5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Do you enjoy crafts around the holidays? My biggest problem is that there never seems to be enough time to make all the things I have in mind. But this year, I wanted to take some time to create some DIY Christmas ornaments, and most are kid-friendly which means my girls get to whine about helping me and then end up having more fun making them than me! These 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments are easy, affordable, and any skill-level can make them. I love all things vintage, so you’ll see a vintage flair on some of the ornaments. Most of the materials can be found at local craft stores or even WalMart, but I did purchase the gold leaf foil from Amazon because it was a great size and had good reviews! I also made short videos of each ornament in case it helps to see how it’s done. But I promise you, they’re all easy and I know you’ll enjoy making them. The only trouble will be deciding whether to keep it or gift it.


5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Mini snow globe

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Well, it’s not exactly a globe, but you get the idea. This one is my favorite. I love miniature things, my doll house growing up was my prized possession and not just because my uncle built it for me, but because I loved making mini things for it and saving my lawn-mowing money to buy furniture for it from Oregon Craft and Floral (the only craft store in my home town when I was young, later on came the others and then OCF was out). I found the globe from the Dollar Tree and grabbed the last four. The good news is that they sell them online, but in bulk. Just get your glue gun and you’re ready to create! Here’s a list of the supplies used:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Sequin ball

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Out of all five DIY Christmas ornaments, this one is the most time consuming and monotonous, but it’s a great ornament to make while chatting because it takes zero concentration. When I was a kid, my mom made a ton of these one year. I helped her and at first it was fun, and then after a while my fingers hurt. Well, the difference now is that I’m using a dense foam ball which makes it super easy to push the pins into, and the pins are much shorter. My mom also used Elmer’s glue to help everything stick, but the dense foam does a better job of keeping everything in. If I were to make one of these again, I would add the step of applying a layer of glue stick to a small section first. Once you cover that glue stick section with sequins, then you can glue stick another section, etc. I only had one pin fall out without the glue, but I think it would be better long-term to use a glue stick on this one. I also didn’t fully cover every bit of foam with the sequins. I didn’t mind some white showing throw, but it’s all about preference. I also used a small foam ball, but there are many sizes and a few shapes you could consider for this DIY ornament. Here’s a list of supplies and the short video on this one so that you can see the process I used to tackle this monotonous ornament – it went by very quickly this way.

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Clothespin people

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

I’m not artistic, can’t draw, paint, or sculpt, so I was most nervous about this DIY ornament. It was so cute though, so I had to try and I’m so glad I did because it was fun and turned out cute. Well, my teenager thought it was cute, but my seven-year-old said it was kinda creepy. Never ask a critique~ Anyway, I would like to make one for each member of our family, I think it would be fun to see them each year. My husband shaves his head, so his would be the easiest to paint, and all the girls can have top-buns (I’m not going for too realistic). Anyway, the short video shows you the order that I put this one together. The paint dries pretty quickly too. The sky is the limit on how creative you want to get on this one. The video doesn’t show it, but I just used a glue gun to add the little wooden bead for the hair bun, and then an eye hook was twisted into that bead hole (with dry glue gun glue) to hang it. The skirt is some vintage trim I’ve had forever, but you could use fabric, crepe paper, or lace (or paint on some pants/shorts!). Here’s the list of supplies and a short video:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Vintage tart tin

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

I just love how this looks like it’s been the family for years, and it comes together quickly! With all the tea parties I’ve been hosting you would have thought I’d have done tarts by now, but not yet. However, tart tins are cheap and can be used for more than just baking. I love the shiny metal and fluted edge; it just screams Christmas. So, I drilled a hole to add the hook later and once again gathered my supplies and glue gun. I could do a whole tree of just these, in different sizes and designs inside the tin – it could be adorable. Anyway, here’s a list of the supplies and a short video to see it put together:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Gold leaf ball

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Out of all 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments, this one may look like the most difficult one, but I assure you – it’s not. This one is so cool because the ball is plastic, the paint was $.99 and the gold leaf was so fun and easier than you’d think. You could use glass balls for this one, but the plastic look like glass and they can’t break upon falling. I also spray painted the metal top gold to match the gold leaf, but it’s not necessary to do so. And while you can use any color of acrylic craft paint, you may want to consider what will look best with the gold leaf (like maybe not yellow paint). Otherwise, go for any color of your choosing, even yellow if that’s your thing, and while this one is drying, you can start on one of the other 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments! Here’s the supply list and a short video to get you started:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Well, that’s a wrap and I hope you’re inspired. These 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments are fun to make with kids, friends, family, or just while you’re watching Christmas movies. With so much to do this holiday season, I sincerely hope you have time to do some of the things you enjoy most, and if crafting is one of them, I hope these DIY ornaments got your creative juices flowing. Be sure to pin any of the images for later and if you haven’t signed up already, please subscribe for my weekly email with decorating, design, and DIY inspiration! Happy Holidays!

