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.
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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 and black pom poms
plastic doll eyes
hot glue gun
Cut out ears and attach pompons. Also cut out tongue.
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
Christmas gift wrap paper
empty thread spool
chenille stem/pipe cleaner
small Christmas ball ornament
Cut a strip of Christmas gift wrap paper wide enough and long enough to cover the body of the spool (the area where the thread used to be.) You can also use scrapbook paper or ribbon if you prefer.
Glue the paper strip to the spool overlapping the edges
Sit the thread spool upright on the wrong side of another piece of your paper and trace around the spool end.
Cut out two circles of paper and glue one to each end of the spool.
Cut a tiny opening in the bottom circle of the spool covering. This will be made at the location of the spool hole.
Put a little glue around the top of the small ball ornament and stick it into the spool hole. (I used hot glue for this part so I wouldn't have to wait for the ball/spool connection to dry.) If regular glue is used, allow ornament to rest on its side until ball/spool connection is fully dry.
Cut a chenille stem to 6 inches (longer or shorter if you prefer) and bend in half.
Put glue on the stem ends and insert into the top circle of the spool covering at the location of the spool hole. You can feel the hole if you press on the end of the spool with your finger. (You can also use a ribbon or other type string as a hanger.)
These ornaments are super cute and very lightweight. Use your imagination to create truly unique ornaments.
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.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes each
6 inches of 1 and 1/2 inch ribbon
silver chenille sticks
red chenille sticks
hot glue and glue gun
wooden head with face painted on
I always prep everything first. So cut your ribbon into 6 inch increments, cut 2 inches of the silver chenille stick and 2 inches of the red chenille sticks. Cut off a 4 inch piece of floral wire. Heat up your glue gun.
Thread your head on to the tassel using the floral wire.
Take the silver chenille piece and make a halo to fit the head. Put a dab of hot glue under the front and back edges to hold the halo in place.
Next form your ribbon so that the open end is facing you. This will make your wings. Pinch the ribbon together and tie off with the floral wire. Attach the wings and wind the remaining floral wire around the neck of the angel.
Form the arms of the angel by folding the red chenille piece in half and centering it on the neck of the angel. Add a dab of hot glue to hold it in place. Fold up the ends of the chenille stick to form the hands.
Voila, you are finished and have a darling little Christmas tassel angel.
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. If you do not have enough cookie cutters to make all of the ornaments at once, this recipe divides easily, so you can make it in two batches.
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
4 - 5 drops food coloring
1 tsp. flavoring or extract of your choice (optional)
1 recipe royal icing or purchased decorator's icing (optional)
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and place your metal Christmas cookie cutters on the baking sheet. Make sure that your cookie sheet is perfectly level, and the cutters fit flat on the bottom of the tray. If there are any gaps, the candy will leak out and not form perfect shapes. Spray the entire tray and the insides of the cutters with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the water, sugar, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to avoid sugar crystals forming.
Insert a candy thermometer and cook until the candy reaches 300 degrees F. Do not stir the candy during this time.
Once the mixture reaches 300 degrees, remove it from the heat. If you are planning on eating any of the ornaments, you can add a teaspoon of flavoring or extract at this time. If you have a heat-safe measuring cup or pitcher with a spout, you can pour the candy into it to make it easier to fill the cutters. Carefully pour the candy into the prepared cookie cutters, filling them about 1/4-inch thick. If the candy thickens too much before you have filled all of the cutters, place it over medium heat briefly, just until it is fluid enough to pour.
Once the candy has begun to set, but is still warm and pliable, use the tip of a toothpick or skewer to punch a hole near the top of the candy shapes. Once the candy is fully set, carefully push it out of the molds. Depending on the shapes you use, this can be a delicate process, so be very slow and cautious.
If desired, you can decorate the ornaments with royal icing or a store-bought writing icing that will harden upon drying. Gel icings and butter creams will not work for this purpose.
Thread decorative string or metal ornament hangers through the hole in the top of the ornaments, and hang them on your tree. If your climate is not too humid, you should be able to enjoy these candy ornaments for weeks. Although all the ingredients are edible, I do not recommend eating them after they have been hanging on a tree for several weeks!
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.
2 inch smooth foam eggs
2 sheets of contrasting paper (I like light weight natural paper.) You need two 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper per egg.
craft or sequin pins
cutting board (optional)
Cut your paper in 1 3/4 inch strips.
