How to Make 5 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Make memories and spread holiday cheer with these easy Christmas ornaments.

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You Will Need

  • Craft supplies
  • Ribbon
  • Paper doilies
  • Ornament hooks
  • Christmas-themed cookie cutters
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Canning lids
  • Family photos
  • And wire ribbon
  • Digital photocopier (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make lacy snowflakes

    Punch a hole at the top of a lacy paper doily. Thread a small length of narrow ribbon through the hole and tie a knot at the ends. Hang several on the Christmas tree for a frosty effect.

  2. Hang transparent ornaments near a tree light for a dramatic effect.

  3. Step 2

    Hang cookie cutters

    Tie a loop of ribbon around Christmas-themed cookie cutters. Hang several on the Christmas tree for an adorable candy theme, or to emphasize a country motif.

  4. Step 3

    Have a glitter ball

    Take Styrofoam balls of various sizes. Put glue into a bowl, dip the balls into the glue, and sprinkle with glitter. Place them onto wax paper to dry. Group several in a colorful bowl for a glittery holiday centerpiece.

  5. Step 4

    Frame the family

    Cut your favorite family or baby photos to fit inside canning lids. Apply a small amount of glue to keep each photo in place. Secure a small loop of ribbon to the back with glue. Hang several to create a "family tree."

  6. Make digital copies of your favorite photos if you'd like to keep the originals intact.

  7. Step 5

    Create instant icicles

    Cut several 8-inch sections of wire ribbon in your choice of color. Twist the ribbon around a pencil. Push a pin to make a hole at one end, then slip a hook through the curly ribbon and decorate your tree. Each ornament you craft will help create a memory of this holiday for years to come!

  8. Prevailing belief holds that Martin Luther, the German Protestant leader, originated the tradition of adding lights to Christmas trees in the 1500s.

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