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Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

For our first Christmas in Northwest Arkansas, we’re living in our temporary apartment with all our Christmas decor in storage. As much fun as it would be to buy new decor and ornaments, I decided to get creative and let nature inspire some handmade ornaments. Last year, our home was decorated in a merry and bright theme, meaning all the bright colors, glitter, and embellishments you can imagine. This year, I was drawn toward the complete opposite style with nature themed items and lots of neutrals and natural colors. I’m pretty certain I’ve never not had Christmas red in the mix, but this year is an exception. Each year is different and I enjoy trying new things (decor-wise) so let’s go over our simple nature inspired handmade Christmas tree ornaments!

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

  • Dried orange slices (thinly slice an orange, lay slices on a rack, bake at 200 for around two hours – flipping the slices after the first hour)
  • Pinecones (lightly brush craft paint on the outer edges, and tie to tree branches with ribbon)
  • Feathers (I used these white feathers leftover from Quinn’s Halloween costume and glued them to clothes pins)
  • Twigs (gather twigs, let dry, and spray paint any color)
Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handmade stocking tags by: Blessed Crazy TX Nest on Etsy!

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handmade stocking tags by: Blessed Crazy TX Nest on Etsy!

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

The girls love they way the tree turned out even though they miss their Christmas ornaments. Quinn loved hanging the orange slices – she thought it was so cool to have fruit on our tree! I found some more awesome handmade ornaments to add to your Christmas tree decorating inspiration. Be sure to also visit these blogs and check out all the great stuff they have to offer:






Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Thank you so much for checking out my nature inspired Christmas tree ornaments and the other gorgeous handcrafted ornaments! It is so satisfying to use what I already have and create something new. I love showing my daughters that they can be creative, use their imaginations, and do whatever they set their minds to – even if it is just for tree decor. My hope is that you not only enjoy the holiday season, but you enjoy the little things along the way, like decorating the tree, making a wreath, or making gift tags. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to receive a new decorating/diy email once a week and so we can stay connected~


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Air dry clay crafts

I am far from a potter, I’ll leave that to my sister-in-law, Stephanie. Here’s a sample of her beautiful work below. You can shop her designs on Instagram. Air dry clay is really all I have time for these days.

However, I took pottery in high school and my parents enjoyed my pieces so much that they decided to take a pottery class at the local community college. Then shortly after, they transformed our garage into a studio and purchased a small kiln, wheel, and a lot of glazes. They were busting out pieces left and right, things got a little competitive, and our family gifted pottery pieces for the next few Christmases! Needless to say, they really got into it and I’ve always admired the beauty of hand-thrown pottery.

Air-dry clay is a little different – it feels and handles differently from stoneware clay and it’s not waterproof or safe for eating on (but it is cheap, easy, and doesn’t require extra equipment).

I just glued on the flower after all the paint was dry.

The good news is that, like stoneware clay, air-dry clay can be sanded after it dries – so mistakes can be touched up. You can use toothpicks, foil, and cardboard inside your air-dry sculptures to help form your shape. Air-dry clay is just as messy though – so it may be an outside project for little ones.

Since I’m not a sculptor, I rolled out the clay and made a utensil holder, a trinket dish, and some festive gift tags for Christmas!

These gift tags are so much fun! They’re lightweight and can be any shape. They can also be used as ornaments. The steps are easy and it’s a fun project to do with the kiddos.

Here’s what you need:

Sawyer loves her new utensil holder, but she asked why the edge was uneven and slanted. Good question! The raw edge look was intentional, but not the slant! I couldn’t correct it without removing the raw edge – like I said, not a potter~

If you’re a visual person, I also made a video (scroll down) making the gift tags, it’s a lot like making cut-out cookies. Here are the steps:

  1. Cut off a piece of clay, and roll it out on a piece of wax paper. Before rolling it out too much, add your sticks on each side to help you roll out an evenly thick piece of clay.
  2. Stamp your design onto the clay. Be sure to re-ink the stamp between each use. You can stamp the design closely or spaced a bit – depending on how you want the overall design to look.
  3. Don’t wait for the ink to dry, immediately cut out your shapes. Peel away the extra dough. Use a spatula to remove the cut-out from the wax paper and re-position.
  4. Use a stick or straw to cut out a hole where you want your gift tag to hang. Make sure that all corners are laying flat, if not gently push them down so that they dry in this position.
  5. Wait for clay to dry – usually 24 hours. You can sand, file, or scrape with your fingernail any rough spots or edges. You may need to turn your piece to get all sides dry.
  6. Hang using any string, yarn, ribbon, etc. you want. I use a sharpie marker to write the recipient’s name on the back of the tag. They can also use it as an ornament next year.
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