Fold the corner of the end to make a triangle, cut the excess off and repeat with the entire strip to make a bunch or triangles. Fold the triangles in half one more time to make smaller triangles. It is essential that they are square pieces of paper folded twice diagonally.
Make 21 of one color (white) and 20 of the other (red).
Cut a 1 inch white square. Cover the smaller end of the egg with the square and pin the four corners in place.
Place four red triangles around the the small end of the egg. Place them so all four of the corners meet at the tip of the egg.
Now place four white triangles 1/4 inch from the last row of triangles and off set from the previous row. Continue adding rows until the egg is covered.
Take your remaining white triangle and unfold it and then re-fold into a small square by folding it twice. Pin this at the very top to cover the last pins.
Cut some ribbon and make a large loop, tie a knot or bow with the left over ends and pin it to the top. You may want to use more than one pin to ensure that the ribbon won't fall off when it is hung on your tree.
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.
Approximate Time: No time at all. Fun & easy!
Yield: As many as you wish. :)
red and green poster board
scissors and hole punch
markers, crayons, glitter and/or other decorating supplies
I bought double sided poster board. One side green, the other red. I drew out a shape of an old style light bulb we all used to use. I traced them out on the poster board and cut them out. The kids can decorate either one side or both. Punch a hole in the top and put a red curly ribbon through the hole. Draw a smiley face on it.
Then I have the kids sit around my coffee table to decorate their ornaments, with markers, crayons, and glitter. Have them sign their names. I will date them and they will hang their ornament on my tree. It will always bring memories when I trim my tree each year.
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!
Approximate Time: 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the age of the child
Yield: 1 each
1 white plastic drapery ring 1 1/8 in diameter
2 blue beads
1 red bead
3 yd white yarn cut into 16 equal pieces
3 yd red yarn cut into 16 equal pieces
Thread a blue, red, and blue bead onto one piece of white yarn. Tie ends of yarn to plastic drapery ring with the 3 beads in center of the ring. This is actually the hardest part of the ornament, so you may want to do these in advance.
Loop the remaining 15 pieces of white yarn around one side of ring and 15 pieces of the red yarn around the other side of the ring.
Use the last piece of red yarn to tie a double knot around the red loops forming Santa's hat. Tie ends together to form the hanger loop. Trim ends of red yarn. Use a comb separate the white yarn into individual strands and then trim into a beard shape.
Everytime I drank one of the Dannon Drinkable yogurts this year I thought the bottles were shaped like little snowmen.
So, I saved them along with various plastic caps from milk and creamers that I glued on top and just added little magic marker eyes and buttons and tied on various ribbons and other scrap materials I had in my wrapping or fabric box and. I made little snowmen ornaments from the recycle bin. It's frosty and his friends.
Easy enough to be made by children too!
Great for around the house, under the tree or on the tree with a hook or string!
You may roll up cash and insert it inside as a money gift wrap, as well, if you don't glue the hats on.
I like them simple, but you can get as detailed as you'd like and could even personalize them like family members (with their names at the bottom, etc. and add them to as place cards at your table.
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.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes each.
Quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas ornaments or package tags.
1 make up wedge
1 green or red ink pad ($.50)
1 round cardboard coaster or cut a piece of cardboard into a circle
6 in ribbon
2 stick on Christmas themed foam shapes
1 hole punch
Take the ink and load it on your make up wedge. Pull the wedge over the round coaster from left to right making it look marbled. (If you do not have a make up wedge a sponge brush will work just as well.)
Do the same to the back side.
Choose 2 foam Christmas shapes and stick one on each side.
Punch a hole in the top of the coaster.
Take a length of ribbon and fold equally in half.
Slide the center of the ribbon (the loop) into the hole.
Draw up the ribbon and pull through.
Tie a knot in the top of the ribbon to hang it by.
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.
Make stars to hang on Christmas trees, easily, recycling simple household items like blank papers and used gift-wraps.
Approximate Time: less than an hour
paper scraps (the stiffer the better :)
thread and needle
First draw the star on a piece of paper, as shown.
Then, cut along the edges.
Draw straight lines joining the corners and intersections, as shown in image (1)
Follow image (2), cut along the red-lines, and fold along the purple and blue ones in the same direction.
Fold the green lines, in the opposite direction. Refer to image (3) for the folds.
Join the free edges together, using cellotape. Refer to the pictures to get an idea of how it would look from the front and the back.
