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5 Easy DIY Ornaments That Totally Look Store-Bought

posted: 12/11/15
by: Blythe Copeland

Add a homemade touch to your tree this year with a collection of DIY ornaments -- that don't look like you made them. From intricate folded paper to fun glittered polka dots to rustic wood discs, these simple, foolproof tutorials let you customize your decorations for truly one-of-a-kind cheer.

1. Folded paper balls

Dinah at DIY Inspired created these custom Christmas balls made from folded scrapbook paper. You'll need one piece of 12x12 paper per ball -- she recommends a sturdy metallic, but you can mix and match according to the look you're going for on your own tree; try bright pinks and blues, festive reds and greens, or snowy white and gray. Then cut the paper into specific-sized strips, fold, and glue together; add twine or ribbon for hanging.


2. Scrabble tile ornament

Can't get enough of your family's favorite board game? Use a spare set of Scrabble tiles to make a wordy ornament celebrating the season. Amanda from Crafts by Amanda used a paper plate to create a solid backing for her "Let It Snow" message, and finished it with a ribbon loop and snow texture paint. If you have a full set of tiles, you could make a variety of ornaments -- from a simple "Joy" or "Noel" to "Merry Christmas" or "Peace on Earth."


3. Polka dot glittered ornaments

Two of the most popular holiday trends -- polka dots and glitter -- come together in this tutorial for sparkly polka dot ornaments from Ella and Annie magazine at Catch My Party. Use a small round sponge brush to create Mod Podge circles on plastic or glass ornaments; then dust with glitter (this project uses red, green, and silver, but you can add any other color that coordinates with your decor, or work in stages to make multicolored versions).


4. Melted crayon ornaments

Melted crayon art may not always end up looking the way it does in your inspiration picture, but when it comes to creating ornaments with melting wax, that abstract finished product works in your favor. This tutorial from Instructables includes putting broken pieces of crayons inside a glass ornament and using an hairdryer to heat the outside as you slowly turn the ball, allowing the crayons to cover the inside of the ball (and then drop out the top) for a vibrant addition to your holiday decorating.

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5. Wood slice ornaments

The rustic, handmade charm of these DIY wood slice ornaments from Mountain Modern Life lends a natural feel to your decor -- and also allows for plenty of flexibility in your design. Start with discs of birch wood (you can check your yard for branches, buy pre-cut logs at the craft store, or invest in the circles already cut). Then draw or write the images and messages you want to share, or transfer free printable images using water and a permanent marker.