DIY Personalized Ornaments kids can make

The best ideas for DIY personalized Christmas ornaments your kids can make – including handprints, drawings, photos and more!

Personalized Christmas ornaments are not only a great way for kids to make gifts for loved ones at the holidays, but they can also add a personal touch to your own Christmas tree – freezing special moments in time that you can re-live every year as you decorate.

We’ve pulled together over 70 of the most creative kid-made personalized ornaments so you don’t have to go searching all over. Just browse through our list and you’re bound to find the perfect one – there’s everything from salt dough handprints, to shrink paper silhouettes, to time capsule keepsakes. All are fun and easy crafts your kids can help make. Happy creating!

PIN for when you’re ready to make a special personalized ornament with your kids:

DIY Personalized Ornaments kids can make

These personalized ornaments freeze a moment in time for your little ones. Use your child’s handprints, footprints, and fingerprints to create adorable Christmas keepsakes to decorate your tree. They’ll love looking at them year after year and seeing how much they’ve grown.

(1)  Use salt dough and your child’s handprints to create these adorable Reindeer, Santa and Elf Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments. (via The Best Ideas for Kids)

(2)  These Clay Fingerprint Ornaments use your child’s fingerprints to create a sweet heart shape. (via Cutesy Crafts)

(3)  Remind yourself of this moment in time with these Clay Baby Handprint ornaments, using your child’s own handprint. (via Messy Little Monster)

(4)  These Christmas Footprint Ornaments use your child’s footprint to make snowmen, reindeer, and Christmas trees. (via Eighteen25)

(5)  These Salt Dough Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornaments uses fingerprints to create colorful lights on salt dough Christmas tree shapes. (via Learning and Exploring Through Play)

(6)  Use your child’s thumbprints and some brown paint to create these cute Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments. (via Little Bit Funky

(7)  Use brown paint, fingerprints, pom poms, and paint pens to create these Reindeer Fingerprint Ornaments. (viaThe Country Chic Cottage)

(8)  Air Dry Clay is used to make these beautiful Sibling Stacked Handprint Ornaments. (via Little Red Window)

(9)  Turn your child’s handprints into elves, reindeer, snowmen, and penguins with these fun Salt Dough Handprints. (via Simple Everyday Mom)

(10) Wrap a painted hand around an ornament ball to create these Handprint Snowman ornaments. (via Little Bit Funky)

(11) This large salt dough Snowman ornament/plaque uses both of your child’s hands to create a whole snowman family! (via Learning and Exploring Through Play)

(12) These Handprint Snowman Ornaments use all of your child’s fingers to create snowmen of different heights and sizes that they can decorate. (via eighteen25)

(13) Use the handprints of everyone in the family to create this Family Hands Christmas Tree Ornament. (via Makobi Scribe)

(14) Use your child’s whole hand to create these adorable Handprint Reindeer Ornaments. (via Buggy and Buddy)

(15) Add some sparkle to your Christmas tree with these Salt Dough Glitter Handprint Ornaments. (via The Best Ideas for Kids)

(16) All you need to create these Christmas Light Fingerprint Ornaments are a white ball ornament, a permanent marker, and some colored paint! (via The Happier Homemaker)

(17) Embrace the coziness of the holidays with these Salt Dough Mitten Handprint Ornaments, made out of paint, cotton, and salt dough. (via Fun Handprint Art)

(18) Create a sweet family portrait with these Clay Fingerprint Family Ornaments. (via The Pinterested Parent)


Celebrate this time in your child’s life with personalized ornaments featuring their photographs. These will be treasured memories to look back on every year when you decorate your tree.

