Gratitude is one of the most powerful things we should all have in our proverbial toolbox. But sometimes, a young kid needs extra encouragement to understand the importance of being grateful. A parents, it’s our job to teach the lessons. I made these printable gratitude ornaments for a simple family Christmas activity together.

Printable gratitude ornaments for kids Christmas ornament making craft activity.


You can easily pull out these printable gratitude ornaments as soon as the holidays roll around on Thanksgiving or even plan it as a Christmas Eve activity. Of course, we need to teach the importance of gratitude and being grateful all year round.

If you are looking for a good place to start, need to give your kids a reminder lesson, or simply want to make super easy ornaments with the kids, these printable Christmas ornaments are perfect!

Why not make them as a gift tag and let the special people in your life know how grateful you are that they are a part of it? Let’s all take a minute to think about what we are most thankful for today and share them with our kids.

Find more DIY Christmas Ornament projects here.

The best way for kids to learn gratitude is to watch adults and other kids practice being grateful and intentional with their thoughts, actions, and words. Expressing gratitude is one of the most powerful things we can control and also has the power to make real changes in this world.

Who’s it for?

Kids of all ages and families of all sizes can participate in this simple Christmas ornament-making activity together. It’s the perfect family activity for all ages because everyone has something to teach the next person.

Parents can help their younger kids come up with simple things they are grateful for this season. At the same time, older kids can spend longer putting more thought and time into their responses. Older kids can help the younger kids write down their answers, too.

Christmas gratitude ornaments

How to Make Gratitude Ornaments

A simple cut, paste, and hang ornament that everyone can easily enjoy…

Talk about it over dinner and then pull out the printable sheets for everyone to do together. Adding a plate of cookies is always a favorite way to bring everyone together.


  • Our printable gratitudes ornaments sheet {download below}
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Heavyweight card stock paper in colors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
Making gratitude ornaments with kids this holiday

STEP 1: Print out the page of ornaments. See the DOWNLOAD HERE BUTTON BELOW.

STEP 2: Cut out all the images.

STEP 3: Glue each one to a piece of colored card stock and cut around them, leaving a small border of color. (Let them dry.)

STEP 4: Write what you are grateful for on each ornament.

STEP 5: Use a hole punch to make a hole.

STEP 6: Add a piece of string, ribbon, or twine to make a hanger.

Simple messages of gratitude are the perfect way to start with younger children. Help them write out their thoughts.

Printable gratitude ornaments for a family Christmas activity craft

Add a piece of ribbon for a decorative touch and hang them on the tree as a family. Alternatively, you could have each family member do one ornament a day as part of an advent calendar or countdown to Christmas activity.

Gratitude ornaments for a Christmas gratitude project
My gratitude ornaments for Christmas

You could also find a small craft tree and make a Christmas gratitude tree. It’s a wonderful way to remember the true meaning of the holiday season and have it as a visible reminder when the holiday crankies start to show up.

Gratitude is shared and modeled by those of us who have been around longer. Our kids need to see us being grateful for what we have every day to show their gratitude.

It’s okay if it takes longer for some kids to understand this as long as you are constantly helping them to find it. Use our printable gratitude ornaments to help along the way!

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