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DIY Ornaments for Holiday Decor!

POSTED December 7, 2021

With all eyes on the upcoming holidays, we think there’s plenty of time to DIY ornaments to decorate mantels, trees, wreaths and more! And what fun it’ll be to incorporate unique, handmade creative and crafty ornaments with your collection from yesteryears!

Natural Fibers and Materials 

The expat blogger at Cuckoo4design is an obsessive macrame artist and has ideas for macrame ornaments and garlands and has created and repurposed some of her designs for tree ornaments. This might be a fun project for older kids who like to work with their hands and can tie knots, and then unravel the rope to make fringe.

You can easily turn regular pine cones retrieved during a hike, into summer-sunshine pineapples with this tutorial from Aww Sam on Brit + Co. All you need is yellow paint, green paper and a glue gun! Or check out this variety of DIY pinecone ornaments from Guide Patterns for dipping, sparkling, bleaching and turning pinecones into skiers, owls, angels, elves and reindeer!

At Alice and Lois, this idea from twin-sister bloggers Sara and Melissa, started with white plastic ornaments they bought for $9.86 on Amazon. Creating marbled Easter eggs earlier in the year they thought, why not apply this technique to holiday ornaments? It took Melissa and her seven-year-old daughter five minutes to paint a dozen ornaments and if you scroll down past the tutorial you’ll find a slew of additional DIY ornaments, using clay, wood beads and fabric.

Photo Ornaments to Make and Order 

We all know that one of the most satisfying ways to up your holiday decorating game is with a personal touch – like using family photos to create lasting memories you revisit every Christmas! You can easily make your own photo ornaments – which is so-much-more and gratifying than buying — with these ideas from Country Living. From kids and pet portraits to snow globes and stuffed embellishments – this curated collection with how-tos and links to tutorials — will inspire your creativity. Just find your favorite pics and get crafting!  

And if you need more hands on help, Clutter Bug on YouTube SHOWS you how to do it on YouTube with step-by-step video instructions that always make any DIY project easier. 

Or if you act quickly you can send pics to Shutterfly for or take your family or friend photos to Costco and they’ll make a commemorative 2021 ornaments for you. 

Repurposed, Reclaimed and Re-Gratifying!

Dreaming in DIY will show you how to engage your family in making personalized ornaments as a fun, annual holiday tradition. If you put up more than one tree, you can always make one super stylish and worthy-of-notice in a House Beautiful spread, and the other dear and nostalgic memories of holidays’ past. House Beautiful also curated this collection of 45 homemade ornaments, from wood slices with deer antlers burned into the grain, to retro paper ornaments that kids will love making, offer easy to difficult, ordinary to extraordinary options.

Blogger Claire at Pillar Box Blue likes to take ordinary things from her surroundings and create uniquely handcrafted décor – like ornaments for her Christmas tree. She’ll repurpose old wool sweaters into felted ornaments, reclaim cast-off denim jeans and reuse outdated road maps. Maps are actually, Claire says, a way of adding sentimentality to handmade ornaments – especially if you use the kind that have special significance to your family. Scroll down the page for angel ornaments made from lace doilies, mini-wreaths using felted balls with acorn caps, and felted ornaments traced from holiday cookie cutters.

Creatively DIY in Crystal Valley!

With spacious kitchens and hobby rooms, basements – finished and unfinished – there are plenty of spaces and places to craft DIY projects in the new homes in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley. If you don’t live here yet, come and explore the wide variety of designs and floor plans situated under open skies and nature and only minutes from the town of Castle Rock. With decorated models from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton, the ranch or two-story models – are priced from the $400s.


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