How to Make Christmas Ornaments

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Making Christmas Ornaments

Everyone loves pulling out the Christmas ornaments each year and reminiscing about who gave you this one or that one before hanging them on the tree. One way to make this tradition even more special is by throwing handmade ornaments into the mix. Because they're made by you, it makes them that much more special. What's more, the Christmas ornaments featured here are truly delightful, so you'll be proud to hang them on the tree each year.

In this article, you'll find plenty of charming ornament crafts, including:

Angel Ornaments

Hang some heavenly creatures on your Christmas tree by making the lovely handmade angel ornaments in this section. From the cross-stitched Dancing Among the Stars to the detailed Angelic Clay Ornaments, you'll find plenty of options to suit your style. This page also includes instructions on how to easily use the patterns included with some of the crafts.

Snowmen Ornaments

You'll have a ball -- or better yet, a snowball -- making the adorable snowmen ornaments detailed in this section. Children can even help with some of the crafts, including the Sensational Spiral Ornament, which is truly sensational! You'll also find Frosty the Snow Ornament and Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

This section features more than just Christmas tree ornaments -- you'll also find Pretty Package Ornaments to represent the glorious gifts found under the tree. The best part about the crafts here is you can personalize them or change up the designs slightly to make a completely unique ornament. Get crafting today!

Joy and Noel Ornaments

You're sure to spread loads of joy by making and give out these charming handmade ornaments. Whether you choose to make the Peace, Love & Joy Ornaments, the Elegant Wire Ornaments, or all of the ornaments featured here, you'll have a Christmas tree that will shine above the rest.

Santa Ornament

The Holly Jolly Santas craft you'll find in this section is a great way to add a little bit of Santa's cheer on your Christmas tree this year. Make several to hang throughout the tree, or give some to your friends and family to really make their holiday special. Once you get started, you won't want to stop!

Let's get started by making some spirited angel ornaments on the next page.

Angel Ornaments

Add a little piece of heaven to your Christmas tree this year with these charming angel ornaments. Get the whole family involved for a Christmas crafting day!

Before you get started crafting, read the information below on using patterns.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word "fold" next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels
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Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels

Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels

Looking for child-safe ornaments that will also add humor and fun to your Christmas tree? Here are the angels for you! These amusing clip-ons will keep your children happy at tree-trimming time and they'll make the whole family laugh.

You'll Need:

  • 1x4x2-inch wood block (for each ornament)
  • Band or scroll saw
  • Drill, 1/8 brad point drill bit
  • Fine-grain sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint: peach, rouge, blue
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Stylus
  • Iridescent shredded plastic
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Burgundy bow with gold bead
  • 41/2 inches flat lace, 1/2 inch wide
  • 41/2x11/4-inch piece Christmas fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread
  • 3-inch wire wings
  • Mini clip clothespin
  • Small satin bow

To Make Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels:

  1. Cut out doll body with saw. Drill hair holes as indicated on pattern. Download angel pattern here. Sand body smooth.

  2. Basecoat doll body with peach paint. Paint cheeks rouge. Using stylus, dot eyes with blue or your choice of eye color. Allow to dry.

    Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels
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    Make eyes with stylus and paint.

  3. Take some strands of plastic and twist bottoms of strands together, making a point. Apply glue into hair hole and insert hair with tweezers or fingers. Allow glue to set. Repeat for all holes. Trim hair. Glue burgundy bow to head.

    Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels
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    Twist plastic to make hair.

  4. Sew lace to raw edge of fabric. Iron dress flat. Fold dress in half (right sides together) and sew back seam. Turn dress right side out. Fold neckline down 1/4 inch. Starting at seam, sew running stitch across top of dress. Place dress on doll body. Pull gathers firmly to doll and knot off with seam at back of doll.

    Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels
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    Gather dress and knot off.

  5. Apply thin line of glue along seam of dress. Allow glue to air-dry a few minutes to become more tacky. Attach wire wings to doll and hold wings in place until glue sets.

    Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels
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    Glue wings in place.

