50 Easy Handmade Holiday Ornaments and Decorations

Add a personal touch to your Christmas tree and home with these easy handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations that will give your home a warm, joyful look during the holidays.

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July 08, 2015

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Natural Christmas Ornament

Look to your own backyard to add nature-inspired elements to your tree. Michelle Edwards of Sweet Something Designs harvested acorns during fall and used the caps to create acorn ball ornaments. "Paint a Styrofoam ball brown and push the caps in with a dab of hot glue," she says. Add some glue to the caps, embellish them with any color glitter to match your tree and top them off with ribbon and twine for hanging. Add glittered pinecones and greenery for a truly nature-inspired Christmas tree. Reuse the ornaments by placing them in a clear bowl for the perfect fall centerpiece.

DIY Snow Globe

Add a two-inch layer of artificial snow along the bottom of a clear glass or plastic ball ornament, and suspend miniature holiday figurines from the ornament's foil or metal cap using fishing line. Once hung, this simple, clear ornament takes on the appearance of a sophisticated snow globe.

Glittered Animals

Turn inexpensive plastic figures into sparkling Christmas decorations with craft glue and German glass glitter. This glitter sparkles like no other and can make these simple objects look high-end.

Citrus Accents

Designer Tobi Fairley took a simple orange and embellished it to bring a fresh look to her tree. To get this look, apply upholstery tacks to an orange in an intricate pattern, and loop a leopard-print ribbon to bring an unexpected punch to the traditional tree. Tobi attached the ribbon by cutting notches across the orange's navel and looping through the ribbon.

Scrabble Letters Ornament

Get the kiddos crafting, and make a few of these playful ornaments that are a snap to make. Simply glue Scrabble letters onto a strip of colorful ribbon. Use the letters to spell out holiday sayings or family members' names.

Tinsel Ornament Garland

This DIY tinsel garland is sure to make any architectural feature a focal point, with its rich layered fabrics and playful holiday shimmer. Click the link below for instructions.

Make a Vintage-Inspired Tinsel Ornament Garland

Wintry Canning Jars

Vintage canning jars can be picked up at flea markets or antique stores for just a few dollars, and they make great containers for tabletop decor or small, simple gifts. Fill a jar halfway with Epsom salt to represent snow, and drop a pretty ornament inside. Complete the look by placing pinecones and other backyard trimmings around the jar.

Festive Cookie Cutters

Give your surplus of cookie cutters a new purpose. Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage made these festive ornaments by hot-gluing metal cookie cutters to decorative scrapbook paper. Implement this same look throughout your home by making a wreath or garland for your mantel.

Christmas Tree Button Ornament

Put a kid-friendly spin on tree decor with ornaments made from stacked buttons. 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 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 top with looped string as a hanger.

Mini Pinecone Elf Ornament

Everyone loves an adorable ornament, and this little elf will bring instant cheer to any style tree. Click the link below for instructions.

How to Make Mini Pinecone Elf Ornaments

O Christmas Tree Topper

Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors gives new purpose to sheet music by transforming it into an unconventional tree topper. She simply twisted sheet music into cone shapes and hot-glued them to a cardboard circle backing. Glue the cone-shaped pieces to a doughnut-shaped cardboard backing for a matching wreath to welcome guests.

Whimsical Christmas Bunting

Bunting is a new trend that's quickly spreading — it's easy to create and makes a bold statement. Emily cut coordinating patterned scrapbook paper into triangles and punched two holes in the top corners. She threaded twine through the holes to finish the whimsical, cheerful bunting for the tree. Hang it on a mantel for an extra touch of whimsy.

Waterless Snow Globes

If you have extra glass jars lying around, incorporate them into your holiday decor. Michelle created waterless snow globes by hot-gluing small Christmas trees to the jars' lids, pouring fake snow in the jar and screwing on the lids for an instant Christmas scene snow globe.

A Spoonful of Creativity

Don't throw away unused household items. Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room repurposed old spoons into ornaments for her dining room Christmas tree. She hung the spoons with jute to create the ornaments, which make a great conversation piece at the dinner table.

Playful Ornament

For a one-of-a-kind ornament or gift topper, Emily glued two playing cards back to back and punched a hole through the top. Hang the cards with a small strip from a book page or ribbon. Add game pieces and colorful gift wrapping to complete the game theme of your tree.

