5 DIY Ornament Ideas
If you're a crafter the holidays are probably your favorite time of year. You get to put your skills on display and shower loved ones with homemade gifts and DIY Christmas decorations. These handmade treasures help save money and add a personal touch to seasonal decor. The obvious crafts for Christmas are home-crafted ornaments. They're versatile and you can include the entire family on your projects. Here are 5 festive DIY ornament ideas that are a wonderful way to celebrate the season.
1. Christmas Crayons
Create a beautiful swirl of colors by melting crayon wax inside a clear glass ornament. All you need is a package of glass ball ornaments, some crayons, oven mitts or thick gloves, and a hair dryer. Drop 3 or 4 broken, peeled pieces of crayon into the bauble and use your gloved hand to turn it as the blow dryer melts the crayon. When you feel like the interior is mostly full, continue to blow dry as you flip the ornament upside down over a bowl or plate. What's left of the solid crayon will eventually fall out. Close it off with the topper and you have a lovely, homemade ornament for your tree. Another way to have fun with crayons is to create shaped ornaments in the oven. They are great fun for your kids and make for an innovative gift.
2. Super Scrap Tree
This incredibly easy ornament is the perfect beginner craft for your child. He or she will have a blast helping out with your hobby and contributing to the seasonal decor. It only requires a 6" craft stick, ribbon scraps, a hot glue gun and scissors. Have them tie the ribbon around the craft stick and trim the ends into the shape of a tree with kid-friendly scissors. Then, to avoid fraying, it's your job to use a hot glue gun to melt the edges and attach the twine for easy hanging. The entire process is quick and easy, so you can make multiples for friends and family.
3. Festive Fictional Figures
Create ornaments inspired by popular characters from cartoons, movies or kids' games online. Their faces will light up when they see the tree embellished with the familiar figures they adore. Begin by pouring a generous amount of paint into a clear, glass ornament. Then cover the opening with your thumb and shake to spread the color. Once it's completely coated, turn it upside down to let it dry overnight in a paper cup. The next day, add facial features with adhesive vinyl or by painting them on yourself. Your little ones will cherish your creation for years to come.
4. Shimmery CDs
They'll enjoy a second life as a beautiful addition to your handmade ornaments. To complete the project, you'll need about 1-1/2 CDs per ornament. Find a good pair of scissors and cut the disk into various shapes and sizes. Glue each piece to the ornament with the silver side facing up. Make sure to wipe off the excess glue as you go along (the process is easier that way). Stick a ribbon inside the bauble for extra flair, as well as to hide glue dots that are visible from the other side.
5. Nature-Themed Noel
Bring a bit of the outdoors in this year when you decorate. All you need is jute, ribbon and a pine cone, either store-bought or collected from the yard (if you go with this option, watch out for little critters). Attach the jute string to the top of the pine cone and tie the ribbon around it for the finishing touch. Another simple but effective idea is to place real or faux greenery inside a glass ornament for a stylish addition to the tree.
DIY ornaments are a wonderfully creative way to prepare your home for the holidays. LTD has everything you need to help the decorating process run as smoothly as possible.