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DIY Craft Decoration: Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments Made with Yarn

Updated on October 02, 2015
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An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

Easy Handmade Christmas Decorations Made with Yarn
Easy Handmade Christmas Decorations Made with Yarn | Source

Here are step-by-step directions to make four different Christmas decorations using yarn. Each of these tutorials makes a charming and colorful ornament for your holiday tree. If you are a knitter or crocheter, these ornaments are a great way to use up some scrap yarn, and add some yarn-love to your Christmas decorating! And if you are making these to give to a knitter or crocheter, I'm sure these ornaments will be loved and cherished for many holidays to come.

Note: I would not use your best or most expensive yarn for these ornaments, unless you just have a little bit that you want to use up. Inexpensive acrylic craft yarn would be a good choice for these decorations.

Easy Clear Yarn Ball Ornament

Christmas decoration using a clear ball and yarn
Christmas decoration using a clear ball and yarn | Source

Materials for Clear Yarn Ball Ornament

  • Clear Christmas ball ornament, either glass or plastic. These decorations are available at most craft stores. Size is completely your choice.
  • One or more egg--sized balls of yarn. This is a great opportunity to use up that last little bit of some of your prettiest yarn that you might have left over. Worsted weight of bulky yarn will fill your ornament faster, but you can use any yarn you wish.
  • beads, sequins, or buttons to add a little sparkle (make sure they fit through the opening of your ornament)
  • decorative stitch markers or other accessories (optional) to personalize ornament (again, make sure they will fit into your ornament)
  • little cup or towel to rest ornament on while working

use a small cup to hold your ornament while working and turn it to drop little items in to accessorize your decoration.
use a small cup to hold your ornament while working and turn it to drop little items in to accessorize your decoration. | Source

Directions for Clear Yarn Ball Ornament

1. Take the top off your clear ball decoration and place it in a small cup or on a towel to work.

2. Slowly feed your yarn end into the ornament by dropping the strand into the opening. Your yarn should start pooling in the ornament in a little nest-like shape. You can use a pen or similar object to direct or move your yarn to make a pleasing shape. Try to fill in the center with yarn so there is no hole in the center of your nest.

3. You can add different yarns to make layers of color, or use just one color. You can also fill up your ornament completely with yarn, or just fill it in part to create the look you want.

4. When your yarn is in place, tip the ornament a bit towards you and start dropping in any beads, sequin, or buttons that you want to add to your ornament. Keep turning your decoration as you drop your items so you distribute your little additions around the sides of your ornament.

Do the same with any large items you want to add to your ornament. I used little sequin around the edges of my ornament, then added plastic snowflakes as a last detail to create a wintery theme.

5. If you are making this ornament for a knitter or crocheter, decorative stitch markers would make a nice addition to this yarn ornament. A perfect way to personalize your gift, they can use the stitch markers after the holiday season!

Yarn-Wrapped Ornament

Wrapped Yarn Ornament
Wrapped Yarn Ornament | Source

Materials for Yarn-Wrapped Ornament

  • a ball to use as your base - this can be a clear Christmas ball, an old round holiday decoration (without too much texture), a styrofoam ball, or a paper mache ball
  • worsted weight or bulky weight yarn in your choice of color
  • craft glue that dries clear
  • ribbon, lace, or crochet trim to decorate your ball (you can also use a small crochet doily)
  • buttons, beads, or sequin (optional)

wrapping your ornament with yarn
wrapping your ornament with yarn | Source

Directions for Yarn-Wrapped Ornament

1. Take the top off your ornament (if necessary) and place it upside-down in a small cup to work. The bottom of your ornament should be facing you.

2. With a paintbrush, put a small amount of white glue on the bottom of your ornament. Spread it around to create a quarter-sized area of glue to work with.

3. Take the end of your yarn, and start tightly coiling it around your ornament (see photo) so that there is no space between yarn wraps. Once you have filled in your area of glue with yarn, let it dry for a little while. Use your fingernail, if necessary, to snug up the wraps of yarn so none of your base is showing.

