The holidays are coming and you’ve probably decorated your tree. But if you haven’t already – or if you want to add some personal spice – why not make your own ornaments? DIY Christmas decorations are the perfect family project and can make for some wonderful keepsakes and memories. And if you are aware of reuse and recycling, many projects will help you use items around the house.
Of course, you don’t have to be a kid — or have a kid — to start a homemade ornament project. Not sure how to start making your own Christmas decorations? Don’t worry, we’ve included a list of tutorials for all ages. In fact, this holiday decor can be as complex or as simple as you’d like. So whether you’re an experienced tinkerer or a novice looking for something quick and easy, we’ve got you covered.
Check out some of the incredible DIY Christmas decorating projects out there and start crafting today!
Here are 10 DIY Christmas decoration ideas to make your holiday decor extra special.
Cinnamon and Applesauce Rudolph
If you’re looking for a project the whole family can enjoy, try these cinnamon and applesauce ornaments from Soapdeli. It really couldn’t be easier. As her tutorial shows, you only need a few household ingredients and you can make this adorable Rudolph or any other shape of your choice. And as a bonus, they make your home smell wonderful.
Christmas tree decorations from scrap fabric
If you have leftovers in your house, don’t let them go to waste. Gina Michelle has a great tutorial on how to easily put together scented Christmas tree decorations. There’s a sewn and no-sew version, whichever you prefer, although we especially love the use of a cinnamon stick in the no-sew ornament.
Felt leprechaun ornaments
Get creative with felt thanks to a fun leprechaun pattern from Cutesy Crafts. Personalize these festive gnomes with different colors of felt and by adding accessories to hold them. Best of all, these ornaments are small enough to sew together by hand.
Vintage Sheet Music Ornaments
The Graphics Fairy makes it super easy to make these classic vintage sheet music ornaments. Using the included sheet music image and a few supplies, you’ll have these pretty baubles on your tree in no time.
Macrame tree and eleven ornaments
Soulful Notions makes it super easy to create not one, but two types of macramé ornaments. First, check out her tutorial on how to make macramé Christmas trees. Then go one step further and transform some of your trees into cute elves! And don’t worry if you’re not familiar with macrame. The tutorials are easy enough for any beginner.
Wooden slice snowman
Artsymomma has a great idea for cute ornaments that kids of all ages can help make. Anyone can bring their own Frosty to life with some craft paint and paint markers.
Needle felted animals
You’ll need a few specialized supplies to assemble these needle felted animals from Make and Create, but otherwise they’re a breeze. Whether you make a reindeer, pig or rabbit, they are sure to add a special charm to your tree. Check out the highlights of Make and Create’s Christmas Story to see the full tutorial.
Folded Paper Stars
Looking for a project that doesn’t require special materials? These folded paper stars from Smor Kitchen are both easy and versatile. Use all the paper you have at home, including extra wrapping paper. These stars are also beautiful decorations for your gifts.
Snowy Diorama Ornament
If you have an extra gift box laying around, why not turn it into a winter diorama ornament? Project Kid shows how easy this DIY ornament is. You can make your diorama as detailed as you want and even get the kids involved.
Follow this video tutorial from Vinku’s Art to make an elegant paper angel. The glitter cardboard really makes the angel pop and you can customize it with the color you prefer.
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