Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations

Making your own Christmas tree decorations is a great family activity and can become a part of your holiday tradition. They can also stir fond memories in years to come. Gather your materials, get the kids involved, and create. This is a guide about homemade Christmas tree decorations.

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Finished bell hanging in greenery.Make shiny bells to hang on Christmas trees, easily, recycling household stuffs like scraps of paper, newspaper, and used gift-wrappings. Finished bell hanging in greenery.

Approximate Time: less than an hour


  • paper (the stiffer the better :)
  • newspapers
  • gift-wrappings
  • thread and needle
  • scissors
  • glue and cellotape
Supplies for project.


  1. Crumple some newspaper and wrap it all around with thread, forming a tight, small ball, as shown.
  2. Crumpling newspaper and wrapping with thread.

  3. Take a piece of paper, long enough to wrap around the ball, and glue it round the mid-part of the ball, forming somewhat of a cone shape.
  4. Creating bell shape around ball.

  5. Cut off its base to even it out, so it can stand.
  6. Wrap the bell with some shiny gift-wrapping.
  7. Bell after gift wrap has been added.

  8. Fold a small piece of gift-wrap alternately, as shown, and tie a thread tightly around its middle (leave some length of thread free to use it to hang the bell).
  9. Accordian folding paper for bow.

  10. Glue it to the top of the bell.
Two completed bells with bows attached.

And...it's done! Similarly, by using different dimensions for the ball and varying the colors of wrappings, whole arrays of colorful bells can be made :)

By Gunja from West Bengal, India

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Christmas tree using cute vintage, quaint decorations: old childrens books, sheet music, old newspaper ads, paper dolls, old family photos and various items around the house!

I found many of these items at a used book sale! The old sheet music that I cut and rolled and tied with Christmas ribbon and hung, some old sheets of newspaper that I cut the ads for baking soda and perfume and added, even the paper dolls and tiny cardboard books were found at that one book sale!

I added small items I had around the house and I think it looks charming!

Vintage Memories Christmas Tree

Approximate Time: 1/2 hour


  1. Cut sheet music into 3 inch squares, roll up and tie with thick Christmas ribbon and hang!
  2. You can make paper dolls out of any coloring book! Have your kids or grandkids help you color the characters, then cut them out and hang them for a real old timey looking tree.
Vintage Memories Christmas Tree
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I am making popcorn and cranberry garlands for my tree. Does anyone have more good ideas for easy homemade decorations?

By Jilly

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Putting little bows on the branches of red are so pretty! Just tie them on the branches yourself the same way you would put on other decorations. I have seen trees just done in this alone and it is adorable!

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If you are new to decorating your own tree and don't have a lot of decorations, here are some thrifty ways to decorate your tree.

  • Lightly spray paint pine cones with gold or silver paint to make a classic Christmas ornament. Use florist wire or paper clips to hang them on the tree. Or put them in a bowl or basket.

  • Paint macaroni and string it for your tree.

  • Cut out small snowflakes from white paper and hang on the tree.

  • String popcorn and cranberries. Make sure the popcorn is unbuttered and unsalted. Hot air popped corn works best for this. Buy a bag of raw cranberries from the grocery store. Alternate several pieces of corn in between each cranberry.

  • Take curling ribbon and cut into 18 inch pieces. Curl the ribbon on both ends and tie on tree branches.

  • Take small hamburger give away toys, add a string to hang from and add to the tree.

Add your thrifty tree decoration ideas here!

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I like my tree to look different every year and we switch between real and artificial trees.

This year one of our artificial trees looked small and with a grand party planned I wanted something unique!

I harvested some branches from outside, sprayed them white and cut out simple snowflakes to hang from the branches.

I then added the branches into the top of the tree at angles so it looks like it's snowing on the tree. I secured them with cord to the center post.

I added some eucalyptus branches to the mix and I think it is a pretty tree.
What do you think?

View of tree full length.
    Closeup of top of tree.
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    Acrylic Tree Angel.These little angels make cute Christmas tree decorations and also make great gifts without spending a lot of money.