4. Then carefully spread more glue around your ornament (try not to get glue on the yarn that you have in place), and continue to wrap your ornament. Work in small areas, letting your decoration dry a while between sections.

5. When you get to the top of your decoration, trim and carefully glue down the end of your yarn to make a neat edge at the top of your ornament. If you have a top or cap to your ornament, be careful not to lay your yarn so it interferes with putting the top back on your decoration. Let your ornament dry completely.

6. Then use ribbon or trim to add some decoration to your wrapped ornament. I laid out my lace pieces in a snowflake shape and glued it down with my craft glue. If you crochet, make a small doily or flower to decorate your ornament!

7. (Optional) you can glue buttons, beads, or sequin to your ornament to enhance your design. I added small buttons to create polka dots on my yarn-wrapped decoration.

Yarn and Button Decoration

DIY Yarn and Button Christmas Ornament
DIY Yarn and Button Christmas Ornament | Source

Materials for Yarn and Button Decoration

  • a ball to use as your base - same as above - this can be a clear Christmas ball, an old round holiday decoration (without too much texture), a styrofoam ball, or a paper mache ball
  • worsted weight or bulky weight yarn in your choice of color
  • craft glue that dries clear, and a glue pen if you have one
  • buttons, beads, or sequin (optional)
  • paper template of a heart, star, or Christmas Tree for your design. You can find a shape on the internet, in a pattern book, or trace an object that you already have.

Yarn and Button Ornament Tutorial
Yarn and Button Ornament Tutorial | Source

Directions for Yarn and Button Christmas Decoration

1. Take the top off your base ball and put it in a cup with the top facing up.

2. Begin to wrap with your ornament with yarn as instructed in the Yarn-Wrapped Decoration directions, however, begin working from the top opening of your ornament down to the bottom. Be careful to glue down your yarn so it does not interfere with putting the top or cap back on your ornament when you're done.

3. When you reach the bottom of your ornament, DO NOT cut your yarn. Cut out the paper template of your heart, Christmas Tree, or star (or other shape) and use doublestick tape to place it on your ornament where you want your design to be. You may have to crumple your template a bit to have it fit around the ornament, but the tape should hold your template in place while you need it.

4. Use the small tip of your glue to outline the shape of your template, starting from where your yarn ended its wraps. Then carry up your yarn from the end point of your wraps and lay it down in the glue around your design.

5. Let your yarn outline dry, remove your paper template, and fill in your shape with buttons, beads, or sequin as you choose. Layering these items will make a colorful and interesting design!

Knitting Needles or Crochet Hook Ornament - Great for Knitters or Crocheters!

Knitting Needles or Crochet Hook Ornament
Knitting Needles or Crochet Hook Ornament | Source
small knittting needles for Christmas decoration
small knittting needles for Christmas decoration | Source

Materials for Knitting Needles or Crochet Hook Christmas Ornament

  • a ball to use as your base - same as above - this can be a clear Christmas ball, an old round holiday decoration (without too much texture), a styrofoam ball, or a paper mache ball
  • worsted weight or bulky weight yarn in your choice of color
  • craft glue that dries clear
  • a small crochet hook, or
  • a small double-pointed needle (dpn) and two beads to make knitting needles

Making a yarn ball Christmas decoration
Making a yarn ball Christmas decoration | Source

Directions for Knitting Needles or Crochet Hook Ornament

1. You will need a small crochet hook or small knitting needles to decorate this Christmas ball. You can buy small crochet hooks where crochet supplies are sold. You can also find miniature hooks and knitting needles on ebay or etsy for craft projects.

To make your own small knitting needles, take a small dpn (I used a size 4) and cut it in half evenly. Sand the ends if necessary. Then use some super-glue to attach some correctly-sized beads to the ends to look like knitting needles. Allow your finished needles to dry completely.

2. Take you base ball and begin to wrap with yarn. I wrapped my yarn 3 or 4 times in one direction, being sure to cover and secure my yarn end, before changing directions.

