Don’t worry about how you’re going to decorate your Christmas tree this year! With this huge collection of homemade Christmas ornaments, you’ll have plenty of ideas to try. All of these DIY ornaments are easy to make and perfect for a rustic Christmas. Use the ornaments to display on your tree or adorn your gift packages with them.
Homemade Christmas Ornaments To Try
There is something about homemade Christmas ornaments that is so warm and nostalgic. Just the fact that they are homemade makes them more special. You appreciate them more and every year when you bring them back out, you have your memories of what you were doing when you made them. It’s also nice to not have to spend a lot of money on brand new ornaments. A lot of these DIY ornaments can be made from items that you may already have on hand. I came up with a collection of DIY ornaments that are perfect for gift giving or displaying on your own tree. Hopefully you will find a favorite one or few to try this year.
If you’re looking for a way to give festive little favors to your holiday guests, this collection of homemade Christmas ornaments will do the trick.
HOT CHOCOLATE MIX ORNAMENTS
SOURCE: Sprinkle Some Fun
Fill some clear ornaments with hot chocolate mix, hang them on the tree, and let guests grab one as they leave. Not only are these a fun little gift but they also look pretty on your tree. For another tasty alternative, fill the balls with a cup of soup mix. Or, why not decoratively display a lottery ticket in a glass ball?
PERSONALIZED MONOGRAM CHRISTMAS BALLS
TUTORIAL: Dimples And Tangles
A pretty monogrammed Christmas ornament also makes a nice gift. Hand them out as little gifts or stick them on a gift package instead of a bow. Use just the initial or a full name. Other good personalizations to paint on the balls would be first Christmas, first home, and so on.
PERSONALIZED POPSICLE SLED ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: The Craft Patch Blog
These little sled ornaments are so cute and surprisingly easy to make. They make a perfect gift for grandparents or other family members. This is such a nice way to keep those little school pictures every year. Each year they can be pulled out for a nostalgic memory. It might be nice to also include the year on the sled. Use a sharpie or paint market to personalize further.
10 MINUTE DIY PHOTO ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Simple As That Blog
Another great photo ornament idea is to transfer an image onto a wooden disc. This is super easy and makes a great gift item. A special photo of you and another person together makes a great memory and gift for that other person.
MAKE RUSTIC KEEPSAKE CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Fireflies And Mud Pies
Create a mini chalkboard on a log slice to hang on the Christmas tree. Use some to write cheery Christmas messages on. Then, give some to your kids to draw a picture on for a keepsake ornament. The memories made will be priceless.
Upcycled Homemade Christmas Ornaments
DIY Christmas ornaments are made all the easier when you are simply upcycling other items. Look around your house to see if you have any of these fun items to upcycle. You may be surprised at what you find and what you can do with it!
UPCYCLED WOOD FINIAL ORNAMENTS
SOURCE: Good Housekeeping
Wood finials can be painted in a variety of patterns and colors. Just screw an eye screw into the tops and hang on the Christmas tree with twine.
MAKE HUDSON BAY INSPIRED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
A unique way to trim your tree in silver is by hanging vintage net floats. I had a bunch of these floats that I had gotten from an antique store. However, to change up the industrial look of the silver, I painted half of them in a Hudson Bay inspired pattern. I love my Hudson Bay blanket which was my inspiration for painting these. They make fun rustic upcycled Christmas ornaments.
UPCYCLED BROOCH ORNAMENTS
SOURCE: DIY Network
There are so many things that you can make with old jewelry. These Christmas ornament made from old brooches will add lots of sparkle to the Christmas tree. Just add a loop of beads for hanging.
TURN VINTAGE KEYS INTO DECORATIVE ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: How To Make Vintage Key Ornaments
If you like the look of vintage keys but don’t know how to display them, make these decorative Christmas ornaments and hang them on the tree.
UPCYCLE BURNED OUT LIGHT BULBS FOR SNOWMAN ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Kelsey Bang
If a light bulb goes out in your house, it’s time to celebrate! You are now half way into making a cute snowman ornament. This homemade snowman ornament is such a cute idea for using up those bulbs.
SCRABBLE TILE ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Crafts By Amanda
Use up old game pieces, like Scrabble tiles, to make unique Christmas ornaments. You could use the letter tiles to make personalized ornaments as well.
UPCYCLE A SWEATER TO MAKE CUTE MITTEN ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
You don’t have to know how to knit to make these cute mitten ornaments. Just recycle an old sweater in a fun and festive way. You could also make little miniature stockings with an old sweater. It’s always good to look at the possibilities for old clothes before getting rid of them.
MAKE A SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT OUT OF BOOK PAGES
TUTORIAL: Borei Design
This beautiful snowflake ornament was crafted out of book pages. Although the design looks pretty intricate, you may want to try your hand at it. You could also use the technique with a simpler design.
