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Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 3 6

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is coming with so much to do on those long to-do lists! Use these ideas for handcrafted Christmas Ornaments for easy and inexpensive gift giving ideas that will be sure to please and are great for co-workers, neighbors, friends, family or even a teacher, the mail carrier, hair stylist or babysitter. Handcrafted ornaments make unique Christmas gifts, gifts under 20 that can be made in an afternoon and in advance to save more time during the holidays.

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments – Painted Seashells

If you like a beach theme or know someone else that already has a beach themed home, why not make a set of painted seashells as a holiday gift that will be much appreciated.

Buy seashells in bulk from a craft store and a variety of latex craft paints with a small detail paint brush.

Use a stencil or simply hand paint any simple Christmas design on the shell such as a Christmas tree, holly bush, Christmas lights or bells, holiday gift boxes or ribbons.

Use a gold writing pen to add the persons name and the holiday year.

Make a set of painted seashells for your own holiday tree.

Package 6 of your hand painted seashells in a small gift box with a ribbon.

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments – Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are easy to make, fun to eat and can be one of the handcrafted Christmas Ornaments that you can keep or give as a holiday gift.

To make Popcorn Balls:

Make two packages of microwave able popcorn and place in a large mixing bowl.

In a double boiler, melt one cup of butterscotch chips or chocolate wafers, stirring constantly until smooth and creamy.

Drizzle the melted butterscotch or chocolate over the popped popcorn and then add one cup of honey as well to help the popcorn balls stay formed.

Pour a small amount of vegetable oil on your hands and then mix the popcorn mixture until the pieces are coated.

Form small balls with the popcorn mixture and press firmly so that the balls hold together well and set aside on a sheet tray to cool.

Once each popcorn ball is cooled, wrap each one individually in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon. Add a small loop at the top for hanging this handcrafted Christmas Ornament that is also edible.

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments – Hand Painted Wooden Ornaments

Find wooden ornament templates in a craft store or purchase them online for a wider variety of choices. Painting your own ornaments will save you money and you can personalize each one to make it more special.

Hand paint the wooden ornaments in the colors of the holiday season such as red, green, gold, silver or blue as a base on the front and back and allow to dry.

Using a different color of acrylic paint, add the words "Happy Holiday" or the name of the recipient and the year to the ornament and allow the ornament to dry completely.

Hand painted wooden ornaments are fun and easy to make, it's a great craft project to get the kids involved and you can make a set of 6 quickly to give as a gift.

Attach a small ribbon at the top by creating a loop for hanging and attaching with a hot glue gun.

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments – Cinnamon Ornament Decorations

Cinnamon ornaments are super easy to make and can be made into a multitude of shapes that are great for gift giving as well as a fun craft for kids. The cinnamon will smell great as well and lasts long. To enhance the cinnamon scent, add a drop of cinnamon oil to each one.

Mix 3 Cups of applesauce with 3 Cups of cinnamon into a mixing bowl

Add 1/4 Cup of white glue

Mix thoroughly by hand until the dough is firm and can be rolled out

Place the dough on the counter and roll out to flatten into the desired thickness

Use any type of cookie cutter to cut out the desired shapes and lay each one down on a cookie sheet to dry

Use a pencil eraser to create a hole at the top of each cinnamon ornament so that a thread or ribbon will be able to be inserted later

Allow the ornaments to dry completely for several hours up to one day depending on the thickness you have made each one

When completely dried, add a holiday ribbon at the top and create a loop for hanging on a Christmas tree or wreath.

Use a gold writing pen if you want to add a person's name, Happy Holidays or the year to your handcrafted Christmas Ornament.

Place several cinnamon ornaments in a gift box or attach one to the outside of any gift with a gift tag.

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments

Read all directions first before beginning this project so that you have all the supplies ready. These are gifts under 20 and also unique Christmas gift ideas.

Find clear plastic shaped ornaments online or at a craft store.

Prepare a box with a dowel rod either resting on top of the box or inserted through the two sides of the box so that the ornaments can dry without touching anything.

These clear ornaments are perfect for adding holiday sparkle and come with a hole that you can add any type of holiday ribbon or thread for hanging.

Mix one cup of glue to a disposable bowl.

Using a craft paintbrush, apply a thin layer of glue to the ornament.

Holding the glued ornament over a sheet tray, apply a solid color of glitter to the entire ornament using a spoon. Shake the ornament until the excess glitter falls off.

Use the hanging ribbon to place the glittered ornament to the dowel rod and allow the ornaments to dry completely.

For a variation of this ornament, pin a strip of holiday ribbon around the center of the ornament and then add the glitter. If using a plain ribbon, you could use a gold writing pen to add a Happy Holidays phrase or the year to personalize each ornament for gift giving.

Try any of these handcrafted Christmas Ornaments for yourself if you need some new ornaments or definitely make these as unique gifts, gifts under 20 or great and personalized holiday gifts. I've made them all and they last for years and put a smile on the recipients face as many people enjoy receiving gifts made by hand. Happy Holidays!

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Oct 24, 2010 3:09pm
I love this article. I still have some of the handmade articles that my daughters made when they were growing up. Today, they are my favorite ornaments!
Oct 25, 2010 11:31am
Great ideas. Last year I saw sea shell ornaments at a gift shop decorated for Christmas and they were gorgeous! I'll have to give it a try.
Oct 25, 2010 11:47am
Great ideas for making Christmas ornaments.
Oct 28, 2010 10:57pm
Wow, I think I'd love the cinnamon ornaments! now I feel like putting on a little Christmas music!
Oct 29, 2010 10:12am
Craft gifts are so much better than going out to spend money on things people will never really use and most times become dust harborors. Great article thanks.
Oct 30, 2010 7:11pm
Thanks everyone, it's so nice to hear that you like these ideas. They are fun and easy and appreciated more than many store bought items. Putting on Christmas music is a good start bayoulady:)
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