When my parents got married, they couldn’t afford to buy all new ornaments to put on their first Christmas tree. To decorate their tree, they took little boxes my dad got from work and wrapped them with gift wrap, tied red yarn around them and hung them on the tree. My dad still has a couple of those ornaments in with the ornaments bought over the years. It is always nice to take them out, put them on the tree and think about how young they were when they got married!

There are so many DIY ornaments you can make; even ones you can make with your kids. I looked around to find some DIY ornaments that look more expensive than the little wrapped present ornaments my parents made. Here are my favorites:

10 DIY ornaments

DIY Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments
Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments | 100 Directions
Don’t have any wood to slice for these? You can get wood slices on Amazon.


DIY Pinecone Wreath Ornaments
Pinecone Wreath Ornaments | Gym Craft Laundry
This is a really easy DIY ornament when you use glitter pinecones.

DIY Button snowman ornament

Button snowman ornament | 365 Days of Crafts
You will need a wire cutter for this DIY project.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments

DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments | 100 Directions
You can make these ornaments using scissors, but they are so much easier with a Cricut Explore!

DIY Handmade Rosebud Ornaments

Handmade Rosebud Ornaments | Garden Matter
You can buy these dried rosebuds in various colors.

DIY Peace, Love, and Joy Ornaments

Peace, Love, and Joy Ornaments | Mabey She Made It
This is another DIY ornament project that is really easy with a Cricut machine.

DIY Red Rhinestone Christmas Ornament

Red Rhinestone Christmas Ornament | Creative Ramblings
Make all different colors using glass ornaments and paint.

DIY Terra Cotta Christmas Bells

Terra Cotta Christmas Bells | Muslin Merlot
The mini terra cotta pots in these ornaments are adorable!

DIY Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament

Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament | Crafts ‘n Coffee
Doesn’t this DIY ornament made from a styrofoam ball look expensive?

DIY Gold Ruffle Ornament

Gold Ruffle Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Make any color ruffle ornament you like. Just switch out the wired ribbon.

Which DIY ornament idea is your favorite?

Get more DIY Christmas ideas from these books or try a ready-to-make kit:

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DIY Ornaments that Look Expensive But Aren't!