5 Easy-to-Make DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments
This year, channel your holiday spirit and creativity by making one (or all) of these five, easy-to-make ornament ideas.
Salt Dough Cookie Ornaments
The smell of baking bread is a sure indicator of happy holidays. Mix up a batch of salt dough and use your favorite cutters and paints to make a set of colorful and durable ornaments with a DIY flair.
Step One: Make the Salt Dough
To make the salt dough, mix four cups of all-purpose flour with one cup salt. Add 1-1/2-cups warm water. Knead, roll onto a lightly floured surface and cut your shapes. Use a dowel or toothpick to create a hole in the top. Bake at 325 degree F for 45 minutes to an hour, flipping once.
Step Two: Decorate With Gouache or Paint
After the ornaments have dried and cooled, use gouache or acrylic paint to decorate them. The dough might get a little soft, so make sure to dry completely between coats. Add beads, sequins and other embellishments. Coat the ornaments with sealer such as polyurethane or clear acrylic. Insert a string at the top of each ornament and hang.
Birch Slice Ornaments
Bring the outside in with a slice of birch. Use festive rubber stamps, a wire hanger and ribbon embellishment to convert a bit of wood into a long-lasting slice of woodsy memorabilia. Try putting these super cool coasters out for guests too.
Step One: Cut and Drill Your Birch
Cut a few slices of birch on your own, drill a small hole in the top, or buy the bare ornaments from a craft store. Gather rubber stamps, colorful stamp pads, beads and other light-catchers. Experiment with designs on a sheet of paper before creating your masterpiece on the birch itself. Hang it from one of these 12 alternative Christmas tree ideas.
Step Two: Apply the Finishing Touches
Cut several inches of colored craft wire and loop it into the drilled hole. Shape one end into a second loop and wrap the other end around it at the base. If you wish, tie a ribbon around the base to hide the end of the wire wrap.
Victorian Image Transfer Ornaments
Evoke a 19th-century feel with a homemade ornament using image transfer paper, muslin, lace and a miniature embroidery hoop. This vision of Christmas past looks lovely hanging among your blinking lights.
Step Two: Don’t Forget Lace
Glue a length of lace to the outside of a three-inch wood embroidery hoop. Cut your image transfer with generous space around it and glue it to the inside hoop. After the glue is dry, trim the fabric 3/4-in. from the wooden edge. Place the lace-edged hoop over the inner hoop and secure with the screw. Use wire, ribbon or both to create a loop for hanging.
Translucent Painted Christmas Bulbs
The classic Christmas bulb is more memorable when you make it yourself. With a clear glass or plastic bulb, glue and food coloring, you can make a set of dreamy, translucent balls for your tree or windows.
Step Two: Coat the Outside
Use a disposable foam brush to completely cover the outside of a clear glass or plastic bulb. Allow it to air dry, or for faster results use a hair dryer. The glue will dry clear. Add additional coats to create tonality or experiment with beads, glitter and sequins. For another take on the same project, pour the glue inside the bulb and give it a few days to dry.
Fun Faux Leather Ornaments
Faux leather is a strong material that can endure through multiple craft processes. Cut, glue, sew and stamp it into an interesting conversation piece that could become a family tradition.