Adding shiny store bought ornaments to your Christmas tree makes it look great. However, some of the most cherished ornaments you will have are the ones you and you family make. This is a guide about homemade Christmas ornaments.
I want to make some Christmas ornaments. Does anyone have any good, thrifty ideas?
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
December 9, 2008
I'm from TX. We Texans are so full of state pride, we are bustin' with it! I found a TX shaped cookie cutter and I have a bunch of polymer clay. I went to Hobby Lobby tho, and found some red and blue with sparkles in it.
So I rolled out this clay and cut out TX. shapes. At the top, in the panhandle, I took a plastic straw and punched out holes for white ribbon, and then baked the clay. After all of them are done and strung, I bought silver and gold paint pens and I plan to write a Christmas greeting on them and give them as gifts. Having a blast with it!
This is a guide about tree trunk ornaments. An inexpensive way to make unique decorations for your Christmas tree is with slices of a tree trunk.
Fun little dog ornaments, a cute gift for the dog lover and fun to do a "litter" for fund raising. I picked up different colors of garland at thrift stores and garage sales so there were a variety of colors. I even made a few girlie pooches with pink ornaments!
White felt figure skate tree ornament.
Approximate Time: Half an hour
Cut out two pieces of felt in a boot shape as shown.
For each skate, slip the felt through the paper clip and glue along the side edges to secure.
Using all six strands of embroidery thread, use an overcast stitch to make the laces, leaving enough thread to tie in a bow so that you can hang it on your tree.
By preserverpreserver from Manitoba
These are so easy to make and look so elegant.
These are so pretty, they look so fancy and you can really make a bunch of them at a very low cost.
By Michele from East Bethel, MN
Looking to trade Cracker Box ornament kit instructions. I need "Very Berry" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads". I have other rare and retired instructions to trade.
Leighton from Orlando, FL
January 19, 2015
Happy to trade Cracker Box instructions. I have about 100, some "Golden Oldies". No $ just exchange.
An old curtain ring made into a Christmas decor. First I washed them then let them dry (alternatively painted them) then sketch a design on it with glue and sprinkled with glittering dusts. Attach a ribbon formed in bowtie and glue with a pearl or button (alternatively twined with tube cleaner). Tie a silver, gold, a crochet thread so it is easy to hang on the Christmas tree or in windows.
By Lourna from Ronneby, Sweden
In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. Add applesauce; stir to combine.
Use to decorate gifts, hang on tree, etc.
By Robin from Washington, IA
I live at the beach and constantly pick up interesting shells and rocks. I have been wanting to use them in an interesting craft and decided I would start looking for very tiny shells and very tiny rocks. I am taking clear glass Christmas ornaments and putting a little sand in the ornament and a few small shells and small rocks. I fill to about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the ornament. I glue the top on and tie raffia or small ribbon around the top.
I hope to use these for friends and relatives who live far away. I might add a small starfish to the front of the bow if I can find any that are small enough. I might also try some of these in a local craft fair, and might write the names of the local beaches on the bulb.
Christmas ornaments I am making for Christmas to put on the tree. Made with plastic canvas.
By Carolyn from E Northport, NY
Quick, easy, and fun for children to make.
Glue the ornament to the mouth of the cone.
Cut about an 9 inch piece of fishing line or string and knot the two ends together (mom or dad may have to help with this).
Glue the pom pom to the top of the ornament with the knot of the line/string underneath the pom pom.
Voila! A brilliantly colored ice cream cone ornament for your tree! A tree decorated entirely with and nothing but the ornaments (and maybe some beads draped around the tree) is really cute.
By Susan from Birmingham, AL
I'm looking for a plastic canvas pattern for small ornaments in shape of slippers; one looks like a reindeer, the other a panda bear. Found them in a second hand store.
Twila from Alexandria, VA
March 22, 2008
Panda came out best. Difficult to scan as they are 3-D. I will probably have to make a template and do some counting! Won't be difficult.
Little drum is made from frozen juice can, ribbon, toothpicks and cord. Cut can in two about an inch and a half from one end, or as deep as the ribbon is wide. Take the metal off the other end and press it on to the cut one to make both sides of the drum. Cut the ribbon to fit and glue it on. Use gold cord to zig-zag over the ribbon. Use round toothpicks for drum-sticks.
