The Easiest Homemade
Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Christmas ornaments are fun and easy to make. Get the kids involved and make it a family tradition.

Believe me - I'm not that creative, nor am I a perfectionist, but I still enjoy making these ornaments. And I loved to watch my kids expressions when they displayed their works of art on our tree.

You can use simple everyday household items to make adorable homemade Christmas ornaments. If I can do this, so can YOU.

homemade Christmas ornaments Try these items you may have around the house:

Clothespins (you can still get them in crafts stores and in supermarkets)

Make cute clothespin reindeer -

Use a hot glue gun to glue two clothes pins together. These will be the reindeer's legs.

Now glue a clothes pin on top of the other two but upside down. This is his head and antlers.

You can stain or paint the clothespin a dark brown. Use a permanent marker to paint faces on them or just glue on googly eyes from the craft store.

Attach a green pom pom for a bushy tail. Glue a ribbon loop to the back and hang the reindeer on the tree. Easy!

homemade Christmas ornaments

homemade Christmas ornaments

You can also get more creative and make a clothes pin snowman and a clothespin toy soldier.

Years later you'll admire these homemade Christmas ornaments and remember time well spent making them with your family.

homemade Christmas ornaments Pine cones This is my personal favorite because its so easy and so pretty.

Spread some white glue all over the pine cones.

Roll them in crystalized sugar for an iced look or glue on fake snow for a freshly fallen snow look.

Or you can roll them in glitter - any color you wish - gold, silver, red, green.

Place them on newspaper to dry thoroughly. Shake off excess glitter when dry. Tie thread to top of cone and hang from tree.

See how easy and fun homemade Christmas ornaments are to make. Keep reading for more ideas.

Jar Lids

Trace the jar lid onto felt. Cut this out and glue to the inside of the lid.

Select a beautiful scene or family photo and cut out to the shape of the lid.

You can cut out pretty scenes from past years Christmas cards, kids portraits, monogram initials, stencil a word like, JOY, or glue in a special memento (like seas shells from this years beach vacation).

Be creative!

Glue this scene into the jar lid. Lastly, glue yarn or silver or gold pipe cleaners to the edge of the lid.

Egg Carton Sections

Cut them out individually, hang upside down. Spray paint them silver or gold - and you have Christmas bells.

homemade Christmas ornaments

Dried Orange Slices I love the rustic look of these nearly transparent ornaments.

Slice thin slices of oranges - about 1/4 inch thick. Press down with a paper towel to squeeze out all the juice.

Put on a cookie sheet and place in oven at 250 degrees F with oven door OPEN for approximately 5 - 6 hours until dry.

When dried and cooled, thread a ribbon through the top to make a loop to hang the ornament.

Card Board

Using a large Christmas themed cookie cutter, trace onto the cardboard, then cut out. Use various Christmas shapes, like stars, bells, trees, or ornaments.

Poke whole cloves through in random patterns.

Glue red yarn around the perimeter of the shapes. Hot glue thread or pipe cleaners to the back to form loops and hang from tree.

Cinammon Sticks

Tie a bunch of cinammon sticks together with some twine or raffia.

Attach a sprig of red berries or other ornament to center.

Make a thread loop to hang the cinammon stick bundles to the tree. Smells so Christmasy too.

Candy Canes

Of course you can hang red and white or any color candy cane on your tree.

But if you want to change it up a bit - try wrapping the canes in some fabric

Like muslim for a rustic effect, or a glittery silver fabric for a glamorous look. Coordinate with the theme of your tree.

homemade Christmas ornaments Baked Dough Ornaments This is definitely fun for the kids - get a little creative too.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 to 1 cup water


Mix together 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 2 tbsp vegetable oil.
Slowly add 3/4 to 1 cup of water and stir until you get a nice clay consistency.

Once completely mixed, roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.

Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Use an unsharpened pencil to make a hole at the top of the ornament for the hanging loop.

Bake your Christmas ornaments in a 250 degree oven for approximately 1 hour. If you like you can paint your finished ornaments.

TIP: Do not make the Christmas ornaments thicker than 1/4 inch or they will crack with baking.

Have fun and enjoy your adorable homemade Christmas ornaments!

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