Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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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Question: Thrifty Christmas Ornaments?

I want to make some Christmas ornaments. Does anyone have any good, thrifty ideas?

Jane

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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!

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Making Christmas Tree Trunk Ornaments

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.

three ornaments

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Christmas Dog Ornaments

By kittkat 4 2

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!

An ornament of a Christmas Dog

Supplies:

  • satin ornament
  • red felt
  • white and black pom poms
  • plastic doll eyes
  • ribbon
  • garland
  • hot glue gun

Steps:

  1. Cut out ears and attach pompons. Also cut out tongue.
  2. Then in this order, hot glue to the ornament:

    • ears
    • topknot pompoms
    • eyes
    • white and black nose pompoms and tongue
    • garland
    • ribbon on topknot

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Skate Ornament

By Alma Barkman 36

White felt figure skate tree ornament. White ice skate ornamant.

Approximate Time: Half an hour

Supplies:

  • scraps of white felt
  • 2 paper clips 2 inches long
  • embroidery thread for laces
  • needle with large eye
  • fabric glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut out two pieces of felt in a boot shape as shown.

  2. For each skate, slip the felt through the paper clip and glue along the side edges to secure.

  3. 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

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Homemade Snowflake Glass Ornaments

By Michele 9 17

Snow filled glass ornaments with snowflake stickers.These are so easy to make and look so elegant.

Supplies:

  • empty clear glass ball ornaments
  • artificial snow
  • snowflake stickers
  • 1 plastic straw
  • funnel (optional)

Directions:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

By Michele from East Bethel, MN

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Question: Instructions for Cracker Box Ornaments

By Leighton Cavendish 1

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

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By MathMom 1 Flag

January 19, 2015

Happy to trade Cracker Box instructions. I have about 100, some "Golden Oldies". No $ just exchange.

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Tip: Christmas Ornaments From Curtain Rings

By Lourna 7 15

Shower curtain rings decorated as Christmas ornaments.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

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Tip: Applesauce Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

By Robin 5,893 29

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger
  • 3/4 cup applesauce

Directions:

    In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. Add applesauce; stir to combine.

  1. Work mixture with hands two to three minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Roll out dough into 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Using straw or pencil, make small hole in top of ornaments.
  4. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees F for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from the cookie sheet and bake on the oven racks for another 1 1/2 hours.

Use to decorate gifts, hang on tree, etc.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Tip: Seashell Christmas Globe Ornaments

By Janet 11 720

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.

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Making Christmas Ornaments

By carolyn 10 11

Christmas ornaments I am making for Christmas to put on the tree. Made with plastic canvas.

By Carolyn from E Northport, NY

Plastic canvas ornaments.

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Tip: Ice Cream Cone Ornaments

By Susan Gaskell 2 9

Quick, easy, and fun for children to make.

Materials

  • cones (ice cream cones)
  • solid colored Christmas ball ornaments
  • small white pom-pom's
  • clear fishing line or string
  • glue (white - like Elmer's - is fine)

Instructions

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

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Question: Plastic Canvas Ornament Pattern

By Twila Bizzoco 1 1

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

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By Twila Bizzoco 1 1 Flag

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.

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Drum Ornament

By Frances 8 3

juice can drum ornamentLittle 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

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Glass Holiday Orbs

By marie cecchini 204 2

Glass ornaments with paint on the inside.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.

Supplies:

  • clear glass ornaments, any shape
  • craft paints - I used acrylic craft, glass, and metallic paints
  • small plastic or paper cups
  • wired ribbon
  • craft glue
  • ornament hooks

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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Tip: Cinnamon Apple Sauce Ornaments

Ok, it's Christmas in July, er August! Make these and store them for Christmas or use them hanging in your car.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. white glue

Directions:

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  • Mix together and roll on lightly floured cloth till 1/8 inch thick.
  • Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters or a knife.
  • Use a knitting needle to put a small hole at the top of your ornament to place an ornament hanger later.
  • Cook in preheated 200 degree F oven until hard, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • By Christi

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    Gold Glitter Ball Ornament

    By HellofromMhay 73 27

    Create glittering holiday ornament to dress up your tree. Add bow and holly leaves for finishing touches. Glitter ornament.

    Approximate Time: 30 minutes

    Supplies:

    • paper mache ball
    • gold glitter
    • holly leaves, 3D sticker
    • green satin ribbon
    • spray adhesive
    • hot glue
    • scissors
    Supplies.