By Frances from Tarzan, TX
These beautiful ornaments would make a lovely addition to any holiday tree. You can make them to keep or give away. You have to make them in stages, over the course of a few days only because the paint is on the inside and needs time to dry completely. The actual time spent crafting and expense are minimal considering the results you will achieve with very little effort. Have fun!
Crafter's Note: I happened to find the glass ornaments at a yard sale, where I paid fifty cents for four. The original price was ninety-nine cents each. Retail price is still not bad considering how much you pay for ornaments these days.
Approximate Time Painting - 15 - 30 minutes. Drying - depends on weather, in humid weather it will take a few days. The final assembly takes about 5 - 10 minutes.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Ok, it's Christmas in July, er August! Make these and store them for Christmas or use them hanging in your car.
Create glittering holiday ornament to dress up your tree. Add bow and holly leaves for finishing touches.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Source: KandCompany sticker
By Maricel from Fairfax, VA
Start now and make ornaments for your tree. A lovely way to use up your empty thread spools! Works equally well with plastic or wooden spools, big or small. Great to use as package decorations or to give as gifts to friends/co-workers!
Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes
By Pam from McMinnville, TN
These darling angels will make your Christmas tree very special. With only a few craft items you can make some wonderful ornaments for your tree or some very special package trims.
I saw ice cream cones with Xmas balls on top as Xmas tree ornaments. The cone was sealed with something to make it hard and sealed. It was clear. Can anyone please tell me what that sealer was? All the crafter would tell me is it is a plastic sealer solution you dip it in. Help! I want to make them for Xmas. Thank you.
By Lois from Corinth, MS
October 17, 2010
It sounds to me like they were dipped in decoupage plastic. Just be careful that little kids and animals don't try to eat them, whatever you use.
Combine a computer printout of a wreath and the youngsters and you will make a family keepsake in no time.
Print out a 3-4 inch wreath from your computer, let the children color them with crayons or markers and put each family member's name in the center. Leaving the center of the wreath in, let the children cut the wreath out.
Punch a hole for hanging in the top, string with yarn and you have family keepsakes while entertaining the kids. The family members could take their wreath home with them as favors. Make sure the kids sign and date the back of each wreath.
You could print out angels, stockings, or what ever shape they want. We did stockings, wreaths, and doves this year.
By Ann from Loup City, NE
Does anyone know where I can find patterns for tin punch Christmas ornaments?
By Emily from WV
December 4, 2009
Just ran across these ornaments on the WD site and they have simple shapes that you might use for templates also:
This charming, round Christmas ornament is fun and easy to make yourself. It comes out as a fancy golden rose ball with a traditional bow.
Each of my baby girls had their own infant/crib mobile. When the baby outgrew her infant/crib mobile, I took the mobile apart and made Christmas tree ornaments out of the pieces by attaching some silk holly and a pretty ribbon. So to this day, my tree has the unique mobile shaped ornaments that my girls reached out for and touched as infants. My daughters, all grown now, will have their very first Christmas ornaments to hang on their own Christmas trees when they marry. Hope others try this idea, too.
By Tricia from Royal Oak, MI
This is a very lovely ornament and would make a great gift. It does take some time to cut, fold, and pin everything together, but the outcome is well worth the time spent.
These are little hand made stuffed chairs I am giving as ornaments. You may be able to see they open. One has a little teddy bear inside. Two of the larger ones have a very, very small resin cat on. These are for my grand daughters, who each have a cat colored like the resin cats.
These are simple to make, just a little tedious. I found the pattern and directions in a magazine years ago and made a copy of it. I can't remember the book, it was actually a Christmas book at the library. Hope you enjoy the picture.
Everytime I drank one of the Dannon Drinkable yogurts this year I thought the bottles were shaped like little snowmen.
Here's an easy craft for Christmas. Simply thread buttons on a thin ribbon, alternating Scrabble tiles to spell out any greeting or holiday phrase you like. Make a loop at the top to hang.
I was making ornaments out of air-dry clay, and putting the date on them with markers, when I had an idea I thought I would try.
I took the ornament and pressed it onto an old Christmas Card that had glitter embellishments on it. To my delight, the clay did pick up the glitter from the card after I pressed it on there several times, it even picked up the shape of the snowflake.
