Add a personal touch to your Christmas tree this holiday season with our DIY ornaments every member of the family can make.
Handmade Ornament Ideas
Skip the store-bought baubles this year, and trim your Christmas tree with handmade, personalized ornaments that will last for years to come. Made from materials you might already have around the house, we have a DIY ornament for every skill level, including painted ornaments, dried orange slices, ornaments made from office supplies, salt dough ornaments, upcycled ornaments and more. So, gather the whole family for a night of Christmas crafting, and don't forget to make a few extra ornaments to gift to friends and loved ones for the perfect DIY holiday present idea.
Mini Felt Wreath Ornament
If you have felt scraps leftover from other craft projects, don't throw them away. Instead, use them to make Christmas tree ornaments such as this adorable mini wreath. The fun and festive decoration is the perfect addition to any tree and is ideal for kids to craft since it won't break when dropped.
Dried Orange Slice Ornament
There are few Christmas decorations as classic as a dried orange garland. For a cozy, farmhouse-style addition to your tree, turn the well-known garland into ornaments by threading twine through the center of a dried orange slice. Slide a few wooden beads in various sizes onto the twine for added decoration.
Yarn Ball Ornament
Cover inexpensive foam balls with yarn to create a rustic Christmas ornament the kids can hang on the tree or use to top wrapped gifts. Choose traditional wool or synthetic yarn for a smooth look, or get creative by wrapping the balls with fun, novelty yarns with fluffy faux-fur textures or variegated colors.
Modern Black + White Ornament
Add your own personality to solid white ornaments with a black paint pen and some fun ribbon. Simply draw geometric designs, polka dots, stripes and even hearts to create one-of-a-kind tree decor. This is a great project to get the kids involved as they'll love seeing their creations hanging on the tree.
Road Map Snowflake Ornament
Turn your favorite travel spot into a permanent decorative piece you can display year after year. Make this ornament by cutting thick card stock to size by tracing a snowflake silhouette with a pencil, then frost 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.
Clothespin Snowflake Ornament
In just a few steps, you can turn wooden clothespins into beautiful snowflake tree ornaments. This is a great project for older children to tackle on their own or for small kids with help from a crafty adult.
Rustic Twig Star Ornament
These woodsy stars add just the right amount of homespun charm to an indoor or outdoor Christmas tree. Made from found twigs, hot glue and paint, they're a fun craft project to make with the kids.
Salt Dough Ornament
Using ingredients you already have in your kitchen, you can whip up a whole batch of these cookie-shaped ornaments. For the dough, you need 4 cups of flour, 1-1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of salt. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine ingredients, then knead the mixture into dough and roll out flat. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into seasonal shapes and embellish however you'd like, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. While cookies are still soft, use a knife to poke a hole in each for hanging. Once they've cooled, spray them with a clear protective food coating, thread ribbon through the hole and hang them on the Christmas tree.
Festive Cookie Cutter Ornament
Give your surplus cookie cutters a new purpose. Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage created 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.
Embellished Wood Slice Ornament
Birch log slices have been popping up everywhere as a way to add a rustic touch to just about any space in your home. They even make great Christmas tree ornaments. Pick up pre-cut wood slices, available at most craft stores, or cut your own logs into 1/4-inch-thick discs. Stencil on a wintry design with colorful craft paint or top with a scrapbook sticker, then drill a hole in the top for ribbon.
Cinnamon Scented Ornament
Wood-Burned Snowflake Ornament
Give your Christmas tree a woodland theme with plaid and burlap ribbons, pinecones and handmade wooden ornaments. For the wood-burned ornaments, gather round wood slices, a wood-burning tool, ribbon or twine and a hot glue gun. Start by wood-burning whimsical snowflake motifs into each wood slice and hot glue the ribbon onto the front and back of the wood to create an ornament.
