12 Days of Christmas DIY: Christmas Tree Ornaments

We've already established how much I adore Christmas time. And I realized while brainstorming content for this week/month that I have a whole lot of holiday DIY ideas to share. So, I thought it might be fun (and genius) to share them 12 Days of Christmas style. Starting today and running through Christmas I will be sharing all of my holiday themed DIY ideas with 12 Days of Christmas DIY. And on the first day, I'm giving you a few ideas for some fun DIY Christmas tree ornaments.

Last year was my first official Christmas with Mr. T. He moved in November 1 and later that month we talked about putting up a tree and decorating for the holidays. The only issue? We had nothing. I mean, nothing. We spent a fortune at Target buying all of the trimmings. And that was even after we legitimately set a budget and tried to be smart about our purchases. I don't regret it one bit, but this year I realized there are so many ways you can spruce up your tree without trashing your holiday budget. The best part is that it adds to the holiday magic and really makes your tree yours. Here are some DIY ideas for tree decor.

Mustache ornaments

Homemade ornament kits from Darby Smart

Mr. T and I are obsessed with mustaches. It's partially from our proposal, but it's also just something we love. I found this awesome kit from Darby Smart to make cute little bulb ornaments with mustaches on them. They also have several other DIY ornament kits as well. Or you can order the ornaments separately and then just get creative with paint and glitter yourself. I found out the other day that if you mix paint, Mod Podge, and glitter it looks like snow. This might have been in the directions to one of my Darby Smart kits, but I didn't read them (oops) and then I actually discovered this with another project I am making. But, the possibilities are endless with this one. So many ideas and so much fun. I think they add a little something to our tree. It's a little Brooklyn hipstery, but I'm totally OK with that. Just be careful because they are not shatterproof like a lot of other ornaments. I broke two already.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments

OK, I promise I am not trying to totally hipster up anyone's tree here. But I saw these babies over on Makezine (they're originally from Amanda at Crafts by Amanda) and I thought they were simply adorable. I haven't tried to make them yet, but I think they would be really awesome on a tree and definitely unique. I am adding them to my list for next year.

 

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Foam ornament kits

Here me out here. I am mildly obsessed with foam cut outs and I do not know how it happened. Last year Mr. T and I found so many foam holidays things it was ridiculous. But one thing we did find was these cute little gingerbread men ornaments. They were super easy to make and definitely give the tree a little something. Darby smart has a few ornament kits and they are also pretty easy to find at craft stores.

 

non edible cinnamon ornaments

Non-edible Cinnamon Ornaments

I remember these from my childhood. I can't remember if we made them or bought them, but I can remember smelling them as we put up the tree. They are the best. My sister actually made a batch a few years ago and they are pretty easy to make. I found a good recipe over here and know there are several others out there. Just be careful with these because they are incredibly fragile.

 

Photo ornaments

Photo ornaments

I saw these the other day on Pinterest and think they would be easy and fun to make and definitely would look great on any Christmas tree. You could choose wedding or engagement photos or just snapshots that you love.

Decoupage ornaments

 

Decoupage ornaments

I am dying (I mean really dying) to make these, but I don't think it's in the cards for me this holiday season (not to mention the fact that Mr. T would probably kill me if I added anymore projects to our list). I think these are great because they add that homemade feel to your tree without overdoing it with too much color, glitter, and holiday stuff. I am definitely going to try it next year. The post doesn't really tell you how to make them, but there are all kinds of articles on how to decoupage ornaments. I also think you could easily do it with paper and a little Mod Podge.