How to Make Easy Christmas Ornaments

In many families, Christmas ornaments are as much a part of the tradition as Santa Claus and the turkey on the holiday table. This year, treat your loved ones to homemade ornaments.

Making Christmas ornaments doesn't have to be tedious. In this article, we'll show you how to easily make beautiful keepsakes that your family will want to display every year.
  • Easy Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Create

    We know how much kids love holiday art projects. In this section, we'll teach you how to make simple and fun ornaments that you'll love every single year. All of the ornaments are especially designed for little hands. Even your youngest elf will enjoy making these Christmas ornaments.

  • Easy Country Ornaments

    Even if you're a dedicated urbanite, you probably still admire the beauty of country decor. Bring the country to your tree with these simple and tasteful country ornaments. With easy step-by-step instructions, we'll teach you how to make these wonderful ornaments for your tree.

  • Easy Victorian Ornaments

    Help to look back on the seasons of yore with Victorian-inspired ornaments. These ornaments use lace and ribbons to spruce up your Christmas tree. While they look like they take hours to create, in this section we'll show you how to make these ornaments in a matter of minutes.

  • Easy Western-Themed Ornaments

    Yee haw! These western-themed ornaments add a lot of spice to your Christmas tree. With hot peppers and sheriff stars, you're sure to impress the locals with these Christmas ornaments. We'll teach you how to make these easy western-themed ornaments in this section.

  • Easy Children's Themed Ornaments

    Whether you have lots of kids or are simply a kid at heart, the children's-themed ornaments in this section are sure to brighten your day. With Santa hats, Santa's sleigh, and candy canes that look good enough to eat, you'll enjoy making the ornaments as much as looking at them. We'll show you how to create these ornaments in this section.

  • Easy Bird Ornaments

    In the old country, they believed that a Christmas tree wasn't ready to be cut until a bird had nested in it. In this section, you can learn how to create your own bird ornaments. You'll enjoy looking at the doves and partridges.
The magic of the season is best when shared with your youngsters. In the next section, we'll talk about the easy Christmas ornaments especially designed to be made by children.

Easy Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Create

Christmas is a very special time of year. In this section, we'll teach your kids how to make the season even merrier by creating Christmas ornaments. All the ornaments on this page are designed with little hands in mind. We've provided easy step-by-step instructions as colorful illustrations for young minds to grasp.

Kids can construct many of these ornaments themselves but should have adult supervision. It's a good idea to make a project following the written instructions exactly. Once you and your kids understand how to do it, feel free to make it different the next time. You might want to change the color of the paint or floss. There are many ways you can personalize each project to add a special touch. Think of all the variations you can make and all the handmade ornaments your kids can give.

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.

Gingerbread Kid Ornaments

The easy-to-make Gingerbread Kid Ornament.
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Gingerbread Kid Ornament

You'll Need:
  • Two 81/4 x 103/4-inch sheets opaque shrink plastic
  • Black medium point permanent felt tip marker
  • Pink and brown acrylic paint
  • Oven and oven mitts
  • Aluminum foil-covered cookie sheet
  • 34-inch length white baby rick rack
  • Four 7mm wiggle eyes
  • 1 square inch green felt
  • Three 1/8-inch red buttons
  • 2-inch length of 1-inch wide green eyelet lace
  • 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide red satin ribbon
  • 16-inch length of red rattail cord
To Make Gingerbread Kid Ornaments:
  1. Download ornament pattern here. Print and cut out pattern. Read all instructions for shrinking plastic before beginning. Lightly sand both sheets of shrink plastic. Place each sheet on top of the pattern and trace with the marker. Remove from the pattern. Paint pink circles for cheeks. Paint the rest with a thin coat of light brown; let dry. Cut out each shape. Punch a hole in each, 1/2 inch down from the top of the head. To shrink, follow manufacturer's instructions for baking on a foil-covered cookie sheet; cool.

    Cut out the pattern for the ornament.
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    Cut out the pattern.