  6. Apply thin line of glue to bottom of angel body. Attach mini clothespin to bottom. Allow glue to set. Glue satin bow to front of clothespin. Allow 24 hours to dry before using ornament.

Angelic Clay Ornaments
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Angelic Clay Ornaments

Angelic Clay Ornaments

These dangling angel ornaments are fun to make and even more fun to hang on the tree. Make an angel for each member of your family -- change hair color and lengths to personalize!

You'll Need:

  • Polymer clay: peach, red, white, green, black
  • Toothpicks
  • Pointed knife
  • Wire paper clips
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
  • Garlic press
  • Baking sheet
  • White craft glue, craft brush
  • 5/0 red sable brush
  • Toffee acrylic paint
  • Waterbase gloss varnish for polymer clay
  • 1/2-inch brush
  • 8 inches green or red ribbon, 1/8 inch wide

To Make Angelic Clay Ornaments:

  1. Work clay in your hand to soften it, then roll it into coil. From peach, make 1-inch-high egg shape (with flat back) for head. Use tip of toothpick to sculpt eyes, nose, and mouth. Add small balls and snakes (thinly rolled coil of clay) to build up forehead, nose, cheeks, and eyes. Refine face. Make small snakes of red clay for lips.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Sculpt facial features with toothpick.

  2. Snip off loop of paper clip. Push open ends of larger loop into top of head.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Push snipped clip into top of head.

  3. From white clay, roll about 14 snakes, each with a point on one end. Cut them in varying lengths, from 11/4 to 21/2 inches long. Longer snakes will be at top of wings. Blending blunt end of each snake into angel head, arrange snakes into wings. Gently press each snake into the one above it.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Creat wings out of white clay.

  4. Use garlic press to make hair in color of your choice. Arrange hair on angel head.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Make hair with garlic press.

  5. Using green, make 6 or 7 holly leaves. Arrange them in a semicircle. Gently press them into each other.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Make holly leaves out of green clay.

  6. Break toothpick in half. Balance halves on top of paper clip, next to the head. They act as support for holly leaf halo as piece bakes.

  7. Slide knife under holly leaf halo and place on angel's head. Gently press holly leaf tips next to face into hair.

  8. Make several tiny red holly berries. Place 3 on each leaf tip next to face and 1 at top center. Gently press balls onto leaves.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Attach red holly berries.

  9. Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. A long baking time with a low temperature is recommended so that white wings won't scorch and thick head is still baked all the way through. Let cool.

    Ornament Tip
    Be sure to keep all utensils used with clay for nonfood purposes only!

  10. Turn over and rub white glue into area where wings and hair meet. Let dry.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Apply glue on back.

  11. Using 5/0 brush, paint on eyelashes with toffee paint. Let dry. Using 1/2-inch brush, coat with varnish. Let dry 24 hours.

    Angelic Clay Ornaments
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    Add eyelashes with toffee paint.

  12. Thread 8 inches of ribbon through paper clip. Tie an overhand knot near open end for hanger.

Dancing Among the Stars
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Dancing Among the Stars

Dancing Among the Stars

Stars cascade over the tops of these angel ornaments -- a welcome addition to any Christmas tree.

You'll Need:

  • 11x14-inch sheet clear plastic canvas, #10 mesh
  • 1 skein each embroidery floss: brown, rust, black, pale peach
  • 2 skeins each embroidery floss: yellow, teal, purple, tangerine
  • 3 skeins white embroidery floss
  • Embroidery floss scraps: green, brown, blue, rose
  • 1 reel gold cable, 10m
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 yard gold wire, 28-gauge
  • 1 package gold rochaille beads
  • 2 packages amethyst stars, 11mm
  • 1 package gold stars, 22mm

To Make Dancing Among the Stars Ornaments:

  1. Use 10-strand lengths to stitch designs (download angel designs here) with continental stitch. Use 4 strands gold cable to stitch halos. For eyes and mouths, use 10 strands to work French knots, wrapping floss around needle once. Dots on face indicate where to insert and reinsert needle.

