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Creating Homemade Ornaments For Christmas

Updated on August 13, 2011

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Have you made your homemade Christmas ornaments yet? They are so easy to make and make your tree look so much nicer. You can look at an ornament and say "I made that for Christmas 2011" and have pride in it. Homemade Christmas ornaments come in all styles and materials. You might even recycle some of your trash to make them.

Photo Credit: This image was created by me with images from public domain images. You will be seeing them again in modules and will see the credit for them there.

Christmas Card  Ornaments
Christmas Card Ornaments

Ornaments From Christmas Cards

From Years Past

Have you been saving the your Christmas cards year after year? Do you have any real plans for them? If not, why don't you let the kids make Christmas ornaments out of them. If they children are really young, draw around the part of the card that you want them to cut out. Don't get upset if they don't cut exactly as you drew. Remember, they are young. For the older children let them draw around what they want to cut or just let them cut out what they want for the ornament. Old Christmas cards make lovely ornaments for the tree. If the space is blank in the back, you might have them sign and date it also.

Photo Credit: IMake

Button Wreath
Button Wreath

Button Wreaths

For Your Christmas Tree

Snip the buttons off of the old clothing before you throw them out. Get all of them together and make Christmas ornaments out of them. These will look really cool with a coordinating ribbon. For a tutorial on how to make these lovely button wreaths, go to Emmy-Lou Who to see how to make them.

Photo Credit: Alicia Rae, Commercial Creative Commons.

Use Photographs - To Make Christmas Ornaments

Using Images For Christmas Ornaments
Using Images For Christmas Ornaments

Get some fairly large pictures and cut shapes around the faces or whatever part of the photograph that you want to make your ornaments. You can see other examples of what Jim Simonson did with these Christmas ornaments. These photographs don't have to be of your human family, you can use pictures of your pets, too. You will have one-of-a-kind ornaments.

Photo Credit: Jim Simonson, Commercial Creative Commons

Spool Knitting Ornaments
Spool Knitting Ornaments

Use Your Spool Knitting Strings

To Create A Candy Cane Heart

Nothing was said under this candy cane heart photo so I am assuming that it is spool knitting. That is what it looks like to me. If it is spool knitting, you would make two pieces of even length of alternating red and white thread. Attach one end of each together with a running stitch to make the arches. Then attach the bottom pieces together. Make a ribbon bow out of yarn and attach that to the candy cane heart.

Photo Credit: Bear Toes, Mama Bear's Knitting Den, public domain

Tag Ornaments From Cardboard Key Tags
Tag Ornaments From Cardboard Key Tags

Christmas Ornaments

From Ordinary Cardboard Key Tags

To make these cuties, you will need the cool marbles from the gardening section (half marbles), some vintage photos or whatever photos you want to use, and some other items. Find out what all you need and how to make these cute ornaments from Tag Ornaments. You can come up with any number of different combination determined by what you use to decorate the outside of the ornament (i.e., sequins, etc). Have fun making them.

Photo Credit: Vintage Image Craft, public domain

Punched Tin Can Ornament
Punched Tin Can Ornament

Punched Tin Can Ornament

Using A Recycled Metal Juice Lid

Remember I said that if you looked you could find some uses for trash to make ornaments? Well this ornament is made from recycled metal frozen juice lid. To find out exactly how to make it, go to Miss Abigail's Hope Chest and find out more about it. This looks like it would make a cool ornament to pass down through the ages.

Photo Credit: Miss Abigail's Hope Chest, public domain.

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Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments

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      3 years ago

      Fab array of holiday precojts! Love the added glitter on the top one! Great way to alter the take out box, makes for a wonderful gift for one of the girls friends! Congrats on your Guest Design Spot!

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      5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you for commenting. I need to look for some more to add to this list.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      These are all really great ideas for ornaments! I don't believe I have ever seen the button ornaments before. Awesome!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful ornament making ideas. I use to make many of my own ornaments. In fact, half the ornaments on the tree right now are my handmade ones.

      Blessed! Please add this to my Christmas Gifts and Blessings lens.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Homemade gifts are the most memorable. We have one of our dog in a ballerina tutu that is our favorite.

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my lens. I loved them, too. I could just see a mother and child or grandmother and grandchild making these together.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't made any of these but have made many Christmas ornaments years ago. I love you Button wreaths and tin punch ornaments, what jolly fun!

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Lou165: Great that you have created your own Christmas Ornaments. They are the ones your children and grandchildren will cherish the most.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      I've never recycled Christmas cards as ornaments, what a great idea. I have made Christmas ornaments in the past from various different materials both by myself and as a mother/daughter activity with my dd.


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