DIY Ornaments (4 Ways!) - 12 DIYS of Christmas

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

This is probably the DIY I have been most excited about sharing with you all! Partly because it turned out SO PERFECT, but also because I literally started this in October. Yes, you read that right.

I knew I wanted my daughter's tree to be FULL and in true Carly style, I landed on 4 different styles of DIY ornaments. I don't know why you're surprised, you are reading my fifth DIY of Christmas right now...

And here it is in all of it's pink-glam glory. This tree literally makes my heart sing every time I step into Natalie's room. I got this tree from Walmart and it is so skinny and fluffy and perfect!

This tree has a combination of 4 homemade ornaments as well as some I purchase on sale at Hobby Lobby. I found some disco ball ornaments, matte & shiny pink, and shiny red balls on sale!

These DIY ornaments range from stupidly-simple to slightly complex so no matter what type of crafting commitment you're looking for, one of these should fit the bill!

Let's start with the easiest...

Sprinkle-Filled Iridescent Ball Ornaments

I got these beautiful iridescent balls from Hobby Lobby. They came in a pack mixed with glittery white balls. I knew I wanted to incorporate some classic nonpareils to coordinate with my animal cookie ornaments.

I first tried to fill the ball with mod podge so that the sprinkles would stick to then entire interior but the sprinkles quickly dissolved and the colors became muddled. I decided to just fill each ball with an equal amount of sprinkles and let them act as little 'shakers!'

You may be wondering how messy these ornaments are but if you look closely in the photo above, I thought to attach the topper with hot glue as well as plug up the little hole at the top. This way, I can store these ornaments stress-free and they will be perfectly ready for next year as well!

Paint-Filled Iridescent Ball Ornaments

I was inspired to make these ornaments by Kara from A Kailo Chic Life and I absolutely love how they turned out. I knew I wanted to fill some ornaments with paint in order to get the exactly colors I wanted but when I saw her use some iridescent balls I knew I had to find them.

I used the same iridescent balls from Hobby Lobby as I used for my sprinkle ornaments but if you're struggling to find some at your local store you can get these on Amazon. As an Amazon affiliate, I may make a small commission on items purchased using my links at no additional cost to you.

Here are the exact paint colors I used to create my ornaments:

DecoArt Americana in True Red

DecoArt Americana in Festive Green

Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic in Coral Cove

Ceramcoat in Turquoise

FolkArt Acrylic in Seashell Pink

As for the directions... I squirted paint inside and swirled it around, haha. Make sure you don't use really thick paint. I had some Martha Stewart brand acrylic paint that I used on other projects but I knew it was too thick for this technique.

I chose not to let these ornaments drain upside down because I didn't want drizzly drippies going upside down. (Does that make any sense at all?) I liked the wavy line that was created just by rotating the balls and wanted it to stay that way. What that means is, there is probably a pool of paint sitting in the bottom of my ornament so I made sure to let them sit upright in styrofoam cups until they were ready to hang. I was confident that after 2 months... I mean a month of hanging upright on the Christmas tree that any paint in the bottom of the ornament would be dried up.

Color Blocked Pom Pom Ornaments

Believe it or not, this was the very first Christmas DIY that I did this year and I'm pretty sure I started before Halloween. I knew I wanted to make some yarn pom poms (even though I had never done it before) so I watched some youtube videos, grabbed a pom pom maker from Hobby Lobby as well as some cheap yarn in my color scheme and got started. I found these mini bundles of yarn for $0.99 each and they were 30% off!

I used every. single. inch! Making these pom poms was so fun and so therapeutic! I ended up making 4 styles of pom poms in the various sizes including 1 color, 2 color, 3 color and 4 color pom poms! If you haven't tried this DIY before it is definitely a fun one to try with the family!

Animal Cookie Felt Ornaments

I knew I wanted to make these ornaments but I struggled finding a template for animal cookies that I liked online. I ended up using some puzzle pieces to one of my daughter's toys and made my own. You can download it here!

Download PDF • 164KB

I cut several pieces out of white and pink $0.33 felt sheets from Hobby Lobby. I think I cut out enough to make 100 ornaments and only ended up making 8. I used some of the left overs on my daughter's felt tree!

After all my pieces were cut out, I lined up two matching pieces and hand sewed them almost all the way around. I then stuffed them with some poly-fil and finished sewing it up!

I added some more thread to hang the ornaments and glued on these tiny baby pom poms that I used on my DIY animal cookie wrapping paper.

Alright, this was a long one, but I hope you found something doable for you and your family this holiday season! Don't forget to follow me on IG @carlyrhill and tag me if you try any of these DIYs this Christmas!

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