Easy homemade ornaments


Holiday trees covered with balls of color and glittering lights – tis the season! Even better are the personal touches we each add when we make ornaments for our tree. Here are some simple ideas for ornaments that will last for many years to come.

Sparkling lights.

Rather than toss out your burned out bulbs, use them for ornaments. Smaller bulbs, like the night light variety, are best. Brush on glitter glue and roll the bulb in glitter. Hot-glue a loop for hanging at the bulb base.


Folded, cut and stapled. Hang with a paperclip to stay with theme.

Frame Ornaments.

Buy inexpensive small frames and insert holiday wrapping paper instead of photos. Easy to make and change. Glue a satin ribbon on the back to hang.

Silk flowers.

Take a silk, or even plastic, flower and push back into the dark, empty spots of the tree. A fresh flower will work if it’s in a small vase or tube.


Use left over gift wrap ribbon or buy spooled ribbon from the bargain bin at the craft store. You can also tear muslin into strips and tie to the tree for an old fashioned look. Any ribbon will look festive tied to branch of your tree.

Candy cones

Take an ice cream cone or pizelle cone and fill with holiday candy and hang from your tree. Sweet to see and sweet to eat!


Take old keys and paint festive colors. You can hang them by a bright satin ribbon alone or in a group. You can usually find keys at garage sales and second hand shops. You probably have a few mystery keys in your junk which could go to good use.

Pine cones

Pick up a few on your next nature walk. You can paint these or add glitter. Hang with a satin ribbon. They can also be put in bowls with seasonal pot pourri and candles.

Source: Country Living


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