10 DIY Scandinavian Christmas Ornaments to Make This Season
Gnome Christmas Ornament
Gnomes have long been a part of northern European lore. This Christmas, make an adorable felt gnome ornament of your own, complete with a rustic pinecone and the characteristic long beard. If real pinecones aren't available or in season where you live, you can purchase a Bag of Pinecones ($6, Michaels) for the ornaments instead. Then hang the mischievous fellow on your tree and hope he doesn't run off to steal some Christmas cookies!
Wood Bead Tassel Ornament
Folk Art Felt Ornament
Stay cozy this winter with these simple folk-art inspired felt ornaments. They’ll add a touch of softness to your tree. To make them, layer several pieces of felt (stick with neutral colors for a true Scandinavian feel) and sew together with curly stitches. We used Basic Felt ($0.39, Michaels) for ours. Choose nature motifs, such as the leaves, pears, and partridges shown here, and don't forget to glue a ribbon to the top of each one for easy hanging.
Wooden Snowflake Ornament
Snow is plentiful in northern Europe, so it's no surprise that snowflake imagery abounds in Scandinavian holiday decor. A nod to Swedish straw ornaments, these DIY wood snowflakes come together with a little hot glue. Use clothespins such as Round Peg Clothespins ($9, Oriental Trading Co.) craft sticks, and wooden circles for a variety of shapes.
Vintage Tree Ornament
Reminiscent of Old World art, these simple felt tree ornaments will add a pop of color to your decor. To make them, look for a multi-color package of wool felt, such as Merino Wool Blend Pack, ($6, Etsy), and use one color to cut out a traditional triangle shape for the tree. With the other colors, cut and sew different shapes and patterns onto the front of the tree to decorate them however you like.
Gingham Cookie Cutter Ornament
Scandinavian decor is known for its emphasis on neutral color schemes—typically white with one accent color. Thus red and white are a no-brainer for holiday decorations. Use this simple-yet-sophisticated color scheme to repurpose old cookie cutters. Just wrap each in Red Gingham Ribbon ($4, Michaels) and tie with bakers twine!
Salt Dough Ornament
Continue a red-and-white color scheme with these easy salt dough ornaments—you only need three ingredients! To make them, mix together salt, flour, and water to make your own salt dough. Then, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch a hole for hanging, then bake for 4 hours and let cool. If desired, draw on designs with permanent markers.
Dala Horse Ornament
An icon of Sweden, traditional Dala horses are meticulously hand-carved and hand-painted from wood blocks. Invite a herd of these brightly colored steeds into your holiday home—no wood carving required!
Wood Bead Snowflake Ornament
These snowflakes might look complicated, but all you have to do is thread beads on wire in a repeating pattern. We used unvarnished wood beads to get the IKEA aesthetic in ornament form.
Dutch Heart Ornament
This appliqued heart ornament sports a traditional Dutch-style design in contrasting red and white. (You can choose which color will be the base and which one will outline the design.) They’re Christmasy enough for your tree and you don’t even have to put them away; they make pretty door hangers when Valentine’s Day rolls around, too!