Christmas tree ornaments seem to go up in price every year, especially if you want something really unique and interesting. To counter effect this, it can be a really good idea to make your own DIY Christmas tree ornaments.
Making your own ornaments will not only save you money, it will also be fun, especially if you are doing it with kids.
We have brought together what we think are the best DIY Christmas tree ornaments out there in one place for you. There are some amazing projects in this list and we’re sure you will find something perfect for you, or at least find inspiration to make your own Christmas tree ornaments.
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Let’s take a peek at these ornaments then!
DIY Frosted Cupcake Christmas Tree Ornament
This might just be our favorite ornament of all time! This stunning frosted cupcake ornament looks good enough to eat (maybe you need to hang them out of reach!?)
This will make your Christmas tree really stand out! To follow on from the theme, why not add some glazed donuts which you will see later in this article.
DIY Vintage Gold Button Ornament
Oh my, maybe I shouldn’t have chosen a favorite so soon! This vintage gold button ornament from Live Love DIY is simply gorgeous!
If you have a vintage theme going on with your Christmas tree decorations this year then this would fit right in.
DIY Wrapped Yarn Christmas Tree Ornaments
We love the simplicity and vibrancy of these wrapped yarn ornaments by One Little Project. They will really stand out on your Christmas tree and are a great DIY project for older kids to get involved with.
You can create any shape you want by laying out the pins in the desired shape and then dipping the yarn in watered down craft glue before wrapping it around the pins.
Once set these can be painted any color and you could even add embellishments such as (plastic) diamonds!
10 Minute Santa Ornament
If you are short on time (and money) this 10 minute Santa ornament project from The Long Thread is ideal to create something cute and stylish, quickly.
These wood slice ornaments from Mountain Modern Life are another of our favorites (we’re collecting quite a few favorites here…).
The wood against the green of the tree is a stunning effect and combined with the vintage lettering these ornaments will impress anyone checking out your Christmas tree decorations.
They are actually quite simple to make once you have the wood slices. These slices can be made by cutting up a log of about 1.5″ – 2″ or you can buy them ready made!
DIY Mini Yarn Hat Christmas Tree Ornaments
Oh, these yarn hats are so cute aren’t they? Why go for the traditional Christmas tree ornaments when you can have something a bit more fun like these mini yarn hats by Easy Peasy and Fun.
They are actually really easy to make and you can pair them with the mini skis that you will find later in this article.
DIY Geometric Straw Ornament
We love a bit of geometry in this household and these 3D geometrical straw ornaments are a great idea from Elsie Marley.
Really easy too, which can only be a good thing. You’ll just need some thread and some straws. You could either go for the cheap plastic straws or if you are a bit more eco-conscious you could get these plant based compostable straws.
DIY Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments
They do involve a bit of sewing, but I don’t think it’s too taxing and you really don’t need to be perfect! Just remember to get some pillow stuffing to pad them out a bit.
DIY Book Page Bird Ornament
Book pages are a really great material to use for crafts and this lovely little bird ornament from By Stephanie Lynn is a great example.
As with many of these DIY Christmas tree ornaments, this is a very easy project and a great way to use unwanted books that you don’t think anyone would like or are in too damaged a state.
DIY Country Style Burlap Christmas Tree Ornaments
There might be more sewing involved here, but if you use the same color thread as the burlap then you really don’t have to be neat.
These country style ornaments by Trinkets In Bloom are really cute and will fit into almost any scheme. You could also string them up as a garland over your mantel or front door.
DIY Mini Skis and Poles Ornament
We love miniatures of anything and these cute miniature skis from 21 Rosemary Lane are right up our street!
They make use of classic craft materials such as the popsicle sticks and toothpicks, while adding in some detail with the use of sew on snap buttons on the ski poles.
If you are a ski fanatic then these are a must have Christmas tree ornament!
Snowman Tea Light Ornaments
DIY Scrabble Letter Christmas Tree Ornament
Scrabble letters are so useful as a craft material and this gorgeous ‘Let It Snow’ ornament from Crafts By Amanda is a great example of their appeal.
Of course you could make up your own wording, the fake snow will probably still work well! 😉
DIY Twine Ball Christmas Tree Ornament
If you are trying to create a natural look to your Christmas tree ornaments, this awesome twine ball ornament from Love Grows Wild would be a perfect addition.
You just nee some brown twine and some watered down craft glue.
A great tip in addition to the tutorial is to blow up your balloon and use a plastic bag sealing clip to hold the air in until the twine is set. Then you can re-use the balloon!
DIY Glitter Pine Cone Ornaments
Pine cones are the ideal craft material for Christmas decorations and the glittery pine cone ornaments in this project from Kids Craft Room are a great example.
You can go out and collect your pine cones or just buy a bundle of them for several projects. Just remember to bake them to kill off any bugs hiding inside.
