I love homemade ornaments. There is something about decorating our tree with things my kids have made that makes the holidays so much more special and meaningful. And unpacking the homemade ornaments each year brings back fun memories – what a joy!
Here are some ideas of simple and frugal ornaments you can make with your kids this year. Enjoy!
1. Garland: Use a needle and thread to create a garland out of cranberries and popcorn!
2. Blown egg ornaments – Using a pin, create a small hole (2-3 mm) in the top and bottom of an egg. Holding the egg over a blow, gently blow out the inside of the egg. Decorate the outside of the egg with different colors of glitter. To hang, insert a pipe cleaner into the hole at the top of the egg.
3. Pipe cleaner candy canes – Thread pipe cleaners with alternating red and white plastic beads, and shape into a candy cane.
4. Sugar cookies – Using a basic sugar cookie recipe, prepare cookie dough. Using cookie cutters, cut into Christmas shapes. With a toothpick, create a hole in the top of the cookie that will be used for hanging. Decorate cookies!
5. Cinamon & applesauce ornaments – Bake ornaments according to this recipe on FrugalMom.net.
6. Clay ornaments – Mix 1 cup cornstarch with 2 cups baking soda. Add 1 1/4 cups water. Heat over medium heat until mixture thickens (3 – 5 minutes). When it is cool enough to handle, knead clay for 5 minutes. Get creative forming the clay into ornaments. Allow clay to dry for 1 week. Paint with acrylic paints, and if desired, top with a gloss.
7. Ribbons – Ribbons add a festive touch to your tree. Purchase various colors of ribbons and form into bows. Slide wire through bottom knot on bow and attach to tree branches.
8. Christmas card ornaments – Recycle last year’s Christmas cards! Using a circle template (the rim of a glass works great for this), cut out 2 circles from cards. Glue wrong sides together, punch a hole in the top of circle, and thread with a colorful ribbon. Experiment with different shapes.
9. Patchwork balls – Using fabric scraps, cover a Styrofoam ball to make a beautiful patchwork ornament. Lay fabric piece against ball, and using your nail gently push edge of fabric into Styrofoam. Lay the next piece down using the same indentation so there are no parts of the Styrofoam showing. Use a floral pin to attach ribbon on the top of the ball for hanging.
10. Beaded Balls – Cover a Styrofoam ball with beads and sequins by pushing straight pins through beads and into the Styrofoam ball.
11. Fans – Using heavy cardstock, fold paper into a fan shape. Rub a pencil along the folds to sharpen the creases. Attach ribbon or other embellishments along the top of fan to decorate.
12. Button Balls – Glue buttons around a Styrofoam ball to make a one of a kind ornament. Attach ribbon to top of ball for hanging.
13. Candy cane hearts – Lay 2 candy canes facing each other so they form a heart shape. Glue the bottom and tops together. Embellish the top of the heart with ribbon for hanging.
14. Glittery pine cones – Go on a nature walk and find pine cones that are all the way opened. Decorate the outside of the pine cone with glitter and sequins. Tie a ribbon at the top for hanging.
15. Photo puzzle wreath – Spray paint a collection of puzzle pieces green. Chose a photo for your ornament. Arrange puzzle pieces around the picture creating a wreath frame. Layer pieces on top of pieces for depth. Glue puzzle pieces together into wreath shape. Cut photo an inch larger than opening of wreath, and glue it to the underside of the wreath. Glue a ribbon to the top for hanging.
16. Wooden ornaments – Purchase pre-drilled wooden shapes from craft store. Paint the shapes to make your ornaments, and attach ribbon through the hole for hanging.
What homemade ornaments have you made? I’d love to hear you ideas!