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Do-it-Yourself Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Updated on September 15, 2014

Handmade Ornaments for Christmas

Our Christmas tree is decorated each year with our own handmade Christmas ornaments, and each year we purchase or make a special ornament that represents our year. Sometimes it is hard to find a store bought ornament that represents the past year, so we end up making an ornament instead which makes it that much more memorable and special. We also exchange ornaments with relatives at Christmas. A personal handmade ornament is something special to receive.

Photo by Gayle Dowell

Step by Step Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornament

A Tutorial

Easy, easy, easy and just a few supplies are needed for this handmade Christmas ornament craft. So easy even the kids will love this one. Here are the materials needed to make these personalized ornaments:

Air Dry Clay - not all are made the same...do not use Crayola Brand, it will not hold up.

Snowflake cookie cutters

Craft paint - I used blue metallic

silver thread

spray lacquer

clay rolling pin or something else to flatten the clay

paper doilies

alphabet stamps and other snowflake stamps

emery board or nail file

Supplies for Air Dry Clay Snowflake Ornament

Model Air Dry Modeling Clay, White
Model Air Dry Modeling Clay, White

Great lightweight clay that is easy to work with and for a great price!

 
Nesting Metal Cookie Cutters 4/Pkg-Snowflake
Nesting Metal Cookie Cutters 4/Pkg-Snowflake

Cookie cutters in the snowflake design. They come in different sizes which is great in making custom ornaments.

 
FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (2 Ounce), 1609 Metallic Blue Sapphire
FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (2 Ounce), 1609 Metallic Blue Sapphire

I love the metallic sheen of this blue paint for the snowflake ornaments. Adds a nice touch.

 
Royal Medallion Lace Round Paper Doilies, 8-Inch, Pack of 20 (B23004)
Royal Medallion Lace Round Paper Doilies, 8-Inch, Pack of 20 (B23004)

Any lace paper or lace itself will work. Love the paper doilies as they are disposable when they get worn.

 
EK Success Image Tree Wood Handle Rubber Stamp Set, Antique Typewriter Alphabet/Lower
EK Success Image Tree Wood Handle Rubber Stamp Set, Antique Typewriter Alphabet/Lower

Everyone needs a set of alphabet stamps. I my sets all the time!

 

Step One

Roll Out the Clay

Using a clay roller, roll out the air dry clay to an even thickness of about 1/4". Make sure to roll out enough clay so that a shape can be cut from it using the snowflake cookie cutters.

Step Two

Before cutting out snowflakes shapes with the cookie cutters, use snowflake stamps, textures and paper doilies, and impress the objects into the clay leaving space later for names to be added. When adding texture from the paper doilies, I use a piece of glass on top of the paper to give me a good support for pressing the doilie into the clay (see second picture below).

making-snowflake-christmas-ornaments-how-to
making-snowflake-christmas-ornaments-how-to

Step Three

Use a snowflake cookie cutter to cut out a snowflake from the textured clay.

Step Four

Before the clay dries, use alphabet stamps to stamp names in the spaces that were not textured.

Step Five

Let shapes dry. When thoroughly dry, file any rough edges using an emery board.

Step Six

Using the metallic blue paint, or any paint of choice, apply liberally using a brush. Immediately wipe excess off with a paper towel. Let dry thoroughly and spray with a clear lacquer to protect the ornament.

meaningful christmas handmade ornament
meaningful christmas handmade ornament
Glue Christmas Ornaments
Glue Christmas Ornaments

Snowflake Ornaments

Holiday Crafts and Creations has a great step by step tutorial for making these wonderful handmade icy snowflake Christmas ornaments from glue and string! This is a great little kid and big kid project. I can see using these in the windows as well as the tree.

Adaptation: You could embed inside each snowflake words or pictures. The glue is just transparent enough to reveal added paper treasures. This will allow you to personalize them.

Image Credit: Holiday Crafts and Creations

Crochet? Let it Snow!

For those who crochet, these snowflake Christmas ornaments would be a cinch to make and would be so beautiful. Can you imagine a tree lit with all white lights and all white snowflake ornaments in all different patterns?

BUY FROM AMAZON: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift---to Give or to Keep

Adapt a Store-Bought Ornament

We have several commercial Christmas ornaments that we have personalized and made our own. Because we love to travel and have had the opportunity to travel around the world, we purchased a globe ornament. Our adaptation was to put a little red dot where we had traveled and the year that we traveled to that destination. Whenever we travel, we can put a dot on our globe as a reminder of our trips.

Do You Make Christmas Ornaments?

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      Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thanks for the vote and the compliment. Merry Christmas to you too!

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      Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thanks Virginia. I hope that you enjoy making the snowflake ornaments. They were one of my favorites to make.

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      Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thank you Margaret. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for this year's ornament.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great ideas. Hand made ornaments are always desired by all art and nature conscious people. They give immense pleasure and prestige to the owner. Yours' are so beautiful and appealing.

      Voted up and interesting. Have a Merry Christmas.

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Great ideas--I really love your snowflake ornaments and think I will try those this year. I also like the globe idea. We also travel and I think that is a wonderful souvenir!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Gayle, we've been making handmade an personalized Christmas ornaments since I was a little girl, and some the ones we made 40 or 50 years ago are still my favorites. I love the projects you've shared here.

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      These are awesome!!!! I may just have to make some of these!

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I make a new handmade ornament for my girls every year. Your snowflakes are beautiful. I think I've found my ornament for this year.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      Handmade ornaments are a family tradition and we make new ornaments for each other every year. Lovely snowflakes!