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With all the holiday gift-giving and a less than rosy economy, many of us are feeling
financially strained. The idea of "make your own Christmas ornaments" is an excellent
way to deck your hall and decorate Christmas tree on a dime. You won't spend much
on these crafts – the materials are ridiculously cheap and you can even use recycled
household items – plus you'll be rewarded with hours of fun with your children.
I promise you, no sewing required. These creative Christmas ornament ideas are exceedingly
easy to make, and you'll probably find yourself getting more creative than you thought
Christmas Ornament Craft Ideas that Kids Can Make
1. Paper Christmas Decorations What can be cheaper than making origami ornaments?
You only need papers, colored or plain. Construction paper works best than regular
paper but it isn't necessary. And, if you don't have colored papers, you can spruce
them up with crayons, pens, markers, colored pencils, sparkles, glitters, and gift
Depending your level of paper-folding skills, you can create stunning holiday decorations
such as stars, angel, hat, stocking, bauble, snow flakes, candy cane and many more.
Search online for free origami Christmas ornaments instructions.
To start your creative juices flowing, you might want to make simple paper decorations
from old Christmas cards. Simply cut out the images that you like, punch punch holes
near the top, thread with red/green metallic ribbon, and hang them on your tree.
To add an interesting touch, use crinkle-cut craft scissors.
You can also make cute paper ring garlands from empty toilet paper rolls (or paper
towel rolls) to decorate your mantel or windows. Get your kids to paint the toilet
paper roll in any color they like, and let dry completely before cutting it in smaller
rings. String the first ring on your yarn, slip a bead (or button) and continue this
pattern until you reach your desired length.
2. Eggshell Christmas Ornaments
Faberge style Christmas ornaments look stunningly beautiful and extremely easy for
kids to make. The best thing about eggshell Christmas ornaments is, you can take
them out during Easter and reuse as Easter decorations.
Make 2 neat holes (one in the top and one at bottom) of the eggshell. You want the
hole to be large enough to put a small toothpick in. Stir the contents and blow out.
Wash each eggshell clean with dish detergent and let dry. Paint them in different
christmassy colors such as red, green and white. You can also use unwanted nail varnish
as paints. It dries very quickly and adds a nice gloss.
Once the paint has completely dried, decorate with glitter, sequins, lace, cords,
fabric trims or other decorative materials. Here's some holiday ideas that your kids
will probably love – paint a Santa Claus, a snowman, or flowers on the shells. Then
attach a piece of string or ribbon onto the top.
3. No Sew Fabric Christmas Ornaments
Reuse old fabric scraps, old clothing and old socks to make heaps of cute but really
frugal homemade Christmas ornaments for family and friends.
Take 1 foam ball, and using a dull knife, indent 2 lines all the way around each
ball to make quarters. Cut fabric just large enough to cover each quarter. You can
use a combination of fabrics. Push the edges of the fabric into the ball. Repeat
until the ball is covered. To finish, wrap a long piece of ribbon around the ball,
covering the indentations. Use hot glue to fix in place. Add a golden cord to hang.
4. Jigsaw Puzzle Christmas Tree
Here's another crafty idea that I'm sure you'll love – upcycle your kids' missing
jigsaw puzzle pieces into beautiful decorations.
Paint 9 puzzle pieces in green (body) and 1 in brown (base), and leave them to dry.
Lay them out to form a Xmas tree, glue green pieces (slightly overlapping each other)
onto the base. Flip your tree over, add glue (where the pieces joined) to make it
Decorate with embellishments such as small buttons, stickers or felt scrapes. Cut
a ribbon, about 6 inches long, and fold it in half. Glue ribbon on to the top (back)
of your jigsaw Christmas tree.
5. Christmas Garlands and Wreaths
Garlands and wreaths are not only easy to create but also easy on your wallet. Go
outside and find an array of materials for free – pine cones, twigs, branches, flowers,
magnolia leaves, and holly berries.
You can also use edible ingredients such as popcorn, hard candies, dried fruits,
nuts, cranberries, sugar cookies.Beads from broken jewelry, tiny kids' toys, trinket
boxes, or any household items that are no longer needed are great stuff for decorating
garlands/wreaths on the cheap.
By Holly Campbell
I got carried away and blew my holiday shopping budget, so now I've to look for some
ways to save on Christmas decorations. Homemade Christmas ornaments sound wonderfully
frugal but the trouble is, I am not a creative person and I even can't sew on a button!
Any ideas for quick and easy Xmas ornament crafts that I can make with my young kids?
– Kimberly, Delaware.