7 Incredible DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
It’s Christmas again and that means decorating! Decorating the Christmas tree is definitely the most enjoyable activity apart from opening Christmas presents, but each and every year you are faced with the same question: what ornaments should I use?
To help you with this, we decided to create a list of exquisite Christmas tree decorations, which will definitely inspire you in your choice whether you want to use modern ornaments or vintage Christmas tree decorations. All you need to do is have a look at our wonderful tree decorating ideas and pick your favorite. Merry Christmas!
Felt Owl Ornament
In order to create these cute and fuzzy little owl ornaments, you’ll need the following ingredients: tacky glue, scraps of white, black, orange and yellow felt, feathers, glue for Styrofoam, small eye screws, a small Styrofoam ball as well as roving or loosing spun wool yarn. You’ll also need some scissors and a needlefelting needle.
First, you need to envelop the Styrofoam ball in wool by using the needlefelting needle and stabbing the roving into the ball until it is all felted in place. Make sure to get it as fuzzy as possible! Afterwards, you can attach the hanger by using a bit of foam glue. According to preference, you can use different shapes of feathers that you can glue together onto the owl. It’s all beginning to take shape now!
After you’re done with attaching the feathers, you can add the eyes on top. The eyes are obtained by cutting out large circles from the white felt and smaller circles from the black one. You can use buttons as a template. The white circles need to be glued on top of the feathers, while the black circles come on top of the white ones. Now cut a triangle from the orange felt in order to obtain a beak. Add it to your owl’s face. Finally, cut some triangles from the felt that you used to make the body in order to create the ears. Add the ears accordingly and you’re all set!
Dollar Store Cookie Ornaments
You can make some exquisite Christmas tree decorations by using cookies and a few adornments that you have lying around the house. Since cookies have a distinct round shape, they look very similar to a wreath, which makes them perfect candidates for becoming tree ornaments. Now you’ll need a few boxes of cookies to begin with, as well as some glue, string and miscellaneous adornments.
Start off by gluing small strings to the backs of the cookies before gluing the adornments themselves on the front. These can be anything from stickers, yarn, pearl embellishments or spray glitter. You can also decorate them with small string bows or just leave them as they are if you’re happy with a basic model. The possibilities are endless. Have fun experimenting!
Chocolate Candy Ornament
If you would like your Christmas tree to look absolutely delicious this year, then you might want to try out this very easy to make and fantastic looking idea! The idea is to decorate a few ordinary glass Christmas balls in order to make them look like they were made of chocolate. After purchasing the balls, you’ll also need to get a hold of a hot glue gun and a can of brown milk chocolate spray paint.
Start off by fixing the balls in place by running the back of a pencil through their top opening. Now use the glue gun and start applying a thick coat of glue starting at the top of the ball, and let it all run down along the sides of the entire ornament. After it is dry, you need to spray paint the entire ball in order to make it look like melting chocolate. At this point, you could very well leave it like that and hang it on the tree, but you can also decorate it further by using Mod Podge on the runny areas and sprinkling them with sugar-looking glitter. You can also add some red crafty berries for extra effect if you wish, as well as crushed plastic peppermint sticks for a bit of color. Finally, tie a small ribbon on top and you can call it a day!
Noel and Joy Christmas Ornaments
You can make some of these lovely Noel and Joy Christmas ornaments yourself by using 2 Fleur de Lis Motifs die cuts, a scalloped circle, a circular rosette and a jumbo eyelet. The Fleur de Lis Motifs die cuts should be layered with the circular rosette, on top of which you can place a scalloped circle and another smaller Fleur de Lis Motifs die cut. The jumbo eyelet should be added to the top of the ornament for extra durability, while a bow should be glued on top of this eyelet before being threaded with a shipping twine.
You can decorate your Christmas tree with a photo cube featuring pictures of your loved ones. Doesn’t that sound amazing? The required materials include chopsticks, scissors, 4 photos and a square plastic bulb.
Start off by tracing the shape of the decoration on a piece of paper and cut out a square to use as a template in order to figure out how big you’ll have to print the photos. Pick a selection of great photos are crop them accordingly in Photoshop before placing them into a document and printing them all at once. After you printed out the photos and cut them separately, you should carefully wrap them around a pencil and use it to push them one at a time inside the cube. Now you can use a chopstick to unroll them and push them to the 4 sides.
You’re pretty much done at this point but if you want to adorn your ornament further, you can pour some glitter inside and tilt the bulb repeatedly until all photos feature small “snowdrifts” in front of them.
Santa Gnome Pinecone Ornament
These cute little Santa Gnomes would look fantastic up in your Christmas tree this year! In order to create some yourself, you’ll require small pinecones, polymer clay, a paintbrush, some craft glue, acrylic paint glitter, snow-tex and an eye pin.
First and foremost, you should make the Santa hat out of a ball of clay. Now push the cone shape onto the top of the pinecone and sculpt the edges down over the head before curling the top end of the hat in any way you like. Now you can make 4 small balls of clay and use them to create the nose, mustache and beard. The larger piece should become the beard while 2 medium pieces will represent the mustache shapes. The smallest piece will become the nose.
Push the beard, mustache and nose into place in this exact order! If you want to give the beard some texture, you can add small indents using the end of a paintbrush. Now you should bake these little Santa Gnomes in the oven for about 15 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. After they cooled down, the hat should sit firmly in place, but the nose, beard and mustache might peel off so you’ll need to glue them back carefully. You can make the brim of the hat using snow-tex or a cotton ball, while the color can be added by using acrylic paint or glitter.
Finally, place a looped wire or an eye pin in the top of the hat so that you may hang the gnomes onto your tree with great ease.
These lovely little mini wreaths are very easy to make and look absolutely stunning! You need to get a hold of some shower curtain rings, ribbon, yarn, a glue gun and some scissors in order to make them yourself.
First, you need to cut an appropriate amount of yarn, which should be about 4 nose-to-hand lengths, but if you plan to wrap it tight, you’ll probably need to cut an extra arm. Now you just need to wrap the yarn around the ring by twisting and tightening it when necessary. When you arrive at the end, you should layer it until the slim part of the ring matches the rest of it. Glue the end down and then tie a loop and a knot. Now glue the knot down onto the back of the wreath and start decorating it as you see fit. Ribbons work best here, but you can experiment with your own ideas, of course.
Depending on how many times you wrap the yarn around, your wreaths will become either thinner or thicker.