Unique Homemade Christmas Ornaments
CRAFT ORNAMENTS FROM OTHER DECORATIONS
TUTORIAL: The DIY Dreamer
Have you ever had any little decorative items that you weren’t using for their intended purpose? For example, these rustic deer ornaments were made from taking the cute deer off of some decorative clothespins. They were better served on a log slice to hang on the Christmas tree. Don’t be afraid to take apart decorative items to use in a better way.
MAKE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS OUT OF CRAFT PAPER
TUTORIAL: Nalles House
These ornaments are so delicate and pretty. It’s hard to believe that they are made simply from loops of craft paper. The design possibilities are endless with all of the craft paper patterns and bead designs.
RIBBON TREE ORNAMENT
TUTORIAL: How To Make Ribbon Tree Christmas Ornaments
Here is an easy ornament that smells good too. Simply tie ribbons to a cinnamon stick in the form of a Christmas tree. Play around with different colors and patterns of ribbons to see what you like best.
CRAFT A SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT OUT OF LITTLE TWIGS
TUTORIAL: Craftberry Bush
How cute are these rustic snowflakes? They’re pretty much free to make and they’re perfect for a rustic Christmas.
CREATE WOOD BURNED SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Cherished Bliss
A cute, simple, rustic ornament made from wood burning on a log slice. Because a snowflake is easy to draw, it makes the perfect pattern to wood burn. Wood burning is also a great way to personalize a wood Christmas ornament.
DIY RUSTIC TWIG ARROW ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: Alice Windgerden
These little twig arrows would be such a fun addition to a rustic tree. They are super unique and are sure to make a statement.
MAKE A WOODEN BLOCK ORNAMENT OUT OF POPSICLE STICKS
SOURCE: Paint A Sign
This rustic wooden block ornament looks pretty solid but it’s actually made from popsicle sticks making it nice and light for the Christmas tree.
FABRIC STAR ORNAMENTS
TUTORIAL: How To Make Fabric Star Ornaments
These fabric star ornaments were made out of scrap flannel and burlap. However, you could also upcycle an old flannel shirt for this easy ornament.
MAKE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS OUT OF FELT
TUTORIAL: This Heart Of Mine Blog
Felt is so easy to work with making this a perfect project to try. Cutting all of the little squares may be a little time consuming but at least they’re easy to cut.
TUTORIAL: Icicle Ornament
Homemade Christmas ornaments in the form of icicles really add some nice sparkle to the tree. This would be a great project to combine with homemade snowballs to hang on the tree.
MAKE CHRISTMAS POSTCARD ENVELOPES FOR THE TREE
TUTORIAL: Simple Country Life
Adorn your Christmas tree with pretty stuffed post card envelopes. This is such a chic and homey look.
MAKE A RUSTIC CANDY CANE ORNAMENT FROM A HANGER
TUTORIAL: How To Make A Rustic Candy Cane Ornament
All you need to make a rustic candy cane ornament is a hanger and some bark covered wire. You could also wrap a hanger in twine or yarn if you have that on hand. Or string red and white beads over the hanger wire. I love homemade Christmas ornaments that are made from things you already have.
Homemade Christmas Ornament Balls
COVER A BALL WITH TWINE
TUTORIAL: DIY Twine Balls For Fillers Or Ornaments
Twine ball ornaments or easy to make and you can get several different looks depending on the twine and embellishments used. Use white twine for a more rustic chic look. Traditional twine and colored twine are also good options for decorative Christmas balls.
DECORATE A STYROFOAM BALL WITH SONG SHEETS
TUTORIAL: DIY Song Sheet Christmas Ornament
Make a mosaic vintage song sheet ornament using cut pieces of old sheet music. If you don’t have sheet music, you can use book pages or patterned craft paper.
COVER A BALL WITH PLAID RAG STRIPS
TUTORIAL: Mad In Crafts
Here is another good ornament idea for using up fabric scraps or old clothes. I really like the warm look of the red plaids for Christmas ornaments. Use fabrics that will complement your own style tree.
MAKE A TWINE BALL ORNAMENT
TUTORIAL: Love Grows Wild
Twine is such a great rustic element to use in craft projects. This twine ornament will add rustic charm to your Christmas tree. It’s easier to make than what you might think. A balloon creates the round form!
FILL AN ORNAMENT WITH RUSTIC CHEER
TUTORIAL: Downtime Upcycle
There is so much that you can do with clear glass ornaments. It’s such an easy way to make homemade Christmas ornaments. The letter beads in this one really sets it off.
I am going to make lightbulb snowman ornaments, rustic bulb ornaments and last but not least, the hot chocolate kit ornaments.
I do have a question. Shall I clean the inside of the ornament with dish soap and water to ensure it is ready for an edible treat or how did you clean yours first?
Thank you, Robin
Yes I would clean the inside with dish soap.