  2. For braids, thread needle with 12 strands brown floss. Insert needle at lower left of X, leaving 31/2 inches of floss; bring needle up at upper right on X. Trim floss even with 31/2-inch length. Repeat procedure for remaining part of X. There will be a total of 48 strands of floss. Split strands into 3 bundles of 16 and braid for 11/2 inches. Wrap end with a short strand of matching floss. Use 8 strands white to overcast edges.

  3. For star garlands, cut wire into three 12-inch lengths. Thread needle with wire and insert through threads on back of angel; twist to secure. Pull needle up through dot on hand; wrap around bar.

  4. Thread wire with 20 rochaille beads, 1 amethyst star, 15 rochaille beads, 1 gold star, 15 rochaille beads, 1 amethyst star, and 20 rochaille beads. Insert wire on opposite hand, wrap around bar, and secure on back.

    Dancing Among the Stars
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    Here are the three different angel designs.

Learn how to make even more handmade Christmas ornaments -- snowmen ornaments, in fact -- on the next page.

Snowmen Ornaments

These cheery snow guys and gals are sure to liven up any Christmas tree. This first project is easy enough for kids to try, too, with help from and adult.

Sensational Spiral Ornament
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Sensational Spiral Ornament

Sensational Spiral Ornament

This snowy spring of a snowman is fun to make, and he'll add some bounce to your holiday decorating!

You'll Need:

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • 5-inch square white card stock
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors
  • Black fine-point felt pen
  • Orange felt pen
  • 4-inch square black construction paper
  • 1-inch square each of red and green paper
  • Craft glue
  • 1/8-inch hole punch
  • 8 inches cord

To Make a Sensational Spiral Ornament:

  1. Download snowman patterns here. Tape spiral pattern to card stock, and cut out following lines on pattern. Remove pattern.

    Sensational Spiral Ornament
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    Cut spiral along lines.

  2. Draw eyes, nose, and mouth on head -- the center of the spiral -- using black felt pen. Color nose orange. Fold head upward.

    Sensational Spiral Ornament
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    Bend snowman head upward.

  3. Cut out patterns for arm and hat. Trace around arm pattern twice on black paper, and cut out. Fold remaining piece of black paper in half, and place top edge of hat pattern along fold. Trace around pattern, and cut it out. (Don't cut fold.)

  4. Apply glue to inside of hat, and slip it over snowman's head. Press hat pieces together, sandwiching head between. Glue an arm to each side of first spiral below head.

    Sensational Spiral Ornament
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    Sandwich head between inside of hat.

  5. From green paper, cut out 2 holly leaves. Use hole punch to make a red berry from red paper. Glue holly leaves and berry to hat.

  6. Punch a hole in center top of hat. Fold cord in half, tie ends of cord together. Push the cord loop through hole, and thread tied ends of cord through protruding loop of cord. Hang your spiral friend wherever you'd like!

    Sensational Spiral Ornament
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    Thread cord through hole for hanging.

Frosty the Snow Ornament
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Frosty the Snow Ornament

Frosty the Snow Ornament

This charming snow fellow will never give you the brush-off...even though his legs and arms are paintbrushes! He'll be happy hanging around the Christmas tree, adding to your holiday cheer.

You'll Need:

  • 21/2x13/4-inch foam egg
  • 11/2-inch foam ball
  • Foam or craft glue
  • Toothpick
  • Child's paintbrushes: two #1, two #2
  • Wire cutters
  • Black plastic hat, 3/4 inch high
  • Black beads: four 6mm, five 4mm
  • Orange paint
  • 18-inch length silver cord
  • 3/4x12-inch strip knit fabric
  • Scissors

To Make Frosty the Snow Ornament:

  1. Flatten narrow end of foam egg (snowman body). Place glue on flattened end, and insert toothpick into foam. Add glue to toothpick, and push foam ball (snowman head) onto toothpick end, pushing ball to meet egg.

    Frosty the Snowman Ornament
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    Push snowman head onto toothpick.

