Creative Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas not just for Your Christmas Tree but for Special Keepsakes and DIY Gifts
One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is spending time together making fun and unique Christmas Ornaments.
So, each year we invite our friends over to share the afternoon with some cider or mulled wine and everybody brings their own unique DIY Christmas Ornament ideas for us all to try.
Over the years, we have made so many different types of ornaments from Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees to Shrinky Dink Ornaments and Marbled Glass Globes.
This year, I was researching some new ornament ideas for our holiday crafting day and it occurred to me that I need to do an article to showcase the creative ways that you guys decorate your Christmas trees!
So, I found a wide variety of different Christmas ornaments to make not only for your tree but also to give as a DIY Gift and Keepsake.
And remember, personalized ornaments made with family photos are an extra special gift idea for Grandparents.
Finally, if you are a hobby or small business crafter selling on the Art and Craft Fair or Festival circuit, you’re sure to find some inspiring ideas for Christmas ornaments to make and sell.
I’ll be updating this list annually so make sure and check back every holiday season to see which fun, new ornament ideas I have found for you!
Also, be sure to have a look at Christmas Craft & Decor Ideas, DIY Christmas Wreath with Ball Ornaments, DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas and Christmas Ornament Crochet Patterns articles.
My alltime favorite handmade ornaments are still the Alcohol Ink Ornaments we made a few years ago.
How Do You Hang Christmas Ornaments?
There are lots of creative ways to hang your special handmade Christmas ornaments on the tree. The simplest way is to use special wire ornament hangers or hooks. They’re super easy to use and very inexpensive.
Also, another great option for hanging your ornaments is to use colorful, fabric ribbon. These can be tied into a little bow, making your ornament even more festive!
Popular supplies for making ornaments
- Clear Glass Globe Ornaments
- Ornament Hooks and Hangers
- Paintable Wood Ornaments
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glitter Glue Sticks
Now, without further ado, I hope you enjoy all of these creative and unique DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas.
A huge THANK YOU to the wonderful crafters for allowing me to share their ideas.
1. Embroidered Kid’s Art Christmas Ornament
Here is a creative way to keep your children’s artwork … stitch it onto colorful felt and you have a cute, personalized embroidered ornament!
This is also a perfect DIY gift for the Grandparents.
2. Easy Burlap Angel Ornament
This sweet little burlap angel is simple enough for kids to make for a handmade teacher gift.
3. Embroidered Family Photo Ornament
Transfer a favorite family photo to cloth, add a small embroidery hoop and some embellishments and you have a unique, personal gift or tree ornament.
4. DIY Yarn Ball Ornament
I love this idea of making an ornament that looks like a ball of yarn. A perfect gift for any crochet or knitting enthusiast.
5. Unique Wine Cork Sled Ornament
Got wine? You can easily recycle the corks into these sweet sled ornaments.
6. Dollar Store Snowball Ornament
Dollar stores are a surprisingly great place to find craft supplies such as these cute metal buckets, colorful ribbon and cotton balls.
7. DIY Walnut Reindeer Tree Ornament
Gather up some walnuts, felt and ribbon, add some glue and a few embellishments and you can make some fun reindeer ornaments.
by Red Ted Art
8. Personalized Christmas Tree Ornament
These colorful monogram ball ornaments make a perfect, personalized gift or gift tag. Great last minute gift idea!
by Organized 31
9. Christmas Candy Cane Ornaments
Kids will love making these cute, decorated winter skates with candy canes.
10. Unique Handmade Ombre Glitter Ornaments
Recycle or upcycle your own candelabra or candle light bulbs with some paint and glitter.
11. Decoupage DIY Glass Globe Idea
Here is a new idea for glass globes … decoupage! Go ahead and stock up on Mod Podge now.
12. Salt Dough Handprint Ornament
A sweet, personalized handmade gift or gift tag idea for the Grandparents.
by Mommy Moment
13. Glass Ornaments Painted with Alcohol Inks
Alcohol inks give glass ball ornaments a natural, organic, almost landscape like look.
14. Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments
Wood slices and scrap yarn make a fun, organic tree decoration.
by Mommy Moment
15. Christmas Wish Ornaments
I love that you can customize your message on these blackboard cutouts.
16. Silhouette Cameo Ornaments
Here is a fun idea for a girlfriend Christmas crafting afternoon.
17. Embossed Wood Slice Ornaments
Embossing gives these wood pieces a unique, festive look.
18. Glitter Salt Dough Ornaments
You can make your salt dough figures more sparkly with colorful glitter.
19. Pink and Gold Glitter Globe Ornaments
Another fun glitter ornament idea. This would be a great teacher gift.
by Mommy Moment
20. DIY Mercury Glass Ornaments
Here is a cool way to make your glass globes look really old and antique.
21. Glass Globe Ornament with Pine Greenery
Fresh greenery and tiny pinecones make for a fun ornament.
