Fifteen Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Greetings everyone.  Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving?!!  Where, oh where, has the year gone?  When I was a kid, I would overhear adults throw around phrases like “Time flies” or “The years are slipping by so swiftly”  and I, in all my childish knowledge, would simply shake my head in disbelief and chalk it up as mere cliches.  Time has taught me otherwise.  The years really do go by fast and yes, faster all the time.

We typically put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving and I figured with the kids having a few days off of school (and Mommy too!), it would be fun to craft some together.  We girls get excited about things like that.  Pop can go spend time with Daddy, wrestling on the floor, watching football, or doing whatever men do.  You know what I mean.

Since we will be putting up our tree next weekend, it will be the perfect opportunity to make a few of the homemade ornaments that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now.  Here’s my top fifteen.


1. Clay Ornaments  I love the simplicity of these ornaments and the options for objects for impressions are endless.  The pure white clay is lovely.  I probably wouldn’t bother with painting them and if I did, it would just be to highlight areas.  What would you do?


2.  Initial Ornaments  Aren’t these adorable?  They remind me of scrabble.  I’m a sucker when it comes to initials on ornaments.  The kids usually get a new “letter” ornament every Christmas season and this one will be perfect for this year.


3.  Book Bird Ornaments  Coming from a gal who loves books, these bird ornaments are so sweet.  I think that part of me cringes at the thought of tearing up books, but the bookworm in me loves the nod to reading.  So simple.


4.  Photograph Ornaments  Here’s a simple way to remember the growth of your family each holiday (and yes, unfortunately the yearly aging for us too).  You could either put their initial, or if your like me and your tree is already full of letters galore, you could just put the year and maybe a few highlighting words about the child’s life that year (ie: baptized, barbies, broken arm).  It will be sweet to look back on in the years to come.

{source…sorry it’s in another language but you can figure it out by the pictures}

5.  Paper Star Ornaments  Did you love making paper airplanes and origami figures as a kid?  Try out these paper stars and let the good times roll once again.  Hopefully its like riding a bike, once you learn, you never truly forget.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping.  How hard can folding paper be?  Really.


6.  Cinnamon Ornaments  My tree is going to smell awesome this year.  Use last years cinnamon to make these and simply buy some fresh spices for things you’re really going to enjoy devouring…ahem,  I mean serving this season.  Yummo.


7.  Sheet Music Star Ornaments  These are to remind me of the love of my life, my music pastor-husband.  I love the vintage look that the sheet music brings to my tree.  You could even choose special songs that bring sweet memories to mind-not necessarily holiday songs even.


8.  String Ball Ornaments  This looks like a nice, sticky craft that would be fun in spite of the mess.  I’m gonna have to try it just to see how they turn out.  It will certainly be an inexpensive bauble to experiment crafting.  Fingers crossed.


9.  Button Wreath Ornaments  Tell the truth, do you ever use those spare buttons that come with new articles of clothing?  I know that I never do, but neither do I throw them out.  I save them…for someday that they’re needed.  Trouble is, I wouldn’t know where to look.  Problem solved.  Here’s a craft that would keep it all together for you- ha!  When Hubs loses that button to his dress shirt, I will know exactly where to look.  {wink, wink}


10.  Glitter Ornaments  I bought the supplies for this ornament last year.  Every single one.  Did I get it made?  Nope.  I was too busy sewing costumes for our Christmas cantata and adjusting to/preparing for our Angel baby.  The season just got away from me.  Not this year.  This little beauty is first on my list for Monday morning.  I love it.


11.  Rag Ball Ornaments  This one might not suit most when it comes to Christmas decor, but it fits me perfectly.  I heart them.  Let’s just hope that mine turn out at beautiful or I may change my mind.


12.  Paint Glitter Ornaments  I’m super excited about trying this one.  However, I’m planning on changing this one up a bit from the photo.  I’ll let you know.

{source…sorry-another foreign language}

13.  Gingerbread Ornaments  My kitchen will smell good regardless of whether I’m baking {a win-win} with this garland hung over the windows.  How cute is this.  I just need to find a good recipe for this now.


14.  Wish List Ornaments  Another reflection ornament to help keep those memories fresh and special.  My girls’ wish lists are similar to this photo example- Bibles like Daddy and Mommy.  Love that.  And roller skates too.  We will stick with our four gifts limit for making this little memory card- a small list is not only easier on the budget but will also make for easier reading inside the ornament.


15.  Glitter Book Ball Ornaments  Can you tell that I love to read?  and I love glitter?  Aren’t these vintage pages lovely decoupaged  to a glass ornament?  The sparkles only add to the lure…for me.  Definitely on my to-do list.


Wow.  I can’t wait to begin.  It will definitely be a time of fun and creativity.   It’s also another opportunity to bond with my children and to create special memories with them.  They are growing up so quickly.  {sniff, sniff}


And you know exactly what I’m going to tell them as our heads are bent over the many glass Christmas balls and our fingers are sticky with glue…

Time flies.  And…  2012 sure did go by quickly, didn’t it?

Every kid needs to hear it.  😉

So what are your plans for the holiday season?  Is crafting in your future?  2012 gone by fast?  Tell me…or last nod your head about the last question.  We all know that it’s true.  🙂

Thanks for reading and lets make special memories this season.



8 thoughts on “Fifteen Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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  2. NayNay

    This year I am bringing back this tradition with my grandchildren… I don’t know why I waited so long, I guess I was stepping back & letting the parents start traditions… Each year my children & I would make tons of one type of ornament & give to “everybody” that we were in contact with. Recently people have been asking what happened & would tell me how much they enjoyed getting (they would describe the ornament… one year was an upside down heart-baking soda-we turned into Santa’s face, another was a paper craft we traced around cookie cutters sewed 2 together & stuffed)…It brought back such memories for me & I remember the year. It also reminded me of the joy that the children & I would feel GIVING the ornaments. I am starting with baking soda ornaments this year. & I think we will do the Santa’s face again- kind of a throw back CHRISTmas (& you only need 3 or 4 paint colors LOL… Wish me luck!!

  3. Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker

    LOL at your husband’s comment. At least he reads your blog 🙂 Although I do have to give mine some credit – he does actually know the name/url and has shared it with some coworkers.

    Love these ornaments, Heather! you will be doing good if you get all these done! I have plans to do some homemade ones too – really need to get started this weekend so they will be done when I put up the tree next weekend. Don’t want decorating to drag on and on.

    I am going to do some things with music too. And I love the glitter ornament and the burlap balls – may have to do some of those. I really want to make some faux mercury glass ones but haven’t found the Looking Glass Krylon paint anywhere yet.

    1. heather Post author

      Thanks. And yes, I love getting comments from my man. See your hubs is doing what counts- spreading the word. 😉

      Oh, I probably won’t get all of them made. We’ll see just how many. lol!

      That was my plan for the paint/glitter one. I really want some faux mercury ones for my tree. Oh dear, I hope that I can find the paint that I need. I’ll let you know.

  4. Stephen Stockton

    “Come, let us sit as men do, and discuss important things.” – President Josiah Bartlett, West Wing
    Just in case you were wondering what “us men” do.


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