Using glue, cover the star with a wrapping paper. Make a small hole on the star with the needle and tie a thread through it for hanging your star on the Christmas tree, or wherever else you wanna hang it :)
These are so very pretty when you make them yourself. Personalize them for an extra special gift to someone you love. 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. These make an extra special gift for them. Be sure to put the date you made them on the back.
Approximate Time: 8 hours for 10 or more
8 Popsicle sticks (for each ornament)
6 inches of ribbon to hang by
Cover your area with wax paper.
Take 3 Popsicle sticks and line them up side by side. Scoot the middle one up until it is about 3/4 of an inch past the top of the other two sticks.
Glue these in place on the sides one by one. Allow to dry.
Next take 2 Popsicle sticks and line them up on the sides of the ones you have glued, but stand these up. (Refer to picture.)
Glue into place and allow to dry.
Take two Popsicle sticks and lay them flat against the last two you just added. (These will be in the same plane as the original three, with their edges glued to the runners.) Glue into place and allow to dry. (This is the back of the ornament.)
Put one Popsicle stick in the middle of the front and glue into place. This will be the part you would pull it by. Allow to dry.
Use the sandpaper to remove any wax paper or glue that may have adhered to the project as you were gluing it. This is a vital step before painting the sled.
Wipe with slightly wet cloth to remove fine sandpaper particles.
Paint front of sled red and allow to dry.
Paint the back red and allow to dry.
Add a ribbon tied on the edges of the middle post to hang it by.
Embellish the sled with snowflakes or words and hang on your Christmas tree.
Tip: These can easily be personalized to suit any child or adult.
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. Use paint sparingly until you get the hang of it. Sometimes you can almost guide it in a pattern you like. You can put in one color, let it dry and then add a second color, or use two colors at once. Kids love making these beautiful ornaments too. Some colors I find exceptionally gorgeous are bronze, copper, gold, and silver.
You can hang them on your tree or group them in a clear bowl or vase. Just pick a color scheme you like and you'll fall in love with these one-of-a-kind ornaments. You can even use bright or pastel colors and group them in a bowl for a beautiful summertime display.
Using a Styrofoam ball (I'd start with a med. size one), take medicine cup (like the ones they give you your medications in at a hospital) and put a small hole in the bottom of the cup, burning the end of a needle. Put Elmer's glue around the end of the cup where you would put your mouth and using glitter on wax paper turn the cup till it is covered with glitter. Let it dry.
Put a large straight pin with the colored balls on the tips into the cup coming out of the bottom and put glue on the pin and stick it into the Styrofoam ball. Do this until the ball is covered. Leave a small place to fasten a hanger made of ribbon and a straight pin. Hang this up and it will turn and glisten. It is very pretty and fun to make.
By Cindy from West Frankfort, IL
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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.
clear glass ornaments, any shape
craft paints - I used acrylic craft, glass, and metallic paints
small plastic or paper cups
Carefully remove the gold fixture at the top of your ornament. Choose your paint colors and, using one at a time, drip some on the inside glass at the top of the ornament. Use enough paint so that it will run down inside the ornament. As the paint moves, twist and turn the ornament to swirl the paint - this takes a little patience, but you can't make a mistake. You will swirl one paint color before adding another and all of your designs will be different.
When the ornament is painted to your liking, turn it upside down over a small plastic or paper cup to allow the excess paint to drain. Check the ornament every so often and wipe any paint that has collected around the top on a paper towel. Allow the ornament to sit in the top of the cup until the paint is dry.
When the paint has dried, insert the gold fixture and use wired ribbon (I liked the look of wide ribbon) to tie a bow around the top. Glue the ribbon in place and add an ornament hook.
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.
Just remove the hanging hook and hardware from the ornament ball and glue a popsicle stick into the hole. Glue the ball into the mini paper muffin cup and tie a little ribbon around the stick. I also add the YEAR and drill a tiny hole in the top of the stick to hang it. Great on gifts or at ornament give aways.
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. Possibilities are endless. Your family will pull out the items and look at them for years to come.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
one or two book pockets
copies of photos, copies of paper keepsakes, or copies of storybook images
buttons, rick rack, other notions
glitter, stickers, etc.
scissors, hole punch
thin string for hanging
If you're using just one pocket, begin by selecting your image and cutting it out. Lay aside.
Add whatever trims you want to you pocket. Red rick rack is nice, but get creative with this little canvas! Not too many heavy items, though.
Punch a hole in the top and add string.
