Since we are spending a lot of time at home this year, decking the halls has never felt more appropriate. Christmas décor offers such comfort and nostalgia. In fact, research suggests that putting up holiday decorations early makes you happier. No joke! Scientists say decorations help us reconnect with the magic of childhood, when burdens and responsibilities were few (see this article). Sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it? Consequently, I wanted to share the DIY Christmas ornaments we made this year. These are easy, affordable, and they can help keep kids busy!
I hadn’t intended on doing a new Christmas color scheme this year, but the little guy requested a red tree. Red is his favorite color and mama aims to please! However, ornaments can get expensive. I wasn’t about to splurge on all new ornaments after buying new last year (see last year’s display here). So, we decided to get crafty and do some DIY Christmas ornaments. Our jumping off point this year was a buffalo check ribbon.
Pro tip: The most affordable way to get that “full” Christmas tree effect is to use a wide, wired ribbon. Ribbon is great for filling natural holes in your tree and covering a lot of surface area.
We ended up doing 3 different DIY Christmas ornaments (shown above). From the right, we used a paper towel roll to make the sparkly dangling ribbon. The middle paper fan ornament uses craft paper, feathers, sequins and glue. Finally, the third is a spray painted Styrofoam ball with various lengths of straws stuck into in (plus a hefty dose of glitter).
While all three are fairly simple, let’s begin with the easiest of all: the paper towel roll “sparkly spirals.” This is a project I had my three-year-old help with! Just start collecting those empty paper towel rolls. You can also use toilet paper rolls, but I find the longer tube of the paper towel roll easier to work with.
Supplies – Paper towel rolls, craft knife or scissors, paint (craft or spray), tacky craft glue, glitter, hole punch
Supplies – Craft paper or cardstock, feathers, sequins, glue or tape, floral wire or embroidery floss, scissors, tacky craft glue
Finally, the “glitter globes” Styrofoam/straws ornament. Yeah… I know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t this look like the virus? Yup, red was a bad choice. However, in any other year, these add such punch and impact to your tree. They are VERY eye catching and great for filling any natural wholes your tree may have.
Supplies – Styrofoam balls (I used Floracraft), straws, spray paint, tacky craft glue, glitter, ornament hook, sequins
Feeling inspired? These take a bit of time, but it is so satisfying to be able to put a handcrafted touch on your tree. I know we will treasure these ornaments for many years to come. Additionally, my son really got a kick out of being part of the process! Here are a few more photos of our Christmas transformation, as well as links to the décor pieces I found to tie it all together. Click on the image below for direct links to the items I used.
For my fashionista friends… My outfit is a Chicwish find. The skirt is a true mini length (even for petites – I’m 4’11) and the top is so gorgeously festive. It’s a high quality knit with slight bell sleeves (also available in white, ivory, and pale pink). I didn’t iron the bow, but should have. Blame busy mom life, lol! Check the link, so you can see what it’s supposed to look like.