Fancy Holiday Spirit

This medallion looks intricate but is simple to make. To create this look, Emily Jones of Jones Design Company cut three strips of book pages and folded them accordion-style. She then attached the three pieces together to create one long strip and glued the ends together to create a circle. After bunching the circle together and gluing it, she suggests adding a number to use the ornament as part of an advent calendar. Hang the ornament on the Christmas tree or anywhere in the house to spread the holiday spirit.

Cinnamon Scented Ornaments

Enjoy all of the fun of making Christmas cookies without all of the butter, sugar, fat and calories! These fragrant (non-edible) and festive cinnamon ornaments are a must-make kid-friendly Christmas craft that will have you rolling, baking and decorating. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Vintage Holiday Cheer

Hang this vintage jingle bell decor anywhere in your home for a joyful look. Michelle decorated a leather belt with bells and winter floral from the craft store. She used a metal embroidered hoop to make it easy to hang just about anywhere. The vintage look goes well on chairs, mantels, doors and stair railings.

A Rustic Christmas

Marian wrapped small, empty jewelry boxes with vintage holiday sheet music and thick ribbon for a rustic holiday look. Write names on the ribbon and place them on the dinner table as place cards or tuck the boxes into branches of a Christmas tree for an extraordinary twist. Carry through the rustic theme by filling the boxes with treats and placing them in stockings.

Pinecone Map Ornament

Barb Steadman of Turtles and Tails combined her two favorite things: vacations and ornaments. She made this ornament by cutting map pieces of Hawaii into leaf shapes and gluing them to a Styrofoam ball. You can add these to a bowl to create a centerpiece or glue a ribbon loop to the top of the ball for an easy ornament.

Sweet Decor

Get the kids involved with decorating the Christmas tree. Michelle created candy ornaments by spray-painting plain glass ball ornaments brown and creating drips to resemble melted chocolate. Add sugar-like glitter and "peppermint" chips for an extra-delicious touch. These ornaments make great gifts for ornament swaps or for teachers.

Garden Craft Christmas Tree

This fun Christmas tree is made with nothing but garden twine and regular white glue. Cover a Styrofoam cone with plastic wrap to create a mold for your tree. Dip lengths of twine into white glue and wrap around the cone, making sure the twine overlaps to strengthen the final tree. Let the glue dry completely, and gently pull out the mold. Decorate your finished tree with bright red berries for a festive touch.

Beautiful Snowflake Ornament

This snowflake ornament is made of clothespins painted white. Click the link below for instructions.

Turn Clothespins Into Christmas Tree Ornaments

Personalized Festivity

For a personalized touch to the dinner table, Rima attached and tied an ornament to every drinking glass with festive ribbon and a piece of paper with each guest's initials. "Personalizing the drinking glasses makes guests feel special and helps them to remember which drink is theirs." she says. Add matching dinnerware to the table for a complete festive look.

Beach Ornaments

To warm up your tree, add ornaments that remind you of vacationing on the beach. Barb filled plain glass ornaments with sand and seashells from her Hawaii trip. To add sentimental value to them, print out labels with the location and date of your trip, and complete the beach look by tying a bow with twine.

Pinecone Topiaries

At first glance, you would never know these glittery topiaries are made with pinecones. To make them, hot-glue glittery pinecone petals to cone-shaped Styrofoam. To add visual impact, place some of the cones on candleholders. Design by Michelle Edwards

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect, then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree. You can keep this decor out all season long.

Tinsel Glass Ornament

Glass ornaments are perfect because you can fill them with whatever strikes your fancy. Here, we’ve simply trimmed some tinsel garland to add sparkle to the table. Clear plastic ornaments work just as well.

Ornament Table Lamp

Fill a glass lamp body with a combination of red, gold and silver ornaments for the holidays. Once the season passes, the lamp can instantly take on everyday appeal by switching the ornaments out for something seasonal.

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

Turn a simple Mason jar lid into a tree ornament by covering its interior with glitter paper and an assortment of decorative buttons.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Turn an outdated sweater into this cozy, trendy little holiday ornament with just a few simple materials. Click the link below for instructions.