(1)  These Pretty Paper Photo Ornaments add a stylish bit of sparkle to your tree. (via The Tomkat Studio)

(2)  These Easy DIY Photo Ornaments use photographs, blank ornament shapes and Mod Podge to create memorable art for your tree. (via It’s Always Autumn)

(3)  These Christmas Light Photo Ornaments use a cardboard circle and paint markers to create a festive photo memory. (via I Heart Crafty Things)

(4)  We love the ideas of these Christmas List Photo Ornaments that highlight what your child asked for from Santa this year. (via Positively Splendid)

(5)  Embrace the silly this holiday season with these Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo Ornaments! (via Cul De Sac Cool)

(6)  Feature the cherubic faces of your little ones with these Angel Photo Ornaments. (via I Heart Crafty Things)

(7)  Take a photo of your kids with a red nose, and then create these Rudolph the Reindeer Photo Ornaments with pipe cleaner antlers. (via Hello, Wonderful)

(8)  Add some pops of color to your tree with these colorful Button Wreath Ornaments. (via Hello, Wonderful)

(9)  Celebrate the sweet side of the holidays with these cute Lollipop Photo Ornaments. (via I Heart Arts n Crafts)

(10) Use craft sticks to make a tree shaped photo frame for these Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Photo Ornaments. (via Glued to My Crafts)

(11) Use red and green dyed curly and bowtie pasta to create these a wreath around your child’s photo. (via Life with My Littles)

(12) Celebrate the snowy time of year with these adorable Laminated Photo Snowglobe Ornaments. (via Crafty Morning)

(13) These Photo Cube Ornaments use pictures, wood blocks, and Mod Podge to create a cute stack of photos. (via Mod Podge Rocks)

(14) All you need to create these adorable Mason Jar Lid Photo Ornaments are Mason jar lids, washi tape, scrapbook paper, and ribbon. (via Pre-K Page)

(15) Celebrate your favorite moments of the year with these Photo Keepsake Ornaments. (via Simple as That Blog)

(16) These Photo Block Ornaments use wooden blocks and cup hooks to create ornaments that highlight a child’s photo and initials. (via The Crafting Chicks)

(17) Put old puzzles to good use with these whimsical Puzzle Piece Photo Frame Ornaments. (via Buggy and Buddy)

(18) Make your own snowy wonderland with these Snow Globe Photo Ornaments made out of plastic ornaments and glitter. (via Busy Kids Happy Mom)

(19) Create a winter wonderland with these Snow Globe Cup Ornaments made with plastic punch cups and fake snow. (via Crafty Morning)

(20) Surround your photos with colorful patterns with these Washi Tape Photo Ornaments. (via No Biggie

(21) These adorable Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments can be personalized with colorful washi tapes and small photos. (via The Craft Patch)

(22) Add a bit of whimsy and humor to your tree with these cutout Angel Photo Ornaments. (via Plays with Needles)


These personalized ornament crafts use a variety of materials to highlight a child’s name or initials in fun and colorful ways.

(1)  Spell your child’s name with old game pieces to create these Scrabble Tile Ornaments. (Crafty Morning)

(2)  These easy Sharpie Dot Ornaments use permanent markers to create beautiful monograms with only small dots! (via Organized 31)

(3)  Add some style to your tree with these Personalized Wire Ornaments with names written in script. (via Crafts Unleashed)

(4)  Encourage kids to practice spelling and fine motor skills with these Beaded Candy Cane Name Ornaments. (via Fun-a-Day)

(5)  Have kids spell their own names, or the names of loved ones, to create these Dollar Tree DIY Name Ornaments. (via By BMG)

(6)  Add a touch of rustic charm to your tree with these Wood Etched Ornaments. (via Hello, Wonderful)

(7)  Use puffy paint, folded paper, and a plastic ornament ball to create these Puffy Paint Name Ornaments. (via I Love to Create)

(8)  Brighten up your tree with these cheerful Pom Pom Initial Ornaments made of pom poms, jewelry wire, and ric rac ribbon. (via Merriment Design)

(9)  Fill a plastic ornament bulb with sprinkles to create these Colorful Name Ornaments, highlighting your child’s name. (via Mama Instincts

