21 DIY Upcycled Ornaments You Can Make in Less Than One Hour

Skip the store and use what you have around the house to create these one-of-a-kind Christmas tree decorations.

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Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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Road Map Snowflake

Turn your favorite travel spot into a permanent decorative piece you can display year after year.
Make It: Cut thick card stock to size by tracing a snowflake silhouette with a pencil, then update it with a light mist of spray snow. Cut a map to size, then fold it accordion-style to add texture. Add a small, brass embellishment in the middle for a metallic touch.

Mini Pinecone Elf

Everyone loves an adorable, handmade ornament, and this miniature elf will bring instant cheer to any holiday tree. Get the How-To

Layered Light Bulbs

Reinvent old light bulbs as tree ornaments by spray-painting them with metallic paint, then grouping them together in clusters with ribbon. Smaller light bulbs work best grouped in odd numbers, while larger light bulbs look best as single ornaments.

Sweater Pinecone

Turn an old sweater into a trendy and cozy holiday ornament with just a few simple materials. Get the How-To

Clothespin Snowflake

In just a few steps, turn wooden clothespins into beautiful snowflake tree ornaments. Get the How-To

Sweet Baby Shoes

Turn your little one's outgrown baby shoes into a sweet holiday decoration.
Make It: Add a four-inch section of rope or twine to the shoes' straps, then tie two small knots to connect the pair. To hang securely, place one shoe on each side of a branch until they hang evenly.

Beaded Snowflake

Made from ribbon and wooden beads, this simple star ornament looks beautiful hanging in a window, on a door or nestled in a tree. Get the How-To

Fabric Scrap Ball

Give a dated holiday ornament a charming touch using wrapped fabric scraps.
Make It: Cut linen or cotton fabric into 24-inch-long by one-half-inch-wide strips. Wrap the ornament with the fabric strips, securing each end with hot glue. Layer the scraps around the ornament until it's completely covered.

Cookie Cutter Shapes

Create beautiful, handmade ornaments out of metal cookie cutters and pretty paper. Get the How-To

Sheet Music Pinecone

Turn holiday tunes into a layered, monochromatic masterpiece.
Make It: Cut the sheet music into two-inch strips with a paper trimmer. Then, use craft scissors to cut each strip into several two-by-one-half-inch pinecone scales. Next, hot-glue the scales onto a two-inch foam crafting sphere, allowing the bottom edges of the scales to extend one-half inch lower than the sphere. Continue to layer the scales, one row at a time, curling the edge of each slightly upward. Once the final row of scales has been adhered to the top, add a small dollop of glue to the tip of each scale, then dust lightly with glitter. Hot-glue a knotted loop of ribbon to the top, then hang on the tree.

Metal Stencil

A metal stencil is repurposed as an industrial ornament with personalized flair. Simply add a coat of paint to really make it your own.

Toy Figurines

Get playful with your tree by turning small toys into ornaments. All you need is a simple ornament hanger or a small strand of string.

Button Snow Ball

Stashing too many buttons these days? Here's how to give them new life this season.
Make It: Gather buttons in various shapes, sizes and colors. Then, starting at the center of a three-inch foam sphere, attach the buttons by inserting a tailor's pin through one hole of each button until secured. Continue this process around the entire sphere, covering it one row at a time. Once the entire surface is covered, add a second layer of buttons to any sections where foam is still visible. Finally, tie ribbon into a loop, attach to the top of the sphere with a tailor's pin and hang on the tree.

3-D Balls

These upcycled, scallop-edged card stock ornaments are a quick and inexpensive way to add a colorful touch to your Christmas tree. Get the How-To

Confetti Ornaments

Get the kids in on the action with these confetti-filled ornament balls. Have the kids punch out some leftover tissue paper with a hole punch, then carefully fill each glass ornament with the confetti pieces. Add in a few metallic stars for extra holiday sparkle.

Button Tree

Create tiny, one-of-a-kind ornaments from old, multicolored buttons and thread.
Make It: Add thread to a needle and knot the end, then slide an assortment of small, neutral-toned buttons onto the thread as a tree base. Gradually build a tree silhouette with an assortment of large buttons added along the bottom, medium buttons in the center and smaller buttons near the top. For a tree-topper effect, add a small star decoration on the top with looped string as a hanger.

Wooden Spool

Give old wooden spools new life by using them as ornaments. Simply add twine or a wire ornament to the center of the spool.

Fabric Ornament

Turn leftover fabric into trendy ornaments with sparkling, bejeweled embellishemnts. Get the How-To

Mini Shadowbox

Use buttons to dress upcycled objects as ornaments. Here, a simple Mason jar lid is turned into an ornament by covering its interior with card stock and an assortment of decorative buttons.

Scrabbled Saying

Spell out names or phrases with Scrabble letters, then apply them to strands of ribbon or fabric with hot glue.

Game Dice

Add a graphic touch to your tree by turning dice into ornaments with hot glue and string.