2014-12 12 Days of Giving

Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Giving!! Today I am sharing 14 different DIY Christmas ornaments you can make for the holidays. Make them with the kids, give as hostess gifts, or be the star at your annual ornament party!

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Make a handmade ornament for a gift exchange, tie handmade ornaments onto gifts, pair an ornament with a bottle of wine for a hostess gift … handmade Christmas ornaments are a gift everyone can appreciate during the holidays! The best part is, most of these can be made in bulk, assembly line style. So get out your glue gun – it's time to craft up some ornaments!

1. Felt Acorn Ornaments


No sewing machine needed (but you can use one if you like). All you need is a bunch of circles, hot glue, and a foam ball. Get the tutorial to make a felt acorn ornament here.

2.  Faux Bell Jar Ornaments


This has to be one of the best ideas I've seen on the interwebs this holiday season – turn plastic glasses into gorgeous bell jar, cloche style ornaments

3. Make It With Mittens

Mitten Ornaments by Jennifer Priest for hydrangeahippo

All you need are some dollar post gloves or mittens and puff paint to make the magic happen: DIY Mitten Ornaments

4. Adorable Cupcake Ornaments!

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Jader Bomb makes the most amazing things and I love these DIY cupcake ornaments she made – so easy and cute to boot! 

5. Kitschy House Ornaments

Create these Putz inspired house ornaments with paint, glitter and chipboard – cereal boxes work fabulously). Add a string  to hang them or set them on a tabletop.  DIY Kitschy House Ornaments

6. Beautiful Butterfly Ornaments

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Craftychica always takes things to another level – see how she transforms feather butterflies into gorgeous ornaments with a Latina flair! Gilded Butterfly Ornaments

7. Altered Wood Ornaments

Sparkly Wood Ornaments with Smooch Spritz by Jennifer Priest for hydrangeahippo 3

All the craft stores have these gorgeous laser cut wood ornaments right now. Spritz them with Smooch Spritz to give them color and shimmer. Just 5 minutes to fabulous! Similarly, you can do the same thing with plain paper mache ornaments, like I did on these paper mache star ornaments.

8.  Secret Acorn Ornaments

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I loved these from Jenny of CraftTestDummies.com when I saw the tutorial – turn Easter eggs into acorn ornaments with a secret compartment inside!!!

9. DIY Crayon Ornaments

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I think Alexa of SwellDesigner.com just invented all of the crayon techniques out there. She is definitely the inventor of this crayon ornament technique! 

10.  Mini Frame Ornaments


Yeah, I know I already linked to a tutorial from this lady in this here list but she has some super awesome ornament tutorials! How to make a crappy frame into a fabulous ornament.

11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments

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And the folks at Dollar Store Crafts show you how to make these practically for free with stuff you already have. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ornaments

12.  DIY Handprint Ornament


So fun to make with the kids – you can use plastic ornaments from the dollar store if you're concerned about the kids breaking the glass ones. DIY Snowman Handprint Ornaments

13. Sweet Sachets

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These ornaments are adorable and you can make them with remnant fabric or even from old linens. Consider creating keepsake ornaments by using grandma's old apron or grandpa's favorite shirt to make the ornaments. Sachet Christmas Ornaments

14. Honeycomb Book Page Ornaments

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I love a good book page project and these are just amazing! Use maps or sheet music for a different look – honeycomb book page ornaments




Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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