Christmas is coming and it’s time to decorate your house! Ornaments can be pretty expensive this time around, but you can save some “moo-lah” and bond with your kids by making your own Christmas decorations! Here are some easy (and super cute) Christmas ornament to make at home:

1. Clothespin Reindeer
Source: scissorsandspoons.com

What you’ll need: 

  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Newspaper
  • Sandpaper
  • Styrofoam
  • Wire
  • Paint
  • Craft eyes
  • Flocking powder or pom-pom (for tail)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Embellishments such as flocked paper, ribbon, and bells
  • String for hanging

Directions:

  1. To make the body of the reindeer, cut a small piece of Styrofoam off a block. Use a piece of sandpaper to round the edges of the piece of Styrofoam. Then, cover the Styrofoam with pieces of newspaper dipped in glue and let it dry.
  2. When the glue had dried, sand the paper-covered Styrofoam.
  3. Paint the three clothespins (one for the head and two for the legs) and paper-covered Styrofoam.
  4. Glue on craft eyes and glitter glue to make the nose.
  5. Insert a small wire loop into the Styrofoam body.
  6. Use glue and flocking powder to add a tail to one of the sets of legs.
  7. Use a hot glue gun to glue together the pieces of the reindeer.
  8. Add a bit of glitter glue to the hooves and tie a bell around the neck of each reindeer.
  9. Glue a small piece of flocked green paper behind each bell.

For more info, visit Scissors and Spoons’ website.

2. Popsicle stick tree ornaments
Source: ideas.evite.com

What you’ll need:

  • Hot-glue gun
  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • 6″ of decorative ribbon
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • White card stock
  • Pen
  • 1 sheet of tan felt
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 mini red craft pom-pom
  • Treat bag
  • Double-sided tape

Directions:

  1. Hot-glue popsicle sticks into a triangle shape.
  2. Hot-glue decorative ribbon on the back in the middle of one of the triangle’s sides.
  3. Cut two 2 1/2″ pieces of brown pipe cleaner (for the reindeer’s antlers).
  4. Fold one brown pipe cleaner in half.
  5. Trace around the popsicle stick triangle on the felt, then cut to size.
  6. Cut card stock in a strip, cut a notch in one end, and write “REINDEER KIT” on that side.
  7. Place pipe cleaners, felt, googly eyes, and pom-pom in treat bag.
  8. Fold top of bag down and seal using handmade card stock label secured with double-sided tape.

For more info, visit ideas.evite.com.

3. Cupcake liner Christmas tree
Christmas DIY
Source: tatertotsandjello.com

What you’ll need:

  • 12×12 Cardstock
  • Some cupcake Liners
  • Tape

Directions:

  1.  Make the cones with cardstock.
  2. Tape the ends well so the cones hold their shape.
  3. Then cut the excess of the bottom so they can stand straight.
  4. The amount that you cut will determine the size of your tree.
  5. Cut the center of your cupcake liners.
  6. After taping the ruffles from the bottom to the top, you may need to use multiple ruffles for one layer of the tree.
  7. Before you reach the top cover the tip of the tree with one of the centers of the liners. After it is taped and secured, finish the last ruffle layer.

For more info, hit up tatertotsandjello.com.

4. Cinnamon stick Christmas tree
Christmas DIY
Source: http://blog.consumercrafts.com

What you’ll need:

  • 3″ Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3/4″ Canadian Pine Garland
  • Assorted Buttons
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Twine or Hemp Cord
  • Ruler

Directions:

  1. Cut 7″ pieces of twine and 1″, 2″ and 2-1/2″ pieces of your Canadian pine garland, using wire cutters, for the number of ornaments you wish to make. Once you have your pieces cut, you’re all set to start assembling.
  2. Start by gluing the pine to the cinnamon stick, placing the shortest piece (1″) at the top, then the 2″ piece, followed by the 2-1/2″ piece. Glue the twine to the back of your cinnamon stick as well.
  3. Decorate our tree ornaments by gluing on the buttons.

For more info, visit Consumer Crafts’ website.

5. Easy Star Ornament
Christmas DIY
Source: Parents

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • 3 chenille stems
  • Paper
  • Colored ribbon

Directions:

  1. Cut straws into 1/4″ and 1/2″ segments.
  2. Thread beads and straw segments onto one chenille stem, leaving about 3/4″ on either side.
  3. When complete, twist one end to the end of another stem and continue beading. Repeat with a third stem.
  4. Draw a 6″ star on a piece of paper and use as a guide to bend the now long chenille stem into a star. Twist the last two ends together and attach ribbon to hang.

For more info, visit Parents’ website.

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