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Homemade in a Hurry Christmas Ornaments

Updated on September 5, 2014
Homemade in a Hurry Christmas Memory Ornaments
Homemade in a Hurry Christmas Memory Ornaments

Handmade Christmas ornaments are so very special to me.

I bet if you're reading this page homemade ornaments are probably top on your list as well. I imagine it is also a good bet to say you are searching for some easy to make Christmas ornaments that can be completed in a hurry, right?

Let me share with you how I do homemade in a hurry. Each of these Do It Yourself Christmas ornaments will take you less than two minutes to make once you assemble the materials. Seriously, you can literally make these magical memory accessories for your Christmas tree (or to tie onto a special Christmas gift?) in a jiffy.

If you don't believe me, why not just try making one ornament? After reading this page if you haven't come up with inspiration for a special ornament that can be made in less than two shakes of an elf's tiny little behind, well then I haven't done my job. Regardless, I am VERY confident you will be successful!

Let's get to shaking, shall we? :)

Note: All photos credit: Pam Irie

Time required: 2 Minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: VERY minimal


  • Wooden embroidery hoops (3 1/4" to 4 1/4" or your choice)
  • Sentimental fabric remnants
  • Memory makers (bit of jewelry, a beloved pet's old I.D. tag, etc.)
  • Piece of old garment
  • Old hankie from a relative
  • Bit of old window screen
  • Red and/or green ribbons


  • Sewing scissors
  • Craft scissors
  • Hot glue gun (optional)


1. Gather the materials. For this particular homemade in a hurry ornament, I decided to use some vintage bark cloth fabric which is sentimental to me. The wooden embroidery hoop is 3 1/4" size from side to side.

2. Cut a small square swatch of fabric from the cloth slightly larger than the hoop.

3. Fit the fabric between the inner and outer rings of the hoop, stretch fabric slightly to create tension and tighten the adjustment screw at top.

Make sure the screw is centered on top so when ribbon is added the ornament will hang as desired.

4. Turn ornament face down. With scissors flush against back of hoop, trim fabric neatly.

5. Tie a short length of red or green ribbon at the top of the ornament and knot around the screw. There are lots of festive Christmas ribbons available so the options are as endless for hanging the ornament as your own design of it will be.

6. I have an old handkerchief of my mother's that I simply folded and doubled and fitted in the hoop. I then cut away the excess fabric on back.

7. Window screen is the base of this homemade in a hurry ornament. It is soft and pliable yet sturdy for this sentimental Christmas ornament to honor our beloved dog, Sushi, who has already crossed over the Rainbow bridge.

8. Just secure the screen as you would any piece of fabric, trim the edges with craft scissors. Use small gauge wire to secure I.D. tag (or a charm) to the front of the window screen.

9. These two homemade in a hurry ornaments are fun for me! One is actually an outer foil wrapper featuring the brightly colored graphics of some Hawaiian coffee which I enjoy now and again.

The other charming ornament will eventually go to my grown daughter. It reminds me of her. One of the jewelry charms was hers as a child. The other is vintage and is a reminder of part of her heritage.

Need Little Wooden Hoops?

Darice Wood Embroidery Hoop, 4-Inch
Darice Wood Embroidery Hoop, 4-Inch

These are the types of hoops I use to make my Christmas ornaments. Dress them up as you will and make them personal favorites.


10. My children's paternal great grandmother wore this white sweater long ago. I made each of them a similar ornament and attached a vintage Christmas pin on front.

11. Close up pictures of these quick to make Christmas ornaments.

12. I just wanted to show this last close up picture. These are not fancy ornaments, nor are they costly. They are however, very special to me. Your ornaments will be equally unique because they will reflect those things important in your life.

What kinds of homemade ornaments will you be making?

Glue Guns are Essential in Ornament Making

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! (or Mele Kalikimaka as we say in the islands)

Do you have special homemade in a hurry Christmas ornaments you've made or someone has given you?


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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thanks so much!

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      Good stuff - I've added it to my Christmas crafts board on pinterest

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Margaret, I would love to see a picture of your tree with all its memories too! I think one of the best parts of Christmas is sitting at night with the lights on and just remembering.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Pam, I adore handmade Christmas ornaments and the majority of the ones on my tree were handmade by my late mother, my sister or me. They carry very special and precious memories and I wouldn't trade them for the world. My mom was an embroidery teacher, so of course I love the fact that you use small embroidery hoops to frame your special homemade ornaments. The one with the sweater is my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you Virginia! They make a tree special, don't they? :)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I really like the idea of saving personal bits and pieces to hang on the tree. Great idea!

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Nancy Hardin: Mele Kalikimaka Nancy! Mahalo Nui Loa for ALWAYS being so kind. You can tell I always like simple and sentimental over fancy. hahaha

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Mele Kalikimaka! My dear friend veryirie! You make such marvelous crafts and these ornaments are so perfect to keep us reminded of our loved ones who are no longer with us. Also a sentimental way to keep those who are distant, closer at Christmas time. Thank you dear friend for such a great lens.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: I just wanted to save parts of the sweater somehow, so this worked! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh, I love these simple but simply beautiful ways to use keepsake materials to make lasting Christmas ornaments! I have that exact sweater that was my aunt's. So sweet!

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @ChristyZ: Thank you Christy! Homemade ornaments make the tree, don't they? :) Mele Kalikimaka to you and yours!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      This is a really cute craft idea. I used to make homemade ornaments when my kids were little and years later they're still hanging on the tree. Mele Kalikimaka!