Add a personal touch to the holiday season by handcrafting your own Christmas ornaments. We’ve rounded up a dozen ideas to get you started – each of these delightful ornaments can be completed in well under an hour and adds a touch of handmade to your Christmas tree.
Jingle Scrabble Tiles
This fast and easy ornament combines real jingle bells with Scrabble tiles that spell out the word “Jingle”. Whether you purchase a set of tiles designed for crafting or raid an old playing set, you’ll find all the letters you need. This simple but impressive piece can be adapted to a variety of themes, from names (attached to a package for easy giving) to other festive words that use up the rest of your tiles. Glue, ribbon, and bells are all you need to complete this ornament in just a few minutes. Image and complete tutorial via Mom4Real.
Absolutely Adorable? Check!
Complete a whole sleigh’s worth of reindeer ornaments in under an hour – with the help of the kids. This easy piece uses a thumbprint to create a sweet smiling reindeer; just add a few details with paint and your ornament is ready for gifting or hanging on the tree. Get the complete tutorial at Little Bit Funky.
Do You Want to Melt a Snowman?
This easy but delightfully cute snowman ornament craft will have you singing along – it assembles quickly but is guaranteed to make the recipient smile. This project is more assembly than actual crafting, so it is easy to create one or a dozen in a short amount of time. Get the scoop – and a full tutorial at It All Started with Paint.
Bottle Cap Snowmen
Cute snow folk abound – it’s easy to make a whole family of snow people using this clever tutorial. You’ll need some glue, paint, and ribbons to get started; you can speed things up even more by starting with pre-painted white bottle caps. This is also an ideal project for making personalized ornaments – just add favorite colors and names to each snow person. Get the details and full tutorial at One Artsy Mama.
Pom Pom Handmade Christmas Ornaments 2 Ways
Whether you try the fast and easy wreath or the more labor intensive sphere shaped ornament, these whimsical pieces will add a splash of color to any tree. You’ll need a glue gun and some wire to complete this project, and can use a mix of colors (as shown here) or more traditional holiday shades. Get the scoop and complete tutorial from Northstory.
Hot Air Balloon Ornament Hack
Turn a plain ornament into something special by adding a tiny basket – that’s all you need to revamp it into a delightfully cute hot air balloon. You’ll be able to brush up on your paper folding and crafting skills as you tackle this project, which is much easier that it looks. A printable template and fully illustrated instructions make it easy to complete a bunch of these homemade Christmas ornaments in a hurry. Full tutorial via The Cheese Thief.
Mirror Mosaic Ornaments
Old CDs are the key to this fast and easy mosaic ornament craft. Since CDs can be cut with scissors you’ll avoid the mess and tools required for a traditional mosaic. Just snip, adhere, and then fill in the blanks with a glittery mortar and you’re ready to glam up your tree with these dazzling beauties! Get the full tutorial at Creme de la Craft.
This is a fun craft for kids to make – and a great way to recycle all those spare animal and dinosaur toys laying around the house. No extra toys? A trip to the dollar store can yield dozens of options. Since you’ll be painting the toys with spray paint, the original color doesn’t matter. Once painted, the toys are easily mounted to eye hooks for easy hanging. Get the scoop at Boxy Colonial.
Learn more about the timeless craft of paper folding – and create some clever dimensional ornaments for your tree at the same time. This craft is ideal for teens and adults, and by varying the paper you can come up with an entire tree’s worth of ornaments in no time.
Folding directions and complete tutorial at How About Orange.
These sweet little snow globes look a lot more labor intensive than they actually are. Whip up a bunch of them for easy gifting – you’ll need a small plastic light bulb ornament, tiny flocked tree, and a few embellishments for each. Vary the tree colors, or the items you place inside, to add interest and use up the crafty stuff you have at home. Once you master the technique the possibilities are endless. Get the complete tutorial from No Biggie.
Pinecone Bow Ornaments
Combine nature’s bounty with a delightfully bright ribbon and you can quickly whip up a whole tree’s worth of these simple but pretty handmade ornaments. Choose a color scheme that works for you and grab a few basic supplies to create these pinecone beauties, which can also be used to adorn wrapped gifts. Full Tutorial available from Make It & Love It.
DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments
Combine some stickers and glitter along with nifty clear glass ornaments and you can create appealing personalized pieces for everyone in your family. This fast and easy craft takes minutes to complete – just make sure you have enough alphabet stickers for every name you want to use before you start. Tutorial via Pizzazzerie.