DIY Vintage Style Thumb Tack Ornament
If you want another great addition to a vintage theme on your Christmas tree, this thumb tack ornament from Sarah Hearts is such a fantastic idea!
DIY Sprinkles Christmas Tree Ornament
Clear glass or plastic ornaments are a great product to help you DIY your own Christmas tree ornaments. These sprinkles ornaments from Gimme Some Oven make great use of them to create something quite unique and colorful.
If you prefer the safety of plastic ornaments then you can get some that look very much like their glass counterparts.
DIY Felt Brown Bear Ornament
Grab those felt squares one more time (you didn’t use the brown ones yet, did you?). These adorable brown bear Christmas tree ornaments by Lia Griffith are amazing!
She also has tutorials for a fox, racoon, deer, rabbit and many more woodland animals and plants!
DIY Disney’s Frozen Elsa Ornament (And Other Disney Movies!)
These gorgeous Disney ornaments from As The Bunny Hops are sure to be a favorite with the kids. This Elsa ornament is our particular favorite and once again uses the clear ornament blanks to great effect.
Another awesome project to get your kids involved in.
DIY Beaded Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornament
This clever project from Paging Fun Mums could be put into the category of DIY vintage Christmas tree ornaments with it’s ceramic-effect finish.
This is a great project to improve kids fine motor skills!
DIY Blue and White Ceramic Ornaments
Blue and white is always an appealing combination and these stunning DIY ornaments from Crafting With Kid are a nod to blue and white ceramic plates that adorn many walls.
DIY Clothes Pin Soldier Ornaments
These little soldiers by Altogether Christmas are really cute and will clip directly on to your Christmas tree branches, or can be hung with string.
DIY 3 Dimensional Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments
These fantastic 3 D paper ornaments from the amazingly named Picklebums are a good upgrade from just flat paper ornaments.
You will just need some scissors, an interesting pack of craft paper and a glue stick.
DIY Mini Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament
This adorable little sled ornament from Clean and Scentsible can be added to your mini skis and mini bobble hats from earlier.
Another great craft project to get your kids doing using their popsicle stick craft supplies!
Dried Citrus Fruit Ornaments
A Victorian favorite, this dried citrus fruit ornament from Evermine is a really cost effective, environmentally friendly and easy way to decorate your Christmas tree.
DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ornaments
Now we’re talking, right!? These simple, yet awesome teenage mutant ninja turtle ornaments from Happy Hooligans are so cool and can be easily made by kids.
DIY Gold Flecked Christmas Tree Ornament
Just cost half the bauble in glue and dip it in a bowl of gold flecks. Easy Peasy!
DIY Bottle Cap Snowman Ornament
If you put your mind to it you could probably make DIY Christmas tree ornaments out of virtually anything, as demonstrated by Amy Latta Creations with this bottle cap snowman ornament!
They’re pretty cute and also have great eco-credentials with their use of waste materials!
DIY Winter Wonderland Scene Christmas Tree Ornament
We do love a miniature scene here at The Crafty Christmas and this stunning winter scene from Craftberry Bush delivers delightfully!
DIY Cork Reindeer Christmas Tree Ornament
Oh, well this is now are absolute favorite ornament from The Homeless Finch. Congratulations. Entries are now closed!
This is simply adorable and makes great use of those unwanted corks from ALL those bottles of wine! Also makes use of more of that big bag of googly eyes you bought earlier! 😉
Cinnamon Salt Dough Gingerbread Man Ornament
Gingerbread men are synonymous with Christmas, for some reason, so these brilliant cinnamon salt dough gingerbread men from Treasure in an Earthan Vessel are great ornaments for your Christmas tree.
Very low cost and a nice baking project to do with the kids.
DIY Nail Polish Marbled Ornaments
I think you could just about do this to any small Christmas related trinket you wanted to. Nail polish marbelling seems like a great idea from Color Made Happy to bring a little funky color into your Christmas tree decorations.
You could make some salt dough decorations first and then marble them! Or just get some small Christmas decorations and marble them.
DIY Glazed Donut Christmas Tree Ornament
This delicious looking glazed donut ornament from 365 Designs would go perfectly with the cupcake ornament from earlier.
You can choose your frosting and topping of course, but we love the classic pink frosting and sprinkles!
Just remember you can’t eat them!
There are so many amazing ideas here for you DIY Christmas tree ornaments. There are even loads of themes within the list that we’ve been able to pair up!
It’s so much fun creating your own Christmas tree ornaments and makes the whole thing so much more personal, especially if your kids have been involved.
Hopefully you now have the inspiration, knowledge and motivation to go out and DIY your Christmas tree ornaments this year!
Go Crafty Christmassers, Go!
(nb. Christmassers is a totally made up word, but I’m campaigning for dictionary inclusion!)