Christmas List Ornament



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It’s no secret that Santa keeps a big long list of all the things kids (and adults) ask for. He keeps track of who is naughty and who is nice and crosses things off of his list as he goes. We love the magic of Christmas! Today we’re sharing a teeny tiny version of Santa’s list. This DIY Christmas list ornament is made with a wooden spool and is the perfect mini ornament to add to your tree. Kids can make these as gifts too!

How to make a Christmas list ornament on a spool. ADORABLE!

Christmas List Ornament

I really love these ornaments.  They were so easy to make so and kids can make them so personal.  Looking back, you can remember what you or your kids wanted for Christmas that year!  The spools and paint are pretty inexpensive.  This would be a great family night activity to prepare for Christmas!

Christmas List Ornament

Start by painting the wooden spool (which can be found at any craft store) with a coat or two of acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is inexpensive, comes in million different colors, and extremely easy to work with. Plus, it dries fast!

Christmas List Ornament

If you’re making these ornaments just for adorable decorations, you can write a pretend Christmas list. However, if kids are making them, have them write down things they are actually wishing for from Santa! Year after year it’s cute to look back and what the children were wishing for.

Christmas List Ornament

I used hot glue to make the ornament because it doesn’t smear the writing on the list. However, if you have enough paper, you can use any kind of glue. Just use a thin layer of glue so that it doesn’t warp the paper:)

Christmas List Ornament

Once it is dry, tie a little green string (or any strong you prefer) for the adorable ornament to hang on. Feel free to be creative! Paint them unique colors, add glitter, the sky is the limit!

Christmas List Ornament

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Christmas List Ornament

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How to make a Christmas list ornament on a spool. ADORABLE!

You Will Need

  • Wooden Spools like these
  • Red Acrylic paint (or kid safe paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Green ribbon
  • Plain white paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used hot glue)


  1. Paint each spool red and let them dry.
  2. Cut small strips of paper according to the width of your spool. Cut it long enough to wrap around once and hang down.
  3. Write a list! Have kids write what they really want, do a traditional list like I did, or make one up.
  4. Glue the list to the spool as seen.
  5. Add some green ribbon to hang the spool and enjoy it on your Christmas tree!

Kelly Dixon

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