Homemade in a Hurry Christmas 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
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?
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?