I just love Homemade Christmas Ornaments…. My kids do too! This is one of those things that makes me a Happy Mom. Before the holidays, my kitchen turns into a complete creation station. We have Elf-on-the-Shelf things to prepare, cookies to make, and gingerbread houses to decorate.
Do we have a perfect Christmas? Of course not, Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.
But Homemade Christmas Ornaments are by far my favorite Christmas tradition! Every year when I open our ornaments, the handmade ones bring back the most memories. In fact, it seems like they are the first to be snatched up and placed on the tree. From the simple cinnamon ornaments to the more elaborate “I Spy”, we have memories attached to each one.
Ornaments are also the perfect gift for someone who has the love language of gifts.
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18+ Homemade Christmas Ornaments
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DIY Inspired have a genius tip to use a funnel and chopsticks to get everything situated in the glass ornaments. I’d also recommend Epsom Salt (inexpensive) and German Glass Glitter (gorgeous, but sharp) to add a fun sparkle to your ornaments. Even regular glitter, is fabulous in an ornament and stays contained. We tried it here with our sand art ornaments.
That’s always my goal with glitter… keep it contained!
These unique gold leaf balls from AttaGirl Says are a fabulous addition to Christmas. Not too shiny and I love how they add a touch of vintage.
This Disney ornament from Busy Kids Happy Mom uses oven-bake clay and common household supplies (plastic knife, rolling pin, and straw) to make these adorable ornaments. Perfect for the Disney fanatic in your life!
I love little fingerprint ornaments and think this DIY Christmas ornament from Crafty Morning is adorable. If you don’t like using salt dough, you could use this special clay.
I love the simplicity of the words and the slices of wood with this homemade Christmas ornament by Practically Functional. One ideas when you cut your own Christmas tree is to save a slice of wood from it each year. Why not try embellishing it for an ornament?
We love sand art and this simple DIY Christmas ornament by Busy Kids Happy Mom is a lovely way to include both glitter and colored sand. Find out how we come up with these quite by accident.
This is such a simple, yet elegant handmade Christmas ornament by Lovely Etc. I love the look of the the pen-drawn silhouette of Bethlehem along with the hymnal Christmas music. You could use any skyline or a child’s head silhouette for this too. (See middle of collage)
These hand made Star ornaments by Morena’s Corner are just the right subtle touch of shabby chic that every Christmas tree needs.
These are the cutest Christmas tree ornaments I’ve seen this year from Busy Kids Happy Mom. I made these with my friend’s preschoolers and they were the perfect age and had the right amount of enthusiasm!
Do you like to collect the patterned paper straws? I do, but I rarely use them. They’re just too pretty! Now you can change them into this cool Christmas ornament from Make & Do Crew. (not pictured)
Get your kids to choose their favourite Minion characters and model these adorable Christmas Ornaments from Busy Kids Happy Kids. Made out of oven bake clay, available at craft stores or here.
This Christmas ornament by Busy Kids Happy Mom looks beautiful, costs nothing and is easy for little hands to make. Just check your craft stash and see if you have the supplies to make this adorable Yarn Star Ornament.
If you’re like me, you’ve stocked up on cute cupcake liners for the holidays. I like to buy them when they go on sale. Well, now you can also use them in this craft from Cherished Bliss! (not pictured)
I remember seeing these clay ornaments by Making It In The Mountains and thinking “I could do that” and so I tried it. You can too! Many of the supplies they use, you might already have in your home. (not pictured)
Every year I get excited about pulling these homemade Christmas ornaments out from Busy Kids Happy Mom as I enjoy their fabulous scent so much. These would have to be one of the simplest ornaments to make with just 2 ingredients.
This ornament by One Artsy Mama may just be the entire reason I started this collection of fabulous ornaments. It was simply done and then embellished with a paint pen, tied off with ribbon and wire. Perfect gift topper too! (Middle left star in collage)
There is something so calming about making these ornaments by Today’s Creative Life. I’ve seen people shake them to get the paint to spread. I prefer to slowly watch it move and then hang it over an egg carton to drip dry. (not pictured)
This Christmas tree ornament from Busy Kids Happy Mom is such a fun one to make! It would work great as a gift. I have to say this was really more of a hunting and gathering expedition, than a craft. Going to the store was an “I Spy” trip – can you find tiny little things that will fit inside of an ornament ball!
Everyone in the family can contribute a fingerprint to this cute ornament from Easy Peasy and Fun. If you prefer not to use the salt dough, try this special clay. (not pictured)
Fabulous glitter ornaments are made even better with stickers of your favorite Disney Characters. This fun ornament by Happiness is Homemade works even better if you have a Silhouette machine. (middle left of collage)
Any Star Wars fanatics in your house? It’s amazing what you can do with some paint markers and a little drawing to get this amazing effect on this Star Wars Ornament by DIY Candy. (bottom right of collage) Make sure to also have a look at our Star Wars elf on the shelf ideas.
All you need is this special clay and a little patience. You’ll have a precious keepsake ornament from Busy Kids Happy Mom that will last for a lifetime. This would make a lovely gift for a grandparent or new Mom or Dad.
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