I am letting it air dry now, and it will be a beautiful decoration for our tree!
The kind if clay I am using is Air-Dry Clay by Crayola. I bought a 2.5 lb tub about two years ago and there is still well over 3/4 left. This stuff lasts a very long time.
By Elizabeth 1
How do I get paint to stick on glass ball ornaments?
<p>Elizabeth from Alabama</p>
December 15, 2008
I know when you are painting the outside you need to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. Perhaps you could try rinsing out the inside with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.
You will need red or green puff paper (I get it at the dollar store), cotton balls, glue, a small pic of the kid that is doing the ornament, black gel pen, silver gel pen, and scissors.
Step 1. Go on a walk and collect sticks. Put them in a plastic bag and spray with hair spray this will help get rid of any bugs. Tie the bag closed and let sit overnight.
Take old scraps of quilting if you have some or your favorite fabrics and cut out a few hearts and sew up leaving a small place to stuff them and then whip stitch them shut. Then hot glue green and red antique or old buttons on them for extra charm.
About 30 years ago I needed to make some items for our school PTA fundraiser. I bought some wooden curtain rings and some little angels at a craft store and glued the angels into the rings.
Every few years, I teach another young crafter how to make these ornaments. My niece still has the ones we made together more than 30 years ago!
These darling ornaments are easy for children to make and can also be used for last minute gift ideas or for Christmas tags. They are inexpensive and quick and easy to make. I had most of the supplies on hand.
These are so much fun to make and they make your house smell just heavenly!
Does anyone have anything to share on plastic canvas Christmas ornaments that I can do to make?
By Stacey H from PA
Personalized photo ornament for the perfect gift at Christmas time.
Make stars to hang on Christmas trees, easily, recycling simple household items like blank papers and used gift-wraps.
To make this bead ornament, all you need are strings of beads from the Dollar store, bits of ribbon, and a tiny rose or holly sprig. Let your imagination flow.
You will need a number of metal (or other heat-safe) cookie cutters for this recipe. It yields 12-16 small (around 2 inch) shapes, or 8-12 large ornaments. The exact yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutters.
Make lace ornaments for your own tree or give as gifts to others. Since you have to wait for the glue to dry between layers, it's best to make several ornaments at the same time.
This is a tip for wind chimes that can't endure wind and don't have too much chime. Such as ones that are constructed of plastic, nylon string, and thin aluminum tubes.
Spray pin with cheap white paint and use what ever coloring items you want. Good for chip bag clips, refrigerator magnets (glue a strip of magnetic piece to pin). I like glitter for Christmas tree ornaments. When clipped on to pine tree the tree lights really reflect the glitter.
Every year my kids and I make a handmade ornament for their tree and one extra for the family tree. This is what we came up with this year.
Few can resist these tiny ornaments - cheerful ladies with red head kerchiefs and hazelnut skirts dancing on an evergreen bough.
This is simple but children love it. Decorate silver or gold store bought jingle bells with a sparkling ribbon and ring accordingly!
Here is a Christmas Eve craft for my grandchildren to do while the adults are have appetizers and cocktails. Homemade Christmas ornaments for Nana's Christmas Tree.
Make a Santa, fairy, or other dolls to decorate Christmas trees, easily, using simple household items like blank papers, cotton, and used gift-wraps.
These are so very pretty when you make them yourself. This is not an easy project, but the results are stunning. It has been a tradition in my family to give the children each an ornament for Christmas to add to their collection.
To make beautiful homemade Christmas tree ornaments, pour or squeeze craft paint, your choice of colors, into clear glass bulbs. Twirl the bulbs around, holding your finger over the open top, and watch the paint swirl around.
I am a library director and we no longer use book pockets, but I notice scrapbooking companies sell them and people use them for photos, mementos, etc. I have used this idea for a versatile, quick ornament that most any age group would enjoy.
Put breast bone down and glue holly on top. Place a short piece of wire on back to hang.
Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
Decorating a Christmas tree is a fun event that can involve the entire family. By creating homemade decorations, it can involve the family even more. A night spent making ornaments could be the moment when an heirloom is created, or at least a family memory.
Ask the artists in the family to draw small pictures on cardstock. Then, glue round toothpicks to the edge and overlap them at the corners in log cabin style. Build a few layers to create a frame around the pictures, and loop some ribbon through the top to hang.
