Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments | Midwest Living

Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Add personality to your Christmas tree with homemade ornaments that take only minutes to make—or give a little extra pizzazz to ornaments you already own.

Glitter balls

Glitter adds a special touch to any plain ornament. Try mixing two colors, such as turquoise and green, matching one of the colors to the ornament. A bow in coordinating colors finishes the festive look.

Painted-scene ornament

Use white and red acrylic paints to create this snowy scene. Paint the bottom with two coats of white paint; let dry after each. Then add trees in different sizes. After they’ve dried, dab on red acrylic paint to look like cardinals.

Paper-strip ornament

Stuff a clear ornament with strips of paper from old books or sheet music for holiday decor that also makes a great gift for book- or music-lovers.

Glittery music

Attach a favorite Christmas carol to cardstock and cover the edges with glitter for an easy, meaningful ornament.

Add some bling

Are you a scrapbooker or crafter? Go through your supplies for embellishments like this little snowflake. Hot-glue to glass ornaments.

Stamp it

Holiday stamps—vintage or current—look pretty inside clear glass ornaments.

Embroidered style

Embroider a snowflake onto bright color linen or cotton for a mini ornament (they make great gifts, too!). Trace a design on cloth and embroider, then place in a miniature embroidery hoop, using hot glue to seal the edges.

Rope accents

Place slivers of decorative paper in a clear ornament, then glue on strands of jute or another string to the top half.

Scrapbook swirls

Turn leftover scrapbooking paper (or even brown grocery bags) into rosette ornaments. Cut long paper rectangles (ours are 1-inch-wide by 6 inches long) and glue ends together. Punch two circles out of cardstock and hot-glue the cardstock ends to one circle; let dry and glue the second circle to the other side. Use adhesive letters to add a holiday message.

Jeweled touches

Costume earrings with glittery stones make gorgeous accents for holiday ornaments. Use wire cutters to remove earring posts or clips, then hot-glue the earrings to ornaments.

Ribbon candy

Make pretty candy-like ornaments from paper craps and beads. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and knot one end. Use clear acrylic beads and one-inch-wide paper strips to create the candy shape; place two beads between each bend of the paper strip. Secure the top bead by running the floss through it twice, and make a loop for hanging.

Family touch

Copies of vintage photos, cut with scrapbooking scissors, make easy, personalized ornaments. On this tree, a paper chain lends another homemade touch.

Tissue treasures

Cover an ornament with tiny tissue paper shapes for a pretty geometric look. Cut solid or patterned tissue paper into small squares. Coat a white matte-finish ornament with decoupage glue, add tissue paper pieces, and coat with another layer of decoupage. Hang to dry.

Jingle bell ornament

Here’s another idea for clear ornaments: Fill with small red bells, wrap ribbon around the top and glue the long tails of the ribbon in place.  We also glued a tiny felt tree to the front.


Printouts of the lyrics of Silent Night hang along with a garland of buttons, framed silhouettes and other homemade decorations.

Glitter balls

Glitter adds a special touch to any plain ornament. Try mixing two colors, such as turquoise and green, matching one of the colors to the ornament. A bow in coordinating colors finishes the festive look.

Cookie ornaments

Create a cookie-theme Christmas tree by making ornaments from cookie cutters, miniature rolling pins, bundles of cinnamon sticks and gingerbread men. Clear balls covered in twine and accented with bells add texture and shape to the tree. 

Earring ornament

Turn inexpensive hoop earrings into ornaments by embellishing them with stick-on sparkles. A rhinestone buckle adds even more shine.

Reuse game pieces

Do you have games at home that no one uses anymore? Use cards, tiles and other pieces to make garlands, spell holiday words or fill plastic ornaments. 

Crayon ornaments

Crayons—glued, melted and shaped, and swirled—inspired these red ornaments. 

Holiday message

Sparkly stick-on letters from a scrapbooking store spell out Christmas tidings.

Tower of gifts

Make an ornament from tiny craft boxes covered in wrapping paper, tissue or decorative paper scraps. Use different papers to cover lids and bottoms, then stack and tie with a ribbon. 

Jewel ornament

Use craft glue or hot glue to add a circle or rows of matching “jewels” to ornaments.

Postcard ornaments

What could be easier than this? Punch holes in the top of holiday cards or postcards and string with ribbon. (If you have a vintage card that you don’t want to punch, scan a color copy and hang the copy instead.)

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