Handmade Ornaments

Making your own ornaments can lend a little bit of rustic simplicity to your Christmas tree. (If you read my last post last week, this would be a great thing for your family to do on your weekly family night).

I just get so much satisfaction from creating something with my own hands…this is just the type of thing that makes my nostalgic vintage heart go pitter pat.

But alas, how can you make an ornament that don’t look so, well, handmade. 

Here are a few great ideas from around the internet:

Newspaper Ornaments

This one comes from the uber-talented Holly at Life In The Fun Lane. She got the idea from a display at Anthopologie. Essentially, you take a plain glass ornament, a 50-50 mix of Elmer’s glue and water, a small paint brush or craft sponge brush and some strips of newspaper. Then paint the glue mixture on the bulb and apply torn newspaper, old book pages, sheet music or even scrapbook paper.

I bought brown paper star ornaments for $0.50 each at Hobby Lobby that I plan to make this week.

Paper Drop Ornaments

Here is an idea from Family Fun. They are SO creative! Find complete instructions for making these paper drops from Family Fun. How charming to make a bunch of red hearts and hang them from your chandelier on Valentine’s Day?

Walnut Charms

I got this idea from Small Notebook, who got this idea from Design Sponge. Don’t you just love the internet?

Dried Orange Slices

Just for a moment, try to ignore the fact that Martha Stewart uses her dried orange slices as a garnish for cocktails and visualize how much cooler these would be as Christmas ornaments. Just poke a hole through the dried orange slices and string through a loop of twine. Walmart sells twine for a couple of bucks in the hardware department (by the picture hanging supplies).

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Family Fun does it again with these easy-to-make ribbon candy ornaments. They are made with ribbon, so don’t try to eat them!

Button Wreath Ornaments

Another one from Martha. Complete instructions are here. What a great way to use up some extra buttons.

One more idea…

Felt Bird OrnamentsThis sweet dove ornament would look beautiful on any tree. Instructions are provided to make a cardinal as well. Love the fact that older children can help make them. They are cheap labor, ya know.

So how about you? Have you made any ornaments for your tree?

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  1. […] Decorating the house:  Christmas mantle, pillows, entryway, advent calendar and handmade ornaments […]


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