DIY Christmas Ornaments & Decor

Three years ago I started making some of my Christmas decor because I wanted to change the colors I previously had. I started by making some Christmas tree cones and some ornaments.

Last year, after I had already set up my Christmas tree, I once again decided to change the Christmas decor (shocker!). I wanted a different look and color but I had to get creative, had to save me some bucks as Christmas ornaments can be a bit expensive during high demand season! So, what was a girl to do? Get creative, DIY it and think outside the box. 

I had seen some cute DIY ideas around in the Pinterest world and one that really caught my attention was the paper ornaments. I honestly didn't know how they were going to turn out and if I was even going to like the end result but I have to say I'm SOOOO glad I did. I grabbed an old book I had and some of the left over cardstock/craft paper I had and went to work. 

I love them so much that I thought I would share with you the tutorials I used. Hope it inspires you to get your creative on!


PAPER ORNAMENTS


THE origami STAR

This is probably the one that took me the longest while I figured it out and it's the most delicate but I absolutely LOVE it. I'm going to make a couple of more this year. Here's the tutorial I used. 


THE SPHERE

I used this tutorial for this one. I stapled the circles together in the middle and then glued the top and bottom with a regular stick glue. You can also do these with cardstock and if you get double sided pattern it will be even prettier. 


THE swIRl

You've probably seen the 3D paper 'snowflakes' around the web using 6 sections of this ornament. I decided to use the sections on their own . So easy, so cute and if you use double sided pattern paper is even prettier. You will have to use cardstock for these ones because regular paper won't hold as well. Check out the tutorial here. 


THE retro

This is probably the easiest one to make. Again, I used double sided pattern paper and stapled the top and bottom and it was done. I used this tutorial This is another ornament which I think works better with cardstock.


THE paper fan 

Another easy one too. I used this tutorial and just added one of the buttons I had laying around. It makes a big statement on the Christmas tree. You could also try this one with different 4 or two different color paper to give it that extra pop if you desire. 


CONE TREES DIY


I made these cone trees 3 years ago and still love them. The cone trees are SOOO easy to make and are great to place around the house during Christmas time. The styrofoam ornaments were a bit more involved but still easy to make and I just love that they are unique. There are many other materials you can use to make your own trees and ornaments, just use your creativity and let it loose! Here are the supplies I used for these projects:

I believe I got most of my supplies at Joann Fabrics except for the sample paint which is one of the many gray color samples I bought when I was trying to decide paint colors for the walls in our new home. For the stem vase filler, you ca find it at any other home store too like Homegoods. Here are some of the specific items I used:

THE GLITTER & RAFFIA TREES

For the glitter tree I simply painted it with the acrylic paint with a cheap foam brush and let it dry. You don't need a lot of paint so it will dry fast. Then I use another foam brush and applied glued on the areas I wanted my stripes. I winged this one but if you don't feel comfortable with that simply use a ruler and pencil and mark the circumference in the areas you want it. It doesn't have to be perfect. For the Raffia Tree I took one end of a raffia string and glued it on the bottom then I began to wrap it around and put glue every now and then where needed. 

For the glitter tree I simply painted it with the acrylic paint with a cheap foam brush and let it dry. You don't need a lot of paint so it will dry fast. Then I use another foam brush and applied glued on the areas I wanted my stripes. I winged this one but if you don't feel comfortable with that simply use a ruler and pencil and mark the circumference in the areas you want it. It doesn't have to be perfect. For the Raffia Tree I took one end of a raffia string and glued it on the bottom then I began to wrap it around and put glue every now and then where needed. 

THE STEM TREE

This will be your most involved tree but I think its my favorite. I began by cutting stems to the desired length. Once I had a bunch of it cut I began gluing each piece at the bottom. Once the first row was done I begin with the second row, overlapping a bit so it wouldn't show too much of the cone. I did paint the cone with acrylic paint so it would blend it. When the tree was completely covered I added some glitter by applying some glue here and there and sprinkling the tree with the glitter. 

This will be your most involved tree but I think its my favorite. I began by cutting stems to the desired length. Once I had a bunch of it cut I began gluing each piece at the bottom. Once the first row was done I begin with the second row, overlapping a bit so it wouldn't show too much of the cone. I did paint the cone with acrylic paint so it would blend it. When the tree was completely covered I added some glitter by applying some glue here and there and sprinkling the tree with the glitter. 

THE NATURALLY WIRED TREE

The wire may be a little tough at first but once you get the hang of it you will go fast. Once again, I painted the cone with the acrylic paint and let it dry. Take the wire and begin at the bottom. Began to wrap the wired around the cone adjusted the width as needed. Once you've gotten to the top, glue the bottom tip of the wire to the cone. Use a strong glue. It may take a little bit to dry then glue the ending tip at the top. Again, it doesn't have to be symmetrically perfect. In my opinion, it's better when it's not! 

The wire may be a little tough at first but once you get the hang of it you will go fast. Once again, I painted the cone with the acrylic paint and let it dry. Take the wire and begin at the bottom. Began to wrap the wired around the cone adjusted the width as needed. Once you've gotten to the top, glue the bottom tip of the wire to the cone. Use a strong glue. It may take a little bit to dry then glue the ending tip at the top. Again, it doesn't have to be symmetrically perfect. In my opinion, it's better when it's not! 

THE ORNAMENT TREE

This is by far the easiest tree you'll make. All I did was use some of that gray leftover paint I had and painted the cone. Once it was dry I simply too an ornament that was given to me a couple of years ago and use some of the Raffia to hang it on the cone. That is it! The one thing to remember is to use a flat ornament. Of course you can use whatever color paint you want and whatever ornament you want. You can also use any type of string you desire to hang on the tree. Simple! Love it!

This is by far the easiest tree you'll make. All I did was use some of that gray leftover paint I had and painted the cone. Once it was dry I simply too an ornament that was given to me a couple of years ago and use some of the Raffia to hang it on the cone. That is it! The one thing to remember is to use a flat ornament. Of course you can use whatever color paint you want and whatever ornament you want. You can also use any type of string you desire to hang on the tree. Simple! Love it!


MORE INSPIRATION

Here are some other ideas around the web to spark your creativity. I haven't tried them myself but will definitely try them in the future!

Origami Ornament Tutorial

Origami Ornament Tutorial

Toilet Paper Ornament tutorial

Toilet Paper Ornament tutorial

Candy Ribbon Tutorial

Candy Ribbon Tutorial

Star Music Sheet Tutorial

Star Music Sheet Tutorial

Coffee Filter Cone Trees Tutorial

Coffee Filter Cone Trees Tutorial