Sisal Rope Egg Ornament
Start this easy project by buying round or egg-shaped foam balls and sisal rope from your local craft store. Unfurl the sisal rope, then wrap around the foam egg, covering its surface completely and securing with hot glue as you go. Lastly, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the sphere and hang it on the tree.
Craft memories with your family this season by helping the younger kids create handmade ornaments. Ideal for tiny hands, these colorful, simple keepsakes are made using natural sticks and an assortment of fibers.
Wooden Spool Ornament
A relic of days past, wooden thread spools evoke a feeling of nostalgia. If you don't have a store of old spools lying around, however, you can buy them in bulk online. From there, simply add festive twine, wire or fabric to the center of the spool and hang for a warm and cozy Christmas look.
Glass Terrarium Ornament
Bring texture and color to your front porch or Christmas tree with a grouping of clear glass ornaments filled with everyday organic materials such as moss, bark, lavender and dried oranges.
Puzzle Piece Reindeer Ornament
Not sure what to do with that old puzzle that's missing a few pieces? Repurpose it into cute reindeer ornaments for your Christmas tree. Paint the pieces in two shades of brown paint (one for the face, one for the antlers). Glue them together, then finish with googly eyes, a pom-pom nose and a red ribbon.
Button Christmas Tree 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.
This DIY project is the perfect way to use up all of your leftover sprinkles from Christmas cookie baking. Spread a thick layer of tacky glue over a glass ornament. Dip the ornament into a bowl of sprinkles, being sure to lightly push the sprinkles into the glue. Pair with candy canes and popcorn garland for the sweetest tree you ever did see.
DIY Snow Globe Ornament
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.
Felt Kissing Ball Ornament
Put a colorful, modern spin on mistletoe by creating a grouping of artificial pinecones made from felt and foam spheres. Craft a large version of these colorful spheres to hang in a doorway as a kissing ball or make several smaller versions for cheery ornaments.
Bird Seed Ornament
For the holidays, don't just decorate the Christmas tree inside your house. These birdseed ornaments add color to bare winter trees and treat hungry feathered friends to a snack. This is a great project for kids and to give as gifts to your favorite nature lovers.
Felt and Thread Snowflake Ornament
To make this pretty ornament, gather felt by the yard, ribbon, thread, a needle and crafting scissors. Using the bottom of a cup, trace a circle onto two stacked pieces of felt using a marker. Next, cut out the circles using fabric scissors. Trace the silhouette of a snowflake onto the center of one of the pieces of felt. Use a needle and thread to create stitches along the traced silhouette until the marks are completely covered. Next, insert a looped ribbon through the backside of the stitched felt, securing it to the top with hot glue. Finally, layer the second piece of felt on top of the ribbon, concealing the glued area.
Sweet Baby Shoes Ornament
Turn outgrown baby shoes or your child's favorite pair of doll shoes into holiday ornaments by adding a four-inch section of rope or twine to the shoes' straps, then tie two small knots to connect the pair. Place one shoe on each side of a branch until they hang evenly.
Button Snow Ball Ornament
Buttons of various shapes and sizes combine to make these sweet, pretty ornaments. Simply hot glue the buttons onto a plain ornament, overlapping as you go to create texture.
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.
Walnut Santa Ornament
Patterned Poinsettia Ornament
Designer Britany Simon created these black, white and red poinsettias from solid-colored felt and patterned cotton fabric. Once added to the tree, they become the first thing guests notice. Then they help draw the eye around the room to other coordinating design elements.
Fabric Scrap Ornament
Give a dated holiday ornament a charming touch using fabric scraps. First, cut linen or cotton fabric into 24-inch-long by one-half-inch-wide strips. Next, wrap the ornaments with the fabric strips, securing each end with hot glue. Layer scraps around each ornament until completely covered.
Pinecone Map Ornament
Barb Steadman of Turtles and Tails combined her two favorite things (vacation and holiday decorating) to make this travel-inspired ornament. First, she cut pieces of a Hawaiian map into leaf shapes, then glued them to a foam ball, layered up from the bottom. How easy and cute is that?
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