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A Shortcut to Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Updated on July 21, 2013

Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Tired of using the same old ornaments year after year? Why not use these holiday ideas and make your own this Christmas? Okay, let’s say you’re not particularly “artsy-craftsy”…no problem! Don’t start from scratch. Just purchase some ready-made tree ornaments and customize them to suit your tastes, your hobbies, your style, or your color scheme. OR - use natural items that you can find for free right outside.

Here are just a few ways I’ve added some interest or “bling” to run-of-the-mill Christmas ornaments:

Zebra stripes and animal prints: Purchase white ornaments. Apply the stripes using an acrylic paint pen. This will work better on glass than on plastic. Actually, the best way to do this is to first paint the ornaments white with a coat of acrylic paint. This will give the paint from the pen a better surface to cling to. For cheetah or leopard prints, paint the balls tan and use the paint pen to add spots. For a giraffe pattern, paint the balls brown and use a yellow paint pen to separate the brown patches. For a really funky look, paint the balls hot pink and add black zebra stripes.

Jeweled ornaments: Apply small rhinestones to ball ornaments. You can use inexpensive acrylic stones, but you’ll have far better sparkle with real Swarovski stones. Use E6000 glue, applied with a toothpick to the ornament. Create a pattern, or cover the entire surface.

Victorian balls: Purchase clear glass or clear plastic ornaments. Remove the top, and fill the balls with potpourri, lace, or flower petals. Glue a tiny bow onto the top of the ornament. These look great on a Victorian-themed tree.

Beachy ornaments: Is your living room done in a beach theme? If so, head to the craft store and purchase some seashells, sand dollars, E6000 glue, and gold leaf paint. Gild the edges of some of the shells and sand dollars with the gold leaf, and cover the entire surface of some of the shells in gold. Glue on a ribbon hanger, and you’re done.

Sports: Let’s say you’re a fan of the GA Bulldogs, like me. You can buy red ball ornaments and write on the ornaments with a black paint pen or with black slick paint – Go Dawgs, #1 Fan, Sick ‘Em, etc. You can also buy clear glass or plastic balls and fill them with shredded colored paper or ribbon in your team’s colors.

Back to nature: There are all kinds of natural items in the great outdoors that can make eco-friendly, green Christmas ornaments. Some of these are seedpods, small pinecones, nuts, flowers, and fruits and berries. Dried pods from popcorn trees can be spray painted gold or silver to make unique ornaments. Pinecones can be painted or left in their natural state. I like to use the small cones with just a bit of snow (white paint) on the edges. Make “fire logs” by tying or gluing cinnamon sticks together. Apples can be suspended from the limbs of your Christmas tree by ribbons, and they give a wonderful smell to the room. Springs of berries can be tucked into the boughs, too, along with fresh or dried flowers. You can make mini-wreaths from several stalks of wheat and hang them on your tree. Plan an evening around the fire stringing popcorn and cranberries with the family. After Christmas, the edible ornaments can be placed outside for the birds and squirrels.

These simple crafts are so easy that they’d be wonderful for kids. Allow the kids to help in creating their own special ornaments this year. They’re sure to take a special interest in the tree if they have a part in creating ornaments for it. And besides, making homemade Christmas ornaments together is a great way to spend quality time!


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    • KCC Big Country profile image

      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      All great ideas. I've been dying to try the trick where they put two colors of metallic paint inside a clear Christmas ball and swirl it around. Seems simple enough. :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Let me know how it works out!

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Got any ideas about using Natural Light beer cans for ornaments?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Why, yes, RD. Make chains from the pull tabs and use them for garlands on your tree. Oh, wait...I forgot: you won't have a tree, Scrooge!

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I will so have a tree! And after Christmas you can help me smoke it.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Don't you mean after Easter??

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Easter is after Christmas.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Duh! Isn't that usually when you take your tree down - when you have one??

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you once more for such lovely and great ideas. Especially kids joining in. I started baking biscuit with our son and bought him a baking set. Let your imagination run wild but it was such fun.

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      lyla 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips!:)

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      I'm passing this one along. I need this too so I am bookmarking it. You have great tips.

