Santa Hat Homemade Christmas Ornament Using Craft Sticks

This Santa hat homemade Christmas ornament made from craft sticks is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to make. You’ll just need a few crafting supplies to get started!

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Perfect Christmas craft for preschoolers! (Santa Hat Homemade Christmas Ornament)~

*This post was originally published on December 3, 2014.


My favorite ornaments to put up on the Christmas tree are definitely the ones made by the kids. For our newest ornament I wanted to come up with a simple one that Theo, my preschooler, could do mostly on his own (like our tear art Christmas wreath ornament).

This Santa Hat ornament ended up being perfect for him. It involves some painting and gluing- two things Theo loves to do! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Santa Hat Homemade Christmas Ornament

Materials for Santa Hat Ornament

  • Popsicle sticks (We made ornaments with jumbo popsicle sticks, some with regular popsicle sticks, and some with mini popsicle sticks!)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Red tempera paint and brush
  • Cotton balls
  • White pom poms (optional)
  • Liquid glue
  • String for hanging

Directions for Making the Santa Hat Ornament

1. Start by gluing your three popsicle sticks together to form a triangle. (I used a hot glue gun so it would dry quickly.)


glue your popsicle sticks together to form a triangle


2. Paint the triangle red, and let it dry.


paint your popsicle stick triangle red


3. Glue cotton balls along the bottom of the hat, and glue one right on top.


glue cotton balls on your santa hat


4. Tie or glue on a piece of string to hang your ornament.
glue string onto your homemade Santa hat Christmas ornament


  • Try using different sized popsicle sticks. We used mini sticks for some of our ornaments. Instead of gluing cotton balls on them, we glued on small white pom poms (which I received from
  • Give your child creative freedom. Although my hat had cotton balls only along the bottom and top of the hat, Theo wanted to glue cotton balls around the whole thing. Isn’t it cute?


santa hat christmas ornament made by preschooler


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Santa Hat Christmas Ornament craft for kids using popsicle sticks! Easy DIY ornament using craft sticks and cotton balls for toddlers and preschoolers ! ~


  1. These are so clever! I really love them!

  2. This is adorable, we will be making these this week! Thanks so much for the idea.


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