Making Christmas ornaments with family, children, and to exchange with friends is a wonderful holiday tradition. Many beautiful and keepsake ornaments can be made easily at home, with a minimal amount of crafting skill required, for a fraction of the cost of manufactured Christmas decorations sold in stores during the holiday season.
Grab your apron, some few basic crafting supplies, and give these top 2 homemade DIY Christmas tree ornaments a try this year!
Better Than Salt Dough Ornaments
Making these hardy and adorable ornaments will not leave your hands dry, cracked, and stinging like always seems to happen when creating salt dough ornaments.
- 1 cup of baking soda
- Christmas cookie cutters
- ½ cup of cornstarch
- ¾ cup of water
- Food coloring, craft paint, or embossed rolling pins – optional, but recommended for a more finished and unique look. If using food coloring, it must be added to the mixture of dry ingredients before the water is poured in.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a cookpot and stir them together thoroughly.
- Add up to three drops of food coloring, if using, and stir again.
- Pour in the water.
- Place the pot on the stove and warm it through on medium heat until it thickens – this usually takes only a few minutes. Stir constantly while the DIY Christmas ornament mixture is on the stove. It will resemble the look of mashed potatoes when it is done.
- Remove the pot from the stove and remove the mound of dough.
- Place the dough into a deep bowl and cover it with either plastic wrap or a slightly damp cloth until it cools to room temperature.
- Once the dough is cooled, place it on a smooth surface and knead it until it feels silky smooth. If the dough remains feeling sticky, add a small amount of cornstarch and knead again.
- Use a straw to poke a hole in the ornaments so they can later be placed on hangers or dangle from a piece of ribbon when hung on the Christmas tree.
- If you and your loved ones are patient sorts, you can simply allow the DIY Christmas ornaments to air dry overnight on the kitchen counter. To dry your creations more quickly, place them in the oven on a lined cookie sheet or lined dehydrator sheet and bake them in at 175 degrees for 30 minutes.
- At the 30-minute mark, turn the Christmas ornaments over and bake or dehydrate for another 30 minutes.
Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY Ornaments
Ugly Christmas sweaters are not just for wearing anymore! The humorous little ornaments are easy enough to make even toddlers can participate – and are likely enough fun even teenagers can be enticed to join in the DIY Christmas activity.
- Sheets of craft foam or felt in a variety of colors
- Craft glue
- Hole Punch
- Paper clips
- Permanent marker
- Glitter, sequins, pom poms, craft paint, tinsel, garland, or felt scraps
- Bend the paper clip into a clothes hanger shape and set aside.
- Draw a basic sweater shapes onto the foam or felt shapes.
- Cut out the sweater shapes.
- Open all of the packages or DIY Christmas ornament embellishment supplies and place them on separate paper plates, into empty egg cartons, or onto a tray. Place the tinsels, garland, and felt scraps on plates, cartons, or a tray as well.
- Decorate each mini ugly Christmas sweater with the embellishments using the craft glue.
- Once the little sweaters are thoroughly dry, glue a paperclip hanger onto each one. You can also poke a hole through the back neck area of the ugly Christmas sweater ornament and allow it to dangle from the paperclip hanger.
These DIY Christmas ornaments would also be perfect for use as activities for either child or adult holiday gatherings, classroom party favors, or for Christmas ornament make-it-and-take-it gatherings with friends.