Every year, our family makes a DIY popsicle stick ornament to commemorate a moment in time with our rapidly growing baby! We send them as gifts to grandparents and hang one on our tree too. This year, we made fireplace decorations out of popsicle sticks!
These ornaments are fun, easy, and collaborative to make with your kids! They can participate in drawing, and more depending on their age. Together, our family has made popsicle stick window decorations, trains, gingerbread houses, and more.
Since many Christmas photos are taken by the cozy fireplace, we wanted to recreate that in popsicle stick form with this beautiful decoration. Here’s how to make it!
Supplies you’ll need
Here’s what you’ll need to make each homemade ornament:
- 9 Popsicle sticks For every decoration
- 1 Jumbo popsicle stick Each piece has an ornament (don’t have huge pieces? Just use two regular pieces instead!)
- Hot glue gun (this is for adults only!)
- Paint in desired color(s).
- Painting brushes
- Felt, cardstock or Faux Leather Scraps (for fireplace decoration and trimming as desired)
- Photo (You can use wallet size or cut it to 4×6, which is what I did. I recommend using a photo printed on photo paper or a laminated photo so it will last!)
- Twine or ribbon for hanging
- Small wreaths or Santa hatsAs desired, for decoration
Step by step popsicle stick burner tutorial
- Cut your popsicle sticks to size. You will need the following for each ornament:
- 7 full size lollipops
- 2 popsicle sticks but about 3/4 of their size
- 1 large popsicle stick with ends cut off
- Place five popsicle sticks next to each other, then cut 3/4″ pieces on each side.
- Apply hot glue to the back of a jumbo popsicle stick and stick it across the popsicle sticks to hold them together. This will become the “lid” of your stove.
- Glue the remaining two full-sized popsicle sticks to the bottom of the vertical popsicle sticks.
- paint! This is a good time to get the kids involved. My son is always drawing popsicle stick decorations. You can paint everything one color or paint the scarf a separate color so it stands out.
- From black felt, foam, leather or paper, cut a black rectangle to fit between the scarf and the bottom of the popsicle sticks, and to cover the five vertical popsicle sticks in the middle.
- From orange and/or yellow felt, foam, leather or paper are cut with one or two fire shapes.
- Glue the black rectangle in place and glue the fire shapes on top of it.
- Add your photo. Wrap around your child/children/pets so that it’s just them and no background. Apply hot glue to the bottom and top of the back of the picture and stick it to one side of the heater.
- Add any other decorations you want such as:
- A wreath over the fireplace mantle
- Socks to scarf (I cut my socks out of felt)
- Gifts (cut squares and bows from felt or other materials)
- Little Santa hats on children’s heads.
- Flip the ornament over and hot glue a piece of string or ribbon to the back in a loop for hanging.
- If desired, add a piece of felt to the back of the ornament to give the back a more finished look.
Homemade ornaments as gifts
Homemade ornaments, like this popsicle stick warmer, make great gifts for grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and close family friends. They’re also fun for kids to make as part of an ornament exchange with friends!
If you need to ship your decorations to the recipient, I recommend wrapping them in bubble wrap first to keep them safe. Then, wrap it in wrapping paper with a pretty bow and it will be the perfect DIY gift!
More popsicle stick decoration ideas
We have made many popsicle stick decorations over the years. Here are some other ideas you can try with your family:
I hope you enjoy making these decorative keepsakes with your family! It’s something you’ll cherish forever.