Episode 41: December 12, 2012
by Amanda Thomas
There is something about the holiday season that has always put me in a crafty mood. I’m not sure why, because I am not usually a crafty person. I actually think I’m missing the crafty gene. I have made a few attempts over the last few years to make homemade Christmas ornaments to give to friends as gifts, but they always end up looking more like a 4-year-old made them. A not particularly coordinated 4-year-old. (At this point I would like to thank my friends who, with a straight face, graciously accepted my homemade Christmas ornaments year after year.)
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This year, though, I vowed that I would not only find the cutest homemade Christmas ornaments online to create for my own home, but that I would also share them with you to demonstrate just how easy they are to make. Trust me, if I can manage these Christmas crafts, so can you! So, if you’re looking to add a more personal touch to your Christmas gifts for friends and family, or you just want to create a new family tradition for your own holiday celebrations, you have come to the right place.
Now, let’s get crafting!
Homemade Christmas Ornament #1: Paper-Filled Glass Balls
For my first Christmas craft, I decided to start off as easy as possible. I found a great idea for glass ornaments filled with paper shreds on the Better Homes and Gardens website (it’s page 2 of the slideshow).
The example they show is for a glass ball ornament stuffed with strips of sheet music. Since I grew up in a very musical family, I thought this would be a great homemade Christmas ornament for our tree. If you don’t have a huge connection to music, you could also use pages from books, or even simply shredded colorful paper to fill the ornaments.
So here’s what you do: Choose the paper that is going inside your ornament. I printed some sheet music that I found online. Then, remove the top from any clear glass Christmas ornament, cut the paper into strips, roll them slightly, and slide the strips inside of the ornament. Stuff as many or as few in there as you like. Put the top back on and finish it off with a little red ribbon tied around the top. It took no time at all, but suddenly, I had a very cute homemade Christmas ornament that I’m not afraid to show off!
Homemade Christmas Ornament #2: Painted Glass Balls
Another easy example I found on the Better Homes and Gardens site was how to make colored glass ornaments. This time, instead of filling the clear glass ornament with shreds of paper, pour a bit of paint diluted with water inside the ornament and swish it around until the entire inside is coated.
Once the inside of the ball is completely covered in paint, let it sit upside down until it’s completely dry. If the ornament is streaky or splotchy, pour a bit more of the diluted paint inside and swish around until the ornament is a smooth color. Then, using scrapbooking letter stickers, add a little festive message to the outside of the ornament and presto, homemade craftiness!
Homemade Christmas Ornament #3: Fingerprint Snowmen
I’m proud to say that I didn’t have to search online for my final homemade Christmas ornament. This was one that I used to make when I managed childcare centers, and the parents absolutely loved getting these ornaments to take home. Since most of my friends have kids now, I thought it would be fun to give these (literally!) handmade Christmas ornaments to each family. All I needed was to borrow their children for a day.
I purchased a few plain blue ball ornaments, some white craft paint, and a White Out pen. Then, one at a time, I painted the childrens’ palms and middle three fingers white with the paint (thumb and pinky stay clean). Then I set the ornaments in their hands and told them to gently hold the ball. When the children let go, the white pattern that appears on the ball looks like three little snowmen.
I tied a little string around the hook and then taped the string to a shelf so the ornaments could hang safely until the paint dried. After the paint dried, I used a White Out pen to write “2012” above the snowmen and each child’s name on the back. When everything was all dry, I added a hat and buttons to each snowman using a fine-tip permanent marker.
This easy homemade Christmas ornament is a great memory-maker because it tracks the child’s growth each year. Create them year after year, using the same or different color ball ornaments, and you can see how the snowmen “grow” each year. And because it is so personally made, grandparents and other family members love to get them in their Christmas stockings, too.
Now that you’ve got a few ideas, I hope you are inspired to work on some homemade Christmas crafts of your own this year. Whether using them for special gifts for family and friends, or adding a cozy touch to your home, these homemade Christmas ornaments are perfect for the holiday season!
If you are looking for more homemade Christmas craft ideas, make sure to check out my Pinterest page, at Pinterest.com/thedomesticceo. Keep watching domesticceo.quickanddirtytips.com too. I’ll be posting more pictures of Christmas craft successes (and fails) as I decorate my own house for the season.
Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.