  2. Cut #1 paintbrushes to 4 inches long. Dip cut ends into glue, and insert brushes into sides of egg for arms. Cut #2 brushes to 6 inches, and save a cut-off end (discard other ends). Dip brush ends into glue, and insert into bottom of egg for legs.

  3. Glue hat to top of head; let dry.

  4. Push 6mm beads into head for eyes, and remove. Add glue to indentations, and replace beads. Follow same procedure, and add five 4mm beads in a curve for mouth. Push and glue two 6mm beads to body for buttons.

    Frosty the Snowman Ornament
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    Use 6mm beads for eyes.

  5. Paint end of saved paintbrush piece orange for nose. Let dry. Add glue to cut end of nose, and push it into head above mouth.

  6. Tie 18-inch piece of cord around neck of snowman, tying ends of string together to make a loop for hanging.

  7. Use scissors to fringe ends of knit fabric. Tie strip around neck for a scarf.

    Frosty the Snowman Ornament
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    Use fabric strip for scarf.


Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament
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Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament

Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament

This happy guy is just hanging around, bringing warmth and cheer during the long days of winter!

You'll Need:

  • 12x12-inch lightweight batting
  • Scissors
  • 4-inch foam ball
  • Embroidery needle
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • 12 inches black ribbon, 3/8 inch wide
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 3-inch felt hat
  • Craft knife
  • Tracing paper
  • 3x3-inch orange felt scrap
  • Orange thread, needle
  • 2 black doll eyes, 6mm each
  • Powder blush
  • Cotton swab
  • Spanish moss
  • 3-inch sprig silk holly
  • Blue calico fabric scrap

To Make Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament:

  1. Cut a circle of batting to almost cover foam ball -- there should be a little of top of foam ball uncovered. (Reserve batting scraps.) Cut 18-inch length of floss; pull out 1 strand. Thread needle with floss strand, and sew running stitch around edge of batting circle for gathering. Place foam ball on center of batting, and pull thread so batting covers ball. Knot thread.

    Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament
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    Pull thread so batting covers ball.

  2. Use end of pencil to poke small hole in top of foam ball. Fold black ribbon in half, and tie ends in a knot to make a loop. Hot-glue ribbon knot into hole of foam ball. Hold until glue sets.

    Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament
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    Use glue gun to attach ribbon to ball.

  3. Lightly stuff hat with batting scraps. Use craft knife to cut small slit in top of hat, then insert ribbon loop coming up from bottom of hat through top. Glue hat to top of foam ball.

    Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament
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    Thread ribbon loop through hat.

  4. Download snowman nose pattern here. Trace nose pattern on orange felt. Cut out, and stitch straight edges together. Trim seam allowance, and turn nose to right side. Stuff nose lightly with batting scraps. Hot-glue nose to face. (Be sure seam faces down.)

  5. With craft knife, make small slits in face where eyes will be. Insert eyes into foam ball.

  6. Using 6 strands of floss, stitch a smile on face, knotting at each end of smile. Use cotton swab and powder blush to make cheeks.

    Jolly Holly Snowman Ornament
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    Stitch a smile using black floss.

  7. Glue Spanish moss and holly to hat. Tear a 21/2x18-inch strip from blue calico, and tie a bow with 2-inch tails. Cut bow ends on a diagonal, and glue bow to bottom of snowman's head.

What goes better on a Christmas tree than, well, a Christmas tree ornament? See the next page for some great craft ideas.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

The theme of these clever and easy-to-make ornaments is Christmas trees, which means you'll find ornaments, gift packages, and more to make and use to decorate your own Christmas tree.

Festive Foam Ornaments
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Festive Foam Ornaments

Festive Foam Ornaments

Add some Christmas cheer to your home by adorning your tree with these fun foam decorations. Kids will love to help.

You'll Need:

  • Assorted 2mm craft foam
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Foam glue
  • Assorted hole punches
  • Black permanent marker
  • Assorted ribbon and braid trims

To Make Festive Foam Ornaments:

  1. Download ornament patterns here. For Rudolph ornament, trace and cut out purple base shape. Cut out smaller base shape from green foam.

