Here are some printable Christmas shapes which you can use to create recycled cardboard ornaments. Easy, affordable, and fun!
My kids were preschool-aged when we made these, but older kids would love this activity too.
Use your finished ornaments as tree decorations, make a garland or even give them out as kid-made gifts.
You might also like our Christmas paper craft collection
One thing I love about Christmas ornament crafts is how they bring a blast from the past to your tree every year. My girls and I have created lots of ornaments together over the years and although we don’t keep ALL of them, many make it permanently into the official “decorations box” and get pulled out year after year.
I love how they tell a creative story of how my kids have changed and grown over the years, and it never fails to make me smile when I hang them on the tree. Always I try to put them in the best spots, so everybody can see them. Those fancy little store-bought ornaments are boring in comparison! Our tree may not be the most classy and elegant in the world, but it’s packed with memories and we love it.
These adorable cardboard ornaments were made by my girls when they were in pre school (so 4 and 5 years old), and these are the original photos from our archives.
How to use the Printable Christmas Shapes
First print out the Christmas shapes template (enter your details into the form below and the printable will be delivered directly to your inbox).
Trace the shapes onto cardboard and cut out, or alternatively stick the paper with shape yet to be cut out onto cardboard with a small square of double sided tape, then cut out the card at the same time you are cutting out the paper shape. To make the holes poke them in with a kitchen skewer.
Easy cardboard ornaments
Set out the cardboard shapes and some items to decorate them with. You could include paint, markers, glue, plastic rhinestones, sequins etc.
It’s totally up to you what items you use to decorate the shapes. For more manageable mess simply use coloured markers, but my kids love a bit of sparkle so I added all kinds of glittery goodness to the table.
I was totally blown away by the volume of shapes they wanted to decorate! In no time at all, they’d finished the pile on the table and wanted me to make more shapes for them.
The girls made so many we decided to create a garland with them, and also give a few of the extra-special ones away as kid-made gifts to Gran and Nanna.
The crafting inspired my oldest daughter to design her own bird ornament (it’s my favourite).
More Christmas ideas your kids will love:
- These printable paper angels are one of our most popular crafts
- Make an adorable paper roll angel
- These pasta and pipe cleaner reindeers are so cute!
- This hair-tie wreath is another easy idea that kids can make
- Try making some simple cookie cutter cards with the kids
These will be great to have on hand for the grandies to do when they are visiting!! Thank you for sharing with me.
They are so simple to make too 🙂
Brenda Budd says
Thank you, I will make kits so children on a reservation will have something to do in school and in shelters
What a beautiful idea, that is so kind and thoughtful. I hope the kids enjoy them,
I printed out the shapes. Did you enlarge yours? My shapes look smaller than what is pictured.
They’re set up as an A4 page size, so if you’re printing to US letter page size it will likely shrink to fit to the page
JACINTA JAMES says
Thank you for your generosity in sharing these beautiful craft ideas. They keep our grandchildren busy and happy.
I’m glad they enjoy them 🙂
MARCHAND sylvie says