How to Make Your Own Ornament Crafts

Overview

Handmade ornaments add a special touch to your Christmas tree and holiday decor. Put your paper crafting skills to use--and have the kids make their own, too--and your Christmas tree can become a living, breathing art display. Add to the collection each year and create a treasure trove of ornaments to pass on to your children when they have families of their own--and then they can carry on the tradition.

Step 1

Wrap a 3-by-2-inch rectangle with three different 1-inch strips of decorative Christmas scrapbook paper. Squeeze lines of glue where the papers meet and pour on glitter (blowing off and saving the excess).

Step 2

Cover a 3-inch cardboard circle with colorful paper. Adhere a photo of your child and underneath it spell out her name and the year in stickers, stamped letters or your handwriting. Glue jewels around the photo and adhere a tiny bow on top of the photo.

Step 3

Adhere three consecutively smaller white cardboard circles on top of each other to form a snowman. Cover the middle circle in glue and shake on white glitter. Cut out and adhere a top hat and draw in eyes and a mouth with a marker.

Step 4

Cut out a 4-by-4-inch piece of cardboard and cover it in funky Christmas paper. Mat a small picture of your family and adhere it to the cardboard. Dot glue all over the display and cover with glitter to represent snow.

Step 5

Put crayons, markers and stickers in your kids' hands and let them create their own designs on a 5-by-5-inch sheet of card stock. Adhere it to cardboard cut to the same size.

Step 6

Punch a hole at the top of each ornament and thread ribbon through for easy hanging.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the ornaments are dry before hanging them. Store these ornaments in acid-free archival boxes to preserve them.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain chipboard cutouts or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Decorative Christmas paper
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Photographs
  • Christmas stickers
  • Christmas stamps
  • Ink
  • Adhesive
  • Jewel embellishments
  • Plain card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch

References

  • PIckled Paper Designs
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Scrapbooks Etc.

Who Can Help

  • Martha Stewart
  • Quick Paper Strip Ornament
  • Craftideas.Info
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About this Author

Ginger DeShaney started her journalism career as a reporter, photographer and travel editor before moving behind the scenes as a copy editor. She has worked at the "Chicago Sun-Times," "Boston Herald" and "Boston Globe." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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