DIY Ornament Ideas

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Making ornaments with your family is an easy way to get everyone in the spirit. Turn on some Christmas carols,  warm up some cocoa and get to work.

It used to be, all of the ornaments on  tree were “DIY” a.k.a. handmade. Here a few simple ones to try.

The Wooden Snowflake




1) Wooden craft circle

2) Wood stain (or paint)

3) White acrylic paint (and paintbrush)

4) Acrylic sealant

5) Drill

6) Ribbon or twine


1) Paint or stain craft circle one solid color

2) Starting with the center dot, create a pattern using your white acrylic paint and repeat patterns until your reach the end of the circle.



3) After the paint dries, seal the design with acrylic sealant. ( I used a bit of powdered glitter in mine)

4) Use your drill to create a small hole to string the ornament. I used twine to make the look and a white ribbon to tie it off.



Mini Pom-Pom Bulb

I like this ornament and enjoyed making it with my son. He as so sweet to watch! He would make the little pom-poms talk to each other as he dropped them in. I shared these on the show and referred to the pom-poms as the belly-button lint from Christmas sweaters past; hilarious only to me.





1) Clear glass bulbs (with removable tops)

2) Mini pom-poms

3) Riboon


1) Pull off the top

2) Fill with pom-poms



Love these sweet, little hands!


3) Close it and add a ribbon.






Twig Tree





1) Twig- I literally cut this twig off of a tree in my yard. I made mine approximately 6 inches.

2)  Ribbon (varied patterns)

3) Scissors

4) Twine

*5) Optional: Hot glue gun and craft star


1) Tie ribbons on the twig. Leave enough of the twig exposed at the bottom to look like a tree trunk.

2) Trim the left and right starting at the top down making the shape of a Christmas tree.

3) Make a small loop at the top of the tree using the twine. Use the hot glue to adhere to twig.

*4) I had these craft stars from another craft. I simply hot glued one that I painted to the top.



  Christmas Wish Bottle


I was looking for woodcraft pieces at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store, when I found these little glass bottles. I thought they would make a cute and unique ornament.


1) Glass bottle

2) Glitter

3) Ribbon and twine

4) Cardstock paper

5) Scissors


1) Uncork the bottle and fill with glitter.

2) Cut out the star and write a message. I printed mine on the computer and typed  “Avani’s Christmas Wish”

Message Bulb


This little bulb is filled with messages. I chose to put Christmas phrases in mine, but you could put the highlights of the year in one, a marriage proposal, family names, etc. Many options here!


1)Clear glass bulb that opens

2) Ribbon

3) Paper

4) Scissors


1) Write or print your phrases on paper

2) Cut them into strips

3) Open the bulb and fill it with the phrases

4) Tie on the ribbon

Snowman Bulb



1) Glass bulb that opens

2) Cotton balls

3) Acrylic paint and paint brushes

4) Craft hat

5) Ribbon and hot glue


1) Open the bulb and fill the inside with cotton balls.

2) Paint the face using white paint first. Then go back with the colors. If you don’t use white first, the paint will be too sheer.

3) Using the hot glue gun, glue on the hat and glue the scarf (ribbon)


Felt Wreath




This ornament was literally made from leftover scraps. I was about to toss the trash and then thought…I can squeeze one more craft out of this. Here is what I used.


1) Leftover cardboard spool from ribbon. I took the top off for one flat piece with a hole in the center

2) Felt and pom-poms

3) Hot glue gun

4) Twine


1) Cut felt into strips and wrap the spool.




2) Use hot glue gun to glue the ends down.



2) Cut two felt pieces into leaves and add red pom-poms as berries.



3) Create a loop with the twine and hot glue on for a hook.



I shared these ornaments on my “Living with Lindee” segment on NBC, WSLS 10 Daytime Blue Ridge. Here is the clip.


All of the craft supplies for these ornaments came from my favorite store, “Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.” They have a lot of great deals right now on holiday supplies!



American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.

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