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Last Updated on January 8, 2020 by Katherine

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Now that it’s November, naturally, my attention turns toward Christmas. DIY Christmas Ornaments are one of my favorite things to create. They are simple and easy to make for the most part. My favorite thing about them though is that they make perfect stocking stuffers or small gifts for people on your list. Let’s get started with making some Christmas Ornaments that you’ll love to hang on your tree!

Materials To Get Started:

Each ornament craft I’m about to share with you has its primary material, but all of them required similar materials:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Small pom poms
  • Craft Felt
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Plastic or glass clear ornament balls
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Craft paint
  • “Christmas Greens” picks (things like evergreen sprigs and holly)

Where You’ll Want to Shop:

I have a vast collection of craft-making supplies, so it can be hard at times to track where I bought some materials. However, I do have my favorite go-to places for supplies:

For some more options, you can check out my earlier post on sourcing craft supplies here.

Now, let’s get to some DIY Christmas ornaments crafting!!

Ribbon Balls

a round ornament and some ribbon will get you this!

I’ve seen these floating about my Pinterest feed, and they are so simple to make. All you need is a selection of clear ornament balls (you can use glass or clear) and some unwired ribbon. I cut a small length off the end of my ribbon (but you can use an ornament hook if you’d rather) and then popped the top of the ornament ball off and fed the ribbon in.

I recommend using a thinner ribbon as I don’t know how well a wider ribbon would feed into your ornament ball.

Painted Balls

All this needs is some nice glitter paint and a christmas ball!

The second style for ornament balls is a painting craft. Rather than painting the outside, though, you’ll be painting the inside. I chose a beautiful deep Christmassy green glitter paint for mine, but you can use any craft paint. Fill up the ball, seal the top (I used my finger; it wasn’t too messy), and shake until the paint has coated the inside. I would it air dry a bit and then stick your topper back on and some cute ribbon to finish it off.

Snow Globes

For the "snow", you can use epsom salts and some lovely "christmas" greens to finish it up.

Another simple glass or plastic ball ornament idea is to create a snowy display. You can use craft snow, or I used Epsom salts and then added a few sprigs of festive holly and leaves. Put the top back on and top with ribbon “hook.”

Cinnamon Stick Trees

I never would have thought about using buttons as "tree ornaments", but they do look cute!

Cinnamon is one of the best “Christmassy” scents going, so I love the idea of using cinnamon sticks to create an ornament. I found this idea on Crafts Unleashed. For this ornament, you will need three evergreen sticks (different lengths so they can form a “tree” shape), some buttons, and a cinnamon stick. 

Begin by gluing the sprigs onto your cinnamon stick (think of it as the “stem” of your tree). After that’s dried a little, glue some buttons on to form the “ornaments” of your tree!

As usual, use a length of ribbon to glue on the back and let it dry.

Snowman Bottlecaps

bottle caps make for a great snowman!

I found this craft on Amy Latta Creations, and it is such a cute idea! I have a handful of bottle caps lying around and some craft paint and ribbon, so I was good to go.

To begin, I painted my three bottle caps white (on the inside, it’s not necessary to paint the outside, but if you’d rather you can!). Once dry, I used black and orange paint markers to draw the eyes, mouth, nose, and buttons.

Now it’s time to glue everything together, I used a nice length of ribbon, using hot glue to attach it to each button along the back. Allow it to dry and hang it up!

Wine-Cork Reindeer

this is the more complex of my diy christmas ornaments as it's a lot of pipecleaners, corks and glue!

You can find more details and ideas on Insideways, but these little ornaments are seriously cute. You’ll need two wine corks, pipe cleaners, a small “nosey” pom-pom, and googly eyes.

I started with the “head,” forming antlers with some brown pipe cleaners and gluing them on, finishing with a red pom-pom for the nose. You can use a black paint marker if you choose to draw on a bit more of a face. Then glue on some googly eyes!

Use another bit of a pipe cleaner to make a neck to connect the other cork, which will be the “body.” I used more pipe cleaners for the arms and legs. You can also add some felt “scarves” for added pizzazz.

If I were to do this again, I would find some smaller eyes, but the size I had on hand looked okay.

DIY Christmas Ornaments Are A Great Way to Spend an Afternoon

I was able to do all of these lovely crafts in the space of an afternoon, which I like (I’m a freelance writer, and I still have a day job, so don’t always have a ton of time). The cost of supplies isn’t expensive either, especially if you can get into the dollar store.

The ball ornaments are by far the easiest and less messy, but generally, these crafts shouldn’t leave any massive messes around your house, which also a great thing. I hope this post has given you some inspiration to get on out there and create some fantastic Christmas ornaments for yourself or the people on your list this year. Do you have a favorite Christmas tree ornament craft? I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment down below.

Also, I would love you forever if you shared this post on your favorite social media platform and pinned it to Pinterest!

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That’s all for this week, next week I’m going to be showcasing some wire wrapping jewelry projects for you. Until then, stay crafty my friends!!

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