Place your item in the pocket.
At the library, I copied pages from vintage books, but little kids love doing photos of themselves. You could use ticket stubs, hospital bracelet from a newborn, whatever. I suggest using copies of things. Laminate them if you want.
My pockets were adhesive-backed, so I put 2 together, attaching the string in between with tape. (I put the "big sister" on one side and the "little sister" on the other. You could put a photo from the event on one side and a ticket stub on the other.
As I said, these pockets are available with scrapbooking supplies, but if you ask your local librarian nicely, she or he may give you some!
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.
Have a Ball
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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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. I sewed on a ribbon to hang it with. I wrote with glitter glue, his name, the month, and year. Now it goes on the tree, and will be put up every year. Years from now, he'll ask about it and I'll have a memory to share and a date to go with it.
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. The tubes are usually decorative and have 2 holes on one end. Find a 'piece' such as a bead, an old jewelry stone or an ornamental piece of that broken chime. The piece should have a thread space. Measure your string, thread, twine, cord, etc., as you would like your ornament (tube and piece) to hang. I triple mine.
Knot to your preference.
Thread the 2 ends of string through the 2 tube holes.
Pull both ends of string through the inside of tube
Top off your ornament as you like. I use a paper clip sprayed with a cheap adhesive and dipped in glitter.
Finish off by securing string with a dab of hot glue.
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.
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.
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.
Have the kids trace their hands and cut them out. Color in the shoes and belt with the black gel pen and the belt buckle with the silver gel pen. Glue the cotton for the hair, beard, and trim on suit. Let dry, add kid's pic in center. This is so cute. You can make sugar cookie dough, roll out, kids can trace their hands, cut them out and do turkeys. This is very cute too. Fun for you and the kids.
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.
white acrylic paint
paint for eyes, nose, and mouth
I found these wooden spools on clearance on Hobby Lobby, but they have these at Walmart for 8 spools for $2.00. We started out by painting the spools with white acrylic paint and clear sealant. Let dry for 5 minutes each.
I ripped a piece of a 12 inch homespun fabric, strung it to the jingle bell, and tied 2 knots.
We strung the first spool and tied 2 knots, second spool and tied 2 knots, and strung the third spool and made a loop big enough for it to hang, then tied a knot.
We added the eyes, nose with paint. The smile we used was black puffed paint. It didn't cost much to make at all, less than $3.00.
Here are Christmas ornaments that I made at different items.
Approximate Time 30 minutes each
ice cream sticks
hot glue and gun
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. After you have twisted the pipe cleaner on the end to keep the beads from falling off, then use the bigger beads as you get to the top as in picture. Twist down at top and attach hanger.
Bead Candy Cane
For the bead candy cane, take a red pipe cleaner and twist in the shape of the cane then twist up one end. Put your beads on, you can make it as big as you want or use any colors you want. Keep putting the beads on until you get to the end. Twist that end of the pipe cleaner around the last bead and attach an ornament hanger.
For the sled, take 4 medium size ice cream sticks and glue together side by side then take 2 small ones or cut one of the medium ones in two and glue on bottom as in picture. Attach string to hang on tree. You can personalize it if you like. I hope you and your kids will make these and hang on your tree and enjoy.
For the pipe cleaner candy cane, take 2 different colored pipe cleaners and twist them around each other then shape like a cane. Then take a green one and shape like leaves as in picture and twist around the cane. Attach an ornament hanger.
All you do is remove the lid from each ball ornament and fill each ornament about 1/2 way to 1/3 way with the artificial snow. You can either use a funnel to get the snow in the ball, or you can angle cut the end of a straw to use as a little scoop for picking up the snow and then putting down into the mouth of the ornament to get the snow easily inside. (I found this easier than the funnel as the funnel gets a bit clogged).
Once you have your snow inside the ornament, put the silver cover back on (I use hot glue to seal mine so they don't ever slip off).
Adhere your sticker on the outside of the ornament.
These are so pretty, they look so fancy and you can really make a bunch of them at a very low cost.
When I was a kid, I always wanted a themed Christmas tree like you see in stores or in the movies. We had the kind of tree with mismatched ornaments that had been handed down or picked up secondhand. No one can really afford to have all their ornaments match, right?
When my oldest daughter was 2, I noticed all the fun projects she would bring home from daycare. I didn't want her to do all the fun stuff with other people. I decided that we would make good memories at home too. We started making ornaments. We pick a new color or theme every year.
