Easy DIY Ornaments: A 5 Minute Family Tradition (BFBN Guest Post)

Christmas is a great time for family traditions. Now that my kiddos are getting a little older, I totally picture the five of us sitting around the table, working on a little craft, making priceless memories. The only thing holding us back from that is, well, reality. My kids are getting older, but they are still quite small. They have short attention spans. And I don’t want to be stuck doing a ton of prep or with a giant clean up. Fortunately, I came up with a plan. I put together a fast, mess-free, Christmas craft that is easy to customize to your family’s needs.


All you need for this craft is some paint and clear plastic ornaments. I bought mine at the dollar store, but you can find them at craft stores too. Let your child pick out the colors they want and squirt a healthy dollop into the ornament. We did up to five colors because that was how many colors we had. I wouldn’t do too much more than that though, it started to get a bit busy.


I put some foil over the top of the ornament to keep the paint in, then handed it over to Ben! You can roll the paint around, shake it, or whatever else your child can think of. However you spread the paint around it ends up looking really nice!

Once your child is finished, place the ornament upside down on a paper plate or newspaper to let the residual paint drain. I had to move ours a couple of times to let it all drain out. Then let it dry fully overnight and you are ready to hang it on your tree!


We added some extra fun by writing our names on the ornaments with a silver sharpie. You can add more paint, put on stickers, or draw on them with paint pens. Anything you and your kids can think of!

Additional Ideas:

These don’t just have to be traditional ornaments. They can be personalized tags on gifts or used instead of the traditional bow. I think they would also be super cute place cards at the dinner table on Christmas or Christmas Eve. I am also considering making more to attach to our teacher gifts this year.

Cons of this activity:

It takes some time for the excess paint to drain and the ornaments to dry. You will need to give it overnight before you hang them on the tree.

Pros of this activity:

You can customize it to your family’s needs! Seriously. I had fun doing this, and my 4-year-old had fun. I am betting my almost 2-year-old daughters could get into this, with a little parental help.

The creativity is endless. Pick your colors, pick the ornaments you like, try adding a marble to make different patterns. Once the inside is dry you can add additional decoration to the outside as well.

Is it low cost. So if in a few years (or just the next day) you aren’t that into the ornaments anymore you can toss them without much worry.

This is a great project to get the whole family involved. And to me, that is the best part. Holidays are about family and spending time together. This is a tradition that focuses on that and can grow as your family does.

Kim is the mother of a 4-year-old son and 1-year-old twin daughters. She blogs at Team-Cartwright.com. You can follow her on Facebook for new preschool STEM projects every week.

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Hi! I'm Christine...a stay-at-home mum to two tiny humans. My constant focus is having my home run as smoothly as possible. Keeping two kids alive, and maintaining my sanity is also a priority. Most Saturday nights, you can find me hunkered down watching Grey's Anatomy, and hopefully nibbling on some chocolate. :)