    Instructions:

    1. Place newspaper on work surface to catch excess glitter.
    2. Spray adhesive onto paper mache ball.
    3. Sprinkle all over with gold glitter, shaking off excess. Let dry.
    4. Cut ribbon to desired length and tie in bow. Cut ends at a slant.
    5. Hot glue bow at top of ball.
    6. Attach the 3D holly leaves sticker at the center of bow.

    Source: KandCompany sticker

    By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

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    Spool Christmas Ornament

    By Pamela 14 4

    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! Ornament with wreath motif paper.

    Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes

    Supplies:

    • Christmas gift wrap paper
    • empty thread spool
    • glue
    • chenille stem/pipe cleaner
    • ruler
    • scissors
    • small Christmas ball ornament
    Supplies

    Instructions:

    1. 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.

    2. Glue the paper strip to the spool overlapping the edges

    3. Sit the thread spool upright on the wrong side of another piece of your paper and trace around the spool end.

    4. Cut out two circles of paper and glue one to each end of the spool.

    5. Cut a tiny opening in the bottom circle of the spool covering. This will be made at the location of the spool hole.

    6. 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.

    7. Cut a chenille stem to 6 inches (longer or shorter if you prefer) and bend in half.

    8. 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.)

    Ornament with snowflake motif paper. These ornaments are super cute and very lightweight. Use your imagination to create truly unique ornaments.

    By Pam from McMinnville, TN

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    Tassel Angel Ornament

    By gem 154 262

    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.

    completed ornament

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    Question: Making Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

    By Lois Mathis 1

    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

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    By Pixiedust7 7 897 Flag

    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.

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    Tip: Craft: Clipart Wreath Ornaments

    By Ann Winberg 306 239

    finished ornamentCombine 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

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    Question: Making Tin Punched Christmas Ornaments

    By Emily 1 1

    Does anyone know where I can find patterns for tin punch Christmas ornaments?

    By Emily from WV

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    By KL 3 554 Flag

    December 4, 2009

    Just ran across these ornaments on the WD site and they have simple shapes that you might use for templates also:

    http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Crafts/10-Glittering-Tree-Ornaments.html

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    Gold Rose Ornament

    By Aysha 44 11

    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.

    Gold Rose Ornament

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    Tip: Christmas Traditions: Making Ornaments

    By lisa Hegewald 5 47

    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!

    By Lisa from Lena, WI

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    Tip: Reusing Baby Mobiles As Christmas Ornaments

    By Tricia Luker 2 1

    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

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    Paper Pinecone Ornament

    By StellaBell 179 147

    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.

    Finished red and white paper pinecone.

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    Little Stuffed Chair Ornaments

    By Bonnie 15 53

    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.

    Stuffed Chair Ornaments

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    Little Snowmen Ornaments from Yogurt Bottles

    By Donna 309 325

    Everytime I drank one of the Dannon Drinkable yogurts this year I thought the bottles were shaped like little snowmen.

    Finished snowmen.

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    Scrabble Tile Christmas Ornament

    By ~gloria 94 150

    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.

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    Tip: Add Glitter To Clay Ornaments With Christmas Cards

    By Robyn 376 753

    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.

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      Question: Paint Not Sticking to Glass Ornaments

      By Elizabeth 1

      How do I get paint to stick on glass ball ornaments?

      <p>Elizabeth from Alabama</p>

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      By Beth 25 1,120 Flag

      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.

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      Tip: Kids' Santa Ornament

      By sheri sykes 10 6

      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.

      Green Santa.

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      Nature Stick Ornament

      By catherine dooley 1

      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.

      Twigs tied together in a decorative way.

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      Tip: Heart Ornaments from Scrap Fabric

      By Connie 13 3

      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.

      Pieced heart shaped ornaments decorated with buttons.

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      Crafted Christmas Ornaments Became a Business

      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.

      Molly's First Christmas Ornament

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      Santa Ornament

      By The Aunt 12 30

      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!

      Finished ornament.

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      Quick and Easy Ornaments for Children to Make

      By gem 154 262

      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.

      Ribbon hanger attached.

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      Tip: Cinnamon Ornament Cut-outs

      By Robin 5,893 29

      These are so much fun to make and they make your house smell just heavenly!

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      Question: Making Plastic Canvas Christmas Ornaments

      By shpuffin 1 1

      Does anyone have anything to share on plastic canvas Christmas ornaments that I can do to make?

