When I was a kid, my fondest memory during Christmas time was putting up our horribly flat, old artificial Christmas tree and putting out the decorations.
Now…I use the term “horribly” loosely, because in the eyes of a child, it was the most awesome tree ever, but to an adult, it probably had seen better days!
But it was the family hand-me-down ornaments I remembered most. Some of them were quite tacky and old, with chipped-off paint, but we didn’t care. They were a part of our family. And all lit up, they were quite cozy!
As an adult with kids now, unfortunately, I haven’t been so great at creating these memories for my own kids.
Yes, we put up (a horrible!) artificial tree every year, but our ornaments are generic balls that I had found in a junk pile. HA! And they have no aesthetics at all!
I’m ready to bring back some of that nostalgia.
Earlier this month I showed you how I made this DIY ornaments keeps box, but what I didn’t really show you was how I made the DIY Christmas tree ornaments inside the box!
So here goes!
- Scrap wood or 2 inch wooden dowel like these
- Bits of scrap wood or sturdy cardboard
- Chalky paint
- Painter’s tape (I prefer Frog Tape)
- Stick-on buttons
- Googly eyes
- Drill and a drill bit
- Sharpie marker or black stickers for the mouth (if making snowmen pencil holders)
- Eye screws (if making Christmas DIY ornaments)
- Hemp rope (if making ornaments)
Make It #1: Snowman Pencil Holders
While this isn’t an ornament, I had to include this because it’s so easy and fun (and makes great gifts, especially for teachers). If you enjoy woodworking like I do, it’s likely you have some scrap wood lying around.
I had cut the legs off an old changing table that I turned into a desk for my oldest son.
The leftover wood was perfect for pencil holders!
Make It #2: DIY Santa Ornaments
And if you’re not so lucky to have rounded scraps like this, you can easily buy a wooden dowel from the home improvement store to make either the snowmen pencil holders or the DIY Santa ornaments.
The wooden dowels are only about $5.00. But if you’re getting them from the Home Improvement store, they’ve got hand saws in the aisles so you can cut only about the length you need by the foot. Ask them to cut it for you, though! Save your arm for painting instead! LOL
I used Annie Sloan’s red chalk paint for the body because it was super vibrant. If you’re looking for a good chalk paint that you can buy on Amazon, but may not be as vibrant, try the Folkart Chalky Paint in Tuscan red. It’s a really good chalk-based paint that sticks really well!
Tape off the body to add the white and black trim of Santa’s suit.
Make It #3: Studded Snowflake Ornaments
If you’ve got a piece of rectangular or square scrap wood parts, you can make a studded DIY snowflake ornament, too!
I took a square piece of scrap wood, stained it, added leftover over furniture tacks from another project around the sides, and a painted stencil. (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a vinyl snowflake stencil and painted over the stencil with white.
I added and an eye screw on top with string, and–voila!
Make It #4: DIY Picture Cube Ornament
This one is super special because you add family and friends to make a DIY picture cube ornament with leftover scrap wood! If you don’t have a jigsaw (and you have to get one because they’re only about $40-$60!!!), you can just cut up sturdy cardboard.
I used scrap birch wood about 1/4″ thick that was left over from other projects.
I just cut them all the same size, glued them together with super glue and let it dry. Then I sanded it smooth and tried to add wood filler to fill any big gaps (oops, LOL).
I printed out some family pictures, decoupaged the pictures to the sides, and added the eye screw on top and some hemp string. When adding the eye screw, just drill a small pilot hole with your drill bit so that it’s easy to screw in the eye screw.
It’s a little heavy because I made mine about 3″ wide, but if you make yours smaller, you won’t have any problem! Or you can hang these from somewhere else! 🙂
Make It #5: The Uncommon Objects Ornaments
Even the most uncommon stuff can be made into DIY ornaments! I had found this pile of scape wood at the ReStore. And one piece caught my eye.
The spindles were calling me! All I had to do was pull this apart.
…and the spindles came right out!
I drilled holes in them, threaded baker’s twine, and added eye screws, and now I’ve got three cute dangly DIY Christams ornaments!
Think outside the box about what can be turned into memorable ornaments or gifts!
How to Make a Gift Box Out of Scrapbook Paper
If you decide to make any of these and give them away as a gift, here’s a really easy tutorial I did on how to make a DIY gift box out of scrapbook paper! It measures about 4 x 4 and would be a unique way to give gifts this season! 🙂
When we put up our tree this year–and heck, I might even splurge for a real tree this year!–we’ll all least have some fun DIY ornaments to add to the collection (along with a great snowman pencil holder gift idea for the kids’ teachers).
You never know…. my three sons might even save these ornaments and pass them down to their own kids one day.
How’s that for tradition?? 🙂
So have you ever made DIY Christmas ornaments or any other holiday ornaments? Tell me all about them!