How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live...

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The Final Countdown: Make a Hanging Ornament Advent Calendar

by Holly Wade
DIY Advent calendar
Photo by Holly Wade

Are you ready to start the countdown?! Come December 1st, it's time to break out the advent calendars and find a little surprise every day as you count town toward Christmas. Advent calendars were a staple of my childhood, so I still try to make a DIY advent calendar every year to make the countdown more fun! This time, I used plastic fill-able ornaments to make a hanging ornament advent calendar that's easy to open and reveal a candy or small trinket inside (my parents often used to use give my pennies). With a variety of sizes and colors, you can use materials that fit your style and hang it anywhere in your home for a Christmas decoration that's functional and FUN!    

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3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

by Rachel Jacks
Scandi Christmas ornament makeover
Photo: Rachel Jacks

If you've ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you'd have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here's how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways. 

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How to Decorate Your Tree in the Scandinavian Style with DIY Minimal Ornaments

by Marlene Sauer

 

DIY Scandinavian Ornaments
Images by Marlene Sauer

Finding minimal holiday decorations isn't always the easiest. Let's face it, this is not a season known for restraint! 

As my own decorating tastes are turning ever more minimal, I decided to take a cue from my favorite design style and make a few DIY Scandinavian-inspired ornaments. I just love how simple and natural this look is, while still being festive.

Keep reading to see how to make all three decorations so you can style your own minimal holiday tree!       

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150+ Do-It-Yourself Ornaments You Can Make Before Christmas

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of DIY ornaments for your Christmas tree, whatever the theme may be!

Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.       

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Make These: Pun-tastic Christmas Ornaments

by M.E. Gray

Punny, funny Christmas ornaments you can make

There's something about the holidays that invites silliness, right? Am I alone in this thinking? I enjoy a good pun any time of year, but I especially love and appreciate the Christmas-y ones. There's no shortage of groan-inducing jokes out there either (a quick internet search will show you that). A couple silly decorations will fit right in on your Christmas tree, plus they'll provide a nice chuckle. Keep reading to see how to make these punny Christmas ornaments, with printable designs!           

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DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments

by Faith Provencher
DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I love the holidays for many reasons, but my favorite is that they give you a good excuse to get super crafty. So when I walked by the balsa wood section at my local craft store, the wheels started turning. I came up with a fun project that uses paint and metallic tape to create totally unique color blocked triangular ornaments. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself!   

 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

One of the greatest things about this project is that it uses wood but no saw. And while I have plenty of saws, I'm aware that not everybody does. So we'll use a plain old pair of scissors for this one. 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Here's what you'll need for your ornaments:
 

  • Thin balsa wood, 1/16" thick works well
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Bakers twine
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Washi tape or blue painter's tape
  • Metalized polyester film tape (not pictured)
  • Hot glue gun
DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by measuring out equilateral triangles on your balsa wood. Each edge of mine was 3.5 inches long. 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the triangles. Be gentle, because wood this thin can easily split along the grain.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Trim off the tops so they resemble trapezoids as shown above, and mask off sections using washi or blue painter's tape. Paint one section a darker color and let it dry.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Remove the first piece of tape and place another one across that section to mask off another area to paint a different color. Let that area dry too and remove the tape.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, add a piece of metalized film tape across the area where the two colors meet. Trim the ends of the tape, leaving a bit of excess to fold onto the back side.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Put a small line of hot glue across the top of the ornament, as neatly as you can. Quickly attach a piece of twine and let it dry. Then tie a knot at the top so the twine creates a triangle shape that completes the triangle formed by the wood.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

And you're finished! I love the way the hanger integrates into the ornament, forming the top part of the triangle. 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The tape gives them a fun pop of metallic color, giving them some serious style. You could try making these with other paint colors too, for a completely different look. Have fun with it!

 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
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Make It: Festive Gingerbread Gift Toppers that Double as Christmas Ornaments!

by Stephanie Lee

Make it: Festive gingerbread gift toppers that double as Christmas ornaments!
There’s something really fun about wrapping gifts at Christmas time don’t you think? Maybe it’s because  this is the only time of year I can sing along to carols at the top of my lungs while I wrap. Or perhaps it’s the sheer number of presents I get to play with! Either way, everything feels so magical that it makes me want to make each gift extra festive.

Make it: Festive gingerbread gift toppers that double as Christmas ornaments!

And there’s no easier way to add a little festive cheer to your presents than with...

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Holiday Decorating with a DIY Dipped Ornament Display

by Holly Wade

Holiday Decorating with a DIY Dipped Ornament Display

I think it's safe to say Christmas is upon us, and holiday decorating is my favorite time of year! As fun as it is to decorate my home, I tend to stray away from traditional reds and greens for Christmas, so I incorporated pink and a light green color into my decorating with this DIY dipped ornament display that fits in perfectly to my dining room gallery wall. Using lightweight plastic ornaments and twine, this almost-rustic piece of decor...

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How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

This year, I am really leaning toward simple and minimal Christmas decor. I purposely went through our boxes and boxes of decorations and intentionally brought out a few select pieces we loved and had a purpose for. Our home has glimpses of Christmas in every room, without the overhaul. Likewise, when it comes to Christmas ornaments I want something that's neat and fresh. It's not always easy to find, which is why these modern mountain clay ornaments are the perfect solution! They take no time at all and are certainly fun to make.

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How To: Make a Faux Fused Glass Geometric Christmas Ornament

by DIY Maven

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

How To: Make a Faux Fused Glass Geometric Christmas Ornament

I've been iffy about the longevity of geometric everything for awhile now, but it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. Uncle, I cry! The simple lines and representative shapes are fairly easy to recreate and the result looks clean and crisp, especially at a small size. So, I decided to embrace the trend by marrying it with the classic look of fused glass and a holiday 

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How-To: Gold Thumb Tack Ornament

by Faith Towers
How-To: Gold Thumb Tack Ornament
Photo: Faith Towers

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

 

During the busy holiday season there's always less time for complicated DIYs, so simple down-and-dirty projects are much more feasible. In that vein, today we're sharing a fun tutorial which will show you how to create a gold Christmas ornament using thumb tacks! Click through to check it out.   

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