Twinkling lights, piping hot cocoa, and holiday decorations fill the month of December. And so does the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. While waiting in long lines to purchase presents may not be avoidable, you can certainly avoid some crowds by making your own homemade decorations.
From 100 percent edible ingredients to foraged materials, you can put some cheer into the season with your very own homemade ornaments. Way better than store bought, these ornaments are fun to make and pretty to look at.
They also make the ideal gift for those that have everything. After all, tis' the season for spreading holiday cheer.
1. Stained Glass Cookies
Cookie and candy may be tempting, but these edible ornaments are too pretty to eat.
Make your own stained glass cookies with this recipe.
2. Melted Crayon Ornaments
Got broken crayons? These colorful melted crayon ornaments are so easy and fun, no one will ever believe they are homemade.
3. Snow Globe Ornament
Skip the holiday greeting cards and put your photos in a snow globe ornament instead.
4. Owl Ornament
Who knew how cute a toilet paper roll could be?
These owl ornaments put an adorable spin on recycling.
5. Wood-Burned Christmas Ornaments
Art meets nature in these crafty wood-burned ornaments. Not artistically inclined?
No worries, that's why stencils were invented.
6. Rustic and Modern Twig Stars
The holiday season can put a dent in the bank account. Luckily, these rustic twig stars don't.
Gather up some twigs, grab some ribbons and yarn, and craft your way to an outdoorsy holiday.
7. Mason Jar Ring Chalkboard Ornaments
I love using mason jar lids for ornaments. You can use it as a frame for a family photo, patterned holiday wrapping paper, or do what The Craft Patch did and use mini chalkboards.
8. Photo Transfer Ornament
Give the gift of memories this holiday season with personalized photo transfer ornaments.
9. Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornament
Finally, a reason to grab a handful of those peppermint candies off the restaurant host stand.
Use up your candies with this peppermint candy ornament DIY.
10. Christmas Candy Ornament
When you were a kid, did you ever melt a bunch of crayons together to form the ultimate giant coloring device? This is kind of like that. By melting Christmas candies together you can make the ultimate ornament.
Get the Christmas candy ornament instructions here.
11. Hot Cocoa Ornament
Hot Cocoa ornaments make for tasty gifts. Simply open up the top, fill with your favorite cocoa mix, and your gift is complete.
Get the instructions from Grace and Good Eats here.
12. Salt Dough Ornaments
Bust out the rolling pin and let the kids go wild in the kitchen, because they will love making these sparkly, bright colored salt dough ornaments.
13. Glitter Holiday Bulbs
It's inevitable that one bulb will go out, making the entire string of lights useless. Rather than throwing them away, glitter bomb your bulbs for a festive holiday ornament.
Get the instructions here.
14. Pinecone Elves
How cute are these! Turn your scavenged pine cones into miniature elf ornaments.
Let One Little Project At A Time show you how.