Make Your Own Ornaments
Homemade ornaments can be fun for the whole family, can make great gifts and can be eco-friendly. Think recyclable materials (cards and wrapping paper), dual purpose materials (bird seed, raffia), and look for simple plans. Below are my favorite do-it-yourself holiday ornaments for decorating and sharing. Enjoy!
Christmas Ornaments to Make - 101 Sparkling Holiday Trims
* Includes 101 pretty-to-look-at, simple-to-do projects.
* Custom ornament designs appeal to both novice and expert crafters.
* This project book includes step-by-step instructions, patterns, and ideas.
"Look to your own backyard to add nature-inspired elements to your tree. Michelle Edwards of Sweet Something Designs harvested acorns during fall and used the caps to create acorn ball ornaments."
Icicle Treat Boxes
These are super easy and fun for kids.Cut them out, glued them, filled them with candy, and added a tag and ribbon. Hang on the tree to find on Christmas morning.
Directions at Mirkwood Designs - Icicle Treat Box
"With some simple perforations (and no lamentations) your festive decorations will garner adulation!"
"When moisture condenses and freezes on a window, some say that Jack Frost has stopped by, leaving the lacy pattern as a souvenir. Grace your panes with paper snowflakes, attaching them with poster putty. Or make a wreath of snowflakes by sticking them one at a time to a wall with poster putty. Kids can happily occupy themselves cutting out dozens of paper snowflakes. Then adults can step in with thread and tape, and together you can watch your family's own gentle blizzard materialize."
Directions at: Paper Snowflakes - MarthaStewart.com
Recycled Card Ornaments
"Holiday cards make perfect ornaments: dazzling and delicate yet impossible to break. In a few steps, turn cards into darling globes or circles that lock together, ready to twirl. Or frame a snowy scene in a frosting of sparkles. To make the glitter ornament, cut out a circle from a card and punch a hole for string; add glue around the edge and sprinkle with glitter. Hang your new ornaments with card garlands for an enchanting tree."
Directions at: Recycled Ornaments How-To - Martha Stewart Crafts
"These ornamental balls are made from holiday cards from Christmases past."
Directions at: Holiday Card Ornaments - Martha Stewart Holidays
Paper drops are great from recycled cards, too.
Directions at: Christmas Ornaments: Paper Drops | FamilyFun
Sonobe Origami Ornaments
"These stellar but surprisingly easy party decorations (they come together with just a few cuts and twists) are made from all those odds and ends of holiday wrap you'd otherwise toss in the trash. Hang one or dozens to brighten up the house come party time. "
Directions at: Holiday Craft: Wrapping Paper Stars | FamilyFun
Citrus Clove Pomanders
"Pomanders, aromatic spheres that are prepared by studding citrus fruits with cloves, have been used since medieval times and still make lovely holiday decorations. If they dry out without getting moldy, they'll last up to a year before their fragrance completely fades."
Directions at: Pomanders - Martha Stewart Home and Garden
Snowy Balloon Ornaments
"With little more than some balloons and glitter, you can fill your home with decorative snowballs. "
Directions at: Snowy Balloon Ornaments - Martha Stewart Crafts
Cinnamon Bird Ornaments
"Although these whimsical birds look and smell like gingerbread cookies, their sparkling plumage hints at their true nature as sweet works of art. This sturdy flock -- including a cardinal and chickadee, among other birds -- will migrate each Christmas to decorate the tree. The birds are not meant to be eaten, though, however enticing they may be."
Directions at: Cinnamon Bird Ornaments - MarthaStewart.com
"Beads can be used to create beautiful, everlasting Christmas ornaments. These snowflakes use a combination of small and large beads: small rocailles (silver-lined transparent beads); long, thin bugle beads; and larger druk beads (smooth, round beads)."
Directions at: Beaded Snowflakes - Martha Stewart Holidays
"A neat twist on a classic, these canes are virtually indestructible (and they make excellent gifts)."
Directions at: Christmas Ornaments: Yarn Candy Cane | FamilyFun