Can you believe it? Christmas is next week already! 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 - 84 to be exact!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.
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!
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!
How soon is too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Because I wanted to put mine up at 12:00 am on November 1st. We usually do a live pine tree at my house, so we have a few more weeks to go until we can put one up and not have it be a fire hazard by December 25th. In the meantime, however, I've been scrounging up ornaments, garlands, and lights to decorate with. Maybe this is a little extra, but I like to change up the theme of my tree every year! This year I made three different Christmas ornaments, each using a different Dremel tool from our oh-so-handy combo kit.
I hate to be a Debbie-downer, but Christmas will soon be over. After the big day, the pretty ornaments go back to storage for another eleven months. How do you protect your ornaments every season to keep them safe from shatter hazards and little hands?
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree. I just love vintage ornaments and I scour flea markets every holiday season to add to my Shiny Brite collection. We won't have the space for a big Christmas tree this year, so I decided to make some oversized ornaments from wood veneer to hang on the wall instead!
The first week of December is nearly gone and it is time to get into the Christmas spirit. You already have your tree and maybe even the lights, but ornaments? Well, that's another story. Am I right? If it looks like you'll be DIYing tree trinkets this year, you're going to need some inspiration. So here are twenty-five DIY ornament ideas to get you in the holiday (and crafting) spirit.
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This mini wreath ornament requires few supplies: Yarn. Ribbon. And a bathroom decor staple?
Mike at Shelterness found some great and unique ways to display Christmas ornaments, but these two, which involve frames, caught my eye. The one pictured above is from
Growing up, we had a tradition in my family where every member of the family received a new ornament on Christmas Eve, usually based on something eventful from the past year. When I moved out and got married, I had 19 years worth (yes, I married young!) of ornaments. My husband's family had the same tradition, so our sad Charlie Brown-esque tree was quickly full and made us feel right at home for our first Christmas together.
Those kids over at The Purl Bee never cease to get my creative juices flowing! This DIY project is a super easy and super awesome and involves everyone's favorite material: felt!
This month, we're giving away a free series of useful PDF tutorials that are perfect for the holiday season. We're calling it "Curbly Essentials", and the first one is a sweet little how-to from our editor-in-chief Chris Gardner on making simple, stylish modern paper ornaments. You can download the PDF and print it out to use with family, friends, or as a project with kids.
Read on to see how to get today's download: Curbly Essentials: Modern Paper Ornaments
I'm sure you've seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well....Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because the
Buttons. So sweet and colorful, they're just aching to be turned into Christmas ornaments. The one pictured above is from Leslie Ashe. There isn't a tutorial, but it looks like the maker used a styrofoam ball and white ball head stick pins. I particularly like the layering of the buttons.
These next ones are perfect for a table top tree.
This snowflake ornament is made with using a wire coat hanger.
There's one thing that every estate sale has: boxes and boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments. I've even been to a house where every room was decorated, floor to ceiling (we're talking hoarder territory, people), for a different holiday... but that's another story for another day. When you DO happen upon one of these stashes, though, you can usually snag the whole lot for a few bucks. And then... then you make on of THESE!
Before winding up the Wine Bottle Roundup, you may want to quickly put together a mod puffy snowman gift tag/ornament. Made from a houndstooth remnant, dacron, felt and a silver 1/2" grommet, he's a cute little touch of MOD anyone would love. This is fast and easy if you have the materials in your craft stash.
Bust out your lab coat and goggles, because we're about to get down with some science. Making your own borax crystal ornaments is not only super cool, it's a fun project to do with kids (and keep the education going during that extra long holiday break)!
First, I have to thank my friend Megan for sharing this with me. She knows I'm a kid at heart and, well, easily amused. If you're the same way, or actually have kids to amuse, let's...
Monica says we can use any symmetrical shape to create paper ornaments like these. She made four patterns (star, bell, angel and ball) complete with the sheet music motif
A few weeks ago while sauntering through West Elm, I saw some cute, felted Christmas package ornaments and a how-to was inspired. They're a little gift, to be sure, but my version would make a big impression