I love shiny and sparkly things but there is something about wood, leaves and other natural materials for kids to use to make ornaments and decorations at Christmas Time. It’s the perfect time of the year to go for a nature walk to collect materials that you can use and then get creative to decorate the home with these Natural Ornaments and Christmas Decorations to make with kids whether they are for the tree, door or home.
We often take a walk and over the autumn have collected quite a collection of objects on our nature table including leaves, twigs, chestnuts and stones. Natural Ornaments add a rustic element to the home and I think to make beautiful ornaments that even the youngest children can help you make.
10 Natural Decorations to Make with Kids for CHristmas
We’ve collated together 10 fun ideas for kids, and you to make, ranging from some for the youngest members of the family to others that do require some tools to complete but would make fabulous decorations that you can be proud to bring out year after year and add your home and tree.
Pine Cone Weaving Ornament To Make with Kids
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Pine cones make lovely ornaments and we have two simple ideas that toddlers upwards can do to create simple pretty ornaments for the tree – first off pipe cleaner weaving with the pine cones to create simple colourful decorations that you can hang.
Mini Pine Cone Christmas Tree Decorations for TOddlers to Create
Love pinecone crafts but live in an area where there are no pinecones – then did you know that you can buy pinecones to decorate and use for creating decorations.
Glittered Pine Cones for the Christmas Tree
Beaded Pine Cone Decorations for KIds To Make
Gum Nut Ornaments for Kids
Create little elves for the tree using pine cones (or gum nuts) as Red Ted Art has. I would love to add different colours for each member of the family having their own ornament.
Never heard of gum nuts but love the look of these little elves then why not buy a bag of them to add to your natural crafting supplies for this Christmas.
Ornaments made with Twigs and Sticks
So many twigs around at the moment, the leaves have almost all left the trees and the twigs are bare as well as the many leaves that have been blown off in the autumn winds.
Just with items from your craft box, you can create some pretty ornaments that will be a lovely addition year after year to your tree and the kids will remember making them. These simple scrap ribbon twig trees from Fireflies and Mud Pies are a perfect example and so easy to do with children, they would make a perfect after school activity.
Threaded Twig Christmas Tree Decorations
A bit for the tinkerers and older children as well as yourself these gorgeous twig trees do require some tools, but plain or painted they make a lovely addition to the decorations to bring out each year from Michele Made Me.
Twig Christmas Tree Stars
If you’ve seen the popsicle star ornaments they are so easy to swap to a natural ornament using twigs and create a beautiful rustic decoration that you can make as big or as small as you want – I think they would make a lovely alternative to a wreath on the front door this year. Sense and Simplicity has a full step by step on how to make them.
Combine twigs and other natural elements to create some beautiful rustic snowflakes, like the twigs you could make them small for the tree or large to decorate the home with. A full tutorial can be found on Little Things Bring Smiles.
Dried Apple Christmas Tree Decorations
If you cut an apple the right way then inside you will find a star. These apple slices can be easily dried and together with dried orange slices you can create pretty natural ornaments for the Christmas tree. Read the instructions on how to dry apple slices for decorations.
Dried Orange and Lemon Slice Decorations
Drying your own orange and lemon slices is really easy the kids can cut and slice the oranges and then dry them in your oven. An alternative is to dry whole oranges. You can combine them both to create your own garlands, wreaths and decorations for the home. Read instructions on how to dry orange slices and our guide on drying whole oranges.
Why not create a real feel of Hygge in the home with the kids and make some beautiful orange tea light holders that will scent and light your home.
Rustic Twig Christmas Ornaments
Keep it really simple and virtually free (well the cost of a pipe cleaner) and create some rustic Christmas trees that kids can help with – I love the tip for killing off the critters that hang around in this how to from Stow and Tell U.
If you love Twigs then check out Twig Crafts for Christmas as well.
LEaf Ornaments for Christmas Decorations.
Don’t discount the leaves – you can presevere your autumn leaves following one of the 6 ways over on Red Ted Art and then use them to add to your natural decorations for Christmas. You could combine them with the dried orange slices above and make your own wreath.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.