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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December 24, 2011 Flag
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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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December 9, 2013 Flag
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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!Vintage Memories Christmas Tree

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!

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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November 19, 2010 Flag
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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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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

I always loaded up the trees with candy canes! We used them for eating, or stirring in hot coffee or hot chocolate! At first everyone thought I was nuts, as they weren't "really" decorations, and then everyone started doing this even on the trees at work! They can "stir" a cup of tea and make it transform. Not sure if you can actually "make" candy canes but let me tell you, with all the beautiful colors they have them in, it can make a tree shine!

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November 24, 20100 found this helpful

When making popcorn strings it is best to let the popcorn get a little stale first(less breakable) use waxed dental floss and a fine long needle to string. I also had better success with packing peanuts instead of popcorn and red beads in place of cranberries. One year I did popcorn and red beads which lasted longer than cranberries.An interesting garland is thread spools wrapped with either wide ribbon or strips of colorful paper(think magazines)then strung on string, yarn or ribbon to make a garland. If you string large colorful buttons on ribbon or yarn so that they lay on one edge, this looks nice either with the spools or on its own. Knot between the buttons to hold them in place

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November 26, 20100 found this helpful

My grandchildren made me foil chains for my outside trees. And years later they made new ones for me that we decorated inside of the house. Now almost 2 years ago our great granddaughter started us a chain, just enough to make me smile. GG Vi

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November 25, 20120 found this helpful

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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December 21, 2004 Flag
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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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December 14, 2012 Flag
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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!View of tree full length.

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?

    Closeup of top of tree.
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    December 14, 2009 Flag

    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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    December 25, 2011 Flag
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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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    December 24, 2007 Flag
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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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    December 8, 2004 Flag
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    In so many homes Christmas decorating is taken entirely away from the children. Here are some ideas if you and your children would like to make some decorations (and memories) for your tree.

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