(10) Use a variety of colorful yarns and buttons to highlight your child’s first initial on these Yarn Wrapped Initial Ornaments. (via Happy Hooligans)

(11) These Santa Initial Ornaments sprinkle some Christmas magic on your tree with snow glitter paint. (via Staying Close to Home)

(12) All you need to create these Tissue Paper Initial Ornaments is wooden letters, glue, and tissue paper. (via School Time Snippets)

(13) These Beaded Name Wreath Ornaments use red and green pony beads, letter beads, green pipe cleaners, and ribbon. (via Fun-a-Day)

(14) Encourage kids to celebrate their creativity and individuality with these customizable Easy Initial Ornaments. (via Happy Hooligans)


Create a beloved keepsake out of your child’s drawings with these personalized ornaments using a variety of art supplies.

(1)  Encourage kids to create their own art for the tree with these easy Shrink Film Drawing Ornaments. (via Buggy and Buddy

(2)  Use wood slices and t-shirt transfers to create these DIY Children’s Art Keepsake Ornaments. (via Crafting Cheerfully)

(3)  This Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornament creates a festive frame out of craft sticks to hold your child’s art. (via Frogs-and-Fairies)

(4)  Highlight your child’s drawing skills with these adorable Snow Globe Drawing Ornaments. (via Fireflies and Mudpies)

(5)  These Kids’ Art Christmas Ornaments use Mod Podge and clay ornaments to create keepsakes out of your child’s artwork. (via How to Nest For Less)

(6)  Let your child’s individuality shine with these easy Self Portrait Ornaments. (via Eighteen 25)

(7)  Celebrate the people in your family with these Kid-Made Family Portrait Ornaments. (via Hello, Wonderful)

(8)  These Chalkboard Drawing Ornaments use chalkboard paint and wood slices to provide a drawing board for kids to create on. (via Fireflies and Mudpies

(9)  These DIY Children’s Sharpie Art Ornaments use plain white bulb ornaments and black permanent markers to give kids a chance to create their own artwork. (via Simple as that Blog)


Every year while decorating your Christmas tree, you can look back on special moments in your life with these keepsake ornaments.

(1)  Use Photoshop and clear plastic ornaments to create these Silhouette Keepsake Ornaments. (via Simple as That Blog)

(2)  These Silhouette Ornaments use shrink paper and a permanent marker to create artwork out of your child’s silhouette. (via Buggy and Buddy)

(3)  Display your child’s Christmas wishes with this Christmas List Keepsake Ornament. (via The Gifted Gabber)

(4)  Commemorate your child’s first holiday season with this Baby’s 1st Christmas Keepsake Ornament. (via Practically Functional)

(5)  Encourage kids to think about the things that they love with these Favorite Things Ornaments made out of wrapping paper, stickers, magazine photos and more. (via Life Your Way)

(6)  Have the whole family write down their favorite memories of the year in this Family Time Capsule Ornament. (via The Chaos and the Clutter)

(7)  Freeze this moment in time with these Ribbon Height Keepsake Ornaments that hold a ribbon cut to the length of your child’s height. (via Brought To You By Mom)

(8)  Remember the important things with a free printable time capsule that you can turn into a Time Capsule Keepsake Ornament. (via The Super Mom Life)

(9)  Capture this moment in time with these Time Capsule Keepsake Ornaments full of memories and messages from the year. (via School Time Snippets)We hope you found the perfect personalized ornament to make with your kids on our list. They make a great addition to your Christmas tree or a heartwarming gift for loved ones. Gather your craft supplies and your creativity and start creating together!

About the Author: Vicki


Vicki is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom, raising a little bookworm just like her. She started her blog, Babies to Bookworms, in order to share her love of reading and learning with other parents and teachers. She loves sharing book recommendations and ideas for bringing books to life. Follow her on PinterestFacebook and Instagram for fun ideas for learning at home.

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