DIY Christmas Ornaments!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas is a time where, like most people, I pretend to be an artsy person.

I'm usually somewhat artistically challenged.

My brother and Grandma seem to have the artistic talent of the family, and I've always been fine with that.

That is, until I discovered the whole DIY world of Christmas decorations. That was when I decided that maybe I could lead an artistic life. Just for a little while.

My first artistic endeavor was inspired by my Gran and her brother.

My Grandma and her brother have made ornaments like this for years. They've even had whole trees decorated solely with these DIY ornaments.

I'd seen and admired their ornaments before, but I had no idea that they were all homemade.

The first time I heard about how to make these ornaments were actually made was a couple of years ago. My grandparents came down to visit us for Thanksgiving, and my Grandma (who we call Gran) told me about how she made her own ornaments like these.

I was hooked.

Though it took ages, I sat down and spent my whole afternoon to make the ornament above. Needless to say, I've never been prouder of any other craft I've made in my life.

All you need to make these ornaments are:

  • Styrofoam Balls
  • Hooks (If you want to hang them)
  • Pins (3/4 inch or smaller)
  • Sequins
  • Plastic Beads or Pearls
They look super easy to make, but I'll warn you. They take longer to make than one would think. That being said, I do promise that they are doable!

The hardest part of making these ornaments is the time. Otherwise, all you need to do is this:

  • Take a pin and add a bead/pearl to it
  • Add sequin(s?) 
  • Dip the bottom of the pin in glue and stick it into the styrofoam ball

Before you know it, you'll have more ornaments than you'll know what to do with.

You'll have so many, in fact, that you'll end up using them to spell out random things.

(Note: My neighbor saw me using the ornaments to spell out 'Hi' because I made the mistake of taking pictures in my front yard. I still feel awkward when I see her.)

Are you a DIY person?
Are you ready for Christmas?
Do you have any Christmas crafts that you make?

(On a completely random and off note, don't you just love a good pair of Keds?) :)

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  1. Okay these are sooo cool! I wish I was artistic :( I don't think I'd have the patience to make these, lol! They are so pretty though!

  2. These ornaments are beautiful!! Thanks for the tips!! :)

  3. These are so pretty, Katherine! I'm certainly not the DIY/artistic type, either, and the main reason is lack of patience ;)

  4. They look great, but I can see that they would take a long time to make. I'm not sure I have the patience. Love the sparkles though!


  5. I love this! There's nothing like a good DIY craft. I'm going to have to remember this for next year! Or it could even be a late Christmas craft for this year...
    Merry Christmas, Katherine!! I hope you have a wonderful day! <3

  6. These ornaments are SO pretty!!!

  7. Love those! They remind me of one that I made when I was about 12 - same concept but with stripes of ribbon around the bauble secured by the pin/sequin combination.

  8. When my husband was in Viet Nam I made these for a small tree I sent him for Christmas. Him and some of the other guys had a lady that took care of them. She had never seen a Christmas tree. So he gave it to her for Christmas. That was 45 years ago and I am still married to that caring man. I was 17 and he was 19 when we got married..and they say we were too young and it would never last. We have three wonderful sons and one grandson and we still love Christmas..

  9. Ornaments are so beautiful, but i think it will take a lot of time for making.
    We have some collection of Christmas ornament for your near and dear ones.
    Christmas Ornaments

  10. My mom has been making a different Christmas ornament every year for longer than I can remember. I think she makes about 50 so she can give one to each family in our extended family plus neighbors and friends. And they're all sewn. She's nuts! And completely amazing!
    This actually looks like something I could do, and I'd love to give her an ornament for once. (Well, at least for the first time since I was in grade school.)
    Two questions though:
    1. What sort of glue do you use on the end of the pin? Elmer's? Crazy? Special craft glue?
    2. What do you use to hang them?
    Thanks for the inspiration and, hopefully, the advice!

    1. Hello! Your mom sounds like an incredible woman. Homemade ornaments are so incredible. The time it must take to make all of those is insane! If I can do these, ANYONE can make these. Now I'll warn you, these do take time, but they are gorgeous! Okay, so I've tried to answer your questions:
      1. I've used both Elmer Glue and Tacky Glue. So far they both seem to hold and work really well! As of right now, I would say most any glue is fine.
      2. I've used hooks that you can just stick into the styrofoam balls, and I've also used ribbon and string. Most of the times I just cut a small piece of ribbon and use the pins to keep it in place. Then you can hang the ornaments from the tree! I've also used cup hooks before. Even though they're not really for crafts, you can stick them into the styrofoam ball, and they hold really well. Ribbons typically look much more elegant though!

      I wish you the best of luck! Please let me know if you need anymore help. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at The emails send to my phone, so I ought to get back to you in no time :)

  11. What type of pins do you use? They look great!

    1. I used pins from an art store! The sizes vary, but I've found that 3/4 inch pins work the best! (Sometimes they're called satin pins or silk pins, but usually they're just regular pins that come in silver or gold!) I hope this helps!

  12. I've also done these with a two pieces of ribbon first (looks like 4 quarters), pin a row on each ribbon, then continue with the process.

  13. these were really popular in the late 50's when they would be attached to a velvet ropelike ribbon and tied with a big bow around the neck and the "ornaments" would lay on the front of the blouse. I was about 10 and was able to make them.

  14. Hello, I saw your DIY Christmas ornaments. I can't wait to try. That you for your response to the previous questions. It was the same ones I had.

  15. Hello, I saw your DIY Christmas ornaments. I can't wait to try. That you for your response to the previous questions. It was the same ones I had.

  16. I know this has been up here awhile to make these ornaments -- I dont think I saw this question, but how do you get the two color thing going on? FOr instance the red blue and white ones? They look like a red sequin with a pin that has a pearl, but what is making the blue part? Same with the red and green ones with the white center. Thanks for your help!!!


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