The first, year our colors were red and white. She made very simple pipe cleaner crafts like candy canes and I made ornaments with red ribbon and scraps of lace. The second year, we made white snowflakes with cornstarch dough and decorated them with beads and glitter. We've put starched string around small inflated water balloons, popped them when they were dry and then glittered them. This year, we got pretty ambitious. We are making butterflies and dragonflies with wire and pantyhose, then decorating them.
We never spend much money on supplies, we usually just use stuff we have already in the house. We keep a few ornaments to remind us of what we've done and either donate or toss the rest of them. We also make extras for teacher gifts, again saving money. We have a beautiful tree every year and the time we spend together gives us the best Christmas memories!
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.
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.
This is simple but children love it. Decorate silver or gold store bought jingle bells with a sparkling ribbon and ring accordingly!
Materials and Equipment:
a gold or silver jingle bell
a thin piece of metallic ribbon, about 10 inches long, color of your choice
metallic thread, gold or silver
Place the jingle bell in front of you. You can use any size of bell you like. The one in the photo is about 1.5 inches in diameter, but I have also done this craft with smaller bells.
Cut off a length of thread, about ten to twelve inches long. Loop the thread through the hanger on the top of the jingle bell and tie the loose ends into a knot. You can use this loop to hang the bell on an evergreen branch or a doorknob.
Take your piece of ribbon and thread it through the hanger on the top of the bell. Tie the ribbon into a bow. I find ribbon with wire incorporated into it works well here, as you can fashion the bow into a more three-dimensional structure and it will stay in that shape.
Hang your jingle bell on your tree or wherever you like. Be sure to give it a ring now and then!
Few can resist these tiny ornaments - cheerful ladies with red head kerchiefs and hazelnut skirts dancing on an evergreen bough.
Materials and Equipment:
a large plastic bag or several sheets of newspaper
a small wooden ball, about a 1/2 inch in diameter
a square of red felt, about 6 x 6 inches
a piece of red embroidery floss, about 10 inches long
a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
a glue spreader or Q-tip
fabric or pinking shears
Before starting, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
Glue the wooden ball to the top of the hazelnut. Make sure the ball is not directly on the nut tip, but is placed forward, so it looks like a head slightly nodding down (see photo). Hold in place until glue is dry and the ball is firmly stuck. If the ball is not sticking properly, you may need to use super glue.
Take out the red felt. Cut out a semicircle with your fabric or pinking shears. This is going to become the head kerchief. If using pinking shears, the flat edge of the semicircle should not be pinked. The flat edge should be about 4 inches long, but you will have to determine the correct size for your wooden ball, as sizes will vary. Before applying glue, do a test by placing the semicircle over the wooden ball/hazelnut form like a head kerchief (see photo). Pinch the felt around the 'neck' where the ball and the nut meet. Cut the felt to size if it is too large or cut a new piece if it is too small.
When you have the size correct, pour a small puddle of craft glue onto the plastic container lid. Spread craft glue on the wooden ball where the head kerchief will sit. Don't place any glue on the hazelnut. Place the felt on the wooden ball and press it down against the glue until it is firmly stuck.
Take the piece of red embroidery floss and tie it around the 'neck' of the figure, cinching the head kerchief in as you do so. Make sure there are two even ends of floss left hanging, and tie a secure not. Turn the knot to the back of the figure.
Tie a knot at the top of the two loose ends, creating a loop to hang the figure on the tree.
Place your Red Riding Hood ornament on the tree and watch for wolves!
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!
Materials and Equipment:
a large plastic bag or several sheets of newspaper
a walnut or almond in its shell
acrylic decorative paint in gold or silver
a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
a thin piece of ribbon, about 10 inches long, color of your choice
glue stick (optional)
metallic glitter (optional)
Before starting, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting paint on the table.
Pour a small puddle of metallic paint onto the plastic container lid. Paint the walnut or almond shell completely. Your fingers may get paint on them, but it will wash off easily. Set the nut aside to dry.
Optional: If you like the nut in the photo, add a light layer of glue (use a glue stick or glue spreader) and sprinkle metallic glitter over the nut for some extra holiday glitz!
Cut off a piece of the thread, about 10 inches long. Place a dab of craft glue on the top of the nut and press the thread into it. Set aside to dry.
Once the glue is dry, tie the loose ends of the thread into a knot. This will form a loop with which to hang the ornament from the tree.
