Dashing DIY Christmas Ornaments

December 16, 2012

Remember these??

Some of the best gifts are ones that you made yourself. You might remember making Christmas ornaments in class to bring home for your parents, be it popcorn garlands for the tree, a handprint clay ornament, or a misshaped felt cut-out with a picture of you in the middle. Though you’ve probably outgrown that age when giving those out can pass as cute, the idea of handmade, personalized ornaments still pulls at the heart strings like a monkey in a Santa costume. Here are some of our favorite ornament ideas, from classic dough Christmas trees to chrome painted DIY mid-century modern ornaments.

If you recall those grade school Christmas ornaments fondly, perhaps you should recreate new memories with the endless possibilities of salt dough ornaments. The pliability and easy mixture of three basic ingredients — salt, flour, and water– give you pretty much a blank page to work with. But if you need a little inspiration, here’s some of our favorite ornaments:

If you’re not too dexterious in the kitchen, allow me to welcome you to the club and to these cookie cutters that become ornaments themselves with a little paint or some spray glue and glitter.

Are you celebrating something other than Christmas right now? Try cutting off a bit of the tree trunk and immortalizing the occasion with a little marker or paint and some varnish.

If you’re not looking to buy any crafts or tools, try your hand at a little upcycling with these Christmas ornaments.

Old spoons are readily available at your local thrift store. Try bending the spoon handles to create hooks for hanging.

Clear bulbs let you reuse old buttons, necklaces, and other trinkets so they become admirable instead of junk.

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Maybe you want a healthy dose of fancy for your Christmas tree. Then DIY mid-century modern ornaments are the way to go.

Starbursts and atomic patterns are staples of mid century modern designs . These Starburst Bulbs easily come together with some mounting film, glitter, and paint.

Onion bulbs also mimic the simplicity of the mid century modern era. These Paper Onion Bulbs not only look store-bought, but they require merely some paper, scissors, and maybe a little hammering (nothing too intimidating).

Like the other Christmas ornaments above, these Faux Aluminum Ornaments are inexpensive and include very few tools to make.

See? DIY Christmas ornaments don’t have to be cheesy; they can be as classy, stylish, or shabby chic as you want them to be! Got an idea worth mentioning? Then mention it!

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