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3 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Updated on May 5, 2017
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I love crafting, especially for the holidays! Making simple crafts is a great way to spend time with your kids.

3 Simple DIY Christmas Ornaments
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Easy Do-it-Yourself Christmas Ornaments to Make at Home

These DIY Christmas projects require varying amounts of patience and skill, but I can pretty much 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. When I look through my box of homemade ornaments, I think the ornaments I've chosen for this tutorial are both beautiful and simple to make.

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Fanned Paper Circles

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.

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ribbon or Cord
  • Staples (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Accordion fold the sheet of paper, then secure the resulting strip at the center. You can staple it or tie it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Fanned Paper Circle Christmas OrnamentAccordion fold the paperFasten the fan in the centerRound off the edge
Fanned Paper Circle Christmas Ornament
Fanned Paper Circle Christmas Ornament | Source
Accordion fold the paper
Accordion fold the paper
Fasten the fan in the center
Fasten the fan in the center
Round off the edge
Round off the edge

Quilted Christmas Ball Ornament

Quilted Ball Christmas Ornament
Quilted Ball Christmas Ornament

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.

Materials:

  • Styrofoam Craft Balls
  • Fabric Scraps
  • A Sharp Knife and a Butter Knife
  • Paper Clips or Sturdy Wire
  • Ribbon
  • Wire Cutters

Instructions:

  1. Score the Styrofoam ball with the sharp knife. I found a symmetrical pattern to work the best.
  2. 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.
  3. Use the butter knife to tuck the edges of the fabric into the scores you've made.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Christmas Wreaths

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Mini Wreath Ornament with berriesMini Wreath Ornament with PoinsettiaMini Wreath Ornament with greeneryMini Wreath Ornament with bird
Mini Wreath Ornament with berries
Mini Wreath Ornament with berries
Mini Wreath Ornament with Poinsettia
Mini Wreath Ornament with Poinsettia
Mini Wreath Ornament with greenery
Mini Wreath Ornament with greenery
Mini Wreath Ornament with bird
Mini Wreath Ornament with bird

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.

Materials:

  • Purchased miniature wreaths
  • Glue gun
  • Embellishments

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
  • Glitter

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. With these wreaths, less is more. Don't overload them or they will become too cluttered and heavy.
  3. You can add a wire or ribbon hanger if desired, but I usually just nestle mine among the Christmas tree branches.

What's Your Favorite?

Which ornament would you be more likely to make?

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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 a good way to bring people together and make memories you will always treasure.

© 2012 Sherry Hewins

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love simple crafts and I define simple by whether I could actually do them....these fit that criteria. :) Great ideas, Sherry!

      Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

      bill

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love these ideas. I especially like the fanned paper circles. I think I'll have to try making some of those with my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fabulous ideas, Sherry. I schmeard ya all over the internet. ;)

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sherry,

      This is a great Hub with easy-to-follow instructions. Well done!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      These are lovely!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful ornaments!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Fun ideas, can't wait to try them with my grand kids.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are really pretty and look very easy to make!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great ideas here, Sherry. I like them! And something we can do together as a family too. I share this great hub!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      duffsmom and rebeccamealey thank you for reading my hub and taking the time to comment on it.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      midget38: Family time is what it's about, the ornaments are just a by product. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Each Christmas my family creates one new ornament for our tree. Some years we are silly, some years we are more creative. I like your wreath idea. I'll suggest it to my family. Thanks for the idea.

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      Laura Irwin 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

      creative. great stuff here. My daughter and I do plastic bead ornaments that you iron and baked clay also. These are great ideas I'll try.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful hub packed with easy crafty ideas which definitely come in handy for many as Christmas is just one month away. I found your fanned paper circle and quilted ball vibrant and cute but I am partial to your pretty mini-wreaths, particularly the last one with the little pink bird and silverish-white flowers. Nice to know that you did these crafts with your family. Way to go!

      I will show this detailed hub of yours to my cousin-sister who owned a mini-Christmas tree and would like to add more ornaments to it. Pinned your hub for future reference.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & shared

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I love those mini wreaths, very adorable.

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Wonderful magic. Through this method we can reduce our Xmas celebration cost. Thank you

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thanks for commenting Anil and Honey. The paper fan circles are practically free. The quilted balls are low cost if you can find the styrofoam balls cheap. Sometimes you can get a pack of them at the dollar store. The materials for mini-wreaths cost me a little more.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thanks for the visit Mike Robbers

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      What a nice tradition! They fabric ornaments are not as hard as I'd thought. I'm especially glad that you shared that one! :)

      Happy Holidays!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love the fabric ball so pretty. I'm going to have to try that one. I need more ornament like a need another hole in my head.....Voted Up

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