3. Continue to wrap your ball with yarn, working neatly (about 4 wraps in every direction) until your base is covered.

4. Then hold your little crochet hook or knitting needles in place where you want them (add a little glue if necessary), and wrap your yarn some more around your ball to secure your hook or needles in place.

5. When your yarn wraps are complete, bring your yarn to the bottom of your ball. Tuck your yarn end under a few of your wraps to neatly secure it (you can add a drop of craft glue if you need it) and trim your end so it is hidden.

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Finishing Your Ornaments

The finishing touches are so important to any handmade item. To complete any of these items, add a decorative ribbon or tie to hang your ornament (you can glue or pin the ribbon in place if you used styrofoam or paper balls for your ornaments). I like to add a little tag to each of my ornaments, made with decorative Christmas stamps and ink, to add that special touch! I hope you love your finished Christmas decorations!!

Copyright © 2014 by Donna Herron. All rights reserved.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      On my, these are beautiful! I love the simple look, yet so elegant. I will have to share this with my friends who are so crafty.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks, teaches12345! I started making a tree decoration for my knitting group's annual ornament exchange, then just kept going and making more :) Thanks s much for your comments and support!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 2 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I couldn't pin this fast enough! I'm thinking quick gifts or a Sunday School craft.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi kschimmel! Thanks so much. I hope these tutorials give you some great ideas. Thanks for your comments and pin!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      one word to describe it: Beautiful. Simple awesome

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi peachpurple Wow! What a wonderful compliment! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!!

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      Nadine 2 years ago from ohio

      I absolutely love these!!!! thank you for sharing!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi nadinelopo - You're very welcome :) I'm so glad you like them. Thank you so much for your comments! I appreciate it!!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I might give this a try. I have so much yarn here that it is unbelievable! Great idea!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Barbara - these ornaments are a great way to use up and display that last little bit of your favorite yarn. We all hate to just throw out our scraps of yarn :) Hope you have a great holiday season. Thanks so much for your comments!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      What great ideas purl! I really love the one with the yarn in the see thru ornament for young kids. Thinking that would be a great Sunday School craft, but my favorite is definitely your button one! How cute that would be on a tree.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea and a wonderful DIY hub! Your instructions and pictures are fantastic! Pinning and sharing.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - These clear ornaments are wonderful for so many crafts. I'm sure your Sunday School class could find a lot of things to fill them with, but yarn is an easy and colorful choice. The button ornament is a favorite of mine too. I love all the different colors and texture that the buttons add. Thanks so much for your comments and share!

      Hi Just Ask Susan - So glad you like these decorations! They are a great way to make new ornaments from items I already had in my craft supplies. Thanks so much for your comments, pin, and share!!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      These are some really neat ideas. I am sharing this one.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Lady Guinevere - Thanks so much! I appreciate your comments and share!!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome ideas, every one! I'm with the crowd - love the instructions and pictures, definitely sharing!

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      craftdrawer 2 years ago

      Beautiful ornaments !!! Thanks for some great ideas!!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Susan - These ornaments were fun to make and I'm glad that you like them. Thanks so much for your comments and share!!

      Hi craftdrawer - You're welcome :) Thanks for your warm and kind comments!

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      R Beggs 2 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      It is nice to see something like this during Christmas. Family oriented decorations.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks, firstday! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You are too crafty for your own good. Surely your friends and family will not leave you alone when Christmas rolls around!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      That's very sweet of you to say, poetryman6969. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are so pretty! Even I could do this!Pinned to holiday crafts board!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!! Thanks so much for your comments and pin!

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      Diane Ziomek 20 months ago from Alberta, Canada

      I love the one with the little knitting needles. The clear ornaments with the yarn inside would be a great way to show off handspun art yarn. I have pinned this Hub so I have it for future reference. I'm not quite ready to be thinking about Christmas, but I will be in a month or two.

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      Donna Herron 20 months ago from USA

      What a great way to show off some of your own yarn! I think this would make a lovely gift for a friend or family member who knits or crochets. Good luck with your Christmas crafting! Thanks, as always, for your comments and pin!

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