It’s Christmas season once again! For many people, putting up a Christmas tree and decorating your home with colorful ornaments make this season the best time of the year. One great idea is to add a personal touch to your decor with cheap but absolutely beautiful homemade Christmas ornaments. You can do this as an activity with your kids, or with any family members and friends. It is a great bonding experience that will make this season all the more memorable.
Here are some unique and fun ornaments you can enjoy creating with your loved ones. What’s more, these decorations will cost you almost nothing, if not free!
Book Page Paper Stars
The sky’s the limit when it comes to decorations you can create with book pages. Not only does this project save you money, but it is also a great way to recycle unused paper and remove clutter from your home.
Teaching children how to create paper art is a good skill to share.
Light Bulb Ornaments
Light bulbs are the perfect shape for an ornament. You can recycle blown ones that don’t work anymore.
Using glitter, glue, and ribbon as a hanger, you can upgrade your old bulbs into a sparkly ball you can hang on your Christmas tree.
They look gorgeous alongside lights and other decorations.
Rustic Twig Ornaments
Do you want to add a touch of nature to your tree? Does your family love the outdoors and want to use this as inspiration for your design?
If you are thinking of an outdoor theme for your tree, one great idea is using twigs to create ornaments.
Next time you and your family are out and about, you can collect twigs for this beautiful project.
Popsicle Stick Sleds
Popsicle sticks are a great material to make wooden sled ornaments. Paint the sticks, add glitter to it and simply put them together to create miniature sleds.
It is a fun and easy way to get your children involved in creating your Christmas decoration!
This project using birdseed may look complicated, but trust me, they are easy to make! They are perfect for outdoor ornaments as they look great on bushes and trees.
The best part about this is you are feeding the birds in the process as well. Teach your kids to be creative and compassionate at the same time with this beautiful and easy idea.
Upcycled Sweater Ornaments
You can put your old sweaters to good use and turn it into Christmas ornaments with the help of cookie cutters. There are so many things you can create with felted wool sweaters.
This craft costs almost nothing and it is a fun way to enjoy the season with family and friends. As an alternative to cookie cutters, creating a cardboard template is just as effective.
A yarn is a very flexible material that can be used to create almost any kind of shapes and forms.
Get your kids involved and let them create different shapes and attach their mini creations to your tree or wreath!
Another project using yarn is to create a cute hat for your tree. All you need is yarn, scissors, a ruler, and pencil – then you’re good to go! Perhaps you can also build a snowman and use this project as part of the snowman’s accessories. The sky’s the limit with this simple and fun ornament.
Have you noticed how pine cones, when turned upside down, look like pine trees? You should be able to find them in your area. If not, they are cheap enough and easy to order online.
You can be creative with this project as there are many things you can make out of a pine cone. Whatever you do all of them will look really cute and lovely.
Hot Air Balloon Ornaments
Making hot air ballons are a great idea for a Christmas ornament project. Create your ballon with a used Christmas ball ornament and take a plastic bottle cap or same paper to make the basket. So simple and loads of fun!
Juice Top Photo Ornaments
Did you know you can turn metal juice can tops into beautiful Christmas ornaments that will surely add character to your home!
Customize the project by adding photos of you and your friends and family on the front of the ornament you’ve created.
Start choosing photos for this year’s highlight and print it out for this lovely project.
You can add one decoration at a time to your tree with this DIY project. The idea is to cover a foam board with fabric and mark each date with woodcraft circles and stamped numbers.
You can then add ornaments like jingle bells, stars, singing angels, glittery balls, candy canes, and so much more.
Spread this season’s joy with this lovely, easy-to-create ornament made from matchsticks. Using a cardboard template, you can take advantage of the matchsticks’ colorful tips to create a star. It is quite easy to make and costs almost nothing.
Be creative with the matchsticks’ patterns and have fun putting the pieces together. Better yet, find out how you can burn the matchsticks for an interesting effect.
Broken CD Ornaments
Remember those days when you needed CDs to listen to music or watch movies? With the new technologies now available, perhaps you don’t need your old CDs anymore.
If you have some that you are ready to dispose of, there is a fun way to recycle them. Break your CDs into small shards and add glittering glamour to your old Christmas ornaments.
Walnut Shell Manger
Using a walnut to build a miniature manger is a creative and thrifty way to commemorate the reason why we are celebrating Christmas.
This can also be a unique gift idea for your loved ones this season. If you want to keep it at home, this is a great addition if you have a nativity set underneath your Christmas tree.
There is always paper at home that can be recycled. This project allows you to make use of pieces of paper instead of throwing them straight into the bin. All you need is some paper, a paper cutter, scissors, embroidery thread, a hot glue gun, and cord ends.
This very easy DIY ornament adds dimensions and colors to your tree.
This ornament is a great way to get your children to write a Xmas list – whether it’s for presents, things they are thankful for, favorite moments from the past year, or things they might be looking forward to in the coming year.
This creative ornament uses a wooden spool to create a paper roll for the list.
Accordion Fabric Angels
Speaking of recycling, reusing, and repurposing, this fun and challenging project makes use of scrap fabric, cardstock, and ribbon, to name but a few. It also calls for creativity and imagination that offers great satisfaction once you’ve finished the project.
If you don’t have accordion fabric, using folded paper is a great alternative.
Old Necklace Ornaments
Shiny old necklaces are perfect for your glitzy project. Don’t throw away accessories that you no longer use so you can turn them into nice ornaments for your Christmas tree or other dangling decorations.
This fun and creative recycling project is an elegant addition to your winter wonderland.
Stars, balls, miniature Christmas trees…you name it. There are lots of things you can create with copper wire.
Whether you are hanging them on your tree or wrapping them up as present to give to your family and friends, this DIY project using some nails and copper wires is perfect.
Find out how you can transform a simple string of wire into a sparkly, gorgeous ornament.
Making your own Christmas ornaments is a fun and frugal activity to get the whole family involved in the festive cheer. Have a go at these fabulous ideas and you’ll never need to break the balance on winter decorations again!
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