    Festive Foam Ornaments
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    Cut out smaller base shape for
    Rudolph ornament from green foam.

  2. For round ornaments, cut out 3 coordinating bases for each. For all ornaments, punch hole for ribbon hanger in each piece at the same spot; glue together matching pieces.

  3. Trace and cut out shapes and words with scissors or craft knife. (Craft knife is for adult use only.) Glue pieces to corresponding bases. Use punches to make other foam shapes. Glue shapes to ornament bases. Use marker to make Rudolph's eyes.

    Festive Foam Ornaments
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    Glue Rudolph face to base.

  4. Cut ribbon and trim into 8- to 10-inch pieces. Thread a ribbon or trim through each ornament. Make a knot in ribbon or trim above ornament, and then make another knot at ends, creating a loop for hanging.

    Festive Foam Ornaments
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    Tie ribbon to make a loop for hanging.

Christmas Wish Ornament Trio
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Christmas Wish Ornament Trio

Christmas Wish Ornament Trio

These fanciful paper ornaments are wonderful when attached to holiday scrapbook pages, used as gift tags, or even hung as ornaments!

You'll Need:

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock or decorative paper: white, violet, turquoise, textured gold
  • Vellum: white, gold
  • Craft foam sheet
  • Ball-tipped metal stylus
  • Embroidery needle
  • Paper glue
  • 1/16-inch round hole punch
  • 2 mini silver brads
  • 20-gauge jewelry wire: silver, gold
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Round-nose jewelry pliers
  • 6x9 inches gold/silver metal foil
  • Paper crimper

To Make Christmas Wish Ornament Trio:

  1. Download ornament patterns here. Trace patterns onto scrap paper and cut out. Except for white cardstock, fold paper and vellum in half to make a double layer. Place top of pattern on fold of paper and vellum, trace, and cut out. Trim white vellum so it is smaller than corresponding color cardstock. Trim bottom of gold vellum so it's shorter than textured gold paper.

  2. With vellum facedown on craft foam, use ball-tipped stylus to emboss name, year, or decorative patterns. Note: Write backward so that when vellum is faceup the writing will be correct.

    Christmas Wish Ornament Trio
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    Use stylus to emboss words or patterns.

    Ornament Tip
    You may want to make a reverse pattern, which you can place below vellum.

  3. With vellum of teardrop ornament still facedown, use an embroidery needle to make pin pricks around border.

  4. Fold white cardstock in half. Trace trapezoid (gold) ornament pattern, and cut out slightly smaller than pattern lines. For teardrop ornament, cut white cardstock slightly larger than pattern. For round ornament, cut cardstock slightly larger and make a wavy edge border. Matching top fold, glue cardstock to inside of each ornament.

  5. Place corresponding vellum pieces onto front of each ornament. Punch a 1/16-inch hole at bottoms of blue ornament through cardstock, turquoise paper, and vellum. Place brad in holes. Punch another 1/16-inch hole at center top of each ornament on fold.

    Christmas Wish Ornament Trio
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    Poke a brad through hole at bottom.

  6. For each ornament, cut a 5-inch length of 20-gauge jewelry wire. (Use silver wire for purple and turquoise ornaments and gold wire for gold ornament.) Bend a small loop on an end of each wire. Slip opposite end up through punched hole on inside of ornament, and pull through.

    Christmas Wish Ornament Trio
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    Insert bent wire through hole
    inside of ornament.

  7. To make ornament caps, crimp a 11/2x4-inch strip of colored foil. With ruler and stylus, score a line at 1, 2, and 3 inches. Cut into pieces at score lines. Fold pieces in half (making pieces 1x3/4 inches), placing gold outside for gold ornament and silver outside for other 2 ornaments. Use needle to make a hole in center top of each cap on fold, and thread wire of ornament through hole. Glue cap to top of ornament. Use jewelry pliers to form remaining wire into a decorative hook. Trim excess foil if needed.

    Christmas Wish Ornament Trio
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    Thread wire through hole
    in ornament cap.