22. DIY Paper Christmas Tree Ornament
Holiday patterned craft paper is rolled up and glued to make these colorful little Christmas trees.
23. Keepsake Lace DIY Ornament
I love the soft look of lace on a Holiday tree.
24. Jingle Bell Ornaments
These fillable gloves also look super fun and festive with shiny bells and pom poms.
25. Miniature Gingerbread Ornaments
If you love making miniatures, then these tiny ornaments are for you.
26. Quilted Christmas Ornaments
Quilting is another way to make old timey, antique looking Holiday decorations.
27. Christmas Tree Bird Houses
Little birdhouses made from twigs give your Holiday decor a rustic, farmhouse look.
28. DIY Farmhouse Ornament
Transfer a family photo into a unique, personal ornament.
29. Handmade Felt Reindeer Ornaments
Colorful sheets of fleece or felt can be made into these sweet shapes. DIY Gift tag idea!
by Fleece Fun
30. 3D Christmas Tree Ornaments
Wood cuts in snowflake or ornament shape make a unique decoration or gift tag.
31. Keepsake Photo Globe Ornament
Here is a cute, personalized gift for Grandma and Grandpa.
32. Unique Christmas Ornaments made with Jenga Blocks
Upcycle your old Jenga game blocks into these sweet decorations.
33. Wine Cork Angel Christmas Ornament
Old wine corks can be crafted into cute angels.
34. Clay Dough Keepsake Ornaments
Premade modeling clay is the perfect medium for making special keepsakes. Imagine a baby handprint ornament or your kid’s artwork.
35. Cinnamon Stick Christmas Trees
These super cute little Christmas trees are fun and easy to make with a wreath garland, buttons, twine and jingle bells. Great Christmas craft for children.
36. Cotton Reel Map Ornament
These unique ornaments look like antiques, don’t they? They are very easy to make using spools from thread, buttons bells and old maps.
37. Fun Fabric Christmas Tree Ornaments
Here is another Holiday craft idea for kids using scrap fabric (or fat quarters), styrofoam balls and some ribbon. Plus, these adorable ornaments would make a great teacher gift!
by Ginger Casa
38. Printable Paper Star Ornament
Paper stars are the quintessential Christmas decoration, right? I just love the clean lines and minimal fussiness.
And now you can take the guesswork out of how to actually make a Christmas star with this easy printable ornament.
39. DIY Salt Dough Ornaments
Obviously, you can make some cool ornaments with store bought modeling clay but have you ever tried to make your own salt dough clay?
It is actually super easy to do and add another fun layer to this craft that is also perfect for children. (Kids love playing with dough!)
40. Dollar Store String Ornament
These fun little ornaments are made completely out of string. Not only are they adorable but they are super inexpensive so you can make a whole bunch of them for next to nothing!
41. Homemade Birdseed Ornaments
These awesome birdseed hangers might be my alltime favorite Christmas idea! Not only do they look beautiful on your tree, but they will be much appreciated by the birds after the Holidays.
42. Painted Glass Globe Ornaments
There are many different ways to decorate these glass globes but painting them (on the outside or inside) is still one of my favorites.
You can personalize them by adding a monogram or special icon for a special DIY Gift.
43. Easy Foam Core Ornament Idea
Using foam core is really genius, don’t you think? It is a very light weight material so it won’t weigh down your Christmas tree branches.
Not only that, but you can easily cut it into any shape from stars and stockings to Santa Claus or reindeer shapes.
44. Woodcut and Clay Snowflake Ornaments
Here is a somewhat new twist on the old gingerbread ornament made with wood slices and polymer clay.
You can also write on the other side and these will make perfect hang tags for your Christmas presents.
45. Twig Star Tree Topper
This star is not technically an ornament but it is still a Christmas tree decoration. Although, you could also make a bunch of smaller stars to hang on the tree.
This is a super inexpensive craft using just twigs, string, hot glue and wire.
46. Santa made from Okra Ornament from the Garden
How cute is this idea?? A Santa Claus made from Okra? What an adorable and unique way to make a tree ornament.
47. Unicorn Christmas Tree Ornament
Unicorns for the Holidays? Sure, why not? These adorable little unicorn faces are hand painted and embellished but don’t let that intimidate you. They are surprisingly simple to make.
How Do You Decorate Clear Ornaments?
There are so many different ways that you can decorate clear ornaments, whether they are made of glass or shatterproof plastic.
You can decorate the outside with acrylic paints, alcohol inks, stickers and yarn or you can pour the paints inside the ornament for a marbled look.
Also, it is fun to fill the inside with glitter, pine needles or little mints and candies.
More DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas:
Hopefully, this mega list of ideas for making your own Christmas ornaments gives you lots of inspiration and motivation to begin crafting!
However, if you didn’t find exactly the idea you were looking for, Country Living has a wonderful article with 75 DIY Christmas Ornament for you to make.
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