3 Easy Homemade 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 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.
All photos are by the author
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
What's Your Favorite?
Which ornament would you be more likely to make?
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