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Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.
Don't be fooled by their glamorous look -- these glitzy globes are easier to make than you think. Start by punching festive designs from double-sided adhesive sheets -- make snowflakes, tree shapes, and more. Once ready, stick them on plain glass ornaments. A sprinkle of red glitter adds a sparkling finish.
Count down the days until Christmas with bright and cheery paper ornaments. Cut colorful double-sided cardstock into various-size squares, then, using bold ink, stamp each square with a number (1-25). Use a hole punch and some string to hang. They'll look fabulous on your tree or in a bouquet of fallen backyard branches!
Try this fresh paper spin on one of your favorite holiday flowers: the poinsettia. Made with red cardstock, glue, and a few pom-poms, this simple ornament is almost as pretty as the real deal. To make, cut the cardstock into five small tear-drop shapes. Fold each in half lengthwise and crease, then unfold. Using hot glue, adhere the round ends to create the flower center. Finish by bedazzling with mini white pom-poms.
Like a little glitz and glam around Christmastime? Us, too! These patterned ornaments get their done-up look from festive paper, mini pom-poms, ribbon, gems, and glue. Experiment with colors, play with patterns -- no matter how you assemble them, they're sure to sparkle.
Editor's Tip: Little ones crafting, too? We recommend cutting easy ornament shapes they can use to trace.
Who says gift tags are for presents only? The little labels double as ornaments, thanks to out-of-the-box thinking and a few simple supplies. Make these easy bird ornaments by cutting the bodies from red or white glitter paper (to avoid the mess of traditional glitter) then draw the details using markers and a gel pen. The charming two-in-one tags ensure nothing goes to waste this holiday.
Do you want to build a snowman? Look no further! Stitched from cozy scraps of felt, these cute-as-can-be snowmen are kid-friendly and perfect for decorating. Send them along with presents or hang them on your tree -- either way, they're sure to melt your heart this holiday season.
These whimsical star ornaments can be made with scraps and accents you already have on hand. Cut out five paired sets of triangles of varying size and two center circles in a complementary color. Attach one set of triangles to one circle, overlapping the corners just slightly; repeat with the other side. Join the two sides, leaving a small hole. Fill with fiberfill stuffing and hand-stitch the opening closed. Attach beads and a ribbon loop for hanging.
Go old-school this Christmas with mini chalkboard ornaments. Start by coating unfinished wooden discs in red paint, then let your creativity wander with fun and festive chalk designs. Think snowflakes, doves -- even a vintage Santa face!
Delicate stars make perfect tree or window adornments -- and you don't even need a pattern! To make, cut simple shapes from felted wool and embellish with embroidery floss, pearl beads, and crystal accents. To add visual variety to your display, change the size of star and type of accents.
Old-fashioned silhouettes are popular again, so honor your family members by celebrating their profiles in Christmas ornaments. Using a photo as a guide, trace a silhouette onto black paper; cut out. Line the back of a small frame with decorative paper, then glue the silhouette on top. Hang with a pretty ribbon.
Use a variety of colors to create a whole blizzard of snowflake ornaments. Place a colored cotton fabric square in an embroidery hoop. Using a pencil, trace the snowflake pattern onto the fabric. Backstitch the straight snowflake lines, making double-wrapped French knots at the ends. Remove from the hoop. Lay fabric on a same-size piece of batting; reinsert into the wooden hoop.
Make the outside of your home as pretty as the inside with this adorable crafts-stick trick!