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Making Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Cinnamon Ornaments, Candy Cane Reindeer, Beaded Ornaments, and More!

Updated on January 14, 2015

Directions and Ideas for Making Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments!

Homemade Christmas tree ornaments have such a special charm and appeal to them. Whether they are ornaments you made yourself, or ones that were given to you by a friend or relative, homemade Christmas tree ornaments can personalize your Christmas tree in a way that store bought one's simply can't. Not that there's anything wrong with store bought ornaments, of course! We have many of those as well. But every year when we bring our box of Christmas decorations down from the attic, it's the homemade and personalized ornaments that bring an extra smile to our faces and a delightful warmth to our hearts.

Would you like to take a peak at the homemade Christmas ornaments we have in our Christmas decorations box? I poured through our box a few days ago and picked out some of my favorites to share with you! I hope you find one or more ornaments you'd like to make!


Candy Man Christmas Tree Ornament - The Candy Man Can

I was given this Candy Man Christmas tree ornament when I was in elementary school. Most of my friends ate the candy in theirs right away...but I decided I'd rather have it as an ornament forever than eat the candy and have it be gone in an hour or two. My candy man ornament has lasted all these years. I still put it on my Christmas tree every Christmas!

What you need to make your own Candy Man Christmas Ornament:

1.5 ft of flexible white netting fabric

2 pieces of wrapped stick candy

2 pieces of round peppermint candy (individually wrapped)

red yarn

red felt


3 straight pins


red pipe cleaner - 6 inches long

small styrofoam ball - about three and a half to 4 cms (about 1.5 inches) in diameter

wide needle or awl (or other tool for poking hole through styrofoam ball)

DIrections: Cut a piece of the net fabric to 12 inches by 4.5 inches. Lay one wrapped candy stick about an inch up from one end. Lay the other candy stick about an inch up from the other end. Cut four pieces of yard 10.5 inches long. Tie one around the fabric just below each candy stick (at the bottom of each leg.)


Cut another piece of the net fabric 6 inches by 4.5 inches. Place a round, wrapped, peppermint candy about an inch before each end. Tie closed below each piece of candy with a piece of red yard.


Cut out a half circle (two inch radius) from the red felt. Also cut out a red felt parallelogram whose top and bottom sides are about 9 inches long.


Find the middle point of the long stick-candy net tube you created. Lay the middle of the round candy net tube right above the middle of the stick candy tube. Bunch up the middle of the parallelogram. Lay it on top of the round candy tube. Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner tightly around the felt collar, arms, and legs one time and twist it tight. Poke a hole straight through the styrofoam ball and thread the other end of the pipe cleaner through it. Push the head down tightly against the collar and arms. Wrap the half circle around the top of the styrofoam ball and form it into a cone shaped hat. The pipe cleaner will be peaking out the top of the hat. Glue the hat in place.


Next use straight pins to attach the sequins as his eyes and nose. Curve the pipe cleaner at the top to make a hanger. He's all done!


Candy Cane Reindeer Ornaments

Candy Cane Reindeer Ornaments are easy!

Directions: Attach two eyes with a glue gun to the "face" of the reindeer. Add a red pom pom nose, if you'd like it to be Rudolph. Take a long green pipe cleaner and wrap the center of it once around the head of the reindeer. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner in whatever interesting shapes you'd like for the antlers. All done!

- No hanger is needed on these homemade Christmas ornaments! Just loop them over a tree branch!

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Christmas Dough Ornaments - A wonderful Christmas craft for kids or adults


How To Make The Dough Ornaments

My love of dough ornaments began about 25 years ago. I student taught in a kindergarten class that year, and when I left, I was given a box full of painted dough ornaments that the children had made me. It was such a sweet gift! After I was married, my husband and I enjoyed attending a Christmas crafts show every November. Several of the tables displayed adult made dough ornaments, and I found them to be soooo cute, so charming! Therefore, it became a habit of mine to have the children I was teaching each year make dough ornaments as one of our December art projects. Once I had children of my own, I introduced the craft to them as well! Above you can see some of the ornaments made by my children and myself.

Recipe for Dough Ornaments

1 cup salt

4 cups flour

1 1/2 cups warm water

Mix together the flour and salt. Gradually add the water, mixing as you go. Kneed the dough with your hands for about five minutes. You can either roll the dough out and use cookie cutters, or shape the dough with your hands. (See my tips below.)