  2. Cut two 14-inch lengths of rick rack. Attach one length around the edges of each shape, applying glue to the back of the rick rack a few inches at a time. Draw a smile and add a dot for the nose with the marker. Glue on the wiggle eyes, keeping them low for a cute look.

    Glue rick rack around the edges.
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    Glue rick rack around the edges.

  3. Using the pattern you downloaded, trace and cut the tie from the green felt. Glue the tie to the neck of one ornament. Finish this one by gluing three red buttons down the front.

    Glue buttons down the front for the Gingerbread Christmas ornament.
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    Glue buttons down the front.

  4. For the second ornament, begin by gluing lace across the waist. Tie a bow in the ribbon, and glue it to the neck. For hair, glue the center of two 3-inch lengths of rick rack to the top of the head. Be careful not to cover the hole. Spot glue hair at the sides of the head.

  5. For the hanger loops, cut the rattail cord into two 8-inch lengths. Insert the end of one length through the hole on each ornament. Using the two ends, tie a knot in each length.

    Tie a knot around each Christmas ornament.
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    Tie a knot around each ornament.

Christmas Card Star Ornament

Christmas Card Star Ornament.
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Christmas Card Star Ornament.

You'll Need:
  • Christmas greeting cards (used or new)
  • 8 x 16-inch white posterboard
  • Glittering gold dimensional paint
  • 8-inch length of 1/8-inch wide green satin ribbon
To Make Christmas Card Star Ornaments:
  1. Find designs and figures you like on old Christmas cards. The shapes can be irregular along the edges. They don't have to be exact because trimming will be done later. Cut out the shapes and set aside. Download the star pattern here. Print the star pattern. Trace the star pattern onto the posterboard two times. Cut out both stars.

  2. Glue the Christmas card shapes to one star, overlapping card edges and allowing cards to extend beyond the star edges. Put your favorite picture in the center. (You should have a good number of card shapes leftover for the second star.) When the star is covered, trim the card shapes even with the star edges.

  3. Paper punch a hole near each point of the star. Leaving the center uncovered, repeat this step to cover the points of the other star. If you plan on hanging the star in a window, you may choose to decorate both sides.

    Punch a hole near the star's points.
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    Punch a hole near the star's points.

  4. Glue the star that is completely covered on top center of the star with the blank center, staggering the points as shown. Squeeze dimensional glitter paint around the edges; let dry.

    Glue the Christmas Card star ornament.
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    Paint the star.

  5. To make the hanger loop, insert one end of an 8-inch length of green satin ribbon through any hole. Bring the ends together and tie a knot. 
Felt Tree Ornament

Felt Tree Ornament.
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Felt Tree Ornament.

You'll Need:
  • Felt: 5 x 7 inches white, 41/2 x 51/2 inches green, 1 square inch brown
  • 12-inch length gold sequin chain
  • 1/2-inch gold or silver star gemstone
  • Sixteen 7mm assorted color gemstones
  • 8-inch length of 1/8-inch wide red satin ribbon
To Make Felt Tree Ornaments:
  1. Download the ornament pattern here. Print out the pattern. Trace and cut the background from the white felt; the tree from the green felt; and the trunk from the brown felt. Glue the trunk to the bottom of the background, leaving 1/4 inch of the white felt showing around the sides and bottom. Glue the tree to the background, overlapping the trunk 1/4 inch, leaving 1/4 inch of the white felt showing around all sides.

  2. To make the garland, glue one end of the gold sequin chain at the top left of the tree.

  3. Drape the chain back and forth across the tree, applying glue each time the chain changes direction.

    Drape and glue each section of the garland to the Christmas tree ornament.
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    Drape and glue each section of the garland.

  4. Glue the star gemstone to the background at the top of the tree. Finish decorating by gluing gemstones to the tree in a random pattern.

  5. To make a hanger loop, glue together the ends of the ribbon. Glue 11/2 inches of the glued ends to the top back of the ornament.
Mini-Scene Ornament

Mini-Scene Ornament.
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Mini-Scene Ornament.