  8. Cut a 6x6-inch piece of gold foil. Run foil through crimper twice, turning foil in other direction for second run through crimper to create a wafflelike texture. Cut out a star from foil, and glue star to center of gold ornament.

Pretty Package Ornaments

Whimsical Christmas Trees

Whimsical Christmas Trees
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Whimsical Christmas Trees

Here's an ornament that's sure to liven up your Christmas tree and spread holiday cheer throughout your home.

You'll Need:

  • Wood pieces: 1 large triangle, 3 large hearts, 4 medium teardrops, 4 large teardrops, 5 small circles, 2 small holly leaves, 4 small candy canes, 1 small angel, 1 small star
  • Old scissors
  • Craft stick
  • Wood stain: forest green, chestnut
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint markers: metallic gold, red, green, white, tan, yellow
  • Extra-fine permanent black marker
  • Craft glue

To Make Whimsical Christmas Trees:

  1. Cut corner off large triangle to form trapezoid shape.

    Whimsical Christmas Trees
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    Make trapezoid by cutting off
    corner of triangle.

  2. Paint 3 large hearts, 4 medium teardrops, 4 large teardrops, and cut triangle with forest green stain. Paint craft stick with chestnut stain. Follow stain manufacturer's directions.

  3. Referring to photo, use paint markers to color tree ornaments. Paint star metallic gold, circles red with gold detail, holly leaves green with gold edges, holly berry red with gold edges, and candy canes white with red stripes. Paint angel dress white, and use tan for face, yellow for hair, and metallic gold for halo and bow. Use extra-fine black marker for eyes and wing lines.

    Whimsical Christmas Trees
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    Color ornaments pieces
    with paint markers.

  4. Attach points of medium teardrops to back side of a large heart with craft glue. Set aside.

    Whimsical Christmas Trees
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    Glue teardrops to large heart.

  5. Referring to photo with step 6, glue side edges of 2 remaining large hearts together. Glue points of large teardrops to back side of the hearts. Let dry.

  6. Glue teardrops and heart from step 4 to teardrops and hearts from step 5.

    Whimsical Christmas Trees
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    Glue teardrop/heart pieces together.

  7. Glue trapezoid to base of craft stick. Glue craft stick to lower back half of tree. Glue ornaments in place.

    Whimsical Christmas Trees
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    Glue ornaments to tree.

  8. Fold ribbon in half, and glue ends to back of ornament to create a hanger.

Christmas Tree Ornaments
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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments

These delightful ornaments will add a special touch to your Christmas tree. Use whatever leftover trims and ribbon you have around your house -- and your imagination -- to decorate them.

You'll Need:

  • Precut wood tree ornaments
  • Acrylic paint: gamel, forest green, spice brown, antique gold, white, metallic gold
  • Brushes: #8 shader, 10/0 liner
  • Low-temperature glue gun, glue sticks
  • Trims: assorted lengths of white and gold rickrack, material strips, red satin ribbon, off-white rattail cord, gold trim, cream sheer ribbon, ribbon roses, gold cord
  • Scissors
  • Sparkle glaze
  • Assorted buttons
  • Precut 3/4-inch wood star
  • Old toothbrush
  • Floral accents: pale gold highlighter, gold glitter spray
  • Decorative snow
  • Acrylic spray

To Make Christmas Tree Ornaments:

  1. Paint some ornaments gamel and some forest green. Paint tree trunks spice brown.

  2. Child's Tree: Glue rickrack to tree; paint with sparkle glaze. Let dry. Glue on pastel buttons. Tie a rickrack bow around hanger.

  3. Country Tree: Paint wood star antique gold. Tie rag bow; glue to wire hanger. Glue star to tree. Glue burgundy and small white buttons to tree. Using liner brush and white, paint. "Noel" on trunk. To fly speck, dip toothbrush into white paint and drag finger across bristles. Let dry.

    Christmas Tree Ornaments
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    Drag finger across toothbrush
    bristles to fly speck.

