Plastic spoon
• Epsom salt
• 2 funnels
• Ribbon


• Put Mod Podge in a paper cup and add a few drops of water. Stir well and pour in ornament using a funnel.
• Stir mixture inside the ornament until the inside is completely covered. Pour excess back into paper cup.
• Pour Epsom salt into ornament using the second funnel. Remove funnel and shake ornament to distribute salt around the inside; this will create a snow-life effect. Pour excess salt back into second paper cup.
• Decorate with embellishments of your choice and stick on letters if desired.
• Add ribbon. This can also double as a gift tag.

Cost: Less than $5 per ornament