Make a photo tree by using copies of your family photos, preferably head shots. Collect bottle tops from bottles of Snapple or similar packaging. Paint the caps in festive colors or add glitter to the backs. Leave the inside of the caps alone. Use the cap as a template to cut out the photos so they fit inside the caps. Then, coat the inside with a thin layer of glue and place the photo inside. Glue some ribbon to the top of the cap to hang.
Plan ahead for next year and collect souvenirs from a family vacation for the holiday tree. Collect shells and hot glue ribbon to them to hang them from the tree. Another option is to purchase the empty ornaments sold at a craft store for filling. Then, while on vacation, gather a small cup of sand for your ornament (store it in a plastic water bottle for transport.) Other souvenirs can be added to the ornaments such as ticket stubs or foreign coins.
Stock the kitchen table with paint, white glue, scraps of wrapping paper, and other small craft pieces. Add a plastic bowl filled with white glue and a few paintbrushes. Last, set out a dozen or so ping-pong balls with a small eye hook screwed into each. Then, bring in the family. Each person should decorate a ball in whatever fashion he/she likes. Coating a ball with white glue and torn pieces of scrap paper creates a decoupage design.
Try decorating an outdoor pine tree this year and give a feast to the outdoor animals. Bring the family outside and use only edible decor. Popcorn can be strung into garland or it could be "glued" onto apples with peanut butter. Oranges simply need to be hung to add color to the tree, and apples add even more variety. Corn cobs are a favorite of wild animals, and they can hang from the tree or be fashioned together in star and snowflake shapes.
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Using a Styrofoam ball (I'd start with a med. size one), take medicine cups and put a small hole in the bottom of the cup burning the end of a needle.
By Nicky Modi 1
As you know, young children tend to lose things. My son recently lost a mitten and I just didn't want to throw away the remaining one. So I decided to turn it into a Christmas tree ornament.
Very easy take red Christmas bulb and make a band around the entire bulb. Roll ornament in black glitter, which I put on a paper plate or you can sprinkle it on.
Here are Christmas ornaments that I made at different items. For the icicle, take a white or silver pipe cleaner as long as you want. Take the crystal beads and start with the smaller ones on the bottom.
Drill hole first if you need to do that, paint shapes if you want, let dry. Take ice cream stick and apply snow to look like cookie frosting.
Kids will enjoy making these cute craft stick ornaments that are so quick and easy to make. They are great to tie on packages too.
Creating a personalized, ornamental ball for the tree can be as individual as you like. Mine are red balls with golden glass paint depicting a design and each loved one's name.
These ornaments are easy enough for pre-schoolers to do. Just smear some Elmer's glue on the front of your pretzel and dip it in some glitter. Cut a piece of yarn for your hanger.
Intricate wooden snowflakes are painted white and hung on the tree with silver thread. An optional touch of glitter provides extra pizzazz for those who like their holidays to sparkle!
To make a Christmas elf sitting on the spool, wind some knitting wool on the spool. Glue it at start of winding, wrap around and glue a tab at the end to hold it. Leave a little piece dangling down.
I am making primitive Xmas ornaments and would like to cut some stages. Can I mix Elmer's glue and instant coffee and brush it on the ornaments? Or can you suggest another easier alternative?
By Janet S from Rock Tavern, NY
Get or use some red ball ornaments, a little ribbon, mini muffin paper and a popsicle stick to put together a cute little candy apple ornament.
I am looking for patterns for Christmas ornaments and decorations from 1900 to 1949. My mother-in-law had a beautiful set of hand made decorations from those years. Unfortunately, her house burned and she died in the fire and all the ornaments were burned. I would like to make ornaments like that and make up packages to give to family members in "Remembrance of Momma".
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Very easy and cute ornaments :-) Have made dozens of these over the past quarter of a century and love seeing them on the trees of friends and family's homes who have kept them and still hang them :-)
Here are two easy homemade ornaments. The snowman was made from a shotgun shell. Empty of course. It has a little felt cowboy hat that was purchased.
Almonds and walnuts painted gold or silver with a small bow attached are simple and lovely hung from the tree. Add a touch of glitter for extra pizzazz!
Rub yarn in glitter to make it sparkle. Great to use for kids' craft Christmas ornaments.
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?