Handmade Christmas Decorations
In the heart of the festive season, there’s a special joy that comes from crafting handmade Christmas decorations. These unique creations not only add a personal touch to your holiday home but also carry the warmth of your creativity. Handmade decorations evoke a sense of nostalgia, harking back to a time when craftsmanship and personal effort were integral to the holiday spirit.
We recommend you look at some of these handmade ornaments if you want to give your tree a festive twist this year.
1. Yarn Ball Ornaments
Gift a few of these simple-to-make yarn ball ornaments to family or friends who love to knit and what their faces light up!!
To make: Wrap yarn around a clear plastic Christmas ornament, holding the beginning of the yarn in place with a dab of hot glue, until the ornament is completely covered. Thread bamboo cocktail picks through the yarn to mimic knitting needles. Hang as desired.
2. Yarn Stars
Make these cute ornaments with whatever yarn you have on hand or color coordinate with the rest of your holiday decor. Whatever you choose you can’t go wrong and you have fun DIYing.
To make: Cut a star shape from a piece of cardboard using an X-acto knife. Wrap the star in yarn, using dabs of hot glue to help hold the yarn in place near the points of the star, until fully covered. Glue the ends of a length of yarn to the back on one point to create a loop for hanging.
3. Twine Wrapped Cookie Cutters
Once you’ve given or received gifts, this adorable present topper transforms into an adorable Christmas ornament.
To make: Wrap a cookie cutter with baker’s twine (if your twine is thin, wrap two strands at a time). To hang on the tree, use an extra length of twine or a piece of ribbon.
4. Personalized Christmas Poster
Make a gorgeous personalized word-art poster to celebrate your family’s particular Christmas traditions and bring that warm fuzzy feeling into your home this winter. Making your poster is easy using our subway-art poster generator, and we have lots of ideas to get you started.
You can also use our poster generator to make a Christmas-themed word art poster with lyrics from your favourite Christmas carols, or taken from Christmas stories and poems. There are lots of lovely Christmas color palettes to choose from and it’s a fun way to bring a touch of Christmas into your home!
5. Felt Olaf Ornament
Children adore Frozen, so this ornament is sure to have them singing “Let It Go” and dancing around the tree.
To make: Cut body shapes from white felt; attach to a tongue depressor with hot glue. Cut buttons, mouth, and eyebrows from black felt; attach to body with hot glue. Glue mini googly eyes below the eyebrows. Cut a carrot nose from orange felt; attach it below the eyes with hot glue. Glue mini twig arms and a piece of twine for hanging to the tongue depressor.
6. DIY Paper Candle Ornaments
These timeless paper ornaments almost look like real candles from a distance. Luckily for parents of small children though, these are far less dangerous.
7. Hand-Embroidered Stockings
Add a personal touch to stockings by hand-embroidering names or festive designs. These stockings become cherished heirlooms with each passing Christmas.
8. Nature-Inspired Wreaths
Craft a wreath using natural elements like pinecones, holly, and twigs. Embrace the beauty of the season with a wreath that reflects the outdoors.
9. Painted Nut Ornaments
Nothing says Christmas more than snowmen, decorated trees, and…llamas. Why not! Your kids will love painting these cute ornaments made out of assorted nuts.
10. DIY Christmas Cards
Make your season’s greetings extra special by making them yourself. Start with a plain card. Cut out triangle-shaped pieces of your favorite wrapping paper, and just glue them onto the card! To go the extra mile, splatter on some white paint to emulate snow.
11. Balloon Arch Kit
Be the envy of the neighborhood with an all-star balloon arch this Christmas. Whether you use it to welcome guests to your annual soiree or simply keep it up for weeks on end, your home will be picture-perfect for the holidays.
12. Unicorn Ornament
Delight the kids and grandkids with this sweet and friendly DIY unicorn ornament
To make: Remove the cap from a glass or plastic ball ornament. Lightly water down a small amount of light pink acrylic paint. Carefully pour the paint in the opening of the ornament. Rotate the ornament until the inside is fully covered with paint; pour out excess. Allow to dry then reattach cap. Press desired color sculpting clay into a silicone unicorn mold to create ears and horn; allow to dry completely. Attach a mini unicorn horn, ears, and fake flowers with hot glue. Draw eyelashes just below the horn with a gold paint pen.
13. Ribbon Tree Decorations
Once the gifts have been wrapped, you might be wondering what to do with all that leftover ribbon. Rather than fill your tree with ornaments and tinsel (even though we do love the sparkly look), opt for bows instead. Easy to DIY, a ribbon tree is a holiday take on fashion’s fall bow trend.
14. Gumball Machine Ornaments
Turn a clear, plain ornament into a brilliantly vivid mini gumball machine, complete with tiny candies (or pom poms if you prefer). People will be amazed that you made these cute replicas!
15. Paper House Advent Calendar
Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes and can be filled with anything from chocolate to lipstick to dog treats. But if none of this year’s offerings are striking your fancy, maybe it’s time to make your own—like this cityscape created by The House That Lars Built. That way, you can get an advent calendar that coordinates with your holiday decor—and your favorite treats every morning.
Elevate your Christmas celebrations with the magic of Handmade Christmas Decorations. From ornaments to wreaths, there’s a handmade touch for every corner of your home. Craft with love, create memories, and make this holiday season truly special.