Painting unfinished Christmas ornaments together is fun and easy way to spend family time together during the holiday season.
When my two girls were little, they loved crafts of all kinds. I would regularly go to Michael’s and buy them foam craft kits and glue dots,plus things like pipe cleaners, construction paper, and pom poms that they could use to design their own crafts.
I bought an embarrassing huge number of things from Oriental Trading Company, which had sticker scenes (the girls loved these!) and all kinds of craft kits for any occasion. The girls did them regularly on their own, and we also used them for activities at birthday parties.
Now my son and crafts … not so much. While the girls would entertain themselves for long periods of time with stickers, coloring, and gluing, he was much more interested in playing with his car and trucks (and today, his Legos).
The great thing about making Christmas ornaments is that you can never have too many of them. Even if you did, you could easily start giving these as gifts to teachers, relatives, and neighbors.
Here are several unfinished wooden Christmas ornaments I found, in various shapes, that you (or your kids) can paint yourself.
Unfinished Wooden Cutouts to Paint
This all-in-one ornament set includes ten reindeer, ten mittens, and ten ball ornament wood cutouts, plus three different colored glitter glues, and twelve markers. They come already with little holes and gold-colored thread attached for hanging.
This kit has a lot more ornaments than it does glitter glue and markers, you might want to have more decorating supplies handy if you’re working with a large group of kids.
Wooden Snowflake Cutouts
This is a simple set of 24 four-inch snowflake cutouts. It’s ideal for painting with a fairly large group — say, a pre-school or Sunday School class, or a kids’ Christmas party, where each child does one craft and you already have things like paint, glitter glue, and ribbons on hand.
If you wanted more variety — or just have a lot of painters — you could pair it with this kit of 24 round wooden ornaments.
Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments on Etsy
As usual, Etsy is a great place to find things that unique and specialized. Here are some wooden ornaments that you can do some really detailed and beautiful painting. And honestly, some of them would also look nice if you hung them on your Christmas tree as is!
This is different! A set of 10 wooden light bulbs. You could either use them as separate ornaments or string them together when you’re finished to wrap around the tree or hang from a doorway or the top of a mantel.
If you want something a little more detailed and intricate than just flat wood, consider these hard-carved, sanded bird sculptures made of pine wood. These are intended for adults, not children, to paint, and depending on how you choose to use them and what colors you choose to paint them with, they could either be part of your Christmas decor or simply make a nice Christmas gift for someone’s home or office.
This Etsy sellers also offers a bird sculpture with wire feet attached so that they stand up easily.
This snowman are very versatile. They could be simply painted one or two colors by a young child, but they could also be given quite a bit of detail in their face, scarf, and hat. They are each three and a half inches tall.
These rustic ornaments are so pretty that they remind me of an outdoor wedding decoration! The set includes five oak or white wood ornaments with their bark intact. They have been drilled, strung and are all ready to be hung up on your tree, front porch, or fireplace.
They are perfect for painting, decorating with Sharpie markers, or pyrography (wood burning). The Etsy seller also suggests imprinting a baby footprint on them, which would be a lovely keepsake. Of course, these ornaments would also be beautiful if you simply left them exactly as they are.
I’m not sure which I like more — this set of reindeer and antler die cuts, or the divided wood box that they come in! These 35 pieces can be misted, painted or covered with paper or fabric. In addition to being used for tree ornaments, they would work great as scrapbook embellishments or Christmas card accents.
Don’t you love it when you get a gift that is not only wrapped beautifully, has it also has a really interesting gift tag attached to it? These wooden snowflake tags could be dyed, stained, or painted, and then attached to wrapped gifts with twine or colorful ribbon to make an extra-pretty package.
Personalized ornaments are always nice, especially when they’re given as gifts. It makes the recipient feel special and shows that the gift-giver spent a little more time and was a little personable than just grabbing something off the shelf. These monogrammed wooden snowflakes would make not only a nice Christmas ornament, but also a year-round wall decoration for a family room, kids’ bedroom, or nursery.
Hopefully this post has helped you find the perfect wooden ornament that you can paint this holiday season. Now get out there and have fun being creative!