Zeko enjoys writing about gift ideas and creative ways to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
December is coming up, and this means that many people start thinking about Christmas crafts. Handmade Christmas decorations add a special touch to your home for the holiday season, which is why they are a tradition in many families.
No other holiday has such a magical preparation period as Christmas, so to help you get inspired for your holiday projects, here is a collection of creative and tree-worthy handmade Christmas ornaments to add to your decorations this year.
1. No-Glue Paper-Flower Balls
At first glance, you would never guess these pretty ornaments are made from paper. They are cleverly constructed from 12 interlocking flower shapes that fit together just like a jigsaw puzzle.
The ornaments are so easy to make that you won’t even need glue or sticky tape. You can use them not only to add texture to your Christmas tree, but also to create a holiday centerpiece. Just put several of them in a bowl and mix them with other ornaments.
The instructions on how to make these paper flower balls can be found at How About Orange.
2. Star-Worthy Ornaments
Blogger Anu took a simple cardstock and turned it into beautiful stars. Although these Scandinavian-inspired ornaments are not made in the traditional holiday colors, they still look festive and will definitely add a modern touch to your tree.
This is another no-glue paper ornament project and the step-by-step tutorial at Nalle’s House will show you how it is done.
3. Summer Fruit Accents
For most people, the traditional Christmas décor remains the favorite, but if you are not the kind of person who decks their halls in red and green, you will like this next holiday craft from Brit + Co. How adorable are these pinecone pineapples!
Grab a bag of pinecones, paint them in bright yellow, decorate them with paper leaves and you will have one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments that will remind you of vacationing on the beach. Plus, they look fantastic on a pink tree.
4. 3D Sunburst Ornament
Here is another DIY paper craft for you to wow your friends and family. The ornament is called Polish Star, but it looks more like a sea urchin or 3D sunburst. This one involves some paper rolling, so use paper that rolls nicely, like wrapping or decorative paper. Even heavy-duty aluminum foil will work for this project. Simply follow the steps in the video tutorial and you will soon have a bunch of gorgeous handmade Christmas ornaments.
5. Glittery Light Ornaments
Give your burned out lightbulbs a new purpose and turn them into expensive-looking drop ornaments. Paul from Sweet Paul made these glittery decorations by brushing old lightbulbs with craft glue and then dipping them in glitter. To achieve this fresh look, use glass glitter in soft, pastel shades of green, blue and lavender. Aside from the drying time, this project takes no time at all.
6. Geometric-Inspired Ornaments
Himmeli are traditional Finnish holiday decorations made of dried natural straw, but they were reinvented in patterned drinking paper straws by Anu from Nalle’s House. These little geometric sculptures will look lovely against the green branches of the tree as well as clustered together in front of a window. Watch the video for instructions.
7. Metallic Toy Story
Turn a bunch of plastic toys and knick-knacks into chic holiday ornaments in just a few easy steps. All you need to do is apply a coat of primer, a coat of metallic spray paint and then attach a hanging cord or ribbon.
Plastic holiday ornaments are perfect for those who have small kids running around the house, because they are practically unbreakable. Another great thing about these painted toy decorations is that they can be repainted if you decide to change your color scheme next year. Check out the Twinspiration website for a tutorial.
8. Sparkly Melt-Proof Snowflakes
Jodie and Jen from Eighteen 25 give new purpose to wooden clothespins by transforming them into a flurry of sparkly snowflakes. It is amazing how ordinary objects can become really interesting Christmas ornaments with just a little bit of glue and glitter. This is a good holiday craft for small kids to help with or for older children to tackle on their own.
9. Timeless Bleached Pine-Cone Ornaments
Sometimes the best Christmas decorations are those Mother Nature originally adorned trees with: pine cones. Instead of spray painting or covering them with glitter, try bleaching them. The result will be a softer, weathered look that is suitable for any décor—traditional, rustic or even modern. To learn how to bleach pine cones, head to Garden Therapy.
10. Origami Star Christmas Ornaments
To glam up your tree, add several of these elegant origami stars. They certainly look like a nightmare to make but they are not—just watch the video tutorial. They can be a bit time consuming though, but once you get the hang of how to make them, you could whip up quite a few. These DIY ornaments would look best if crafted from shiny foil origami paper.
11. The Marbled Look
Need something to keep the kids busy on a snowy afternoon? Make these polymer clay holiday ornaments from Minted. Polymer clay is an easy material for kids to work with and can be sculpted and molded with simple tools. So, go ahead and pull some cookie cutters out from the kitchen drawer and let them have fun. The trendy marbled effect and the pretty colors make these perfect to string up on your Christmas tree.
12. Toilet Paper Bling
Toilet paper rolls are as useful as the toilet paper that comes on them. Before you throw away that paper roll, think about these gorgeous snowflake ornaments. They look intricate but are actually simple to make—just check out the video. And the purple glitter gives them such a gorgeous sparkle!
13. Rustic Twiggy Snowflakes
Give your Christmas tree a rustic, earthy touch with a DIY twig snowflake. First, send the kids out to gather all those twigs scattered under the trees, then grab the glue gun and you are all set. After you put them together, embellish them with pine needles, berries and twine. If you make the snowflakes with larger twigs, you can also use them as outside decorations.
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Dale Anderson from The High Seas on October 30, 2019:
Some really cool ideas here. Thanks for sharing them with us.
RTalloni on July 26, 2018:
A nice assortment of DIY ornaments to choose from. Your line up here is food for thought...