Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

It’s no surprise that often the most treasured Christmas ornaments on the tree are the ones that were hand made by various members of the family. As the years pass, these felt-trimmed wonders and perfectly un-perfect cookie ornaments serve not only as decorative accents, but as loving tokens that mark the passage of time.

Cookie Ornaments

Let little ones showcase their creativity with this simple holiday craft. You’ll need:

  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup salt
  3. 1 cup water

Blend together and knead until the dough is smooth. Roll out the dough on baking paper and use holiday cookie cutters to form shapes. Use a straw to make a hanging hole at the top of each ornament. Bake at 325° F for 1 1/2 hours or until dry. Cool and decorate using traditional cookie decorations, beads, paints, ribbons, whatever your imagination desires.

Make Felt Ornaments

This is an easy family craft activity—even the youngest ones can pitch in and help. You’ll need:

  1. Colorful pieces of felt fabric
  2. Soft polyester pillow filling
  3. Rickrack, sequins, fabric paint, etc.
  4. Craft/fabric glue
  5. Needle and colored thread or yarn
  6. Scissors or pinking shears
  7. Cookie cutters, preferably larger than 2″
  8. Tailor’s chalk or soft lead pencil
  9. Ribbon for hanging

Trace cookie cutter shapes onto the felt using tailor’s chalk or pencil; cut out two of each shape. (NOTE: if you’re an artist, feel free to draw your own designs onto the felt.) Put a small bit of pillow filling between the two and whipstitch the edges together using some colored thread or yarn. Add rickrack, sequins, etc. to decorate, using glue to attach. Stitch a loop of ribbon on top as a hanger. Your homemade Christmas ornaments will give your Christmas tree a heartfelt touch.

Easy Nostalgic Ornaments

Add a bit of old-fashioned charm to your Christmas tree. You’ll need:

  1. Christmas cards from years past (the older, the better!)
  2. Construction paper
  3. Craft glue
  4. Single-hole paper punch
  5. Scissors or pinking shears
  6. Ribbon for hanging

Cut out the pictures from old Christmas cards. You can cut right around the picture using a scissors or remove the front of the card from the back and edge the 4 sides using pinking shears. Cut pieces of construction paper in whatever shapes you prefer; make them a bit bigger than your pictures. Center the pictures on the construction paper and glue them in place. Punch a hole on top of the construction paper, thread a length of colorful ribbon through the hole and tie the ribbon so you have a 3″-4″ loop for hanging. Write the names of the people who sent the cards, along with the years received, on the back of each.

Thoughtful Gifts Everyone Will Want

Show ’em you love ’em by picking unique gifts for everyone on you list.