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12 DIY Christmas Ornaments For The Tree Or Gift Giving

Do you have a themed ornament tree, or do you just go all eclectic? I’m an eclectic decorator myself. I like to make unique Christmas ornaments using things in my junk drawer, garage, workshop, closet….you get the idea. These are some of my more whimsical and fun ornaments…..

1. Jello Mold Ornaments

silver bell Christmas ornaments

These silver bell Christmas ornaments are made with mini jello molds, a template/stencil, white spray paint, and super simple hangers.

2. Christmas Card Ornaments

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Make unique upcycled Christmas card tree ornaments this year using your favorite cards from friends and relatives or pretty vintage Christmas cards you have saved over the years. This would be a fun activity for Thanksgiving afternoon or Christmas day. Get family, friends, and neighbors involved.

3. Gift Tag Ornaments

DIY gift tag Christmas ornaments

Create special DIY Christmas wrapping paper and it might just be the best part of the gift. You can make Christmas gift tags that do double duty as ornaments.

4. Recycled Checker Snowman Ornament

how to make Christmas ornaments with checkers

Look at this cute little snowman ornament I made using a single checker and a sewing machine bobbin. You will never believe what I used for his top hat.

5. Upcycled Junk Snowmen Ornaments

I made a whole host (gaggle….pride…..flock….I crack me up sometimes) of snowmen using everything from metal washers to door hardware to poker chips.

6. Quilt Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas tree ornaments made from a recycled quilt

The first step in the project is to cut the tree shapes. You guys know me. I don’t get all the exact measurements and stuff like that, which means no measuring required for this project. I just grabbed the scissors and started cutting. These cute little trees can be used as ornaments or hung on twine to make a garland or banner.

7. Recycled Jewelry Ornaments

how to make Christmas ornaments using old jewelry

I took some of my old jewelry pieces and made ornaments. I selected these black and white pieces to work with. I cut or pulled the backs off of the earrings using a pair of wire cutters.

8. Card And Jewelry Ornaments

Another ornament created from Christmas cards but topped with jewelry this time. You can find this makeover and the jewelry ornament makeover here….8 Christmas Projects You Can Make In Just Minutes

9. Snowman Face Ornaments

The Snowmen Ornaments took no time at all to make. Waiting for the spray paint to dry was time-consuming, but I can always find things to do while the paint dries. I’m not one to sit around and watch paint dry.

10. Button Snowmen Ornaments

snowman ornament

The backdrop for this snowman is a metal plate. The little metal rectangle came from the bottom of a cabinet (earlier project). I removed all four of the plates from the cabinet and stored them away in my junk stash.

11. Vintage Teacup Ornaments

vintage DIY teacup ornament for the tree

Make one-of-a-kindteacup Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree or for gift-giving. The ornaments can be personalized to fit your decor style or the gift recipient’s occupation, hobbies, etc.

12. Sparkly Teacup Ornament

DIY teacup Christmas tree ornaments

I made 3 of these teacup ornaments but I’m just sharing my two favorites here. I bought a bunch of little sparkly silver trees on clearance last Christmas, but they were too big for the cup. I just snipped off the tops and used those.

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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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