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3 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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

3 Simple DIY Christmas Ornaments

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.

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.

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.

Quilted Ball Christmas Ornament

Quilted Ball Christmas Ornament

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?

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

Comments

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:

Hi Sherry,

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.

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 26, 2012:

Oh, you flatter me FullOfLoveSites. Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on November 26, 2012:

The Christmas holidays are another reason to tap your creativity and sharing it with other people... oh how I love your ideas, Sherry. These are the quality of crafts you find at stores and malls. Very nice. Thanks for sharing them! :)

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 26, 2012:

Thanks for reading Robie Benve. If you haven't seen it yet you might look at my other hub, How to Make Cute, Easy Clothespin Reindeer Ornaments. It's super easy to do with kids. Have fun!

Robie Benve from Ohio on November 26, 2012:

Really nice and easy ideas! I was looking for crafty ornament ideas to do with my kids. Thanks for sharing! :)

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 25, 2012:

I am pleased to be the inspiration for this year's project. Thanks for the visit Deborah.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on November 25, 2012:

I am looking for a new craft project for the annual Craft Day that I have with my sister and sisters-in-law. These are perfect! I think I'll adopt the mini wreath as my project this year. Thanks for the ideas!

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 24, 2012:

Thanks for voting and sharing mary615. Ornaments that bring memories of Christmases past are the best kind.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 24, 2012:

My children and I made beautiful Christmas ornaments, and every year, I tenderly remove them from their resting place and put them on the tree. I love your idea, especially the quilted one.

I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 20, 2012:

Oh, go ahead, you can never have too many ornaments. Well, maybe you can, but I just pick and choose which ones to hang every year. Thanks moonlake

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 20, 2012:

They're not very hard at all VeronicaFarkas. A friend showed me that one, I'm glad you like it.

moonlake from America on November 20, 2012:

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

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on November 20, 2012:

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!

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 19, 2012:

Thanks for the visit Mike Robbers

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 19, 2012:

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.

Anil from Kerala on November 19, 2012:

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

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on November 18, 2012:

I love those mini wreaths, very adorable.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 18, 2012:

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

Laura Izett-Irwin from The Great Northwest on November 18, 2012:

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.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 18, 2012:

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.

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 18, 2012:

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

Sherry Hewins (author) from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 18, 2012:

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

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 18, 2012:

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

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 18, 2012:

These are really pretty and look very easy to make!

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on November 18, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 18, 2012:

Beautiful ornaments!

Audrey Howitt from California on November 18, 2012:

These are lovely!!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 18, 2012:

Sherry,

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

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on November 18, 2012:

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

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on November 17, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 17, 2012:

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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