Play dough, clay tools, toothpicks, garlic presses, and other items you can find around the house come in very handy for adding details to your designs. Even if you use cookie cutters to get the basic shape, don't be afraid of adding additional details!

Don't forget to remove a small circle of dough so you can hang your ornament. We use a straw for this purpose. Push the opening of the straw down onto the top of the ornament and then lift it up. If the straw doesn't lift the dough out, twist the straw around a few times, and try again. If it still doesn't come out, use a toothpick or other tool to remove the dough from the round area where the straw was.

Some years we've turned our ornaments over and scratched our initials and a date into the dough before we baked it. Other years, we've painted those details on to the back after they've baked. In any case, it's a good idea to add your initials and date so 25 years later you'll know which family member made it and when they made it!

We use acrylic paint (tempera paint in school, as that's what we have there) and a variety of brush sizes for decorating the ornaments after they've been baked. In many years, we've covered them with a clear varnish or gloss to help protect them and give them a bit of shine.

TIPS: 1. The hardest part of making dough ornaments is getting the ornament out of the cookie cutter! You can try gently flouring your cookie cutter, or spraying it very lightly with oil. You can use cookie cutters that are open at the top so you can press them out with your hands. You can mold your ornaments instead of using cookie cutters. Or you can try what often works for me: Shaking the cookie cutter in a sharp downward fashion, right over the pan. If one section starts to come out, gently ease the rest of it out with your hand while protecting the part that's already out. Don't let it get stretched out of shape!

2. If getting the ornament out of the cookie cutter isn't a problem, then sometimes another problem arises: getting the ornament off of the board and onto the pan without destroying it. When this happens, I began preparing the ornaments directly on the pan, simply removing all dough from around the outside of the cookie cutter before I lift it up off the ornament. I don't lift the ornament at all until it's finished baking.

Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments - Mmm...these smell so good!


As a graduate student, I tutored children in reading in the university reading lab. At the end of the year, one little girl gave me a cinnamon dough Christmas ornament. I couldn't believe how wonderful it smelled!

The candy cane above was made by my son in kindergarten. It smells delightfully of cinnamon too!

3 Different Recipes for Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments:

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

Hand Painted Christmas Balls


Although I have never hand painted any glass Christmas balls, my daughter has. She offers the following tips.

1. Use acrylic paints, and brushes of various sizes, and/or toothpicks for very tiny lines.

2. While you are working on the top of the ball, rest the ball on the top of a small paper cup to keep it still. (Cut the cup shorter if it wants to tip over.)

3. Hang a string from the chandelier and attach the other end to the loop on the top of the ornament to allow the bottom of the ornament to dry.

Although my daughter has given all the Christmas balls she decorated away, the hand painted ball with the snowman on it was a gift to my daughter from her friend. She said the friend used paint pens to decorate her ornaments. I would suspect that permanent markers, or anything else designed for us on glass surfaces, would also work well.

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Felt Cutouts


I made these simple ornaments while I was teaching in the public schools. Our resource room had a paper cutting machine with quite a number of different shapes. It was very easy to select a shape, put in the felt, and allow the machine to cut it for me!

If you don't have access to one of these special machines, trace around a cookie cutter and cut out the felt yourself.

Once you've got your felt ornament cut out, decorate it however you'd like. Add bows, poka dots, eyes of a different color of felt, ribbons, etc. You can also add details with markers or paint!

Star or Candy Cane Fabric Christmas Ornament


This star was given to me by a dear friend.

To make one, first decide on a simple shape, such as a star or candy cane. Cut it out of paper, and then use that as your pattern. You'll need to cut two identical pieces in order to make one ornament. Remember as you are creating your pattern that some of the fabric will be used by the seam.

You now have a few choices. You can hand sew the two pieces together, leaving a hole big enough to get the stuffing in. Or you can machine stitch the ornament. If you machine stitch it, you can either zig zag stitch around the outside, or do a straight stitch and then turn it inside out so that the stitches are in the inside. However you sew it, leave a small opening so you can add the stuffing. Push the stuffing into all areas of the ornament using your hands or a tool such as an unsharpened pencil (use the erase side). Then sew the small opening closed.

Sew a ribbon onto the top to hang your ornament by!

Star or Snowflake Ornaments - I think these beaded ornaments are beautiful!


Look for kits for making these star or snowflake ornaments. There are several kits out there that come with everything you need. They are very simple to make, as you simply thread beads onto the 6 pointed frame, then add endcaps to each point. Add a loop for hanging, and it's ready!