You'll Need:
  • 21/2 x 5-inch plastic teardrop globe
  • White dimensional paint
  • Poms: one 11/2-inch white, two 1-inch white, two 1/4-inch red
  • Chenille stem: 6-inch length white, 11/2-inch length green
  • Felt: 1/4 x 6 inches green, 1 square inch pink, 1/2 x 1 inch orange
  • Two 7mm wiggle eyes
  • Three 4mm red beads
  • Small amount fiberfill
  • 1/8-inch wide satin ribbon: 26-inches red, 18-inches green
  • 5/8-inch jingle bells: one each red, green, white
To Make Mini-Scene Ornaments:
  1. Separate the globe halves. Using the white dimensional paint, squeeze dots inside each half to give the effect of snow. Space the dots about 1/2-inch apart. It might be helpful to imagine triangles and place a dot at each point. Let the paint dry.

  2. To assemble the snowperson, glue the 11/2-inch pom (bottom) to a 1-inch pom (middle). Next, glue the other 1-inch pom (head) to top of the middle pom.

  3. For the arms, fold in 11/2 inches on both ends of a 6-inch length chenille stem.

  4. Bend the folded stem into a "C" shape. Glue the inside middle of the "C" shape to the back of the figure.

    Bend the folded arms into a
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    Bend the folded arms into a "C" shape.

  5. To make the scarf, angle cut the green felt at both ends. Wrap the middle of the scarf around the neck and tie on one side. Download the pattern for the nose and cheek here. Print it out and then trace and cut two pink felt cheeks and one orange felt nose. Glue the cheeks to the face just above scarf. Glue the nose to the center of the face between the cheeks. Glue the eyes so that they touch the top inside area of the cheeks. For the earmuffs, bend a 1½-inch length of green chenille into a "C" shape, and glue it to the top of the head. Glue red poms over both ends of the green chenille. Glue three beads down the front.

  6. Glue a small amount of fiberfill inside the back half of the globe for a snow bank. Glue the finished snowperson on top of the snow. Close the halves. For the bow, cut one 18-inch length of red ribbon and one of green ribbon. Thread two jingle bells onto one ribbon and one jingle bell onto the other. Keeping the bells on the ribbons, insert both ribbons through globe loop. Tie a bow using both ribbons. For a hanger, thread the remaining 8-inch length of red ribbon through the globe loop and knot the ends together.

    Use ribbon to pull the ornament together.
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    Use ribbon to pull the ornament together.

In the next section, we'll show you how to make easy country-themed ornaments.

Easy Country Ornaments

Amid the hustle and bustle of city life, the call of the countryside is always enticing. Reflect a simpler lifestyle with country ornaments like the ones explained in this section. We'll show you how to create country ornaments that are easy to make, yet will look beautiful on your tree.

Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath

Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath.
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Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath.

You'll Need:
  • 8 inches eggshell satin ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 4-inch grapevine wreath
  • 12 inches eggshell eyelet, 1-inch wide
  • 5 white buttons, 5/8 inch each
  • 20 white buttons, 3/8 inch each
  • Craft glue
To Make Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath Ornaments:
  1. Fold 1/8-inch ribbon in half.

  2. Tie an overhand knot 1/2-inch from open ends. Hot glue folded end to back of wreath.

  3. Hot glue eyelet to back of wreath, overlapping ends.

    Overlap the ends of the eyelet onto the Christmas wreath ornament.
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    Overlap the ends of the eyelet.

  4. Arrange 5/8-inch buttons around wreath in a random arrangement.

    Arrange buttons around wreath.
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    Arrange buttons around wreath.

  5. Arrange 3/8-inch buttons randomly around wreath. Glue buttons in place with craft glue.

    Ornament Tip!
    • You don't need to buy new buttons; the ones you have collected over the years will be fine.

    • For variety, use colored buttons and a complementary color eyelet.