Tie your piece of ribbon into a bow. Place another dab of glue on the top of the nut and press the bow onto it. Hold until you feel the bow is sticking. Allow to dry completely.
Hang the nut ornament on your Christmas tree. After Christmas, you can store the ornaments for the next holiday season, as they will last for several years.
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. Type up the label on your computer. You can get a lot on 1 piece of paper. Cut them out and use a hole punch on the side of the label. It says:
"The pretzel was first made in the 7th century in Europe. It was shaped to look like a praying child's hands. May this pretzel ornament on your tree remind you of the true meaning of Christmas."
Run the yarn through the hole in the label and then through the pretzel. Tie a knot in the yarn and you have a beautiful Christmas ornament for your tree.
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.
Sew on a gold ribbon or color of your choice for hanging. I sent them to my chat friends for Christmas. They are very light and don't cost to much to send and my friends loved the.
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!
Materials and Equipment:
a large plastic bag or several sheets of newspaper
several three-dimensional wooden snowflake forms, unpainted (I like to use snowflakes that are 4 x 4 inches, and about 1/8 inch thick.)
white acrylic decorating paint
one spool of silver metallic thread
a small paintbrush
two lids from used plastic containers (such as a yogurt container)
white or silver glitter (optional)
craft glue (optional)
a glue spreader or Q-tip (optional)
bottle caps or buttons, one for each snowflake (optional)
Before you start, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting paint on the table.
Pour a small puddle of white paint onto one of the plastic container lids.
Load your paintbrush with the paint and paint one side of a wooden snowflake form until evenly covered. Place the snowflake on the plastic or newspaper paint side up to dry.
Repeat step three for all the snowflakes you wish to complete. Allow to dry.
Next, paint the reverse side of each snowflake. Allow to dry again.
Finally, paint the rim of each snowflake. Allow to dry.
If applying glitter, pour a small puddle of glue onto the other plastic container lid. With the glue spreader or Q-tip, spread glue along the edges of each snowflake. Shake glitter over the glue until covered, tapping off any excess. Allow each snowflake to dry, placing bottle caps or buttons under them, or any thing that will prevent the glue from touching the table.
Once all your snowflakes are completely dry, tie a piece of the metallic thread to each one (about 6" of thread per snowflake). Tie the other end into a loop.
Hang snowflakes from your Christmas tree or in a window and "Let it snow"!
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.
I had a good time and sold them all.
Out of those ornaments came a business that has supported me and my kids for all these years. As you can see they aren't quite as simple as the first ones.
Now I make all kinds of sports, pets, and ornaments to celebrate any milestones of the year. I still love it.
Mine are made of wood, using a full woodshop, but you could still make some with the curtain rings and little figures from a craft store. If you personalize, use regular acrylic paints and a 5/0 brush.
I made this several years ago at Christmas time. I'll try to describe it.
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.
You need: a small wooden bead for the elf head, green chenille pipe cleaners, the bumpy kind, felt to make a pointed hat, a little fake fur (if you have some to glue on the hat). A small ribbon bow glued to the neck area. Take the pipe cleaners and bend so it looks like an elf, stick the bead head on top and glue. Bend him so he looks like he's sitting on the top of the spool with feet dangling. Make a loop to hang the finished spool/elf on a tree. You can also make a few dots on the bead for a face.
I hope you can get an idea of what I'm talking about!
You can make beads to string on thread or thin elastic for bracelets or necklaces or Christmas ornaments by punching holes with a hole punch in Styrofoam egg cartons and meat trays. The black meat or frozen food trays make great beads for teens and adults. Add beads from old broken necklaces or alternate different colors of Styrofoam. Use the pastel colored egg cartons for Easter. Just thread a needle, poke in the center of your little holes and string them up. Have fun.
To make these cute Christmas tree ornaments, an adult should cut across the bottom of an empty juice box to open it up. Rinse well and dry. Tape the slit back up. For a Bible, have your child cover the box with black construction or tissue paper. Wrap it like a little gift. Add a yellow trip along the edges to make it look like pages. Write "Holy Bible" with a white or yellow crayon. Other books like "The Night Before Christmas" can be made by covering the box with Santa Claus gift wrap and finishing as above. Glue on ribbon loop to hang. Possibilities are endless!
I want to make some Christmas ornaments. Does anyone have any good, thrifty ideas?
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By Cynthia Mullen (Guest Post)12/09/2008
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!
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.
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".