    Approximate Time: About 1 hour


    • 4 inch tall acrylic tree
    • 1 inch round wooden bead with 1/2 inch hole
    • piece of tulle or small heart doily for wings
    • peach acrylic paint or any color you'd like to use for the head
    • black dimensional paint
    • white dimensional paint
    • fine point black marker
    • pink blush and cotton swab
    • 4 small silk roses
    • 10 inch piece of gold thread (hanger)
    • 4 inch length of doll hair
    • 12 inches of 1/4 inch wide red satin ribbon
    • 10 inches of 3/8 inch wide white satin ribbon
    • low temp glue gun and glue sticks
    • Spanish moss


    1. Using the white dimensional paint, outline the tree boughs and fill in with dots (as pictured).

    2. Use the black dimensional paint to make two black shoes on the tree's trunk. Allow to dry.

    3. Paint the ball peach (or other color) for the head and allow to dry.

    4. Paint on a face using the fine point marker.

    5. Apply some blush to her face using the cotton swab.

    6. Tie the gold thread to the hanging tab at top of tree. Insert it through the bead (head) and glue the head in place.

    7. Knot the center of the 3/8 inch wide ribbon and glue the ends behind her shoulders. This will be her arms.

    8. Pinch the tulle together in the middle and glue to back of tree for wings or use a heart shaped doily.

    9. Glue on the hair, fluff and trim as necessary.

    10. Glue some Spanish moss under her chin and tuck in three silk roses and glue into place.

    11. Using the red ribbon, tie a shoestring bow with 1 inch loops and 3 inch tails. Glue to the moss.

    12. You can also add a small bow to her hair. I glued on a gold heart button, but that is optional.

    By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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

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    gift card ornamentsHere's a fun and cute way to use those gift cards given from retail stores. We all receive them in so many themes and characters that are so pretty. Just use a hole punch in one corner and hang them from your tree as decoration. You can also put on a self adhesive address label and write TO and From on them and use them as gift tags. Merry Christmas and God Bless Everyone! :)

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    In so many homes Christmas decorating is taken entirely away from the children. Some parents may set up a small tree hidden away in the childs room or basement and allow the child to decorate it.

    I find this very sad. What kind of memory does this leave the child with-one of feeling that their contribution to the festivities does not matter or that their ornaments are not "good enough" in turn making them feel bad about themselves or maybe one that lets them believe that store bought decorations are better than homemade ones which in turn just drives home the commercialization of Christmas.

    In my home we have an Angel on top of the tree that my son made and colored in kindergarten and other decorations he has made and this year we will add more from him and my 2 year old daughter. We do have storebought lights and some ball ornaments but we also plan to string cranberries and popcorn and make more decorations.

    Our tree may not look perfect to those who are set on perfection but our tree is perfect in the fact that it is decorated with love as a family.

    Here are some ideas if you and your children would like to make some decorations (and memories) for your tree.

    Salt Dough Ornaments

    The recipe is as follows:

    • 2 cups All -Purpose Flour
    • 1 Cup Salt
    • 1 Cup cold Water

    Mix together slowly until you get the mixture the consistency you want it (like a cookie dough) You may need to add more water/flour as needed. Then roll out thin, like a cookie dough and cut shapes with cookie cutters and paint .Be sure to make a hole for hanging by using a straw before letting them harden. Let them air dry. You may need to turn them over occasionally.

    Paper Chain Garland

    Simply cut strips of red and green construction paper and fold in a circle and tape or staple and then add another strip through that loop and keep going until you have the length you prefer.

    Sandpaper Ornaments

    Cut sandpaper into a holiday shape and then let your children rub cinnamon sticks over the sandpaper shape.Punch a hole for adding ribbon to hang on the tree.

    Cinnamon Sticks

    This is really simple.Just tie ribbon around cinnamon sticks and tie on your tree branches.

    Felt Gingerbread People

    Another simple one is make a gingerbread man template and make outlines on brown felt and cut them out and let the kids decorate with paints, glitter, markers, buttons, rick rack,etc.

    So many more fun tree decorations can be found by doing a search for "kids easy Christmas crafts" on your favorite search engine.

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