I love crafting, especially for the holidays! Making simple crafts is a great way to spend time with your kids.
Easy Do-it-Yourself Christmas Ornaments to Make at Home
These DIY Christmas projects require varying amounts of patience and skill, but I can guarantee that everyone involved will have a good time.
Making Christmas ornaments with my kids has always been a tradition in my family. No matter the quality of the ornaments produced, it's always a memorable evening. Now, even though the kids are all grown up and moved out, they still come over for an ornament night each holiday season. I'm also carrying this wonderful tradition on with my grandchildren.
I have to admit, there were a few years when we didn't get many usable Christmas ornaments for all of our work, but it was always fun. The ornaments I've chosen for this tutorial are both beautiful and simple to make.
Fanned Paper Circles
For this easy ornament project I have used metallic wrapping paper to make the fanned paper ornament pictured here. You can use any kind of paper you like. Scrapbook paper that is printed on both sides works well. A small print pattern seems to look best. You can even have the kids decorate the paper they are going to use with crayons or markers.
- Ribbon or Cord
- Staples (optional)
- Accordion fold the sheet of paper, then secure the resulting strip at the center. You can staple it or tie it.
- This circle was made with a sheet that measured 9.5" x 6." The folds are about 1/2 inch and 18 folds seems to be about right. If you are using special paper, I recommend that you try it a couple of times with a plain sheet of paper first, just for practice.
- Round off the tip of the pleats with scissors on one side. This gives the fanned paper a scalloped effect. Fan the paper out into a circle and tape it in place. Attach your ribbon or cord hanger with tape and it's ready for the tree.
Quilted Christmas Ball Ornaments
Christmas themed printed fabric works well for these, but you can use any kind of fabric you like. I often make Christmas stockings and have fabric scraps left over from them to us for projects like this.
- Styrofoam Craft Balls
- Fabric Scraps
- A Sharp Knife and a Butter Knife
- Paper Clips or Sturdy Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Score the Styrofoam ball with the sharp knife. I found a symmetrical pattern to work the best.
- Cut bits of fabric to cover each area. Make them a little larger than you think they should be; you can always trim a little fabric off if you need to.
- Use the butter knife to tuck the edges of the fabric into the scores you've made.
- An adult will need to cut the pattern into the balls for young kids. Getting the fabric smooth does take a bit of patience. These ornaments look impressive when they are done though.
- Cut the paper clip to a u-shaped piece and press it into the top of the Styrofoam ball to hold the hanger. If you dip it into a bit of Gorilla Glue first you won't have to worry about it slipping out.
Now you can hang your beautiful quilted ornament with ribbon or a wire ornament hook.
Mini Christmas Wreaths
We chose these mini wreaths for our Christmas ornament project several years ago. I bought the little wreaths at a craft store. All we did was glue on a few embellishments. It was very easy to make them look attractive. They looked lovely on the Christmas tree.
- Purchased miniature wreaths
- Glue gun
These are so easy to make since the wreath itself is already made. You can get them at Ben Franklin's, Michael's, or any craft store.
Some good items to use for embellishments:
- Tiny ribbon
- Miniature greenery, holly berries and flowers
- Tiny Christmas ornaments
- Miniature birds, angels, wooden nutcracker soldiers etc.
- Tiny snowflakes
- Since the wreaths are already made, all you have to do is add the decorations. Simply glue them onto the wreath with your hot glue gun.
- With these wreaths, less is more. Don't overload them or they will become too cluttered and heavy.
- You can add a wire or ribbon hanger if desired, but I usually just nestle mine among the Christmas tree branches.
Enjoy the Holidays With the People You Love
I hope you take the time to enjoy the Christmas season and spend time with the people you love. Sharing an activity, like making Christmas ornaments, is an excellent way to bring people together and make memories you will always treasure.
© 2012 Sherry Hewins
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 12, 2013:
Thank you Dolores. I'm glad you have those nice memories
Anamika S - I love those ornaments kids make at school. Buying ornaments is certainly easier.
Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on December 12, 2013:
So nice! You just reminded me of my school times. I use to make stuff like these then. But now I just prefer to buy it.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 12, 2013:
I remember making Christmas ornaments with my kids when they were young. It was so much fun! You've brought back memories. Wish I'd seen these ornaments then, they are so pretty!
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 30, 2013:
That's the truth Rochelle
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 30, 2013:
A very pretty way to make memories. These are keepsakes that always bring back the feeling of a special shared time.
It's not the things we keep-- it's the memories we make together that are most important.
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on March 19, 2013:
Thank you Peggy W, it's so nice to get an off-season visit.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2013:
I grew up in a family that made homemade Christmas ornaments. We mixed them with others and the memories of making them as a family remains special to this day. I like yours...especially the quilted ball. Nice way to use up scraps of fabric. Up and useful votes.
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on January 08, 2013:
Thanks for stopping by, I bet those Hawaiian ornaments are special.
DLV from Henderson, NV on January 07, 2013:
I love the ornaments. Back home in Hawaii, there are a lot of crafty people that make home made ornaments. When I moved here to Nevada, I didn't see much craft fairs or a lot of homemakers. So it's interesting to learn how to make unique home made ornaments. It's unique and is lasts forever.
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on January 07, 2013:
Hi Denise, My grown daughters and I had a blast painting tiny gourds and starfish, this year. We produced some really unique ornaments. I like to use my homemade ornaments for stocking stuffers. I bet your daughter's teachers loved their gifts. Thanks for visiting, voting and sharing.
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 07, 2013:
I love,love, love making homemade ornaments,especially when they are as lovely as these are. My oldest granddaughter, Olivia, has made homemade ornaments by painting winter scenes onto plastic ornaments. She gave them to her teachers as Christmas gifts. UP/A/U/I sharing.
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 06, 2012:
I like easy stuff too. Some crafts are too much like work. Thanks very much for visiting and commenting slackermom.
Lisa Palmer from Attapulgus GA on December 06, 2012:
Very cute. I love crafts that are cheap and easy. These seem to be a cinch for even a slacker like myself. Great hub.
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 05, 2012:
Thanks Cathy Fidelibus, have fun with them.
Ms. Immortal from NJ on December 05, 2012:
I love all three and plan on making them. Thanks!
Tammy from North Carolina on December 05, 2012:
These are gorgeous! I love them all, especially the small wreath. These are very creative. Pinned and shared. :)
Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 04, 2012:
Fabulous Deborah, You are very welcome.
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on December 04, 2012:
Sherry, just stopping back to say that I did go with the mini wreath as my craft project this year. It was a huge hit! Everyone loved them. Thanks again for the idea.
Nira Perkins on December 01, 2012:
I love these. I've made homemade ornaments years ago in art class and I always enjoyed it. I was thinking about making some for this year so I'll have to give these a try. The little wreaths are amazing.