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DIY Christmas Ornaments: 100+ Ideas For Your Tree!

Get beautiful and unique ideas for DIY Christmas ornaments using a variety of materials including wood, yarn, decoupage, glitter, and more!

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video of some of the ideas in action. You’re going to love watching these ornaments come to life.

100+ DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things to make with Mod Podge for the holidays – DIY Christmas ornaments! Seriously, I just can’t get enough. Where do I begin with why I love them so?

Well, you get a chance to use a variety of mediums along with your Mod Podge – paper, tissue paper, fabric, gift wrap, paint, glitter, markers, etc . . . whatever your little heart desires can be added to the surface of an ornament!

Not only that but you get the immediate gratification of completing a little sphere of wonder in a short amount of time. I can take awhile to complete a variety of decoupage projects, but ornaments I always seem to finish right up, and I love that.

Quick and easy is the name of the game when it comes to the holidays as far as I’m concerned.

(get 60+ Mod Podge Christmas crafts here!)

Tips for Making Ornaments

Before I get to the ornaments, I want to offer my tips for success. I’ve made a TON of Christmas ornaments over the years, especially with Mod Podge.

Since I’m guessing you want your Christmas tree to be beautiful, I’m guessing you also want your ornaments to be beautiful too – and hopefully last for many years. Here’s what I do to achieve ornament perfection!

1. Prepare your surface.

Make sure the ornament is clean and sanded (if desired). You don’t have to paint the wood if you don’t want to. With glass, you’ll want to clean with a mild soap and water or rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.

2. Choose the correct paint for your surface.

This is if you are painting. Make sure that you check that you have the appropriate acrylic paint to use with your wood, glass, ceramic, or whatever the ornament is made of.

Glass ornaments in particular require a glass paint (or multisurface), so I like to use FolkArt Multi Surface paint for every ornament just so it’s more durable and I know it’s going to work.

3. Decide on a theme.

You can always use Pinterest – but I like to get inspired by the craft store. Scrapbook designers are great at picking current design themes and creating papers that all look great together, so you can benefit from that.

4. Prepare any photos.

If you are using scrapbook paper, fabric, or something along those lines you don’t have to do anything.

However IF you are using photocopies or printed pictures, you’ll make to make sure that you seal them with an acrylic sealer if they were printed on inkjet.

Inkjet will bleed when decoupaged unless you spray both side of the printed page with a spray acrylic sealer. You can learn more about it in my decoupage on wood article.

5. Seal your ornaments.

Whether you use a clear acrylic spray sealer or a brush on clear sealer, you’ll want to use something additional if homemade Christmas ornaments are painted or decoupaged.

This is so the ornaments last as long as possible AND so they don’t stick when you put them into storage. Obviously let them dry completely before you do so. You might even want to use wax paper to store them so that you can ensure there isn’t a sticking problem (don’t wrap it too tightly).


Are you ready for the projects?

There are over 100 ideas here (including some for kids to make, and lots of options for fabric, paper, glass, photo, and more. If you make one of these (or more because you won’t be able to stop at one), let me know in the comments!

To get all of the ideas, you’ll need to scroll down the list below. You’ll want to go to the bottom because the ideas are so good. Enjoy!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Learn how to make homemade ornaments using these unique tutorials! These use variety of other materials: paint, glitter, buttons, fabric, Mod Podge, and more.


Ready for a visual? Simply press “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post. I’d also love for you to visit these other holiday posts:

cindy cox

Saturday 10th of June 2023

i a looking for your hot chocolate cup ornement instructions using recycle toliet paper tubes that i saw last year. cannot find. could you send instructions to my email or tell me where to find theinstructions?

Amy

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Yes Cindy! http://www.megacrafty.com/2011/12/turn-pt-tubes-into-hot-chocolate.html

Monday 16th of December 2019

These all are so cute and beautiful ornament, very easy to choose from. Thanks for the share.

Lisa

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

Awesome. Love having so many to choose from. Thank you!

Ginger Ratzlaff

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Thank you for compiling this wonderful list. I immediately thought of people I wanted to give these to and things I could make with my grandchild. I also thank you for thinking ahead so we can make and give some of these by Thanksgiving for those who decorate right away.

Danielle

Monday 2nd of November 2015

Just found your blog and wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I'm enjoying it. Thanks for sharing this roundup!