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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.
These crafty ornaments are a new spin on a classic winter figure. All glittered up and star-shaped, they look like snowman snowflakes. Draw a rounded star shape to use as a pattern. Trace and cut out two shapes from white batting; pin together. Sew the shapes together along the edges, stuffing with fiberfill as you go. Stitch a long white string through the top of the head for a hanging loop.
Thin decoupage medium with a bit of water. Brush mixture all over star, coating the edges and stitches; let dry. Brush on a second coat on all areas you wish to glitter. Sprinkle glitter; shake off excess. Reapply as desired; let dry.
Draw on eyes with a fine-tip black marker. Glue on an orange-felt nose. Glue artificial greenery around neck.
What's better than seeing Santa's friendly face smiling down from the Christmas tree? Try this unique take on a classic decoration by starting with miniature vintage mugs. Then, bleach bottle brush trees; let dry. Dye bottle brush trees red; let dry. Place tree in mug, sticking into florist's foam to secure. Glue on ornaments as desired.
These little guys are all bundled up -- but that only makes them more adorable! Download our pattern and trace onto lightweight cardboard. Glue on the back of patterned scrapbook paper and trim around shape. Cut out a felt oval for face. Stitch on eyes and mouth and attach pink felt circles for cheeks. Hot-glue face onto hood of snowsuit. Hot-glue black paper semicircles for shoes, and glue on embellishments where desired. Use trims, metallic pipe cleaners, buttons, and ribbon for embellishments. Attach a loop of thread for hanging.
Add some trendy shine to the tree -- no one will guess the secret material used to make this ornament is straws!
Purchase gold metallic straws, or coat straws with gold spray paint. Cut straws into pieces: four 5 inch; four 3 inch; four 2-3/4 inch. Thread 5 feet of string onto a needle. String one 5-inch straw, two 2-3/4-inch straws, and another 5-inch straw. Push straws near the end of the string and pull strings tight to create a diamond shape. Keeping strings taut, secure with a square knot, and leave a 3-inch tail.
String one 5-inch straw and one 2-3/4-inch straw and tie off on the bottom of the diamond shape. Repeat, and tie off at the top of the diamond. Thread needle back through one of the 5-inch straws, so your string comes out in the middle; tie off. Add a 3-inch straw horizontally between each side of the diamond, tying off at each corner.
Add a gold bead to the 3-inch string tail and secure with hot glue; let dry. Trim excess string.
This sweet tree is an adorable Christmas ornament craft the kids can make. Cut a tree shape from light green wool. Cut out a dark green tree accent and a brown trunk accent and sew these pieces onto light green layer. Use needle and thread to sew on purchased beaded felt balls in a zigzag pattern. Stitch a yarn loop at the top for hanging.
Patterned fabric with bold shapes can be used to make super easy ornaments. Choose a fabric with bright circles of pattern or color, and layer with fusible batting. Press layers together. Sew layers together about 1/4-inch from the edge of each circle, using a decorative stitch setting. Use pinking shears to cut through all layers around each circle motif. Attach a loop of ribbon for hanging.
You can fill the tree with beautiful hand-drawn snowflakes without breaking the bank. Only a few simple materials are needed to make this fun craft that the kids can join in on.
To find a snowflake pattern, search the Web for "snowflake pattern"; print and cut out your favorite. Trace shapes onto kraft chipboard and use a crafts knife to cut out. Use white marker to draw embellishments onto ornaments. Loop off-white ribbon through hole in ornament and secure with tape.
These frosty cuties will add cheer to your tree and are quick and easy crafts to make. Punch a circle from embossed or snowflake-patterned white cardstock. Cut out carrot nose from orange cardstock and attach with foam adhesive dots (available at crafts stores). Draw on eyes and mouth with black marker. Punch a small hole on the top of the ornament and thread loop through hole to hang.
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; 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 papery 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 teardrop 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? These 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 drawing on details using markers and a gel pen. The charming two-in-one tags ensure nothing goes to waste this holiday.
Fold it right there! Save some room on your Christmas tree for these easy yet dazzling paper stars. Start by printing our free pattern, then finish by gluing on a sweet holiday message.
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.
Make the outside of your home as pretty as the inside with this adorable crafts-stick trick!
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.