  4. Antique Memories Button Tree: Tie a red satin bow and glue to wire hanger. Glue 4 old buttons and fly speck tree with white paint. Dab snow with shader brush on tree and top of buttons. Let dry.

  5. Victorian Bridal Tree: Glue gold trim and off-white rattail cording to tree. Tie small bow of cream sheer ribbon to hanger. Glue ribbon rose to top of tree. Glue cream buttons to tree. Mist with gold glitter spray. Let dry.

    Christmas Tree Ornaments
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    Hot-glue buttons to tree.

  6. Traditional Gold Tree: Glue gold rickrack to tree. Tie bow of gold cording; glue to top of tree. Glue buttons to tree. Mist with gold highlighter. Let dry. Add dots using handle of liner brush dipped into metallic gold paint. Let dry. Mist all trees with acrylic spray.

    Christmas Tree Ornaments
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    Use handle end of liner brush
    to add gold dots.

Family Fun Project
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Family Fun Project

Family Fun Project

Clay ornaments can be a fun family project -- and easy enough for a child. Once Mom or Dad bakes them, they'll last forever!

You'll Need:

  • Waxed paper
  • Polymer clay: 2 packages brown, 1 red, 1 white, 2 green, 2 bronze, 1 yellow
  • Transparent paper
  • Pencil
  • Rolling pin
  • Craft knife
  • Paper clips (for hangers)
  • Wire cutters
  • Cookie sheet (nonconducting surface)
  • Metal spatula
  • Brown paper bags
  • Paintbrush
  • Varnish (for modeling compounds)
  • Red and white ribbon, 1/8 inch wide (optional)

Ornament Tip
Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Work with the lightest color first; darker colors stain. Work the clay in your hands to soften it, then roll it into a coil. Do the same with the other colors needed.

To Make Family Fun Project:

  1. For holly ornament: Twine green and bronze coils together and fold them back on themselves, twisting new coil until you have marbled pattern.

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    Make marbled pattern with
    green and bronze coils.

  2. Roll coil flat. When it's 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick, use holly pattern and craft knife to make 2 leaves. Download holly pattern here. Lightly score surfaces. Press leaf tops together.

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    Use rolling pin to roll coil flat.

  3. From red coil, pull off 3 small pieces for berries. Roll them into pea-sized balls. Push berries gently onto tops of leaves.

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    Roll red pieces into small balls.

  4. To make a metal hanger for holly and gingerbread man, partially unbend a paper clip and cut off all but 1/2-inch loop. Poke this into top of ornament.

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    Poke bent paper clip into
    top of ornament.

  5. Bake on a nonconducting surface at 250 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 15 to 30 minutes. Clay will be soft when hot; it hardens as it cools. Ventilate kitchen when baking. Do not overbake; fumes could be toxic. Remove ornaments with spatula and place on brown paper bag. (Keep cookie sheet and utensils for clay only!) Once ornament is cool, brush on varnish. Glue ribbon on candy canes for hangers and bow to holly.

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    Apply varnish to cooled ornaments.

  6. For candy cane: Roll out coils until long and thin. Cut white coil in half, then cut red coils to same length. Layer white and red, then red and white on top.

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    Lay red and white coils
    for candy cane.

  7. Gently roll colors together to form large roll. Roll should be about 1/2 inch thick. Trim ends and twist so colors spiral. Bend head to form candy cane shape. (Go to Step 5.)

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    Twist red and right coils.

  8. For gingerbread man: Use rolling pin to flatten brown clay to 1/4 inch thick. Make gingerbread man using pattern. Download gingerbread man pattern here. Cut around edges with craft knife.

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    Cut out gingerbread man
    pattern with craft knife.

  9. Roll bits of yellow, red, and green clay into small balls (pea-sized) for buttons. Roll 2 small white balls for eyes, flatten slightly. Press bit of green into middle of white. Roll out small pieces of yellow, red, and green for rickrack. With craft knife, cut zigzag pattern and place on arms, legs, and neck. Roll thin red tube for mouth. (Go to Step 4.)

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    Make gingerbread pieces out of clay.

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