DIY: 35 Out of the Ordinary Ornaments to Make

Sometimes homemade ornaments can look like something your 4 year old made in preschool. But never fear! I’ve rounded up 35 out of the ordinary ornaments from all over the internet that you can make before Christmas! Get your craft on and DIY your little heart out. . . these are ornaments you’d be proud to hang on your tree or give as a gift.

paper ornaments

Photo by Heidi at Peacock Modern

1.  The modern paper ornaments from Design Sponge are an instant classic!

2.  You’ve probably seen these sparkly fan folded ribbon angels before that Happy Bird posted–but they are a classic for a reason!

3.  Knitters with a yarn stash (and let’s face it-we’ve all got a yarn stash) can use a few glass balls and make these Stashbuster Ornaments.

Felt Christmas Ornaments

Photo by Sally Setsforth

4.  This felt sphere ornament at Zakka Life is cute, quick and adorable! It makes me think of smocking on a little girls dress.

5. Shanty to Chic’s homemade photo frame ornaments are made with items from the dollar store, but look like something from Pottery Barn!

6. Or you could just follow the directions from Not So Idle Hands and make your own glass ball ornaments with the photos inside!

experimenting with paper/fabric ornaments

Photo by Larissa Holland

7.  If you have scrapbook paper already-these designer paper strip sphere ornaments would be free to make!  Check them out over at Inspired Creations.

8.  And yet another paper strip ornament comes from A Little Hut, the paper teardrop ornament.

9.  Crafts by Amanda has snowman ornament made from a recycled lightbulb and a childs sock–Now that’s frugal!

10.  Stampers (or those artistic enough with Sharpies to draw freehand) will love these elegant glass ball ornaments at Pridestampers.

Paper Snowflake

Photo by Caruba

11. These lacy paper snowflakes from How About Orange are easy & frugal, without looking cheesy 😉

12.  Who knew you could make cute mod ornaments with just a bit of felt, styrofoam and ribbon?

13.  HGTV shows you how to make 3D paper snowflakes that would also make excellent ornaments.

14.  If you are into felt, Bugs and Fishes has three great ornament tutorials: hearts & stars, Christmas baubles, and Christmas puddings.

Close up

Photo by Nancy Dorsner

15.  Remember all the fun you used to have with Shrinky Dinks?  Well Dabbled shows you how to make a Santa ornament with the stuff-and even has a free download (note:  you don’t have to buy the brand name stuff-she tells you which plastic to use from takeout containers!)

16.  The sewers out there will like the stash busting fabric orgami star ornaments from Zen Crafting.

17.  Whip-up is always good for a fantastic craft-and these ribbon pinecone ornaments don’t let you down!

18.  For a more rustic, country looking fabric pinecone ornament head on over to Chicken Betty.

19.  Beautiful and crafty-these beaded snowflake ornaments come to you from none other than Martha Stewart.  She also has fantastic paper evergreen ornaments.

Scrap Time - Ep. 302 - Paper Ornaments

Photo by Christine Urias

20.  You could make a whole bunch of these easy paper ornaments from A Paper Garden in an afternoon!

21.  Under the Sycamore shows you how to use glass balls to make a glitter monogrammed ornament.

Photo from Raising Olives

22.  Did you know you could make Christmas ornaments out of dominoes?  Raising Olives shows us step by step.

23.  Know a newlywed? Make them a one of a kind unforgettable wedding invite Christmas ornament like the one from Welcome to Heardmont.

Stained glass gingerbread cookies

Photo by Anjuli Ayer

24.  Wisdom of the Moon wrote a tutorial for Stained Glass Cookie Heart ornaments for Valentines day-but they could be easily adapted to make Christmas ornaments by making star, circles or tree shapes instead.

25.  These Microwaveable Dough Ornaments from Simply Modern Mom are great for a project with the kids-that way you don’t have to wait a day for them to dry before you can paint them!

26.  These photo tin ornaments from Dollar Store Crafts would make a great gift for the grandparents!

27.  Another great photo ornament is the family photo ornament tutorial at Kelleig Kratzlaff Designs.

28.  Snowmen are always popular at Christmas-so no wonder that Simple Flourishes came up with this great snowman ornament using Model Magic wrapped around a styrofoam ball.

Photo by Shauna

29.  Want an ornament that not only looks good but smells good? Learn Ways to Save More teaches you how to make cinnamon/applesauce dough ornaments!

30.  These paintbrush Santa ornaments look like something you would buy at an upscale craft show, but Suzy breaks it down so it looks like even I could make it look that good!

31.  This Hershey Kiss mouse ornament from Family Fun is sure to make kids and adults alike smile.

32.  I’ve been wanting to make silhouette ornaments forever. . .and now The Shabby Nest has me inspired!

The Little Prince

Photo by Angela Vincent

33.  These cute little walnut shell babies look like something my mom might have made back in the day. Thanks to JessBcuz for the tutorial.

34.  Apparently this Burlap Bird ornament from The Country Chic Cottage is a knockoff from the Ballard catalog :)

35.  When you are making ornaments, Bargain Hoot doesn’t want us to forget our feathered friends!  These darling birdseed ornaments not only look great, they also feed the birds!

So there you have it! Fun, fabulous and mostly frugal ornament ideas! Which ones tickled your fancy?

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  1. Amyrlin says

    Thanks for all of the super links and ideas to dress up my tree, I am nervous to unpack the ornaments from multiple state move today, curious to see how many broke!LOL! I can easily replace and make new ones!!!

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