Ornaments are one of the best parts of the holiday season. Whether you are shopping a store’s new collection to pick up a new ornament or unpacking your ornaments from years passed, there are many reasons to love ornaments.
To start, they’re beautiful to look at and by nature sentimental—all you have to do is pick up an ornament to be reminded of a special time, place, or person.
Although we have an appreciation for every type of ornament, there is one type of ornament that shines above the rest—and that is, of course, homemade ones.
For this list, we will be focusing on homemade ornaments of a particular variety—ones that are made out of popsicle sticks!
These range from cute and clearly made from popsicle sticks to ideas that you won’t believe are made out of popsicle sticks. Let’s take a look.
Christmas decoration ideas with popsicle sticks
Reindeers may be one of the most common types of things to make out of popsicle sticks, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve to be on this list. In this example, the popsicle stick acts as the face of the reindeer, and pipe cleaners act as the antlers.
Skis are such a good fit for popsicle stick crafts! They are already the perfect shape, so all you really have to do is give them some color and voila, you have ski ornaments. If you can’t quite visualize it, this will give you a good example to go off of.
Well if it isn’t the face of Christmas himself, Santa! You might have a hard time imagining how you can make Santa out of popsicle sticks, but with a little bit of creativity, anything is possible.
This tutorial uses not a single popsicle stick but several to build the face of Santa Claus.
Santa (version 2)
As we hinted at before, there is more than one way to create a Santa Claus from popsicle sticks! Here is another idea that you can go off of. These Santas are made just by using one popsicle stick at a time. It’s a good idea to have some cotton balls lying around that you can use as Santa’s beard.
A Christmas tree is another common symbol of Christmas. Is it a bit too meta to hang a Christmas tree ornament on a Christmas tree? We hope not, because this popsicle stick Christmas tree idea is too pretty to ignore. It works best if you use the different color of popsicle sticks that you can find in the craft aisle of any dollar store.
Door With Wreath
When you picture a Christmas scene, what do you think of? Chances are that it involves some kind of front door with a Christmas wreath. Believe it or not, but you can also make a Christmas door and wreath out of popsicle sticks. This idea is so cute and so creative, too! Popsicle sticks are well-suited to make the shape of a farmhouse-style door.
Speaking of doors, do you know who uses doors often during and leading up to the holiday season? Elves! This little red door is made 100% from popsicle sticks and even comes with a cute adorable Christmas wreath. It definitely is packing some serious Christmas magic.
Gingerbread houses are one of the best things about the holiday season! But you don’t have to make an authentic gingerbread house to experience the magic of gingerbread. This popsicle stick gingerbread house provides a great opportunity to teach the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. Check it out here.
Building a snowman is one of the most wonderful parts of the winter season! But, what happens if you live somewhere where the weather is mild and you can’t partake in the joy of snowman making? Why, you will have to make a snowman out of popsicle sticks instead, of course. Check it out here.
A pallet sign seems like a weird thing to make for a kid’s craft, but when you see what they look like it’ll make more sense. These are made by gluing popsicle sticks together to make the shape of a sign and then painting them with festive Christmas messages. This one isn’t just to be enjoyed by the kids, it’s sure to be a favorite of adults, too.
It’s so wonderful to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa on a cold night! You can pledge your allegiance to hot chocolate by making a popsicle stick ornament that looks like a cup of this favorite winter drink. This example uses light blue popsicle sticks, but you can really use any color popsicle sticks. Just make sure you have pom poms or cotton balls to use at the top to represent marshmallows!
Did you have a family member that made those adorable Christmas villages every holiday season? Watching the miniature imaginary worlds go by was always so magical. This window is made out of popsicle sticks and definitely inspired by the traditional Christmas village! Check it out.
Fancy a sleigh ride? We may not be able to actually make that happen, but we can show you how to make a sleigh out of popsicle sticks. This example is pretty minimalist, and maybe that’s your style, but if it’s not you can always add your own little decorations.
You deserve a popsicle stick craft that is unique to only you — just like how every single snowflake is unique. So why not make a snowflake out of popsicle sticks? It can feel a bit complicated to get the sticks just right, but the whole point of a snowflake is that it doesn’t need to look perfect. You can follow the example that is seen here.
Toy soldiers are common characters in many Christmas stories, so they make the perfect addition to any tree. These popsicle stick toy soldiers are just so quaint. This particular example involves the chiseling down of the toy soldier head to make it more realistically, but you can also keep the stick in its natural form, too.
Candles aren’t inherently associated with Christmas, but they can help provide the cozy atmosphere that is very much associated with the holiday season. For that reason, we think that this popsicle stick ornament deserves a spot on your tree! It’s simple but very charming.
Have you ever wondered how Christmas trees get home? Why, they take the Christmas truck! Okay, so maybe there isn’t actually such a thing as a Christmas truck, but we think that this red truck that is carrying a Christmas tree might just be the closet thing. It’s all made from popsicle stics, and you can check it out here.
Doing an ornament craft is a great way to spend some quality time with a child and create a piece that will be cherished for years to come. You can also make ornaments year-round—it doesn’t have to be during the holiday season!
Make sure that you keep all of your popsicle stick ornaments in a safe space so that they will be ready to go when the holidays come around.