Old-Fashioned Buttermold

Old-Fashioned Buttermold.
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Old-Fashioned Buttermold.

You'll Need:
  • 12 inches blue-checked fabric ribbon, 1/2-inch wide
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Heart-shape tin butter mold
  • 3-leaved glazed holly pick with berries, 1/2-inch leaves
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 inches blue-checked fabric ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
  • 8 inches gold elastic cord
To Make Old-Fashioned Buttermold Ornaments:
  1. Make a 21/2-inch bow from 1/2-inch ribbon. Glue bow to top of butter mold.

  2. Take apart holly pick, and clip stems.

  3. Glue leaves in knot of bow. Do the same with 2 berries.

  4. Make a 3/4-inch bow from 1/8-inch ribbon. Glue to bottom of butter mold.

    Glue bow to butter mold ornament.
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    Glue bow to butter mold ornament.


  5. To make a hanger, fold elastic cord in half. Tie an overhand knot 1/2 inch from open ends. Glue folded end of cord to back of 21/2-inch bow.

    Ornament Tip!
    • You can find tin butter molds in cake decorating or candy supply stores. Try a variety of shapes to make a whole series of ornaments.

In the next section, we'll give you easy step-by-step instructions on how to create beautiful Victorian-themed ornaments.

Easy Old-Fashioned Buttermold


Old-Fashioned Buttermold.
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Old-Fashioned Buttermold

You'll Need:
  • 12 inches blue-checked fabric ribbon, 1/2-inch wide
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Heart-shape tin butter mold
  • 3-leaved glazed holly pick with berries, 1/2-inch leaves
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 inches blue-checked fabric ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
  • 8 inches gold elastic cord
To Make Old-Fashioned Buttermold Ornaments:
  1. Make a 21/2-inch bow from 1/2-inch ribbon. Glue bow to top of butter mold.

  2. Take apart holly pick, and clip stems.

  3. Glue leaves in knot of bow. Do the same with 2 berries.

  4. Make a 3/4-inch bow from 1/8-inch ribbon. Glue to bottom of butter mold.

    Glue bow to butter mold ornament.
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    Glue bow to butter mold ornament.


  5. To make a hanger, fold elastic cord in half. Tie an overhand knot 1/2 inch from open ends. Glue folded end of cord to back of 21/2-inch bow.

    Ornament Tip!
    • You can find tin butter molds in cake decorating or candy supply stores. Try a variety of shapes to make a whole series of ornaments.

In the next section, we'll give you easy step-by-step instructions on how to create beautiful Victorian-themed ornaments.

Easy Victorian Ornaments

A Victorian-themed tree is is a great way to welcome in the Yuletide. Remind yourself of Christmases past with throwbacks to a simpler time. These Christmas ornaments are easy to create and look beautiful on the tree. In this section, we'll show you how to make easy Victorian ornaments.

Cornucopia of Roses

Cornucopia of Roses Christmas ornament.
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Cornucopia of Roses.

You'll Need:
  • 2 yards 3 inches mauve satin ribbon, 1/16 inch wide
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • 5-inch crocheted cone
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 1 bunch silk dark mauve, brushed gold rosebuds, 3/4 inch buds
  • 1 bunch silk light mauve, brushed gold rosebuds, 3/4 inch buds
  • Wire cutters
  • 9 silk rose leaves, 1/2 inch each
To Make Cornucopia of Roses Ornaments:
  1. Cut ribbon into the following lengths: 9 inch, 12 inch, and three 18 inch.

  2. Starting at lowest point of cone mouth, weave 9-inch length of ribbon around top edge.

  3. Trim excess ribbon, and spot glue ends in place.

    Weave ribbon into cone to create Victorian ornament.
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    Weave ribbon into cone.

  4. Mix dark and light rosebuds. Twist stem ends together and, about 2 inches from bottom of flowers, bend the stems back on themselves so length is less than 3 inches. If necessary, clip stems with wire cutters to shorten.

