Homemade Christmas gifts adults
Who doesn't love homemade Christmas ornaments? These 17 festive ideas will keep your little elves busy for hours. And did we mention they make great DIY Christmas gifts?
By Jocelyn Worrall and the editors of Parents.com
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Sweet Sticker Ornament
Even little kids can take homemade Christmas ornaments from drab to fab by adding fun and festive stickers. Just take standard ball ornaments and help them (gently!) press on holiday-themed stickers. Voila! A DIY ornament that's totally tree-ready.
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Make this green snowman from bottle tops, jar lids, felt, and cotton batting from an old pillow. What makes it even more eco-friendly? You'll reuse it year after year!
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Oh, Christmas Tree
Trace a cookie cutter onto felt, then punch multiple holes. Glue plastic beads over holes and hang in a window - or on your tree.
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Dashing Through the Snow
Plastic ball ornaments make the perfect rotund shape for this precious Santa. Craft his trusty sleigh from a large matchbox, felt, and rickrack.
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Christmas Crafts: Polar Bear Ornaments6 of 22
Styrofoam balls, white yarn, and black pom poms transform into an oh-so-cute polar bear ornament! Watch this video for easy step-by-step instructions.
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Use Legos and pretty ribbons to create the adorable DIY present ornaments. And don't fret: Your kids can untie the bow to get their toys back once the tree is ready to come down!
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Thread straws and beads onto chenille stems to make colorful stars. (Since all of these crafts involve small pieces, make them with kids age 4 and up.)
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Cut two felt stockings from our template. Cut slits and stitch together with ribbon. Cute + easy = DIY ornament win!
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How to Make an Angel Christmas Ornament11 of 22
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We Are Family
Roll out air-dry clay and press with gingerbread cookie cutters. Decorate with puffy paints, sequins, and rhinestones.
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What a Flake!
Stick six toothpicks into a large gumdrop and stack smaller gumdrops to make an ornament that's sweet enough to eat.
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Wrap red and white yarn around thin dowel to make festive starbursts. Hang them one by one or string together for garland.
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Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornament
Give your tree a natural feel by making these simple snowflakes. Glue together Popsicle sticks or clothespins in an asterisk, then add a wood craft round and ball to the center. Hang using baker's twine.
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Christmas Crafts: Clothespin Skier Ornaments16 of 22
Who wouldn't love these colorful skiiers? Watch the video to see how to paint clothespins and ice-pop sticks to make these snowbound figures.
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Felt Stitched Snowman
Have your child draw and cut out a snowman and his accessories from felt, then use a large sewing needle and yarn to stitch around the outline. Complete his look with a fringed felt scarf and draw on facial features with black marker.
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Bedazzled Ball Ornament
It's easy to create a homemade Christmas ornament and add a little sparkle to your tree. First, apply two coats of paint to the ornament. Next, position colorful gems in vertical rows or the pattern of your choice while it's still wet. Let dry, then cover the top of the ornament with a piece of 1/2" ribbon.
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A Treat for Your Tree
Old-fashioned hard candy can double as decadent décor. Tie striped ribbon into bow at the end of the handle, then hang upside down using wire as a hook.