Handmade Christmas Ornaments

What is your Christmas design style?  How about your color palette?  Well if it is anything but traditional or trendy, it can be a struggle to find the right ornaments to bring your holiday style to life.  Today on the blog the Crew has come together to share some amazing ideas for creating your own Christmas Ornaments and we hope to inspire you to create your own.  You may not create a tree-full right away, but they also make a perfect option for those upcoming ornament exchanges, gifts for the office, beautiful stocking stuffers or create them for your own decor.  

Blending handmade ornaments in with those you have collected over the years is a great way to create a one of a kind tree that is all you.  Just like creating a holiday layout or a handmade Christmas Card, your Christmas tree is the base and you embellish it with a bit of ribbon, some beads, jewels and decorative touches.  Handmade ornaments are special, one of a kind and can be designed to fit any design style.  You can also use supplies from your stash as you design your own ornaments.  So whether you have a trendy, fun side and create your ornaments in bright, cheerful colors or whether you have a rustic side and choose natural materials, burlap, snowballs and cheery berries you can design the perfect ornaments for you, like these snowballs covered with cotton batting or the moss balls covered and then embellished with grapevine.  IMG_5112

When designing your tree choose 6-8 of each ornament you choose and then choose a selection of ornaments that vary in scale and add just the right color, texture and touch.  Have more than one of the same ornament gives you tree balance and helps your theme shine through.  Many ornaments can be store bought or consider painting over outdated plastic ornaments and then be inspired to make a set of handmade ornaments that become part of your Christmas tree.  Then each year you can create a new set of ornaments until your tree is all you.

Marie kicks  things off with these beautiful ivory and olive ornaments that were created with Canvas Corp Burlap Flowers as the base.  The choice of ivory is both elegant and neutral letting any color palette work well.  The kraft Santa’s from the Farmhouse Christmas Collection look great with these colors.


IMG_0168What you will need:

Tools:  Paint Brush, Scissors, Glue


The Kraft Santa was cut out from the 12×12 paper Farmhouse Christmas Patchwork on Kraft and tucked into a bouquet of flowers, die cut pieces, pearls and coordinating embellishments. Kraft flowers painted with Glimmer Mist create a 3D effect on the project. A delicate organza ribbon adds a bit of luxury.  Add a little bit of sparkle by painting metals and die-but branches with Glimmer Glaze. Colored pearls finish the project off.  Make a collection of ornaments that are similar to this one, but not exact and they will be amazing on the tree.  The crystal touch on the end will glitter in the Christmas Tree lights.


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Tonya created these hand painted canvas ornaments that all work together, but each one stands perfectly on their own, making them great gifts, stocking stuffers or even tags for under the tree.  The simple jute cord added to hang each one lets them hang from the tree branches with ease.  

What you will need:

Tools Used:  Scissors; Die Cut Machine; Poinsettia and Holly Die Cut; Small Paint Brush

Tonya shows us on her blog how to transform the Canvas Corp fabric into vibrant colorful pieces when painted with Tattered Angels Paints. To see how Tonya created them stop over to her blog Creative Addiction to Paper



Here is another twist on making ornaments with the Farmhouse Fabric Panel showing off the red and green in the zigzag stitching, the cords and the burlap pieces on the back.

What you will need:

Tools:  Sewing Machine; lime and red thread, scissors

Cut the shapes out, cutting a backing from one of the burlap colors to match, stitch them together leaving a bit of space to fill them and then finish sewing them up.  Don’t forget to slip in the cord for the hanger when you stitch around.  

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Diane shows you how to create this Polish Christmas Star Ornament, a nostalgic holiday design that has been a favorite for several centuries. Diane shares with us on the Craftaholics Anonymous® website where she created a SVG cut file that quickly takes care of all the boring cutting for you and you get the fun of making the star.  This file is designed for the Silhouette Cutting Machine.  Polish Christmas Star SVG Cut File.  You can use any cardstock paper to create this style ornament, the black and white of the Jolly Collection paired with the gingham or a ticking fabric looks great.





Sharon shows us a great way to show off your favorite paper designs inside these clear ornaments.  You can decide the color story by the papers you choose and turn them into instant ornaments that truly are handmade and hand designed.  Sharon started with papers from the Canvas Corp Holiday Baking Collection and then added basic red and ivory prints to create a great assortment.  You can drop in strands of burlap, glitter, sequins or other goodies, depending on the look you are going for.  



Linda shows us to create beautiful ornaments with die cut paper, glimmer mist and some sparkles.  They are easy to make and you can fill the tree.    Linda shares, “When we where challenged to make ornaments I just knew that I had to get out my Tim Holtz die from Sizzix and make this wonderful little decorations”  
Tools Used: Vagabond, Glue Gun, Heat Gun; Tim Holtz Die
We will be featuring Linda’s post on how to make these amazing ornaments later this week.
Kyriakos introduces a trendy triangle shaped ornament that is filled with color and maintains a classic, vintage feel.  These ornaments will look terrific on the tree and also make a great banner for the mantel.  Paint red stripes onto the canvas triangles and then adorn them like you would a card or tag.  The same techniques you have mastered on the pages of your scrapbook album or set of handmade cards come to life and are ready to be on show this holiday season.
What you will need:
Jana shares with us this amazing ornament that opens up to a sweet surprise.
Inside you will find beauty in simple little holiday treasures.  
To see how Jana creates her Christmas Balls stop by her blog Scrapbook Abundance and fall in love with her style.
You may have found your style in one of these great projects or are inspired to create a rustic tree or have your own style, no matter what the answer, we hope that a handmade ornament or two adorns your tree this Christmas Season.  
You can also enlist the help of your family once you have determined your ornament design and they can help you create a dozen.  
If you are inspired to create an ornament or two please visit more crew designs as they feature their ornaments on their blogs and fill you in with all the details.


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  2. November 12, 2015 @ 10:54 am Laura

    I think a tree is more personal and special with handmade ornaments.
    Thanks for some wonderful new ideas.


  3. November 13, 2015 @ 11:51 am VikiB

    Your ornaments are awesome! Viki in Kansas


  4. November 13, 2015 @ 1:21 pm Carla Hundley

    Beautiful designs and all
    are fun to look at!
    Carla from Utah


  5. November 13, 2015 @ 3:23 pm barb macaskill

    what a beautiful array of ornaments!! I am bookmarking this so when I get ready to make this year’s ornaments I can try a few of these!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!


  6. November 14, 2015 @ 9:16 am jean marmo

    Such wonderful ideas!


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