  5. Insert flowers into cone. Spot glue a few roses around cone to hold. Clip stems from rose leaves. Glue leaves into bouquet around edges.

    Insert flowers into cone to make Victorian ornament.
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    Insert flowers into cone.

  6. To make a hanger, fold the 12-inch length of ribbon in half. Make an overhand knot near open ends. Glue folded end to cone where you started ribbon weaving.

  7. Overlap 18-inch ribbon lengths, and make a 2-inch bow. Glue bow on top of hanger end.

    Ornament Tip!
    For variety, use miniature poinsettias in pastel colors.

Hats Off to the Holidays


Hats Off to the Holidays Victorian Christmas Ornament.
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Hats Off to the Holidays

You'll Need:
  • 22 clear beads, 8mm each
  • 4-inch crochet hat
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 3 glass ball picks, 15mm each
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 rose leaves, 1/2 inch each
  • 30 inches satin mauve ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • 20 inches satin mauve ribbon, 1/16 inch wide
To Make Hats Off to the Holidays Ornaments:
  1. Glue 8mm beads around base of hat crown.

  2. Clip wires off glass ball picks. Glue glass balls together at crown base, next to 8mm beads.

  3. Clip stems from leaves. Glue leaves in an attractive arrangement next to glass balls.

  4. Cut 1/8-inch ribbon into two 15-inch lengths. Make a 3/4-inch-diameter loopy bow from a 15-inch length of ribbon. Tie off loopy bow with second 15-inch length of ribbon. Trim all ends even. (See below for instructions on how to make a loopy bow.) Glue bow to side of glass balls.

    Place ribbons onto hat ornament.
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    Place ribbons and beads onto hat.

  5. For a hanger, double 20-inch length of ribbon and thread it through brim, a few inches from glass balls. Tie an overhand knot near ends.

    Ornament Tip!
    Ribbon roses could be used in place of the beads, with larger roses in place of the glass balls.

To Make a Loopy Bow:
  1. Cut the ribbon to the specified length.

  2. Find an object that is approximately the same diameter as the loop of the bow. (Your fingers can work well for this: one for a small loop, two for a larger loop.)

  3. Leaving about 1 inch free, wrap the ribbon around the object. Leave another inch free at the end. Cross the two free ends over the loop.

    Wrap the ribbon around your fingers to create a loopy bow.
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    Wrap the ribbon around your fingers.

  4. Insert a smaller piece of ribbon through all the loops. Bring this ribbon around, and tie it in a knot.

    Tie ribbon in a knot.
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    Tie ribbon in a knot.

  5. Pull the bow from the object, and separate the loops in an attractive arrangement.

    Pull the bow.
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    Pull the bow.

We'll show you how to make easy western-themed ornaments in the next section.

Easy Western-Themed Ornaments

You don't need to spend Christmas in a stable to enjoy the fun and adventure of the old west. Whether you're just looking to spice things up by decorating with hot peppers, or you want to kick up your heels with cowboy boots, we'll show you how to create these easy-to-make western ornaments.

Red-Hot Wreath

Red-Hot Wreath country Christmas ornament.
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Red-Hot Wreath.

You'll Need:
  • 13 inches green satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • 3 plastic red peppers, 7/8 inch each
  • Wire cutters
  • 3-inch-diameter grapevine wreath
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
To Make Red-Hot Wreath Ornaments:
  1. Cut ribbon into a 3-inch length and a 10-inch length. Make a bow from 3-inch length of ribbon.

  2. Trim stems from red peppers. Glue in place on wreath.

  3. Glue bow just above peppers.

  4. Insert 10-inch length of ribbon through center of wreath for a hanger.

  5. Match ribbon ends, then put a dab of glue on top rear of wreath to secure ribbon in place.

  6. Tie an overhand knot 3 inches above wreath. Make a bow above overhand knot on hanger.

    Glue ribbon above peppers.
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    Glue peppers onto wreath.

