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21 Homemade Christmas Ornaments + Garlands for Your Family

by The Artful Parent Editorial Team
September 1, 2022
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Try these ideas for homemade Christmas ornaments and garlands to decorate your home. Great activities for the whole family and beautiful decorations for years to come.

Updated December 2022

Every year our tree is decorated almost entirely with homemade Christmas decorations. We love those traditional ball ornaments and lots of lights, of course, but other than that, it’s pretty much all handmade.

They include beautiful paper snowflakes, many different kinds of salt dough ornaments, beaded ornaments, and stained glass paper chains.

Christmas is around the corner, so we thought we’d put together a post of Christmas ornaments for the whole family to make. Plus, a few garlands to spruce up the mantle!

These ornaments that are both easy and fun to make as well as beautiful on the tree.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Homemade Christmas Ornaments 

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Salt Dough Ornaments

Check out our favorite recipe for this holiday classic and see 11 different ways to decorate salt dough ornaments!

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Photo by Conscious Cass

2. Eco-Friendly Ornaments

Check out this assortment of eco-friendly ornaments from Conscious Cass. Which one do you like best?

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Photo by Anna Harpe

3. Dried Orange and Cranberry Garland

Create a beautiful dried orange and cranberry garland in a few easy steps. Young kids can help string together this eco friendly decoration. Or hang dried oranges separately on your tree!

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Photo by Mini Mad Things

4. Upcycled Art Ornaments

Turn the loose objects you have on hand into beautiful ornaments for your tree or to give away (from Mini Mad Things)

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

5. Melted Bead Ornaments

Make colorful melted bead ornaments from plastic pony beads. Once you try this easy craft, you’ll do it again and again! 

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Photo by Little Pine Learners

6. Homemade Cardboard and Nature Ornaments

We LOVE suncatchers! And we LOVE these nature suncatcher ornaments from Little Pine Learners!

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Photo by Mini Mad Things

7. Woven Star Ornaments

These woven star ornaments from Mini Mad Things are so easy and lovely to look at!

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. Glitter Stars

A super easy ornament that even the youngest kids can make!

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Photo by Little Pine Learners

9. Homemade Beeswax Ornaments

These homemade beeswax ornaments from Little Pine Learners are so gorgeous, you’ll want to keep them up all year long!

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Photo by One Little Project

10. Pinecone Ornaments with Pompoms

These pinecone ornaments with pompoms from One Little Project are so cute! They’ll add a pop of color to your Christmas tree. Or try adding glitter to pinecones for a sparkly ornament from Mom Spotted!

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Photo by Rachel Withers

11. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

Try homemade cinnamon ornaments with applesauce that smell amazing for Christmas!

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Photo by Jennifer Rizzo

12. Hand-Drawn Recycled Cardboard Stars

Put your leftover Amazon boxes to good use and make these lovely hand-drawn star ornaments from Jennifer Rizzo.

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

13. Nature Print Ornaments

These clay leaf prints are fun for kids and create a beautiful nature ornament. Use evergreen branches for a festive touch.

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Photo by Mr. Printables

14. Sewing Card Ornaments

Turn these simple sewing cards from Mr. Printables into homemade ornaments!

Photo by Babble Dabble Do

15. Embossed Yarn Ornaments

These embossed yarn ornaments from Babble Dabble Do look fancy, but are actually super easy to make and use materials you probably already have at home.

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

16. 3D Paper Star Ornaments

We really love these 3D paper star ornaments. They are perfect for Christmas decorating and gift giving. 

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Photo by Mama Miss

17. Yarn-Wrapped Cardboard Stars

These sweet yarn-wrapped stars from Mama Miss are inspired by the book Elmer’s Christmas and are so easy to make!

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Photo by Little Pine Learners

18. Pine Needle Keepsake Ornaments

These lovely ornaments from Little Pine Learners are made from air dry clay and pine needles!

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Photo by Homemade Gifts Made Easy

19. Origami Star Ornaments

Practice your origami skills and make these star ornaments from Homemade Gifts Made Easy out of recycled newsprint, or you could use pretty wrapping paper!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

21. Colorful Clay Ornaments

We tried our hand at making these marbled clay ornaments from OOLY and love the way they came out!

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

20. Paper Snowflakes

Coffee filters make the best snowflakes! Use these to decorate your tree, windows, mantle, or anywhere!

What are your favorite homemade Christmas ornaments to make with the kids? Are there any here that you’d like to try?

More Christmas Crafts Ideas for Kids

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Looking for even more holiday crafts for your family? Check out our Holiday Arts and Crafts bundle from the Kids Art Spot! 12 fun holiday activities, each with a step-by-step video tutorial and printable instructions, plus 12 fun and festive drawing invitations to encourage your kids to think and draw creatively.

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