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Children's Christmas Art Ornaments by Cindy Hopper for

Children’s Art Ornaments

By Cindy Hopper

Here is a simple and fun craft that any child that is old enough to color with Sharpie markers will enjoy!

Supplies you will need:

  • Clear glass ball ornaments (2.63 inch) These can be found a craft store like Michael’s
  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Clear transparency (This can be purchased at a copy shop like Kinko’s)

Supplies for ornaments

The hardest part of this craft is getting the correct size of circle that will fit into your glass ball. You may download the size of circle we used if you are using 2.63 inch glass ornament. You can also measure around the ornament and then divide that number by 3.14. Make sure you test a paper circle in your ornament before beginning this project!

Christmas Ornament Template

First make an outline of your design in one of the circles on the template

Christmas ornament paper template
Next, cover the drawing the the transparency. Tape corners down to prevent slipping. Trace the circle and then color in the design with the Sharpie markers.

paper template for children's art ornament
Cut out the circle, just slightly inside the line.

child's christmas tree artwork
Roll up the circle and send it into the the glass ornament. It should fit snugly inside the ornament without bending too much.

inserting child's artwork into ornament
The plastic circle will flatten out. You can adjust the placement with a pencil and tweezers. If you need to remove the plastic you can pull it out with tweezers.
Children's artwork displayed inside of Christmas ornament

A beautiful keepsake of your child’s artwork!

Happy Holidays!

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About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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Corinna Lyons-Revello

I love this. My daughter is an artist (that’s actually what she calls herself–she’s 8 LOL) and she has so much art in our house it’s not even funny. This would be a great way to display some of it.


This one is definitely going into the memory banks! My daughter is only two but we are so going to make these one day! Pluse it’d be a great craft to do with a classroom!


This is such a fabulous idea! Cindy is so creative!

Tiff@Three Peas

What a fun project! Thanks for posting this. My daughter will love trying this.
Help a family very dear to my heart have a memorable Christmas. All it takes is a stamp.

kim in Camas - ScrapToMyLu

I LOVE this idea! Cindy you are a genius!


This would be pretty with pastel, transparent colors, too, so the tree lights could shine through. Very nice idea!


I’ve done this sort of thing with photos as well. The photos are printed onto photopaper, actual photos are too thick to roll.

Susi Brox Nilsen
Susi Brox Nilsen

What A FANTASTIC idea!!!!!!!!!!!! Lovely!!