Festive Bolo

Festive Bolo western-themed Christmas ornaments.
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Festive Bolo.

You'll Need:
  • 21 inches black leather, 1/8 inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • 2-inch bolo
To Make Festive Bolo Ornaments:
  1. Cut leather into a 20-inch length and a 1-inch length.

  2. Fold 20-inch length of leather in half. Make sure colored side of leather is face up.

  3. Starting at top rear of bolo, thread about 31/2 inches of ends of leather through openings in bolo.

  4. Again starting at top rear of bolo, thread 1-inch length of leather into bolo openings between strands of 20-inch piece. This is to keep leather from slipping in bolo opening. Trim excess leather at top or bottom of bolo.

    Ornament Tip!
    Bolos come in many different metals and shapes. We used a boot, but you can use anything. When choosing additional shapes, be sure the leather will feed through the bolo's holes.

Holly Badge


Holly Badge western-themed Christmas ornament.
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Holly Badge.

You'll Need:
  • Paintbrushes: 1/2-inch, 5/0
  • 5-pointed wood star, 2 inch
  • Acrylic paint: yellow, black
  • 2 holly leaves with berry, 1/2-inch leaves
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 2 inches red satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • 8 inches gold elastic cord
To Make Holly Badge Ornaments:
  1. Using 1/2-inch brush, paint both sides and edges of star yellow.

  2. Using 5/0 brush, paint "Sheriff" in black.

  3. Trim stems from holly leaves and berry.

  4. Glue leaves and berry on lower right of star.

    Paint words onto star. Then, glue on the berries.
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    Paint words onto star.
    Then, glue on the berries.

  5. Make a 3/4-inch bow from ribbon. Glue bow above holly leaves.

    Glue bow onto star.
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    Glue bow onto star.

  6. Fold gold cord in half. Tie an overhand knot near open ends. Glue knot to back of star's top point.

    Ornament Tip!
    You don't have to use a 5-pointed star; in the old West, sheriff badges came in many shapes and sizes. There were also U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers in the old West. You can make an entire collection.


Pepper Yule Party


Pepper Yule Party western-themed Christmas ornament.
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Pepper Yule Party.

You'll Need:
  • 12 plastic red peppers, 7/8 inch each
  • 26 inches red satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • 26 inches green satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
To Make Pepper Yule Party Ornaments:
  1. Braid ends of 3 peppers together.

  2. Keep adding a pepper each time you braid wires from first row of peppers. This is a bit like making a French braid. Continue adding peppers.

  3. After all 12 peppers have been braided, continue braiding wires together. Bend braided wire behind peppers to form a hook.

  4. Cut both red and green ribbons into 18-inch lengths and 8-inch lengths.

  5. Overlap 18-inch lengths of red and green ribbon, and make a 3-inch bow. Glue bow to top of peppers.

  6. Insert red and green 8-inch lengths of ribbon through braided wire hook.

  7. Tie an overhand knot 1 inch from open ends for a hanger.

    Insert red and green ribbon.
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    Insert red and green ribbon.

    Ornament Tip!
    • If the red coating on the peppers chips, red fingernail polish works as a great touch-up.

In the next section, we'll show you how to create easy-to-make children's-themed ornaments.

Easy Children's-Themed Ornaments

Your young ones will absolutely love the clever ornaments you make to decorate a theme tree just for children. Santas and snowmen will prance about your tree on Christmas morning with candy canes that look good enough to eat. Learn how to make these darling children's-themed ornaments with our easy step-by-step instructions.

Braided Candy Cane children's-themed Christmas ornament.
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Braided Candy Cane.

Braided Candy Cane

You'll Need:
  • 2 pieces red calico, 11/2 x 13 inches each
  • White material with red dots, 11/2 x 13 inches
  • Iron, ironing board
  • 3 lengths covered florist wire, 18 inches each
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • 16 inches red satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • 16 inches white satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
To Make Braided Candy Cane Ornaments:
  1. Turn up 1 long edge of a calico strip 1/4 inch. Iron flat. Place a length of florist wire into fold. Roll fabric around wire. Spot glue edges in place. Clip florist wire that sticks out from strip. Repeat with other 2 strips of material.

