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Homemade Ornaments

Updated on October 28, 2014

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

Christmas Ornaments to Make: 101 Sparkling Holiday Trims (Better Homes & Gardens)
Christmas Ornaments to Make: 101 Sparkling Holiday Trims (Better Homes & Gardens)

* 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.


Natural Ornament

"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."

Playdough 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

Photo Ornaments

"With some simple perforations (and no lamentations) your festive decorations will garner adulation!"

Directions at Scissor & Fold Photos into Origami-like Ornaments! | Photojojo

Paper Snowflakes

"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 -

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.

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 -

Beaded Snowflakes

"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

What are your favorite ornaments to make?

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      pitlock 4 years ago

      all of ours are homemade, some are from the kids from school , we made music books, lots of fun stuff but I like your origami ones, got to have those.

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      Oracle Post 6 years ago

      You inspire me to make these ornaments for christmas!

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      pokeyoat 6 years ago

      The icicle ones are my favorite, so pretty!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      great ideas! I hope you enjoy the holidays!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I could handle putting bows on candy canes - ha. These are all lovely, I especially like the photo ornaments. Thank you for sharing.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I made some of the paper drop ornaments on thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Great projects. Love these ideas. Thanks! I enjoy making traditional woven hearts for holiday decorating. Happy holidays!

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      Barbara 6 years ago from USA

      I just love your lenses! Great job!! I've got three I printed and can't wait to get started! Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      such great and inexpensive ideas.

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      purpleslug 6 years ago

      Well guess my favorite ornaments to make are ones made of glass, stained glass and fused glass. I would like to make the origami and string snowballs that you have on your lens. Great lens! Thanks

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      mermaidlife 7 years ago

      I love snowflakes. To make them and to have them land on my nose.

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      Great ideas. I love the paper snowflakes.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      I love the homemade ideas you have come up with for Christmas ornaments. The beaded snowflakes are so beautiful. I will have to get busy and make some of them this year.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great ideas...blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Loved the wrapping paper star. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/09/2010! Have a great day!

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      What A Great Collection You have. I Liked it.

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      TheCountrySignS 7 years ago

      Cute. I love the Cinnamon Bird Ornaments. Great lens.

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      noobeegin 7 years ago

      Yarn balls. You take a styrofoam ball and coat with tacky glue. Then you wrap colorful yarn around and around covering the ball. You then take a coordinately piece of trim/ribbon to wrap around the center. Then take a piece of yarn and using a needle, run it up through the center to create a hanging loop. You can add tassles and beads that are also coordinateing to make them fancy. They are lightweight and look awesmoe on the tree. They make great teacher presents as well..

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      Tempus 7 years ago

      What a great collection of Christmas Decoration ideas. Definitely going to try out the Snowy Balloon Ornaments.

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      You have such a great collection of homemade ornaments here! Our girl scout troop made the play dough ornaments one year to give away. We had fun. Lensrolled back to my 3D Snowflake lens.

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      this is a great lens. lensrolled to my homemake Christmas gift lens

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      Vikki 7 years ago from US

      Those icicle treat boxes are super cute!

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Very nice! I love the icicle and those origami balls. And who hasn't done at least once in their life some of these snowflakes! But personally I prefer my candy canes to be the real thing:)

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I liked those icicle treats. I've never seen them before. I want to try them.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Lots of great ideas and fun. I do hope more moms with young children will take a hit and create together.

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      There are some great ornament ideas showcased here.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      These are beautiful ideas for home-made ornaments. I especially like the ornamental balls from old holiday cards.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Some great ideas and projects for making homemade ornaments which lots of folks could have a lot of fun with

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      Hiyaha 7 years ago

      Very very interesting.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have been making ornaments for days. Thanks for validating my belief that home made are the best kind.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are all such beautiful ornaments. I really love the star.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Simply beautiful homemade making the clove and orange ornaments, they smell so darn good and are lovely to hang around the house.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      My mother's name was Byrd and all six kids had their own home made bird to hang on the tree. Mom's was either a cardinal or a canary (her brother died when young and she had his also)

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Oh, I really like the yarn candy canes. Great idea for this Christmas.