It’s that time of year again… Christmas time! And I can’t get enough. Early Decemeber is the perfect time to start your last-minute crafting, and I’ve got some quick and simple Christmas ornaments to help you out with that. Check out these 5 DIY Christmas ornaments:
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Wrapped Candy Canes:
Candy canes are classic symbols for this time of year, and they make great Christmas ornaments, too! But I’ve stepped it up just a notch with a few supplies that you probably have on hand.
Candy canes (be sure that you like the shape of them, some are more curved at the top than others)
Twine- Jute twine or bakers twine will work great!
Hot glue gun and sticks
Ribbon, buttons, bells for embellishing
- Start with a small-ish dot of hot glue at one end of the candy cane and stick your twine to it. Wrap your twine tightly around the candy cane, making sure to put a dot of hot glue every inch or so.
- Embellish candy canes to your heart’s content. For one, I made a bow and stuck it on with hot glue, and then glued a button on top of the bow. I also made a candy cane ornament by tying two together, slipping two jingle bells on that string. You’ll need lots of hot glue for this one, so don’t be shy.
- It’s ready to hand on the tree once the glue is dry! When you pack it away at the end of the season, be sure to wrap in bubble wrap or newspaper to prevent it from cracking or breaking.
Clear Ornament with Swirled Paint:
These are so much fun to make, and really hard to mess up. They are the perfect Christmas ornaments for kids to make!
Paint (2-3 colors)
- Take the top off the ornament and squeeze 2-3 colors of paint inside. Turn the ornament to coat the insides. If you use too many colors for this, be aware that they make start look pretty gross. Just sayin’
- When the inside is coated, set it upside down in the tray that it came in. This will allow extra paint to drain out so that it can start drying.
- It’s ready to hang on the tree after 1-2 days of drying. To store these ornaments for the rest of the year, store them in the same plastic tray that they came in, just be sure that the excess paint that dripped out is dry. If you had a lot of paint drain out, you may want to wipe it out of the tray before it dries.
Tip: Using fresh paint will yield the best results. Old paints tend to be too thick for good swirling.
Flower Petal Filled Ornaments:
I used flowers from my wedding bouquet to make this ornament, and it’s one of my favorites. Obviously, any flowers will suffice, but I sure do love the sentimental value that my wedding flowers add to this ornament.
Fresh flowers/other foliage
- Take off the top of the ornament and carefully put your fresh flowers, petals and leaves in the ornament. You may have to roll them up a bit, and then gently shake the ornament to get them to unroll.
- Let the flowers dry inside the ornament. This can take up to several days, so be sure that you’re gently shaking and swirling the flowers during this time, so they don’t stick together. It’s probably just fine to display your ornament while the flowers are drying, but don’t forget to move them around often.
- To store these ornaments, just place them back in the tray that they came in.
Ornaments with Rolled up Wrapping Paper, Burlap, or Ribbon:
These DIY Christmas ornaments are super easy. In fact, these are probably the simplest ones on the list, but they still look great hanging on the tree!
Wrapping paper/burlap/ribbon for inside
Ribbon/twine to tie around the top
- Begin by cutting your wrapping paper or burlap into strips that are about ½ to 1 inch wide. Each strip can vary in length, but keep them roughly between 6 and 9 inches. I found that I had the most success with shorter strips of burlap and longer strips of wrapping paper, but experiment a little, and do what works best for you!
- Next, you’re going to roll your ribbon/wrapping paper/burlap into little “scrolls” and slide them into the ornament. Be sure to roll them tight enough for them to stay rolled up once they are inside. You want to put enough little scrolls in each ornament to make it full, without over-crowding it. I put about 6 scrolls of burlap in each, and about 10 scrolls of wrapping paper. Again, experiment and do what works best for you!
- For a final touch, tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the metal top of the ornament. No need to wait before hanging these DIY Christmas ornaments on the tree! At the end of the season, store them back in the tray they came in.
Paper Mache DIY Christmas Ornaments:
These paper mache DIY Christmas ornaments are perfect for creative, crafty people! Obviously, there are tons of ways to make these, but I’m going to share with you one way that I made mine.
Paper Mache ornament (like these)
Ribbon (at least 2 colors)
- Begin by cutting your ribbon into strips that are long enough to cover the sections of your ornament. When you have enough ribbon cut, go ahead and use your hot glue to stick the ribbon to the ornament. I opted to do alternating ribbon in each section, but there are certainly other ways to do this that look great! You may have to trim your ribbon pieces that are close to the edge of the section on the ornament, so that it fits into the section neatly. Don’t worry too much about making the top and bottom points look nice, we’re going to cover them up anyway!
- When you’re finished gluing all your ribbon wrap your twine around the top and bottom points of the ornament, using hot glue to keep it in place as you go. Wrap it just enough to cover the messy ends of the ribbon, and tuck the end of the twine up underneath the twine above it with some hot glue on the end.
- The final step is to line the edges of each section of the ornament with puffy paint. It helps to seal the ends of the ribbon, and gives the ornament a clean finished look. I would suggest waiting a day for the paint to dry before hanging it on your tree. When it’s time to pack it up, simply wrap it in tissue paper and store it with the rest of your ornaments.
Tell me about your favorite DIY Christmas ornament or décor in the comments, and be sure to share this post!