These are a favorite of mine. I've made quite a few and given them away as gifts. Others I've saved for our own tree. I like the white and blue stars, but you can make them any colors you like. My kids have made some that were red and green.

Creativity for Kids Beaded Snowflake Ornaments
Creativity for Kids Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

This kit has the materials for making 6 snowflake ornaments.


Bird and Bird Feeder Ornament - Having a bird's nest in your tree is supposed to bring you good luck for the coming year!


I made this bird and bird feeder Christmas tree ornament when I was in Brownie Girl Scouts. It's been a treasured ornament on our tree ever since!

Here's what you need to make one:

Red felt


Gold ribbon or yarn for hanger

a clear cap off of some hair product, cooking spray, or other item (as an alternate, you could use an empty sewing spool)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Rubber cement or white glue


Bird seed

Small craft bird, about 6 cms long

Can for tracing around (the diameter of the can should be 8 inches)

Ball point pen

Using a pen, trace around the can onto the felt. Repeat to make a total of four circles. Cut the circles out. Cut out two circles out of cardboard. They should be slightly smaller than the felt circles. (Try using a slightly smaller sized can to trace around.). Glue (using a thin layer of rubber cement or white glue) a piece of cardboard between two of the felt circles. Repeat with the other piece of cardboard and felt circles. Glue the closed end of the clear tube or cap onto the middle of a felt circle. Fill the clear tube with bird seed. Put some hot glue on the top of the clear tube and place the second red felt circle on top of it, sandwiching the tube filled with birdseed in between two red felt and cardboard circles. Glue the small bird on the top of the bottom felt circle, near the tube of birdseed. Using the glue gun, attach a loop of ribbon to the top to hang the feeder by.


Bead Candy Cane Ornament - You can make other shapes too!

These candy cane ornaments are very easy to make. They would be great for scout troops, Sunday School classes, and many other groups to make as gifts. I usually make them in red and white. I believe that the one shown here was made by my sister-in-law. She enjoys making them too!

The beads are those 3 sided beads called tri- beads. You can buy a variety of colors at craft shops or on ebay. Pipe cleaners work well for the wire inside the ornament. Thread the beads, alternating between two colors, onto the straight pipe cleaner. Allow extra pipe cleaner on each end, both for twisting the end closed, as well as to allow extra space for the curve in the candy cane. Finally, shape the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape!

Decorated Christmas Balls - with beads, ribbons, lace, sequins


I made both of the above Christmas balls (and others not pictured here) from kits when I was about 11 years old. I started with either a styrofoam ball or a satin covered ball, and added lace, ribbons, sequins, and beads attached with straight pins.

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      2 years ago

      Thank you for the directions for the Candy Man Ornament. I was given one in 1970 by my school teacher at Christmas. I kept it for approximately 25 years, but some how it was lost. I have looked for years for directions and am so delighted to see yours!

      Thank you!

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      4 years ago

      very nice in my opinion homemade is the best way to go.

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      5 years ago

      Ooops, commented too early above lol Thanks for sharing!! :) Enjoyed passing by!

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      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013!

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      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wishing you big success for 2013...

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      5 years ago

      Great lens Thanks

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      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

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      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm happy to provide a Squid Angel blessing to this lens as part of the 2012 search for great holiday lenses. Congratulations.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      wonderful, especially Candy Cane Reindeer Ornaments. Congrats and blessed.

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      5 years ago

      Some excellent ideas here.

      My favourites are the snowflakes and the bird feeder ornament.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Stopping by looking for a great lens on the holiday season. Looks like I have found one. WoW. you have some great ornament ideas. Congrats on your Lens Of The Day!! ~ Blessed ~

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Very worthy LOTD! Congrats! You've inspired me to make some dough ornaments with my daughter.

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      5 years ago

      There's nothing like homemade for the personal touch. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      5 years ago

      Very nice lens, I like it! Congratulations on LotD and Merry Christmas!

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      5 years ago

      Love this lens! We've done most of these and another fun thing kids love to do is string popcorn and cranberries! Great lens!

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      Apalmer001 LM 

      5 years ago

      Congrats, Janiece on LOTD. I made my own garland and ornaments for my tree this year and I can't wait to try some of your DIY ornaments here. Congrats!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your LOTD! Very nice lens!

