How To Make Christmas Ornaments

It is easy to make a cute snowman ornament out of a canning jar lid.
It is easy to make a cute snowman ornament out of a canning jar lid. | Source

It is time to start planning out those Christmas gift lists. Some people prefer buying expensive gifts, but us creative types like to make things with our own hands. Designing handmade ornaments is a cost effective way to create gifts for people on your Christmas list, and you can use supplies from around the house to do it. For the ornaments, I created I simply painted directly on a few lids and drew pictures that I glued on other lids.

Making Lids Into Painted Ornaments

The first part of this hub will illustrate how to make ornaments by painting lids.

Step 1: Prick A Hole In The Lids

Prick a hole in the lids.
Prick a hole in the lids. | Source

Prick a hole in the lids using a small nail and a hammer, but make sure to wear safety goggles when doing this. Make hangers for the lids with jewelry nylon.

Step Two: Paint The Lids

Painting the lids with acrylic paint.
Painting the lids with acrylic paint. | Source

I painted Christmas themed pictures on the lids, such as snowmen and wreaths. These had to dry on the cardboard box overnight.

Step Three: Paint The Glitter Glue On The Ornaments

I painted glitter glue over the painted illustrations on the lids.
I painted glitter glue over the painted illustrations on the lids. | Source

After allowing the ornaments to dry, I applied a bit of glitter glue to the surface of each ornament with a paint brush.

Making A Snowman Ornament


The snowman ornament below was made with my drawing of a snowman, and a canning jar lid.

Step One: Trace Around The Canning Jar Lid

Trace around a canning jar lid with a pencil to make the ornament.
Trace around a canning jar lid with a pencil to make the ornament. | Source

I trace around the canning jar lid with my pencil to make the cut-out for the top of my ornament. I will be drawing the snowman on this paper circle.

Step 2: Draw The Snowman

The video above shows how I drew the snowman.

Here I drew the picture of the snowman in the circle.
Here I drew the picture of the snowman in the circle. | Source

I drew a picture of the snowman inside the circle, which I shaded in with colored pencils.

Step 3: Color In The Snowman

I used colored pencils to color in my snowman drawing.

Step 4: Cut Out The Snowman

I cut out the snowman drawing once it was completed.
I cut out the snowman drawing once it was completed. | Source

I quite like how the snowman looked before I cut him out.

Step 5: Apply Glue To the Canning Jar Lid

Here I am applying glue to the canning jar lid.
Here I am applying glue to the canning jar lid. | Source

I applied glue to the canning jar lid with a paint brush. For this project I used Mod Podge glue because it is very substantial when it comes to holding paper and other items.

Step 6: Put The Snowman Cut-Out On The Lid

I placed the snowman cut-out on the lid.
I placed the snowman cut-out on the lid.

I placed the snowman cut-out on the lid, and pressed down on it to make sure it adhered to the glue.

Step Seven: Paint Glitter Glue Over The Snowman

I used a paint brush to spread a layer of glitter glue over the ornament.
I used a paint brush to spread a layer of glitter glue over the ornament. | Source

I painted a layer of glitter glue over the snowman to make it sparkle. The ornament dried overnight before I adding the hanger made out of jewelry nylon.

In the video above you can see how I have spread a layer of glitter glue over the ornament, which will give it a painted effect once it has dried.

Step Eight: Attach The Hanger For The Ornament

I attached a hanger to the snowman ornament.
I attached a hanger to the snowman ornament. | Source

I used jewelry nylon to attach a hanger to my snowman ornament. The bit of sparkle reflecting off the ornament is quite cheery around Christmas, and much easier and cheaper than having to decorate an entire tree. My preference is just to hang up a few hand made ornaments instead.

Making A Southern California Inspired Palm Tree Ornament


The ornament is designed with my colored pencil illustration of a Southern California palm tree decorated with Christmas balls, and the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop. I glued this drawing to a piece of cardboard covered with tin foil to create this handmade ornament.

A handmade palm tree ornament that pays tribute to Southern California.
A handmade palm tree ornament that pays tribute to Southern California. | Source

Step One: Draw The Palm Tree Scene

Here I am drawing a picture of a palm tree with Christmas balls on it.
Here I am drawing a picture of a palm tree with Christmas balls on it. | Source

The drawing of the palm tree is based on a photograph I took with the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop.

Step 2: Color In The Palm Tree

Coloring in the fronds and trunk of the palm tree.
Coloring in the fronds and trunk of the palm tree. | Source

After I completed my drawing of the palm tree scene, I began coloring in the cute little palm itself. I put Christmas balls on the palm tree to make a Christmas tree with a Southern California vibe.

