How is your holiday decorating coming along? If you are in need of some inspiration to add that personal touch to your tree or for a fun gift, check out these 15 homemade ornament ideas!
I haven’t met a grandparent yet who doesn’t love homemade gifts from the grandkids. And since all of Sophie’s grandparents are coffee drinkers, a personalized coffee mug was perfect. All you need is a ceramic mug and Sharpie markers, and your kids will do the rest. I know, I know, kids and Sharpie markers are a dangerous combination. Don’t worry. Even if they color all over themselves, this little trick takes it right off.
For a fun grown up project, write your favorite quotes, song lyrics, or memories on a mug, plate or other ceramic surface and give as a gift.
Plain ceramic mug
Decorate the mug with Sharpie markers.
Place mug on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let it cool completely before handling. Give as is or fill with hot chocolate, coffee, or other goodies.
To avoid fading, wash by hand only.
My Grandma taught me how to make reindeer ornaments back when I was 8 or 9 years-old and I still have fun making them to this day. I even have a few of the originals hanging on my Christmas tree this year! All it takes to make this reindeer ornament is a few supplies and you’re in business.
Yarn or ribbon
Round bead or pom pom
1. Glue 3 popsicles sticks together in the shape of an upside down A.
2. Attach eyes with glue.
3. Create a loop with yarn or ribbon and glue to the back. Attach nose with glue.
4. Attach accessories and add details (like eyelashes).
Once glue dries, it’s ready to hang!
My daughter is a collector (i.e. hoarder) of all things tiny. McDonald’s toys, Dollar Store toys, anything small and painful when stepped on is what she loves to collect. Problem is, there’s no more room to store all of her little treasures. So instead of tossing them, I decided to upcycle her Dollar Store toys into cute holiday decorations. All I had to tell Sophie was that we were going to use glitter and she was on board.
The deer family was perfect. Holiday-ish and they had not been played with for months. Score!
Cheap miniature plastic animals
Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold spray paint
Mod Podge or glue
Hot glue gun
String (if making an ornament)
Spray paint each toy. It may take a few coats to get all the nooks and crannies. Let dry.
Add to a tablescape or wreath. Want to make an ornament instead? Keep reading!
Create a loop out of string and use a glue gun to attach it to the top of the deer. It will be covered in glitter so don’t worry about making it pretty.
Coat with mod podge or glue and cover with glitter.
When glue dries, it’s ready to hang!
Easy, right? What toys are you going to turn into decorations?
For more holiday craft ideas, check out the Holiday & Seasonal page!