I would like to make some Christmas Ornaments for a Holiday Craft Show at our church. Does anyone have some ideas, or possibly some websites where I can get some ideas from? Thanks!
Marnita from Cumming, GA
Ideas for making your own Christmas ornaments. Post your ideas below. If you have an ornament that you have made in the past, take a picture of it and submit it to the http://www.thriftyfun.com/photo_contest.ldml.
I recently sent a photo in for the recycled CD ornaments. They have really gone over well here (View this project here: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf504358.tip.html). I have about 35 to make for Christmas now. Doing them for friends and family.
What about beading a snowflake? Making snowmen out of can lids?
By Michele (08/23/2005)
You can buy polestyrene balls from craft shops in the UK, which, if you pin sequins all over them or in patterns with ordinary sewing pins look fabulous.
Also I remember making angels out of Badminton Shuttlecocks when I was a kid they still look cute now! (10/27/2005)
By Julie UK
I recently saw a beautiful craft ornament in a woman's magazine. Take a polystyrene ball (the smaller ones looked best when finished) then stick toothpicks all over it. Spray the whole lot white and then spray on fake snow. The result was a beautiful snowflake. In the article they had them perched on top of candle-sticks or hanging up. They'd also look great grouped in a glass vase or grouped on a plate or cake-platter. I'm definitely going to be making these myself, they look quite professional too! (10/27/2005)
Use 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch terra cotta pots and make bells from them. I just made quite a few and they turned out really cute. I just used acrylic paints and odds and ends I had in my craft drawer (glitter, stencils, rub-ons, tiny pom poms, etc) to decorate. (10/27/2005)
You can make great ornaments out of sculpy clay. you can take clear glass ornaments and marble them with paints in the inside or decopage on the outside. You can take corks and stick wire in them then bead on the wire and twist it into a downward curl then add a place to hang it from the top of the cork. Make angels out of a paper cone for the dress and a styrofoam ball for a body and a styrofoam head. for the arms use pipe cleaner. make paper fans for wings. (10/28/2005)
I did this last year, great if you have kids. I got brown felt and traced my daughter's hand. The thumb is to be a reindeer's head and the four fingers are the legs. Used a tiny red pom-pom for the nose, hot glued a pipe cleaner (folded into a V) for antlers, you can get black felt and cut small pieces to glue on for hooves, eyes (or use googly eyes) and tail. Turned out very cute. On the back we wrote 'Hand' made by Shae.
Perhaps not the best idea for a craft fair, but fun for family anyways. (10/28/2005)
These are easy and smell great. I always had the kids involved and they gave them as Christmas gifts.
Recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments:
Mix, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together. Add applesauce and glue. Work mixture with hands until smooth. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Use a straw to make a hole for ribbon. Place on wire rack and air dry for several days, making sure to turn occasionally
Here is the instructions for this orange and cloves ornament. It's a little slow to make but it's easy and you can do it whilst watching TV
oh this one is really nice too
I like to let our foster children make ornaments of their own by just picking up pine cones and letting them dry/cure -- then just use odds and ends to dress them up (glue sequins, buttons, pieces of other old broken ornaments, etc.. spray with paint, "snow", silly string, etc...). Just use your imagination -- then twist a pipe cleaner or a small piece of ribbon or wire to hang them -- (11/04/2005)
I was given the idea to paint walnuts red, put white polka dots on it. Then get green felt to make little leaves for the top it and add string for hanging. There, you have made strawberries. The texture of the walnut make it really like a strawberry. They are real cute on the tree. (11/07/2005)
I recently did a craft I found in a magazine where you take a cinnamon stick approximitly 3 in long and you put a small wooden star on the top (paint it yellow or off white first) and then you take small strips of homespun fabric and tie and knot in it and glue 5 of them down the cinnamon stick, when your all done is resembles a christmas tree. Use jute or any ribbon or yarn to hang it. Here is a similar picture but I cut the fabric shorter and I didn't put mine in a pot I hung it. I have sold many of them though. If you have any more questions e-mail me mom2lindsay @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)
HI, You can find the Tooth pick project here
I was once given a cute and very easy to make ornament. Use 1/2 walnut shell, yarn and the sewing straight pins with the large ball on the end. You make tiny balls of yarn from the yarn, you might want to split the strands so it's not too thick, glue 3 different color tiny balls of yarn into the shell and put in 2 pins crossed; like you would stick your knitting needles into your yarn ball; add some pretty ribbon or gold string to each side of the shell so you can hang it. It looks like a tiny knitting basket. Good for kids to make if not too young, since you are using straight pins. Val (12/14/2005)
Someone showed me a large plastic ball made of plastic drinking glasses with christmas lights in them, I would love to know how to make one.
