5 DIY Ornaments For A More Festive Home
Homemade Ornaments For A Personal Touch
When adorning our holiday trees and seasonal shelves, we love displaying unique ornaments from years past, which usually hold some personal meaning. For some, that involves baby or paw prints; for others, it’s framed moments from earlier holiday seasons. The beauty of DIY ornaments is that you can make them as personal as you’d like!
Below, we’ve shared five easy homemade ornaments to try, with supplies you’ll usually have around the house at this time of year anyway! From upcycled sweaters to citrus fruits to cinnamon sticks, you can be just as festive with less-tive—with materials sourced right from your own home.
1. Citrus Garland
Supplies Needed | Citrus fruits, knife, pan, oven, needle or nail, twine, additional decor optional
Time Needed | Five hours
Citrus garlands aren’t just festive—they’re deliciously aromatic and easy to make. Cut citrus fruits into ¼-½” slices, then put them in the oven at 200F for four hours. After cooling, string through with any added decor like cinnamon sticks or bay leaves, and voila! This reel from our very own Social and Community Lead walks you through the process step-by-step, or you can check out this tutorial from Francois et Moi accompanied by some cozy photos.
2. Paper Straw Ornaments
Supplies Needed | Paper straws, craft sticks, pipe cleaners or string, scissors, glue, ribbon
Time Needed | 30 minutes
We love a DIY ornament that also involves upcycling! Gather up old paper (or plastic) straws to craft star-, angel- and tree-shaped ornaments. This TikTok from The Folding Lady shows you how to make these handmade ornaments in just a few minutes. Or, take things to the next level with craft sticks or stock paper, using these ideas from The Soccer Mom. Add on a ribbon or some string to hang and you’re all set!
3. Cinnamon Stick Snowflakes & Bundles
Supplies Needed | Cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, hot glue gun, string, scissors
Time Needed | 30 minutes
For some spice and everything nice, we turn to cinnamon sticks! This gorgeous ornament transforms cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise into a snowflake using only a hot glue gun and string to hold together. Check out the full DIY over at Camille Styles. If you’re looking for something a little less structured, try Factory Direct Craft’s cinnamon stick video tutorial—the only other supplies you’ll need is greenery.
4. Sweater Ornaments
Supplies Needed | Ornament balls, sweater, thread, scissors, needle, hot glue gun, wood skewer
Time Needed | One hour
Got an old holiday sweater (à la the ugly Christmas sweater) lying around? Recycle them into these cute sweater ornaments! For a very simple DIY involving only an existing ornament, sweater, and string, we like this option from The Lily Pad Cottage. For something a bit sturdier, we’re into this craft tutorial from Apartment Therapy using a hot glue gun. Either way, make up to six ornaments at once from just one sweater!
5. Cookie Ornaments
Supplies Needed | Flour, table salt, warm water, mixing bowl, large spoon, rolling pin, straw, baking sheet, string, parchment paper, cookie cutters, optional decor or paints
Time Needed | Two hours
If your family loves baking, they may doubly enjoy making DIY cookie ornaments using salt dough. Mix flour, warm water, and table salt (a long-term preservative), cut the dough into shapes using cookie cutters, then bake in the oven for about an hour. Once they’re cooled, you can decorate them as-is or spray paint for an even finish. Wholefully‘s demo offers suggestions to help these cookie ornaments last year after year, as well as some decoration tips. For a video visual, we particularly like hauz.and.co’s mesmerizing TikTok.
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