Turn an Old Sweater Into a Trendy Ornament

Red + Gold Ornament Centerpiece

Make a beautiful centerpiece for Christmas, New Year's or any holiday event with a cake stand, ribbon and metallic ball ornaments.

Custom Clay Ornaments

With a set of alphabet stamps and bakeable clay, your favorite holiday saying can become a modern, colorful ornament. Click the link below for instructions.

Make Clay Ornaments Stamped With Holiday Cheer

Walnut Santa Ornament

Perfect for the littlest crafters, this easy project uses materials you probably already have on hand. You and the kiddos can turn a bag of walnuts into a whole tree-full of everyone's favorite elf in no time flat. Click the link below for instructions.

Christmas Kids' Craft: Walnut Santa Ornament

Coffee Bean Ornament

If you have leftover coffee beans, consider using them in clear ornaments. Once the bulbs are on the tree, the warm lights will heat your bulbs and give off a warm coffee aroma.

Dimensional Ball Decor

To add texture to the tree, Emily cut and folded 12 circles in half from sheet music, and taped one side to another circle's side until a complete ball was formed. Add dimension to the rest of the home with this easy-to-make ornament by filling stockings and bowls and hanging it from the mantel and stair railing.

Colorful Pom-Pom Garland

Kids love seeing their handmade ornaments and decorations used at Christmas. This colorful yard garland is fun and simple to make for kids of all ages, making it an ideal family craft. The best part? You'll only need three materials. Click the link below for instructions.

Kids' Craft: Make a Pom-Pom Christmas Garland

Metal Stencil Ornament

Instead of typical ball-shaped ornaments, give your tree a streamlined, graphic impact by stringing metal stencils from the hardware store onto twine. Create a similar look with cardboard stencils by punching a hole through the top, then hanging with twine.

Miniature Nest Ornament

To make a nest ornament, simply glue a bit of moss to the bottom of an acorn cap. Next, glue small blue beads for eggs on top.

Twig + Yarn Ornament

Help your kids make memorable handmade ornaments from natural sticks and colorful fibers. Click the link below for instructions.

Get Kids Crafting With These Easy Twig Ornaments

Easy Pressed Clay Ornament

Create these handmade, classic evergreen ornaments in less than 15 minutes! Click the link below for instructions.

Make Beautiful Pressed Clay Ornaments in Minutes

Lovely Wintry Garland

Deck the halls and create a decorative detail that can be enjoyed year after year by transforming ordinary mini pinecones. Simply dip the edges of the pinecones into white tempera paint, and allow to dry. Then string onto red twine and hang above the buffet, around the Christmas tree or on the mantel.

Bell-Shaped Window Ornament

Swap out tired window wreaths for something with a more contemporary twist. Click the link below for instructions.

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Candles With Glittery Garland + Ornaments

Update an existing candle tray to warm up your holiday dining experience. Wrap glittery garland around neutral everyday candles, and scatter ornaments among the branches for a bright, colorful look.

Festive Candle Centerpiece

Create festive candle holders by placing pillar candles in a glass bowl filled with pinecones, ornaments and evergreen clippings. Make several to fill the center of the table or to dress up a bar. Scatter glass ornaments around for extra sparkle.

Wire Star Wreath

If you’re more of a minimalist, make this gorgeous wreath with its toned down floral elements and simple embellishments. This star wreath puts a fresh spin on a classic holiday shape. Click the link below for instructions.

How to Embellish a Simple Wire Star Wreath

Modern Christmas Tree Decor

Paint cardboard cones in desired color, and let dry. Hot glue beaded garland around the entire tree sculpture.

Sisal Rope Spheres

Buy round or egg-shaped foam spheres and sisal rope. Next, unfurl the sisal rope, then wrap around the foam sphere, covering its surface completely by securing with hot glue. Lastly, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the sphere and hang on the tree.

Holiday Chair Decor

Dress up your dinner by wrapping basic chairs with ribbon or a fabric sash. Gather it together at the back of the chair, and add greenery and a vintage ornament.

Gold + Silver Jingle Bells

Holiday decorating can be simple, like this cute tray filled with gold and silver metallic Christmas jingle bells and ribbon.

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