One of the best parts of the holiday season for me is the decorating. It’s always been one of my favorite activities, and now that I have kids, it’s even more exciting to share the experience with them. When my kids were 5 and 3 years old, they were absolutely thrilled to help me put up the decorations and the tree.
Over the years from when they were babies, I’ve had to find ways to make our home’s holiday decor more kid-friendly. But now that they are older, 8 years and 6 years I’m taking it up a notch and giving them their own tree to decorate. So if you’re on the same page and looking for some kid-friendly Christmas decorating ideas, then I’ve got you covered!
I’ll be sharing some easy and fun Christmas decorating ideas that your kids will love. From selecting the best Christmas tree for your kids to safe Christmas decorations, there are endless ways to make your home merry and bright while getting your kids involved in the process. So, let’s get started!
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SELECTING THE RIGHT KIDS’ CHRISTMAS TREE
In a world with two kids, going with an artificial tree is the way to go. Choosing to display an artificial tree means less of a mess my kids can get into. Artificial trees are great for kid-friendly Christmas decorating because they have less set-up and continual care. This makes it my top choice for a kids’ Christmas tree.
A good Christmas tree height for kids is between 3-5ft tall. Their widths are perfect for any space. These heights are also optimal to avoid accidents in your kids’ spaces. In addition, ensure the base of the Christmas tree is secured with an iron stand. For extra safety caution, secure the tree base with heavy books. Also, small Christmas trees are also portable and easy to decorate.
I bought a 5 ft. full-shaped artificial Christmas tree for my kid’s playroom and the width of the tree was perfect, not too big or small.
KID-PROOF THEIR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
There are many gorgeous kid-friendly ornaments to choose from during the holiday season. Some are beautiful in the colors and sparkle, others can carry sentimental value.
I purchased felt ornaments and plastic ornaments in their favorite characters like Paw Patrol, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, a unicorn, a ballerina, and much more.
My oldest mostly did the selection of these ornaments but I’m so happy to start their own Christmas ornament collection. I’m also looking forward to adding DIY Christmas ornaments to their collection as they grow. These include ornaments they make at school, church or at home.
In addition to their ornaments, I purchased felt colorful pom pom garlands. I love how the colors pop on their tree from all directions.
This is also a great DIY Christmas tree decoration that you can make with your kids or for themed Christmas trees. I also used the pom pom garlands to decorate other “kid spaces” in my home.
What DIY Christmas crafts do you make with your kids or made when they were younger? Let me know in the comments below!
Not pictured here, but I also purchased two Christmas photo ornaments to add my kids’ photos to the tree. I plan to keep this Christmas tradition and do it every year.
DECORATING A TREE ALL OWN THEIR OWN
From a younger age, my children loved helping me decorate the Christmas tree, and watching them decorate their own tree makes me smile.
Their conversation with each other about where was the best place to put the ornaments brings joy to my heart. Decorating as a family continues to foster their creativity and show their personalities.
At three, my son loved adding some of the ornaments to the tree but he needed some assistance. His favorite ornaments were the Paw Patrol collection and always by his side all the time. It stayed on the Christmas tree for probably five minutes before it was officially a toy to play with, haha.
I was completely fine with him not having much interest in decorating the tree at three years old but I hope as he gets older he will be as involved in decorating as his sister is. Which is love now, decorating the Christmas tree at 8 years old.
She is always excited to decorate the Christmas tree and is also ready to hang the ornaments, arranged equally around the Christmas tree. I’m always impressed. Definitely a proud mom over here!
KIDS’ CHRISTMAS ARTWORK
I always love framing my kids’ artwork and using them to create gallery walls. My kids are so excited when they see their art creations on the walls. For Christmas, it’s great to add some of your kid’s Christmas artwork on the playroom walls.
KIDS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Don’t you love these bottle trees? They are cute, kid-friendly Christmas decor great for styling open shelving and table surfaces in your kids’ spaces. They can be found in different colors for any Christmas decor theme.
Another kid-friendly decorating option not to be overlooked is the wreath. Whether you decide to use a simple wreath with just greenery or one with all the bells and whistles, a wreath is a great way to decorate kids’ spaces.
I also found this brown Santa face advent calendar at Target and I had to get it. I love it on the wall in their playroom and it is also a great activity for the kids to countdown to Christmas.
Tip: Add a treat in the advent calendar for them to collect as they countdown to Christmas.
For the younger kids, add the treats every night to avoid them eating the treats all at once. haha!
Finishing Touches With Gifts
After the kids have decorated their Christmas tree, I love to finish off their tree with gifts (not real) underneath it. You know “mommy” had to add the final touches to the tree. I like to use colorful gift-wrapping sheets and bows for a cohesive look with their Christmas tree.
DON’T FORGET SANTA’S COOKIES AND MILK
…and we could not forget about Santa while decorating the Christmas tree. We bake some gingerbread cookies and pour some milk into a bottle for him. Santa will surely be glad he visited us and maybe drop some extra gifts!
Well…these are just a few kid-friendly Christmas decorating ideas for your kids’ spaces. I hope that these ideas are able to help you create family memories with your kids during the Christmas season as well.
photo credit: Angela Flornuoy Photography