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      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. Making ornaments is a lot of fun. Some very nice ones here.

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      5 years ago

      Your home must look beautiful for the holidays. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      Great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing

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      bsalas lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. I particularly love the bird ornament.

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Congrats on LOTD, lovely homemade decorations for Christmas featured here :)

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      faye durham 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations! on LOTD! Thanks for the inspiring ideas you shared.

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      5 years ago

      You took me back a few years. Thanks. And congratulations on LotD. d

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LotD. You have so many fun ideas for the family to enjoy. I have made several of these, but found new ideas. Thanks.

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Great ideas! I love making handmade ornaments...I just finished painting an Ornament of a Yellow Lab dog playing in the snow with a snowman and the other dog is peeking around the snowman...I'll be adding it to my 'one of a kind hand painted ornament' lens after Xmas.

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations! You deserve it!

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Merry Christmas!

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      5 years ago

      Very nice craft ideas. Congrats on LOTD!

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      5 years ago

      Very cool ideas. Congrats on LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      Great lens and good ideas! Thanks for sharing them. Congratulations on getting Lens of the Day!

      Have a Merry Christmas!

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      5 years ago

      Great lens and good ideas! Thanks for sharing them. Congratulations on getting Lens of the Day!

      Have a Merry Christmas!

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      5 years ago

      You've put the spirit back in Christmas with these adorable homemade Christmas ornaments. Congrats on LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      A lot of fun could be had with these projects!

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! By the way how long do you bake the dough ornaments for? As I would love to try making those! Thank you so much for sharing all the great ideas :) I enjoyed your lens a lot.

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! By the way how long do you bake the dough ornaments for? As I would love to try making those! Thank you so much for sharing all the great ideas :) I enjoyed your lens a lot.

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      5 years ago

      I especially love your beautiful beaded ornaments. Congratulations.

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      5 years ago

      Hi, Janiece! This is a beautiful Christmas lens. I love the decorated Christmas balls you made when you were 11. The LoTD is well deserved. Merry Christmas!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Your homemade Christmas Ornaments sure brought back lovely memories for me. My brother and I used to make things out of the salt dough. Such fun memories. :) Congrats on making Lens of the Day! Angel Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      How many wonderful ideas!!!Congrats on the LotD!!!

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      5 years ago

      These are really very special ideas for the entire family to get involved .Congrats on LOTD !

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years ago from Washington State

      Congratulations on LOTD first of all. Woot, woot! Such wonderful ideas. My favorite are the cinnamon dough ornaments, the smell lasts forever it seems. Happy Holidays.

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      5 years ago

      Some very nifty Christmas decorating ideas. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Lots of fantastic ideas for homemade ornaments! Thanks for all the photos and directions on creating them too. Lovely lens with lovely crafts. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Ladyroses LM 

      5 years ago

      @OhMe: congratulation! you deserve it. your lens is awesome!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Lovely ornaments and what fun to make them by hand! Congratulations on LotD! ~~~Blessed~~~

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on the LOTD - I came back to send this out by google plus, pinterest and stumble-upon, and just to enjoy it as well.

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      Lee Hansen 

      5 years ago from Vermont

      I love making and receiving home made ornaments. I made the cinnamon "cookie" ornaments this year with my granddaughter for the 2nd time (she's 3). She loves making those so I think it may become a holiday tradition for the two of us. Congrats and blessings to this lovely LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      Returning to celebrate LotD honors with you for this gem!

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      5 years ago

      What a fabulous collection of holiday craft ideas! Bookmark this for the next snow day!

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens with great ideas.

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      5 years ago from USA

      These homemade ornaments are fantastic. Thanks for the instructions and materials lists!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      This is a great selection of homemade Christmas ornaments and complete instructions! Congratulations on LotD!! Merry Christmas!

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      5 years ago

      Lovely homemade Christmas ornament ideas! I will make some made of dough with my granddaughter. Congrats on your LOTD!

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      5 years ago

      I love the cinnamon dough ornaments! Great lens and congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

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      5 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the Day. Have a great day.

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      5 years ago

      i love those ornaments as well as your step by step tutorial, btw - congrats for the LOTD

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      Anthony Godinho 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ajgodinho: Just back to congratulate you on the well-deserved LOTD. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ~ stay blessed!

