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Holiday Ornaments

Children look forward to a visit from Santa all year! This fun project gives kids an easy way to have fun decorating the Christmas tree while they wait for his arrival.

Activity Instructions

Set out Styrofoam balls of various sizes, along with stick candy. If you are unable to find stick candy, simply break the hook piece from a candy cane and use the remaining candy stick. Show children how to stick the candy pieces into the balls to create a unique holiday ornament.

Another fun ornament idea that makes use of Styrofoam balls is to brush the balls with glue. Then, let children roll the balls in glitter or sequins to create a shimmery look. Be sure to lay newspaper across a table at the start of this step.

A final ornament little ones can make are reindeer faces. Help kids bend dark pipe cleaners into antler shapes and stick them into the top of the ball. Then, have them glue on googly eyes and a red pom pom for eyes and a nose. Draw on the mouth with a marker. You might find kids go on to surprise you by arranging pom poms and pipe cleaners into a unique ornament all its own! Your little ones will love hanging their very own ornaments on the tree at Christmas time.


  • Styrofoam Balls
  • Stick candy (peppermint, red, green, etc.)
  • Newspapers
  • Glue
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glitter or sequins
  • Multi-color pom poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes Marker

Feedback from Crafts Mom

My children enjoyed making these ornaments so much, just choosing the glitter and rolling the glued ball into the sequins and glitter was so much fun. I let my children dip their Styrofoam balls into the glue I put on a paper plate and roll the glued ball piece by piece. Even getting your fingers glue glittered was fun. I used crafts glue too, this glue is supposed to be more heavy duty. These balls look fabulous completed and could be a gift item that a child makes for someone.

Click here for an example of the ornament in Blue: