DIY Homemade Ornament Idea

These little trucks were so fun to make…

Truth be told, I needed this project! After a busy month of lots of work projects with real deadlines, I needed something just fun, silly, and creative. I love the idea of making an ornament each year, and last year we made the salt dough handprint ornaments, which was perfect for baby’s first Christmas! This year I wanted to go for the classic popsicle stick/photo ornament with all the homemade vibes.

homemade ornament idea
rug // craft materials below

After searching Pinterest high and low for homemade ornament idea inspiration, I came across this post from @teganenloe and knew it was the one! I used it as my inspiration, and gave it our own spin with the little red Christmas truck.

Honestly these were so much fun and are going to make the best grandparent gifts! Below I’m breaking everything down along with all the exact supplies in case you want to try your hand at this fun little project. Happy crafting, friends!

DIY Popsicle Stick Ornament

For this project you will need:

popsicle sticks (three sizes here, here, here)

hot glue gun & extra glue


black buttons

gold circle stickers

tiny trees, tiny lights, and whatever else you want!

red paint & paint brush

red glitter glue

tiny red ribbon


Step One

Build the trucks.

This was the trickiest part of the whole processes and honestly it wasn’t all that bad. I just played around with the layout until I got it right! I used three widths of popsicle sticks and a glue gun… that’s it!

Also the popsicle sticks cut very easily with scissors, so just keep cutting until it’s right.

For the tires I used black buttons and found little gold stickers for the hubcaps! Easy and cute.

Step Two

Paint the trucks.

I thought I had red craft paint but all I had was red children’s finger paint! Fortunately it all worked out fine and I did two coats. (Which also means feel free to work with what you have!)

Then I let Laurens add the red glitter glue as an extra little something… and it was a far better choice than actual glitter since it was all very contained (in the glue, ha!).

Step Three

Add fun details!

This was the fun part! I found little trees and a spool of tiny twinkle lights at Michael’s, and after the glitter had dried over night I hot glued all the details in place. Super easy and super cute!

Step four

Almost done…

The last thing I did before the placing in the photo was add a little ribbon loop for the ornament hanger! EASY!

Step five

Add That Sweet Photo!

Lastly, I air dropped one of my favorite little photos of Laurens to my computer, used Photoshop (you could use Canva!) to remove the background and then printed four little photos out on this little printer.

Then I just cut and hot glued the photo in place. So sweet!

This project was so much fun and once I figured out the layout it was also fairly easy! Making these ornaments have been on my mind since last year and I just cannot get over how sweet they turned out. I know it will be one of my favorites for years to come!

You’ll have to let me know if you try it out, I’d love to see!


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  1. These are truly the most darling! As a mama to four (college age-toddler), I can honestly say the handmade ornaments are my very favorites to unbox and hang on our tree every single year. It will be the same for you I’m sure!

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