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      5 years ago

      These are some great ideas. My aunt makes ornaments every year for the bowling team and relatives. I help her out sometimes as she usually makes 40-60. People really enjoy receiving them.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love these homemade ornaments! We've made a few of these in the past. I don't remember ever seeing the Candy Man, though. That's my new favorite! Congratulations on your very fun Lens of the Day!

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      5 years ago

      Great Lens! My family & I are looking for new traditions.. This will be very exciting for us to do!

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      5 years ago from Boston

      I love making ornaments and I think that it's a fun project to do with kids. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      great lens...very inspiratonal; congrats on your LOTD

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      My family made some of the candy cane reindeer ornaments. They've held up for years and I look forward to seeing them on the tree every Christmas.

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      anne mohanraj 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these nice ideas ! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD! Love this lens.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Over the years I have had or come across nearly all of these decorations. it is really nice to have instructions as to how they all were made. Congratulations on the LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      Great ideas! I remember making dough ornaments when we were little. Congrats on LOTD!

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      5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for the ideas:) Congrats on LOTD!

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      rattie lm 

      5 years ago

      There's something nice about home made decorations - brings back so many memories.

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      5 years ago

      My son made the candy cane reindeer at school this year! I love the felt cutouts!

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      5 years ago

      Love making things myself - nothing beats the personal touch :-) Lovely lens - very inspiring!

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations for the LOTD!

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      5 years ago

      These handmade ornaments are really fabulous.. I am also gonna make it now.. Thanks to you..

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      Glenda Motsavage 

      5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Even though I am not the "creative crafty type," I've really enjoyed this lens. So impressed that you actually have ornaments from your! Congrats on the well-deserved Purple Star and LotD! Merry Christmas!

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I love your handmade Christmas ornaments! Truly creative! Thanks for sharing them ^_^

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My son also made the Bead Candy Cane ornaments when he was in Cub Scouts...we still have those too. My daughters made wooden ornaments and put glitter on them...I still have some of those. I really like this lens, so I've given it a SquidAngel blessing. Love the photos, and step-by-step directions.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the extra easy to make homemade Christmas ornaments....I especially enjoy the bird feeder one!

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      5 years ago

      OMG, I was also about 11 years old and made those beaded balls. I have no idea where they went. They were so beautiful and sold in kits. Does anyone sell the kits anymore. They were GORGEOUS! I wish I had some of the ones from my child hood. I don't recall exactly how to make them. Unfortunately, Of all the pics you have above, that is the only one I can't see (had x in box) but I know what you are talking about!!

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      Sue Dixon 

      6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Lovely lens, great ideas. I've featured it on my "Best Christmas Stockings" lens- hope that's OK!

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      Joy Neasley 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love making ornaments. This year though, I think I am going to draw my christmas cards.

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      Stephen Bush 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      There is a lot of love in here. Your candy man from childhood earned you a Squidoo Blessing. Any Christmas spent when you do some of these activities is a memorable one.

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      Monika Weise 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Thanks for the great ideas!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      SquidAngel Holiday Word Quest Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Lots of great memories AND great ideas here. Well done! Blessed!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was thinking about the Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments just the other day. I haven't made them in many years but think that my grandson and I will make some this year. Thank you for this wonderful resource for Christmas Crafts.

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      6 years ago

      I love making Christmas ornaments each year - mainly cross-stitch or crochet. I love you Candy Man Christmas Tree Ornament idea. I might make a bunch of those for my daughter's class party.

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      I have crocheted many Christmas ornaments and last year I started making bows

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      Char Milbrett 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I remember my sister making 'pomander balls' back in the early seventies.. you take an orange and stick it full of cloves and hang it somewhere. I really don't know if it was a christmas thing, but they smelled christmas'sy...

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's sweet, you kept your candy man ornament for all these years. These are all great ideas for homemade Christmas ornaments! :)

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      These look like great fun and would mean a lot more than just buying them at the shop :)

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      7 years ago

      These are great - I really like the beaded star ornaments, so cute!

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      7 years ago

      Your Christmas ball look like many that I have that were given to our family by our adopted Grandma Jo and brought back such sweet memories from many years gone by. Hand made ornaments have always been a favorite of mine and I still have many that were made when my children were young.

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      7 years ago

      I love it when a crafter gets into their subject. Great lens. I might even give some of these a try...especially the cinnamon ornaments. That would make the house smell so good.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Really awesome crafts and directions! I think I have made some version of most of the ornaments featured here, but I have never seen the little bird feeder. I love it!!! Angel Blessed and featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts.


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