  2. Braid three strips together.

  3. Turn ends back on themselves, and glue in place. Cut off extra material. Bend into a candy cane shape.

    After rolling fabric around wire, braid strips, and then bend into a candy cane.
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    After rolling fabric around wire, braid
    strips, and then bend into a candy cane.

  4. Cut red and white ribbon into two 8-inch lengths. Overlay a length of red and white ribbon. Fold in half, and glue ends together. Glue ends to top edge of candy cane for hanger.

  5. Overlay second red and white ribbon lengths, and make a 11/2-inch bow. Glue bow over hanger ends.

    Ornament Tip!
    You can use this same technique to make a wreath. Use strips that are 18 inches long. After braiding, turn only one end back on itself. Shape the weaving into a circle, and glue the unfinished end behind the wreath. Glue 1-inch eyelet around the outside edge of the wreath.

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh children's-themed Christmas ornament.
You'll Need:
  • 4-inch wicker sleigh
  • 3 gift packages, 3/4 inch each
  • 2 gift packages, 1/2 inch each
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 3 inches red satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • 11/2-inch sisal wreath
  • 2 candy canes, 23/4 inches each
  • 16 inches gold elastic cord
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • Scissors
To Make Santa's Sleigh Ornaments:
  1. Glue 3/4-inch packages into sleigh, keeping packages to front of sleigh.

  2. Glue 1/2-inch packages into sleigh, keeping packages to front of sleigh.

  3. Make a 3/4-inch bow from red ribbon.

  4. If wreath came with a bow, remove it. Glue 3/4-inch bow in its place. Set wreath aside.

  5. Glue candy canes into left rear corner of sleigh.

    Glue candy canes into sleigh for ornament.
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    Glue candy canes into sleigh.

  6. Glue wreath in front of candy canes.

  7. Cut gold cord into an 8-inch length and two 4-inch lengths. Glue an end of 8-inch length to front of sleigh; glue other end to rear of sleigh.

  8. Make two 1-inch bows from the 4-inch lengths of gold cord. Glue a bow at each end of 8-inch length of gold cord.

    Ornament Tip!
    Instead of gift packages, fill the sleigh with candy, bears, small flowers, miniature sports equipment, or a special gift such as an engagement ring.

Christmas Ole children's-themed Christmas ornament.
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Christmas Ole.

Christmas Ole

You'll Need:
  • 4-inch sombrero
  • 8 inches tricolor cord, 3mm
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Wire cutters
  • 3/4-inch glazed holly leaf pick
  • 2 red berries, 1/8 inch each
  • 6mm jingle bell
  • 3 plaid stockings, 11/2 inches each
  • 3 Santa hats, 3/4 inch each
  • 8 inches gold elastic cord
To Make Christmas Ole Ornaments:
  1. Wrap tricolor cord around base of hat's crown. Spot glue in place.

  2. Trim ends of cord at an angle. Apply a dab of glue to each end to prevent unraveling. Glue ends to edge of brim.

    Trim cords at an angle.
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    Trim cords at an angle and then glue
    berry onto leaves.

  3. Take apart holly pick, and trim stems from leaves. Glue leaves in place where cord overlaps at crown's base.

  4. Glue a berry onto each holly leaf. Glue bell where cord overlaps at crown's base.

  5. Turn hat over. Alternate Santa plaid stockings and hats at edge of hat's brim, spacing evenly. Hot glue in place.

    Hot glue Santa stockings onto hat ornament.
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    Hot glue Santa stockings.

  6. Turn hat upright. To make a hanger, fold gold cord in half, and tie an overhand knot 1/2 inch from open ends. Glue folded end to top center of crown.
In the final section, we'll show you how to make bird ornaments with a few easy steps.

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