DIY Christmas Decorations & Ornaments You Will Love
With the holidays come cooler temperatures, shorter days, and lots more family time. It’s our favorite time of year because it’s the perfect time for crafting. Deck your halls this year with lots of DIY Christmas ornaments. Making ornaments as a family is a fun way to get in some quality time together while still being productive and decorating your tree and home. Plus, it allows everyone to flex their creative skills.
We have some DIY Christmas ornament ideas for all ages and skill levels listed below. Whether you’re looking for an easy ornament to do with little kids or something a little more grown-up, you’re sure to find something you love.
Let’s get to the stunning DIY Christmas tree decorations, shall we?
Cute DIY Christmas Ornaments
We’ve included some of our favorites from right here at Inspiration Edit and some other amazing and creative bloggers around the web.
This is our most popular DIY ornament, and for a good reason. It’s adorable, totally easy, and they look great on the tree or tied onto gifts for Christmas. Use wood slices that are pre-drilled for easy hanging.
Remember the real reason for the season! These yarn-wrapped nativity figures are super easy to make using craft sticks and a bit of yarn. You’ll also make the Star of Bethlehem to go with the Holy Family!
Do you love rustic Christmas decor? This rustic snowman will be the perfect addition to your tree this year. The glitter paper will sparkle in the tree lights, and the plaid ribbon really pulls the look together.
Use homemade clay to fashion some adorable mitten ornaments to adorn your tree. The clay is bright white, so it’s the perfect backdrop for all sorts of colors and designs. It also dries quickly, so you can either leave it out to dry overnight or bake it in the oven.
Of course, you can never have too much snowman decor. A snowman with a string of Christmas lights is painted onto a wood slice for a whimsical, adorable decoration that’s sure to make you smile. I love these adorable DIY decoration ornaments.
Pokemon fans will love making Pokeball ornaments out of plastic globe ornaments. All you need is a bit of paint and time. The glittery red paint makes this ornament pop.
You can’t have a Christmas tree without a Santa ornament, can you? These wood slice Santas are so charming. For those who have difficulty painting faces, these ornaments would be just as cute making only the bottom half—a red belly with a black belt.
Colored Sand Filled Ornament from Mess for Less:
Layers of colored sand can look quite striking in a clear plastic ornament. Let the kiddos help pour the sand using funnels to contain the mess. While traditional Christmas colors—red and green—look beautiful, feel free to experiment with colors if you have a different color theme.
DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
Are you looking for even more ideas? We’ve got you covered. You’ll find several kid-friendly options among this set.
Let the kids in on the ornament making fun. These gingerbread ornaments are fun and frugal, using cardboard as the base. Use our handy template to cut out the gingerbread shapes for the younger kids (older kids can do this themselves). Once you have your shapes, use paint or markers to draw the features, and then add a sparkly bowtie to finish it. Easy peasy!
Funky Christmas Tree Ornaments from The Inspiration Edit:
The kids will also love these funky DIY Christmas decorations and tree ornaments made with faux evergreen pieces (or real ones, if you can find them), colorful buttons, pom-poms, jingle bells, and cinnamon sticks that will make your tree smell incredible.
Felt Nativity Ornament from She Saved:
Here’s another nativity idea, this time using felt on a burlap background. Don’t the figures look so sweet and serene? This is an easy project for older kids.
Wouldn’t this be the perfect ornament craft for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party? Personally, we think they’re cute, but you can challenge each other to make them extra gaudy and then judge your DIY chirstmas ornaments along with the sweaters to determine the winners.
These mini hat ornaments remind me of all things magical about winter—white snow, warm hats, sledding, and hot chocolate. They’re easier than you’d think to make, and they’re terrific as doll hats, too.
Gingerbread House Ornament from The Inspiration Edit:
If putting together real gingerbread houses isn’t your thing, our gingerbread house ornaments are so much easier but just as much fun. Make them with craft sticks, red and white paper straws, craft foam, and a few other odds and ends. They’re too cute!
Pinecone Reindeer Ornaments from Kids’ Craft Room:
Go for a nature walk, gather some pinecones, and make these charming pinecone reindeer. You can also grab pinecones in the craft section of many stores during the winter, but if you’re near a wooded area, it’s always good to get some fresh air. We love the big, bright red noses and sparkly pipe cleaner antlers on the reindeer.
For more pinecone craft ideas check out these fun pinecone decorations.
You’re going to love this ornament made with a battery-operated tealight. Paint the tealight and bulb, add eyes, ribbons, and antlers, and you’re all set.
Felt Candy Ornaments from Happiness is Homemade:
Felt is such a versatile, easy-to-use material. These felt candy ornaments are super easy to make and will look stellar hanging on your tree this year. The lollipops would also look cute in a vase!
DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas
Let’s not stop there! We’ve still got lots of ground to cover with these amazing ornaments.
Are you saving your wine corks? You should; they’re terrific for crafting. We turned one into a sweet little mouse. You could also make reindeer or snowmen ornaments with your wine corks.
Candles, of course, are another terrific option for your wine corks. Add a yellow pipe cleaner flame, a bit of evergreen garland, and a ribbon to complete the project. Lovely!
Filled Snowman Ornament from The Inspiration Edit:
You can do so much with fillable ornaments! Take this snowman ornament, for instance. It’s filled with tiny styrofoam falls with a drawn-on face and a few other added elements. It would make a wonderful gift.
Speaking of filled ornaments, your toddler or preschooler will quickly make these Cookie Monster and Elmo ornaments their favorites. They’re filled with red or blue shredded paper, and then the face is applied. It couldn’t get any easier or cuter!
Bear Wooden Slice Ornament from The Inspiration Edit:
Make these bear ornaments after reading the story of the Three Little Bears! They’ll look so wonderful on a woodland-themed tree. Alternatively, you could also make themed ornaments based on all your favorite stories. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Glitter Unicorn Ornaments from Hello, Wonderful:
Obsessed with unicorns? So are we! That’s why we love these sparkly unicorn ornaments. It’s another great way to dress up clear ornaments. The horns are made with clay, so these are pretty easy for kids and adults alike to make.
Mini Mason Jar Ornament from Lovely Etc.:
If you’re into farmhouse decor, these mini mason jar ornaments are a must. Make them with upcycled baby food jars. How clever is that? You could also use these year-round. Wouldn’t they look lovely with a battery-powered tealight inside?
Gather the kids to make these adorable cupcake ornaments. Don’t they look sweet? Use cupcake liners, styrofoam balls, and a bit of smooth finish and snow paint (a mixture of glue and shaving cream) to make the frosting.
There you have it—25+ lovely DIY Christmas ornaments that you can make right in the comfort of your own home. In a season when we’re all so rushed, taking the time to make your own homemade ornaments is well worth it.
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy crafts here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!