If you’re looking for a quick, fun craft project to do this holiday season we’ve got you covered with three adorable (and easy!) DIY Christmas ornaments. We’re sharing complete tutorials for all three of these ornament designs. Among these ornaments you’ll find ways to use scrap fabrics, give old ornaments a makeover and how to add that nautical look to your ornament collection. Let’s get started!
This project is a great way to give an old ornament ball and brand new look. All you’ll need to complete this project is some fabric from your stash, we used P/Kaufmann Sticky Wicket Tartan, an old ball ornament, a rubber band and a bit of ribbon.
1. Draw a circle on your fabric. It should be big enough to wrap around your ornament with some extra fabric at the top. For my average sized ornament I cut a circle with a 12” diameter. The Sailrite Canvas Patterning Ruler is a handy tool for this.
2. Cut out your circle with pinking shears.
3. Set the ornament in the center of the circle and gather the fabric around it. Pleat the fabric so it lies nicely.
4. Secure the fabric with a rubber band.
5. Tuck a length of ribbon underneath the rubber band and tie to the two ends in a knot. This will be the hanger for the ornament.
6. Wrap a second length of ribbon around the ornament, hiding the rubber band and the knot. Tie in a bow.
7. Now it’s ready to display!
Bring your love of the water to your holiday decorations with this next ornament. This no-sew project is quick to make and adds a unique texture to any Christmas tree. For this project you’ll need a shatter-proof ornament, manila rope, and a hot glue gun.
1. Place a bead of hot glue on the top of the ornament, at the base of the hanger hook. Press one end of the rope onto the glue. Slowly begin working the rope around the ornament, adding glue as you go.
2. When you reach the bottom of the ornament place a large bead of hot glue and trim the rope to size. Press the rope’s end into the glue and hold in place. Add a bit of extra hot glue if necessary to keep all the rope’s strands together.
Create a cute poinsettia flower using fabric scraps and hot glue. This no-sew ornament could be a great project to do with kids or grandkids. If you don’t have fabric scraps on hand, Oly*Fun Fabric would be a great choice for this project as it glues easily and doesn’t fray when cut. For this project you’ll need two fabrics in contrasting colors (we used Sunbrella Heritage Garnet and Sunbrella Dupione Palm), twine or string, and a hot glue gun.
1. In your petal fabric, cut out 6 long petal shapes. They don’t have to be identical, but you can make a template if that’s easier. I just free cut the shapes.
2. Place a bead of hot glue in the center of one petal and pinch the center widthwise. Do this for all 6 petals.
3. Place a bead of hot glue on the center of the petals again and fold in half lengthwise this time. Repeat this process on all 6 petals.
4. Start assembling your flower by gluing the petal pairs together at the base. Keep gluing petals together until you have a full circle.
5. Cut a length of string or twine. Then use hot glue to glue the string to the back of the flower.
6. Cut out two small circles from a fabric of a contrasting color (I used green).
7. Glue the fabric circles to the center of the flower both on the front and back sides.
Now you’ll have three brand new ornaments to display! For more great DIY Christmas Project ideas check out our Christmas Project Idea Roundup.
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