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      Max Sumer 7 years ago

      I like the seashell idea and the good thing is I already have a few hundred shells. Now I know why I have been collecting them. Thank you!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much, friends, for your kind words and support. It's one of the reasons I keep writing!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hy Habee, these are great tips as I am looking for tips for christmas. Just spotted your other hub for a stress-free xmas, gonna check it out!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Cheeky! I hope you get some good ideas.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      That snowy tree looks so lovely

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, I wish we had snow here more often. We ususally have to drive to the mountains to see it. Thanks, Ethel!

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      Cheeky Chick 7 years ago

      Great ideas, habee!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Cheeky!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Doc! Where's yours? Good to "see" you!

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      wow, great hub. CHeck out my christmas hubs.

      What do you think of this.. http://authspot.com/thoughts/Have-a-great-day/

      Thanx,

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nikki! I'll check it out now.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      One of my favorite Christmas decorations are pine cones in a bowl. Plain and lovely. For added flair, I might spray the pine cones silver. That was before I broke the faux silver bowl.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I use them , too. We have tons of them around here! Thanks for reading!

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      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are nice. I especially like (and may "steal") the idea for Victorian balls.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Thanks for the great tips!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lisa, go for it! Thanks for reading!

      You're welcome, Lender, and thanks for visiting!

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      Shaz123 7 years ago

      U Deserve to be a number one position in HUB ..

      I really like ur work.. its outstanding ..

      Keep it up

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      gigi @ nfl ornaments 7 years ago

      Great ornaments ideas. I remember when I was a kid we would make the paper snow flake christmas tree ornaments.

      It's really fun to get the kids envolved. I know I enjoyed when I was a kid.

      Great hub.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Shaz, thank you so much for the kind words!

      Hi, Gigi! I love making ornaments with the kids. Thanks for reading!

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      habee, great ideas, my teen daughter would especially like the animal prints!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, my girls love those, too. Thanks for visiting, Elisabeth!

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      Haydee Anderson 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great ideas. every christmas i use to make our own christmas ornaments and I prefer using natural materials that i can find around the house, its green and a lot cheaper.

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      hdy 7 years ago from Texas

      good stuff... great hub!

    • habee profile image
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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, Midnight. I like natural materials, also.

      Hi, Harris. Thanks for reading!

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Good hub and I thought of my grandchildren immediately, this is not only going to be fun but make good memories.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Polly. Yep, the kids will always remember spending time with Nana (what my grands call me).

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      lilolladystuff 7 years ago

      Very nice ideas. I'm planning on making several of my own ornaments also and love bringing nature inside for decorating. Thanks.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi there, Lil! Glad you stopped by for a visit!

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      Best CD Rates 7 years ago

      I was looking out for new trends in Christmas decoration and found your article here. I like your ideas a lot, i would love to use "Jeweled ornaments". I have never decorated Christmas tree with this pattern, i think this will work for me this season. Enjoy the festival!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, CD! I'm glad you found it helpful.

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      Dragnskull 7 years ago

      hey awesome info :D

      I just started decorating for xmas myself and found this awesome free screensaver so even my computer is getting into the holidays :D

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      Disturbia 7 years ago

      Excellent hub. I'm always looking for something different. One year when we were living down in Florida and my girls were still little, we collected sand dollars on the beach. The girls painted them. A little bit of glitter and some ribbons and in no time we had beautiful, very personal, hand made ornaments which I still use. We had lots of yucky, messy fun making them too. Those memories are priceless.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good article filled with great ideas. I also like using natural elements from nature like pine cones. Just jazz them up a bit with some glitter spray paint lightly dusting them. For what NOT to do regarding decorating a Christmas tree, check out my hub if you have the time. Might save some frustration at the last minute. Ha!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate all the comments and the readership!

      Thanks, Dragon. I'll check it out!

      Cool, Disturbia! I actually wrote a hub about turning sand dollars into ornaments!

      Thanks, Peggy! I'll read it.

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Great article habee. I'm a pretty damn creative dude and I still found this collection inspiring and down to earth. Thanks for using "artsy craftsy" instead of "artsy fartsy" I hate that combination of words! LOL.

      Ben

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You gave me a giggle, Ben! Thanks for reading - I really appreciate it!

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely christmas ideas

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Eth!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great ideas for making your own ornaments to create a truly personal Christmas tree. I love to use pine cones at Christmas!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Dolores! Good to see you!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I like the solar powered lights. I did not know they had those

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Granny!

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      gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas Habee! I love the seashell theme idea ;-)

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