      By Stacey H from PA

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      By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132 Flag

      July 30, 2012

      http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf42323910.tip.html

      This might give you a place to start! I hope this helps. Sandi

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      Craft Project: Recycled Plastic Lid Photo Ornament

      By gem 154 262

      Personalized photo ornament for the perfect gift at Christmas time.

      Plastic Lid Photo Ornament

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      Folded Paper Christmas Stars

      By Gunja 16 4

      Make stars to hang on Christmas trees, easily, recycling simple household items like blank papers and used gift-wraps.

      Stars hanging in a tree.

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      Beaded Ornament

      By syntoniser 5 56

      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.

      Bead Ornament

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      Tip: Christmas Candy Ornaments

      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.

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      Lace Ornament

      By marie cecchini 204 2

      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.

      lace covered Styrofoam ball

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      Tip: Turn Wind Chimes Into Ornaments

      By cindy 9 19

      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.

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      Tip: Glittery Wooden Clothes Pins for Christmas Ornaments

      By cindy 9 19

      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.

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      Spool Snowman Ornament

      By bj 8 1

      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.

      Snowman spool ornament.

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      Red Riding Hood Ornaments

      Christine Weber

      Few can resist these tiny ornaments - cheerful ladies with red head kerchiefs and hazelnut skirts dancing on an evergreen bough.

      Red Riding Hood ornament on tree.

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      Jingle Bell Ornaments

      Christine Weber

      This is simple but children love it. Decorate silver or gold store bought jingle bells with a sparkling ribbon and ring accordingly!

      Closeup of ornament on tree.

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      Easy Christmas Lightbulb Ornaments

      By Jackie H. 134 12

      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.

      bulbs with hangers

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      Christmas Decorations - Santa and Other Dolls

      By Gunja 16 4

      Make a Santa, fairy, or other dolls to decorate Christmas trees, easily, using simple household items like blank papers, cotton, and used gift-wraps.

      Santa and Angel Ornament Finished

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      Handmade Wooden Sled Ornament

      By gem 154 262

      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.

      red painted sled with snowflake decoration affixed to top side

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      Tip: Paint Inside of Clear Glass Ornaments

      By Sharon 27 126

      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.

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      Book Pocket Ornaments

      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.

      Book Pocket Ornament

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      Tip: Craft: Holly And Wishbone Ornament

      By Randa Wagner 61 8

      Put breast bone down and glue holly on top. Place a short piece of wire on back to hang.

      Christmas ornament made from painted wishbone and holly.

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      Article: Homemade Christmas Ornaments

      Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

      Photo of someone making an ornament.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.

      Get Artsy

      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.

      Family Photos

      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.

      Vacation Memories

      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.

      Feeding Frenzy

      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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      Tip: Galaxy Ball Christmas Ornament

      By CINDY 3 1

      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.

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      Tip: Mitten Christmas Ornament

      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.

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      Santa Belly 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.

      Santa belt ornament

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      Craft: Four Homemade Christmas Ornaments

      By sandy blevins 94 40

      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.

      Photo of four homemade Christmas tree ornaments.

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      Wooden Gingerbread Ornaments

      By sandy blevins 94 40

      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.

      Wooden ornaments.

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      Easy Craft Stick Ornaments

      By Rachel's Mom 277 87

      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.

      Craft Stick Ornaments

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      Personalized Christmas Ball Ornaments

      Christine Weber

      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.

      Personalized Christmas Balls

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      Tip: Pretzel Christmas Ornament

      By Dana Sipe 39 75

      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.

      Pretzels decorated with glitter and tied with the paper tag.

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      Wooden Snowflakes

      Christine Weber

      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!

      Wooden snowflakes painted white.

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      Tip: Elf Sitting on Spool

      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.

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      Question: Making Fabric 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

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      Candy Apple Ornament

      By Donna 309 325

      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.

      Candy Apple Ornament

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      Question: Making Vintage Christmas Ornaments and Decorations

      By Jackie Schlageter 4 8

      Vintage ornament and popcorn garland on tree.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.

      By Jackie

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      Tootsie Pop Tree Ornament

      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 :-)

      A Tootsie Pop tree ornament.

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      Tip: Homemade Texas Ornaments

      By Frances 8 3

      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.

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      Nut Ornament

      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!

      Gold painted nut ornament.

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      Tip: Making Yarn Sparkle

      Rub yarn in glitter to make it sparkle. Great to use for kids' craft Christmas ornaments.

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      Archive: Homemade 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?

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