Why this project works
Looking for some fun and easy Christmas crafts for kids? Well, you’ve come to the right place! These cute little Christmas popsicle stick puzzles are perfect for keeping little ones entertained during the holiday season.
I love this craft because it has two fun purposes. While older kids will have fun decorating these puzzles, you can have toddlers piece together the puzzles to make a cute Christmas ornament photo. If you have multiple kids at different ages, this is a great craft to do.
To make these puzzles, you can use the ornament template provided or let your kids decorate them however they like. You can use paint, glitter, sequins, or anything else you can think of. Once the sticks are decorated, let them dry. Then, mess up the popsicle sticks and let them piece them back together into the original design. You’ve got yourself a fun and festive Christmas puzzle.
These puzzles make great Christmas gifts, party favors, or even just a fun activity to do with the kids. So get creative and have some fun this Christmas season!
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- Popsicle sticks – Food-safe popsicle sticks or craft sticks are what you need for this craft. I used 11 of them for this ornament project, but you can use as many as you’d like to create as long of a puzzle as you want!
- Ornament template – Download our free ornament template and print it out on your home printer. Use scissors to cut it out. You can trace the ornament template on the popsicle sticks to help you paint your design if you are not comfortable with free-handing your design.
- Acrylic paint – For best results, use acrylic paint for this project. We use a combination of green, red and white acrylic paint with a paint brush.
- Sequins – For a little sparkle on your ornament craft, use rhinestones to glue to the popsicles. You could use glitter, but since the popsicle sticks will be used as a puzzle, I prefer rhinestones or sequins since they won’t flake off like glitter will.
For less mess, use leftover newspapers, magazines, or a drop cloth to cover your table so you don’t get paint all over your kitchen table.
This DIY Christmas popsicle stick puzzle project is very easy to make with a few simple supplies. The steps below with matching photos are meant to help you see the project being made at various stages so that you and your family can make this easy Christmas project perfectly every time.
For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.
Ages 5+ will have a great time painting this puzzle as a fun craft. Ages 2+ will have fun piecing the puzzle together. If you have kids at different ages, this is a great kids Christmas craft.
Not necessarily. Parents can decorate popsicle sticks for their younger kids to help them work on their puzzle skills. You can keep it as simple or as easy as you’d like.
DIY Christmas Popsicle Stick Puzzle
- 11 popsicle sticks
- acrylic paint, green, red and white
- paint brush
- FREE downloadable ornament template
- Glue stick
- sequins and rhinestones
- Paint the popsicle sticks green with the green acrylic paint and the paint brush. Let the paint dry completely.
- Download the ornament stencil and print it out on your printer in black and white. Cut out the ornament stencil.
- Place the popsicle sticks side by side on a piece of paper. Tape the two ends so that they do not move.
- Then, place the ornament stencil on top and trace the edges with a pencil.
- Paint the ornament sphere red and the top of the ornament white.
- Draw patterns on the ball with the pencil, then paint over with white paint.
- Once the paint is dry, glue on rhinestones or sequins for decoration.
- Remove the tape.
- Now you’re ready to play! Mix up all of the pieces of your puzzle and then try to put them back together again.
- Remember to download the ornament stencil printable here if you’d like help creating this design! The download form is just above this how-to card.