Here's a link
I like to decorate satin balls with beads and pearl pins, but was having trouble finding them year round and in pretty colors. So once I found suppliers who would deal with little ole' me, I started selling them on eBay. My store is www.TheCraftyElephant.com. I sell all kinds of satin covered ornaments, trims, beads, filigrees and pearl head pins. I want to sell sequins next, but eBay keeps raising their fees. It makes it hard to sell low cost items such as this. My Mother does the crochet tops and uses thread with metallic fibers. Very pretty! (10/27/2006)
Several years ago my mom made the same ornaments that jojo talked about only she used a lot of the styrofoam type balls, put toothpicks all over them an inch or so apart. She then made a circle out of the balls (about the size of a plate) and decreased the number of balls as she continued making circles layered on top of the previous one to form a Christmas tree. She then sprayed the whole thing with fake snow and decorated it with garland and small ornaments. It made the cutest table top decoration. (11/18/2006)
One of the easiest and most beautiful christmas decorations that we have ever made has got to be paper snowflakes. They are easy enough for 4-5 year olds to help with, and they don't even have to follow a set pattern.
Best of all, they only use clean white paper, what could be cheaper? We hang them with red ribbon and they look lovely in the window.
Full instructions at http://www.kids-fun-and-games.com/homemade-christmas-decorations.html (12/22/2006)
By Nicole O
My daughter and I made these by painting peanuts and clothes pins. Very inexpensive and easy. (12/22/2006)
By Rhonda R
So many nice ideas and such cute crafts to make. (12/24/2006)
Does anyone know how to make the jute ball ornaments that was on Martha Stewart last week? It used a balloon and jute string, watered down Elmer's glue and then when dry you are to insert a small bird or some sort like that. Does anyone know where to find directions for this? (12/26/2006)
By Mommy in MI
Martha Stewart- jute string ball and bird ornaments...look here:
Natural woodland ornaments. Show with anne hathaway as guest (01/13/2007)
I went to a craft show and a woman painting ornaments had a plastic type vise that held the ornament while she painted each and every detail on the ornament. I want to purchase that vise and can't find it on the internet. She couldn't remember the name of the company but bought it with a paint kit. Please help and point me in the right direction. Thank you. (10/08/2007)
In response to "DEESPER", Plaid Ent. makes a turnstyle that I think is what you are looking for. It is called FolkArt - One Stroke Accessories - Artist Turnstyle
It is a vise that can hold your project and it turns. Check it out at www.plaidonline.com, search Item # 4168.
Hope this helps! (12/04/2007)
I took foam"paper" in brown and yellow. With the brown I traced each child's foot and with the yellow traced each hand cut them out and glued the hands to look like reindeer antlers. To the foot and added a red pompom to the bottom for the nose, or brown pompom if you want a regular reindeer instead of Rudolph. (12/09/2007)
Photo ornaments are my favorite. I collect 'junk CD's that you get in the mail throughout the year or you can buy them. I take a small drill bit and drill a hole in the CD then run a ribbon or string through it then take a picture of the child, cut it into a circle and glue it on the CD, have the child decorate with stickers and write in permanent marker on the back the year for memory. They are relatively inexpensive to make and the parents love them. (12/16/2007)
I'm looking for ideas using wine corks to make Christmas ornaments. (11/13/2008)
I make glitter balls. I take regular clear ornament balls and use glitter paint. Drop a couple drops of one color in and swirl around. Continue with other colors or the same color until the ball is completely covered inside.
Set them upside down in a egg carton overnight to dry and then add your top. Put a ribbon through to hang on the tree. The best way to do the ribbon is to tie a square knot in the ribbon first and then a bow. Just so it won't come undone when you hang it on the tree. (12/04/2008)
As a special gift to my aunts and uncles, I took my some of my Mother's recipes and copied them on card stock using my home printer. I scalloped the edges and slid the recipe into a clear magnetic frame. After decorating the edges of the frame with glittery swirls, I allowed them to dry. What a special way to remember a favorite recipe from a favorite loved one! (12/18/2008)
You can find a few Christmas Ornament projects at the FamilyOrnament.com online community http://www.familyornament.com/Community/Community.aspx. I hope that might help. (01/06/2009)
By Alex K.
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!