Ideas & Inspiration

3 DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas

Salt Dough Ornaments
Dough and water are mixed in a bowl near cookie cutters.

A fun way to get the family involved in baking up fun, salt dough ornaments are simple to make and even easier to decorate. Choose seasonal cookie cutters, let the kids mix the dough and have fun creating festive snowmen, mittens and more. See steps below to learn how. 

Here's what you'll need: 

Combine 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of water in a mixing bowl.

Prep and Cut Dough into Shapes
A person uses cookie cutters to cut shapes in dough.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and, on a well-floured surface, knead and roll the dough out into a sheet about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Cut out shapes from the dough using the cookie cutters. 
Poke Hole for String
A woman pokes holes in dough with a wooden stick.
  • Before placing the cookies in the oven, poke each with a hole. This is where your string or ribbon will go when hanging the finished ornament on the tree. 
  • Then arrange them on the baking sheet. 

Tip: Prior to baking the shapes, you can also use the fork to add texture (i.e., fur on the reindeer or veins in the holly leaves).

Paint Ornament
A woman paints a mitten shaped dough ornament.

Once the shapes are cool, decorate them using the paint and brushes. Let the decorations dry for at least 30 minutes; leaving them to dry for 24 hours will ensure that the paint is completely cured.

String Ornament
A ribbon is strung through a salt dough ornament.
  • String a length of ribbon through the pre-poked holes and tie it in a knot. 
  • Hang the finished ornament on the tree. 
Holiday Bouquet Ornament
Fake poinsettias, ribbon, clothespins and other supplies.

Want to add statement-making ornaments to your tree this year? This holiday bouquet ornament is a great way to embrace the florals of the season while adding texture and volume to your tree. 

Here's what you'll need:

Wrap with Ribbon
Maroon colored ribbon is wrapped around a bouquet.
  • Trim the stems of the artificial poinsettia, mistletoe and oak leaves to your liking. 
  • Arrange them into a bouquet and wrap a ribbon around their stems, tying in a bow. 

Tip: For added security and longevity, you can glue the bow to the stems. Allow an additional 30 minutes for glue to dry.

Attach Clothespin
A clothespin being attached to the back of floral bouquet.

Glue a clothespin to the stems and let it dry for 30 to 40 minutes. In 24 hours, the glue will be fully set and cured. 

Add Bouquet Ornament to Tree
A finished poinsettia holiday bouquet ornament.
  • Once the bouquet is dried and set, clip it to a branch on the tree. 
  • If you're making a few, place them around the tree in spots that are a bit more bare or use near the top of the tree instead of a star. 
DIY Star Ornament
Popsicle sticks, markers and glue are gathered on a counter.

Ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and crafty families of all ages, this star ornament requires very few items, including paint or popsicle sticks. Get ready to add some DIY sparkle to your tree. 

Here's what you'll need: 

Create Star Shape
Popsicle sticks being glued to one another to create stars.
  • Glue two popsicle sticks or paint sticks into an X-shape. Repeat with another pair of sticks so you have two X-shaped sets.
  • Allow about 30 to 40 minutes for the pairs to dry.
  • Once both pairs are dry, glue them together to form the shape of a star.
  • Let dry another 30 to 40 minutes. 
Paint Stars
Metallic markers are used to create star ornaments.
  • Once the ornaments have dried, add decorative piping with the metallic pens.
  • Have some fun with this. Create fun patterns and designs and let little ones paint a few of their own.

Hang Star Ornament
A DIY star ornament being placed on a Christmas tree.
  • Cut a length of ribbon and tie into a loop. Glue the ribbon to the back of the star. 
  • Wait 24 hours for the glue to set and cure, then hang it on the tree.

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