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Great Ideas For Handmade Christmas Ornaments
There’s nothing like adding your own personal touch to your Christmas tree using handmade Christmas ornaments. You can also use these ornaments as gifts for your friends and family. Here are some interesting tips and great ideas for handmade Christmas ornaments.
Quick Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas
Golf Ball Ornaments
Golf balls aren’t just meant for playing golf. If you try out the following instructions, you will find that you can create the most exquisite ornaments using golf balls. You can purchase perforated practice golf balls in sets of 12 at online stores like Amazon and Kmart.
You can also use ordinary golf balls but you will need to drill holes in them. For this handmade Christmas ornament project you will require practice golf balls, acrylic paints and thick gold and silver thread. Paint each golf ball using Christmassy colors like red, gold, green and silver. You can also use other colors to paint these ornaments and you can decorate them with different designs and motifs.
Once the golf balls are dry, you can insert silver or gold thread (you can also use ribbons) in each and tie the ends together to form loops and presto you have lovely handmade Christmas ornaments that are sure to look lovely on your tree.
You can also hang these ornaments above doors and windows. If you want to add a little more decorative appeal to your ornaments, you can thread a few different sized beads or a single bell on to gold or silver thread and attach it to the bottom part of your golf ball ornament.
Glitter Snowflake Ornaments
These delightful snowflake ornaments are remarkably easy to make. All you need is some cardboard, thick silver and gold thread and glitter paint. Using your creative skills draw six point snowflakes on the cardboard. You can make each snowflake unique by varying the design. Using an X-acto knife cut out your snowflakes carefully. Now you can paint them in the colors of your choice and then leave them to dry.
If you don’t have glitter paint, you can always use glitter dust and glue to decorate your snowflake ornaments. Mix glue with a bit of water and apply a coat of this mixture evenly all over a cardboard snowflake using a paint brush. Next, you can sprinkle glitter all over the snowflake until every bit is covered and once it’s dry you can gently tap off any loose glitter. Repeat this process for the rest of the snowflakes. Using a bit of gold or silver thread you can tie these lovely snowflake ornaments up on your tree.
Origami Crane Ornaments
You can bring a bit of Japanese luck into your home this Christmas by putting up origami crane ornaments (cranes symbolize luck in Japanese tradition). In order to make these delightful handmade Christmas ornaments you will need colored paper cut into small squares. Take one of the square papers and make pre-folds horizontally and diagonally twice so that the paper is divided into eight equal parts. Now fold the square into a triangular shape and hold it so that the central point faces downwards.
Now gently push the right and left points of the triangle inwards so that you hold a diamond shape with four flaps. Fold each flap toward the central line on both sides. Fold the top part downwards and then unfold on either side to form a crease. Very carefully insert your finger and open out the folded flaps.
You should now have an elongated diamond shape with two movable points. Make pocket folds with each movable point so that they both point upward. Next, make a hood fold on the left hand point to form the crane’s beak.
Open the vertical flaps to form wings, bending them slightly so that they stay open and voila you’re done! Repeat this process till you have as many cranes as you want and then make holes and thread them with golden thread to complete your ornaments.
You can also add a little extra bling to your crane ornaments by threading on some beads at the bottom of each. Put up these ornaments on your tree for a unique look or string several of them one below the other to form a pretty hanging ornament that you can hang from the ceiling.
Painted Clay Ornaments
Making ornaments out of clay is another great idea for handmade Christmas ornaments. All you need to make these artistic little ornaments is air drying clay, which you can purchase from an art store, acrylic paint, some gold thread and a toothpick. Take a bit of air drying clay and mold it into a ball shape by rolling it in your hands and smooth it over so that it has no bumps.
Next, gently pull out a bit of the clay at the top of the ball, and then stick the toothpick through the center of the raised clay so that you have a hole to thread your ornament. Set the clay ornament aside to dry. Similarly, you can make more clay ornaments and you can also make them of different sizes if you prefer. Once the ornaments are dry you can paint pretty designs on them using acrylic paint and then leave them to dry once more before hanging them up on your Christmas tree using gold thread.
Christmas Stocking Ornaments
Stockings have long been associated with Christmas, especially stockings that are filled to bursting point with lovely little presents for children. Therefore, Christmas stocking ornaments are sure to be a big hit with the kids so making these adorable looking handmade Christmas ornaments is an awesome idea. For this Christmas ornament project you will require sheets of red, white and green foam, which you can easily obtain from a craft store. You will also need some glue and an X-acto knife.
Using a bit of tailor’s chalk draw out small stocking shapes on the red foam and then cut them out using an X-acto knife. Next, cut out strips of white foam and paste them on the top most part of each stocking. Now you should have stockings that are reminiscent of Santa Claus’ very own!
To make these ornaments a little more decorative cut out tiny holly leaf shapes from the green foam and paste them on the stockings. String these handmade Christmas ornaments on your Christmas tree for an authentic festive touch.Great Ideas For Handmade Christmas Ornaments,