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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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
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
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
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
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!
By kittkat 
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.
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
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.
By Stella Rivet
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
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.
Ho ho ho- let the holldays begin!
By AHA! 
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.
Merry Christmas everyone.
By ~gloria 
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.
By gem 
Have fun and enjoy some crafting time with the children.
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 Robyn 
These are so much fun to make and they make your house smell just heavenly!
Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes
By Robin 
Personalized photo ornament for the perfect gift at Christmas time.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
By Gem from VA
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
And... its done!
By Gunja from West Bengal, India
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
Tip: These can easily be personalized to suit any child or adult.
By GEM from VA
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.
By dusty6788 from Silver Spring, MD
By Randa from San Marcos, TX
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.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
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.
Simple but oh so cute!
By AHA~ 
Make a Santa, fairy, or other dolls to decorate Christmas trees, easily, using simple household items like blank papers, cotton, and used gift-wraps.
Editors Note: This could be a good craft for the kids to help make decorations.
Approximate Time: less than an hour
And the Santa's done!
Similarly, I made the fairy using different colored gift-wraps, gluing wool on her head for hair and gluing some gift-wraps, cut as wings, to her back.
With little tweaks, the same process can be used to make any doll of your choice. All we need is a little imagination :)
By Gunja from West Bengal, India
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
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!
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA
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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By Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
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 :-)
At the top of the Styrofoam ball, use threaded needle to create a "loop" for hanging the ornament on the tree.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
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.
By Nicky from St. Thomas, ON
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Notes: If you are doing with kids use plastic bulbs as the glass may shatter if they use too much pressure.
By Crafter from MA
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
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.
By Cindy from Key West, FL
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.
By Cindy from Key West, FL, USA
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.
By Sheri from Stockton, CA
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.
By Bonnie from Norman, OK
Here are Christmas ornaments that I made at different items.
Approximate Time 30 minutes each
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.
By Sandy from Bluff City, TN
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.
By Frances from Tarzan, TX
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
By Sandy from Bluff City, TN
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
Here's a cute tree ornament that is made from buttons, popsicle sticks and a little ribbon.
Approximate Time 30 minutes
By Carol from MA
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
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.
By Christine Weber
Few can resist these tiny ornaments - cheerful ladies with red head kerchiefs and hazelnut skirts dancing on an evergreen bough.
By Christine Weber
This is simple but children love it. Decorate silver or gold store bought jingle bells with a sparkling ribbon and ring accordingly!
By Christine Weber
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!
By Christine Weber
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.
By luv2craft from Normalville, PA
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.
By Connie from Ballwin, MO
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!
By Christine Weber
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.
By Jeneene Brengelman from Cincinnati, OH
Ok, it's Christmas in July, er August! Make these and store them for Christmas or use them hanging in your car.
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.
By Linda in GV
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!
By Cindy B. in Greene County PA
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Here are questions related to Homemade Christmas Ornaments.
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
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.
Does anyone have anything to share on plastic canvas Christmas ornaments that I can do to make?
By Stacey H from PA
By Sandi/Poor But Proud 07/30/2012
This might give you a place to start! I hope this helps. Sandi
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
By Pixiedust7 10/17/2010
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.
Does anyone know where I can find patterns for tin punch Christmas ornaments?
By Emily from WV
By KL 12/04/2009
Just ran across these ornaments on the WD site and they have simple shapes that you might use for templates also:
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
I have almost all Cracker Box. Will trade for kite jewels, no $.
How do I get paint to stick on glass ball ornaments?
<p>Elizabeth from Alabama</p>
By Beth 12/15/2008
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.
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
By Twila Bizzoco 03/22/2008
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.
I want to make some Christmas ornaments. Does anyone have any good, thrifty ideas?
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!
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Christmas ornaments I am making for Christmas to put on the tree. Made with plastic canvas.
By Carolyn from E Northport, NY
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