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DIY Car and Truck Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

These adorable car and truck Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments couldn’t be easier to put together with a few inexpensive supplies. The ornaments also make great photo frames for your family holiday portraits!

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We’re just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving now, and we finally have our plans for the holiday. Thanksgiving day will be pretty low-key with just the usual parade-watching and feasting. Then, we’ll spend the next day driving into the mountains to go to a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm.

We moved to North Carolina from Florida about 5 years ago, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do with the kids.

I couldn’t be more excited. And, I’m hoping we can go ahead and snap some family photos to use for our Christmas cards this year.

I love seeing cars and trucks driving down the road with their trees strapped to the hood. It’s so exciting, and the imagery really gets me into the holiday spirit. And, it’s what inspired this Christmas ornament craft! We love making homemade ornaments as part of our family Christmas traditions!

Most of the items you need to make the Christmas car and truck ornaments can be found at the Dollar Tree.

1. Make the bottom of the car ornament

  • Use regular school glue or hot glue to attach small black buttons to the bottoms of two popsicle sticks.
  • Refer to the images below to see how the base popsicle sticks are positioned.
  • Glue two popsicle sticks horizontally above the buttons, as shown on the bottom right.
how to make the car ornament

2. Make the top of the car ornament

  • Use a pen to mark across the two popsicle sticks facing upward
  • Cut the popsicle sticks using your marks as a guide
  • Glue one of the cut ends of the popsicle sticks across the top to make the hood of the car
how to make the car ornament

3. Make the car window

  • Cut a piece of the glitter paper in the shape of the car window and glue to the back of the ornament
    • This could also be a great place to put a small family photo
how to make the car ornament

4. Create the Christmas Tree

  • Break one of the cinnamon sticks in half and get one green pipe cleaner
  • Starting at one end of the pipe cleaner, wrap around in a spiral that gets bigger as it goes down, then attach the other end to the bottom so that the tree keeps its shape (you can refer to my lollipop witch post or watch the video in this post)
  • Slide the cinnamon stick into the bottom of the tree
how to make the car ornament

5. Attach tree and twine or ribbon

  • Use a hot glue gun to attach the pipe cleaner tree to the top of the car
  • Tie the ends of a small piece of twine to make a loop, then hot glue the knotted end to the back of the ornament to make your ornament hanger

How to Make Your Own Popsicle Stick Truck Ornament with Christmas Tree

What you’ll need:

  • colorful wooden craft sticks
  • glue
  • glue gun
  • sharp scissors
  • glitter paper (or photo) for window
  • cinnamon sticks
  • green pipe cleaners
  • black buttons
  • twine

1. Make the bottom of the Christmas truck ornament

  • Use regular school glue or hot glue to attach small black buttons to the bottoms of two popsicle sticks.
  • Refer to the images below to see how the base popsicle sticks are positioned.
  • Glue two popsicle sticks horizontally above the buttons, as shown on the bottom right.
how to make the truck ornament

2. Make the top of the truck ornament

  • Use a pen to mark across the two popsicle sticks facing upward
  • Cut the popsicle sticks using your marks as a guide
  • Glue one of the cut ends of the popsicle sticks across the top to make the hood of the truck
  • Cut a smaller piece off of one of the popsicle sticks and glue onto the back side of the truck at the end
how to make the truck ornament

3. Make the truck’s window

  • Cut a piece of the glitter paper in the shape of the truck window and glue to the back of the ornament
    • This could also be a great place to put a small family photo
how to make the truck ornament

4. Create the Christmas Tree

  • Break one of the cinnamon sticks in half and get one green pipe cleaner
  • Starting at one end of the pipe cleaner, wrap around in a spiral that gets bigger as it goes down, then attach the other end to the bottom so that the tree keeps its shape (you can refer to my lollipop witch post or watch the video in this post to see how I create this cone shape)
  • Slide the cinnamon stick into the bottom of the tree
how to make the car ornament

5. Attach tree and twine

  • To attach the tree to the truck, use your glue gun to dab glue onto the bottom of the cinnamon stick. Then, glue the Christmas tree to the back side of the truck ornament. Only the bottom of the tree gets glued, while the top of the tree looks like it’s hanging out of the truck bed
  • Tie the ends of a small piece of twine to make a loop, then hot glue the knotted end to the back of the ornament to make your ornament hanger.

Popsicle Stick Ornament Frame

In the instructions, I used glitter paper for the windows. But, after my family goes on our trip to a tree farm, I plan on putting a photo from our outing into one of these ornaments to keep as a special keepsake ornament.  I will also likely add the year somewhere on the ornament.  The photo below shows how it will look, but this is not my family.  I used a stock photo in order to respect my kids’ privacy (and the fact that I don’t actually have the photo that I’m going to use yet!).

Make this adorable DIY popsicle stick Christmas truck and add a special holiday photo. Fun Christmas craft and family keepsake ornament. #christmas #diychristmasornaments #handmadeornament #popsiclestickornament #christmascrafts #funlovingfamilies

Have fun making or Christmas car and truck popsicle stick ornaments!

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Be sure to also check out this list of 25 DIY Popsicle Stick Ornaments you can make with your kids this holiday season!

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Easy DIY popsicle stick Christmas ornaments. Make your own car with Christmas tree or truck with Christmas tree ornaments with this step-by-step tutorial.

Esther Nygaard

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Really cute anxious to make the truck

Jennifer

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Love these! What size buttons do you suggest for the wheels?

Sara

Saturday 15th of December 2018

These are adorable! Perfect idea for my 2nd grade students. Thank you.

Juanita

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Did you use regular popsicle sticks or the large ones?

Chrissy

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Hi Juanita! I just used the regular sized popsicle sticks. Let me know if you have any other questions! - Chrissy