Of all the ornaments on my Christmas tree, I love the homemade ones the best. Whether they were made by my kids, friends or family members, I love the look, feel and love that goes into a homemade ornament. Here are three fun and easy homemade ornaments that are sure to please.
I came up with this ornament a few years ago and I still love looking at him!
To make this pardner you’ll need cardboard (cardboard with corrugated ribbing on one side would be great, but regular thick cardboard would work just as well), some felt in red and brown, markers or craft paint in black and orange, white craft paint and paintbrush, craft glue (Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue is a great choice), jute twine, and a pipe cleaner (either brown or black).
Draw a snowman shape for a pattern then cut one piece of cardboard from the pattern.
Paint both sides of the snowman shape with white paint then let dry. For an added touch, you can purchase snow paint at a craft store – when dabbed onto a project it gives the impression of textured snow.
Using the size and shape of the snowman, cut a cowboy hat from the brown felt and a kerchief from the red felt. Glue the hat and the kerchief onto the snowman then using your black marker or paint, draw eyes, mouth and buttons on the front of the snowman (you could glue on real buttons on the front body for a nice touch). You can also use your black paint or marker to put shadows or creases on the hat and kerchief.
Use the orange paint or marker to draw a carrot nose on the face.
Cut the pipe cleaner into four pieces, then take one of those four pieces and cut it in half. Twist each of those halves around two of the other four pieces to make two arms. Put glue on the end of the arms then stick them into the sides of the snowman’s body.
Cut a hanger from the jute twine and glue to the back.
Popsicle Stick Star
This star can be made any size using any size of popsicle sticks. You’ll need five popsicle sticks (for my example I used the small sticks that are about two inches in length). In addition, you’ll need craft glue, string for a hanger, paint and glitter – if desired.
Start by gluing two sticks in an inverted v-shape (so the point is at the top). This will form the top of the star.
Next glue a stick horizontally across this inverted v, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch down. Next you will glue two sticks to form the other cross pieces of the star (see picture). Note that some parts of intersecting sticks will not be touching – they will just give the appearance of touching each other.
Let dry then you can paint your star, cover it with glitter or leave it plain for a rustic look.
Cut and tie a hanger from your string then glue onto the back.
Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree
This is a fun and easy craft for kids to enjoy making – and giving. For this tree you’ll need two tongue depressors, one regular popsicle stick, one mini popsicle stick, gold or silver pipe cleaner, sequins or glitter glue, craft glue, green and brown craft paint, cord or yarn for a hanger.
Start with painting your sticks. One tongue depressor should be painted green on only the upper two-thirds and brown on the lower third. The other sticks should all be painted green.
After these have dried assemble your tree. Lay the green and brown stick down running vertically with the brown end down. This will be the tree’s trunk.
Next place a green tongue depressor on the trunk, glued just above the bottom brown third. Place the next stick – the regular-sized popsicle stick – about one-half inch above the bottom “branch,” then place the smallest stick about one-half inch above that one.
You will be left with about one-half inch of the trunk exposed at the top for the star.
Cut your pipe cleaner in half then bend it into a star-shape. This may take some practice to get the hang of, but once you figure it out it’s very easy. Glue the star onto the top one-half inch of the trunk.
Now you can decorate your tree with sequin ornaments or make ornaments with dots of glitter glue.
After everything has dried, cut a piece of cord or yarn to be your hanger and glue it onto the back.