In this phase of the drawing process I began coloring in the fronds of the palm tree.

The video above demonstrates what the palm tree look like as I finished coloring it in.

Step 3: Coloring In The Background

Coloring in the San Bernardino Mountains behind the palm tree.
Coloring in the San Bernardino Mountains behind the palm tree.

Once the palm tree was colored in, I began to shade in the San Bernardino Mountains directly behind it. This Christmas palm tree scene is based on a photograph I took here in Southern California.

In the video above I am coloring in the sky behind my little palm tree. The vibrant blue is a beautiful contrast with the blue-violet color of the San Bernardino Mountains, which actually appear to be that hue from a distance.

Coloring in the vibrant blue sky behind the palm tree.
Coloring in the vibrant blue sky behind the palm tree. | Source

Above I am coloring in the sky for the palm tree ornament.

The completed palm tree drawing for the Christmas ornament.
The completed palm tree drawing for the Christmas ornament. | Source

Here is the palm tree scene completely colored in.

Step 4: Glue The Palm Tree Scene On The Cardboard

I glued the palm tree Christmas scene on a circular cardboard cut-out.
I glued the palm tree Christmas scene on a circular cardboard cut-out. | Source

I glued the palm tree scene to a cardboard cut-out covered with tin foil, and I painted glitter glue over the ornament to make it sparkle.

In this video I am attaching the palm tree drawing to the cardboard base, and painting on the glitter glue.

Step Five: Attach A Ribbon

The completed palm tree ornament with a green ribbon hanger.
The completed palm tree ornament with a green ribbon hanger. | Source

A large tapestry needle to poke a hole in the palm tree ornament to attach the green ribbon. The green ribbon was tied off the make a hanger for the twinkling palm tree. Hopefully my handmade ornaments will inspire you to create some of your own, and to keep in mind not all holiday gifts have to be purchased at the store. You can make something beautiful at home.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very cool ideas here; nice job my friend. We are making ornaments this coming weekend and this hub will come in handy.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, billybuc!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Great idea. Thank you for this.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Great job with the instructions and what fun for people to make these. Far more meaningful than bought ones. Voted UP.++++


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Aya Katz 3 years ago from The Ozarks

These are great ideas for Christmas ornaments. I especially like the one with the palm tree.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@Mhatter - Thanks for liking this ornament tutorial.

@Carol - Thanks, I think people can save a lot of money making their own ornaments.

@Aya - Thanks, I like the palm tree ornament as well. This one has a special Southern California vibe, but it could apply to any place in the world where you find more palm trees than evergreens.


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rodney southern 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

Excellent post! My twin daughters and I will try this out. Good to see you still posting Sweetie!


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for your lovely comments, Rodney!


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Nice idea! Your snowman and palm tree ornaments are very cute. :)


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, Om!


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I think many people will have to get more creative. We did these a lot as kids and loved it


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Ethel!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Very easy indeed most especially that you have great videos for a guide. Thanks for sharing this. I am sure that many will find this useful.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

Terrific tutorial. I love your canning lid snowman, it is so cute.


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ardhendudey 2 years ago from Jamshedpur

Wonderful hub. Very special one indeed to help one to make customized Christmas ornaments.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think that handmade ornaments make lovely Christmas gifts.


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Peggy W 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

I think that homemade ornaments are always welcomed gifts. Many years ago I crocheted little white and little red bells and gave them to many people that year as Christmas gifts. I have also made some paper ornaments using Christmas cards that were sent to us. I believe that idea came from reading another HubPage author some time ago. Your canning lids decorated for Christmas are a great idea. Lets one use their own creativity in a special way. Would be nice as an addition to a wrapped gift as well. Gift outside of the package as well as inside!


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SweetiePie 13 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I like the idea of adding a handmade ornament to a wrapped gift. Good suggestion.


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Au fait 12 months ago from North Texas

Only 44 days until Christmas! People who plan to do handmade gifts and decorations will want to get cracking or they won't be done in time what with all the other obligations that must be met in the same period of time.

This little ornament is a great way to recycle lids, and possibly covers could be used as well. I used to make ornaments and cards, and I did a lot of sewing and embroidery and all manner of crafts, etc. Not so much anymore. My daughter is grown and there are no grandchildren, so I now enjoy other people's handiwork. :)


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SweetiePie 12 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think handmade gifts can be fun to create. I am not a big holiday person, but I like doing crafty stuff, so this tends to be what I make and share.


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prettydarkhorse 4 months ago from US

That is very creative.

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