These Pom Pom Ornaments are an easy DIY for toddlers and your children. They'll be so proud to see their creation hanging on the Christmas tree! This activity makes a great Christmas-themed sensory activity and is very budget-friendly.
Christmas sensory craft
Well, I wanted to share a fun sensory craft that you can actually use as part of your Christmas decorations (you know, instead of hanging up toddler art on your fridge and wondering when you are allowed to throw it away without hurting your kids' feelings... anyone else like this?).
These pom pom ornaments are perfect because you can let your kids get creative choosing their colors, or you can choose the colors that will match your Christmas tree and décor.. you can't go wrong either way! The ornaments are actually cute and they provide great sensory stimulation while your kiddo touches the fuzzy pom poms and gets their hands sticky with glue.
Related craft: Christmas Tree Paper Craft for Kids
Make pom pom ornaments or make decorative balls
If you don't want to hang these on a tree, you can skip the ribbon and make a bunch of decorative balls to place around your mantle or wherever you put Christmas décor in your house. You can place them in a tray or a bowl as a dining table centerpiece. I think gold and silver pom pom ornament balls would look really nice with any Christmas decorations!
Ready to do some Christmas sensory crafts?
You can find all the supplies in your crafts store, and I am adding affiliate links to Amazon, in case you don't want to go brave the stores during the busy holiday season (or, if you're like me, and end up spending wayyyyy too much money on crafts supplies if you set foot into a crafts store!).
- Styrofoam balls - here is a six pack on Amazon so the whole family can get involved
- Floral pins or "T" pins - these are sharp so PLEASE never leave your kiddos unattended with them, and make sure none of them fall on the floor
- Colorful pom poms - here are some really cute colorful sparkly ones, and here are some gold and silver ones
- Thin ribbon
- Tacky glue - this stuff works better than regular white "school glue" for gluing to Styrofoam
- Kid-safe scissors
Step 1: Cut the ribbon to about 8 inches, make a loop, and tie a knot at the end - it's OK if the knot doesn't look pretty because it will be covered up by pom poms. (Your kid can help measure if know can count to 8, and you can help them cut with safety scissors).
Step 2: Stick the T pin through the ribbon either through the knot or near the knot, if the knot is too thick. Do this part yourself do avoid any injury with the sharp pin!
Step 3: Glue a few pom poms around the T pin so it is totally covered.
Step 4: Continue to glue pom poms all around the Styrofoam ball until completely covered. Allow to dry, then proudly hang on your tree!
Looking for more Christmas activities?
- Get these printable Christmas worksheets and coloring pages
- Make these delicious Christmas-themed chocolate covered pretzels with your kids!
- Or try these cute Rudolph rice cake snacks - these are actually pretty healthy!
- Don't forget to make a kids' charcuterie board for the holidays
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- Styrofoam balls
- Floral pins or "T" pins
- Craft pom poms
- Thin ribbon
- Tacky glue
- Kid-safe scissors
- Cut the ribbon to about 8 inches, make a loop, and tie a knot at the end - it's OK if the knot doesn't look pretty because it will be covered up by pom poms. (Your kid can help measure if know can count to 8, and you can help them cut with safety scissors).
- Stick the T pin through the ribbon either through the knot or near the knot, if the knot is too thick. Do this part yourself do avoid any injury with the sharp pin!
- Glue a few pom poms around the T pin so it is totally covered.
- Continue to glue pom poms all around the Styrofoam ball until completely covered. Allow to dry, then proudly hang on your tree!
You can make these as a decorative ball instead of ornaments. Just skip the ribbon and the T pin. They make a great centerpiece when placed in a tray or clear bowl. I recommend using gold or silver pom poms if you want to make this a decorative piece instead of a fun DIY ornament.