More Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

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More Inexpensive homemade Christmas ornamentsInexpensive home made Christmas tree ornaments are great to make when your tree is a little bare or if you are decorating a tree in a public place that you don't want to spend a lot of money on but you really would like to look nice.

Here are three ideas that I have used on my own Christmas trees, (yes, trees, I am one of those people that has a small forest in her home at Christmas time.)

All of these are easy to make, inexpensive and relatively quick. All you need to worry about is drying time.

Woven Paper Star
This paper star is simpler than it looks. Made from 1/8 inch strips of card stock the trick is how the star is woven together. While it looks very complicated it really isn't.

Strip of paper to make star
Cut 6 strips of 1/8 inch card stock 7 inches long and 6 strips of 1/8 inch card stock 6 1/4 inches long.

Weaving the woven paper star
You are going to make a front and a back to the star. The front will start with two 7 inch strips laid across each other and two 6 1/4 inch strips laid across each other. You can glue these strips together but I use clear tape because I am too impatient to wait for the glue to dry.

On the 7 inch cross weave a 6 1/4 inch strip on each side and with the 6 1/4 inch cross weave 7 inch strips on each side. 

Again I taped the strips to each other. 

corners on woven stars
Gently pull the strips that are across from each other turning them over and tape to form a point. Do this for each corner on both front and back.

Putting front and back of woven star together
Lay the front and back on top of each other so each curves outward. Put one of them on a diagonal.

Finished woven star
You will take the long strips of the front star and tuck them under the points of the back star and tape them down 

Then you will take the long strips of the back star and tuck them under the points of the front star and tape them down.

Christmas ornaments silver horse
Painted small children's toys are a delightful way to fill up a tree. You might have piles of these small toys at home that your children no longer play with but if you don't you can often buy bags of small toys from the thrift shops for pennies. 

Dollar stores also have small plastic toy that you can use.

Spraying Christmas ornaments
While I chose to spray them in silver you could do it in gold or white as well depending on the effect you want on your tree. (If you really want to go crazy then chose a vibrant color, you can always spray over it latter if you want.) Make sure the paint that you use will adhere to plastic.

I use clear thread to wrap around the ornaments after they have dried to hang them in the tree. 

Snow pinecone ornament
Pinecones and Christmas just go together and this pinecone ornament was dusted with the large flake snow that you can use around your Christmas displays.

Making pinecone snow ornament
Simply brush on white glue and dust with the fake snow. It is much chunkier than glitter and much less expensive. I added a silver bow and ornament string that was glued on. If you don't know how to make a bow then read how to make a florist bow.

These ornaments look lovely on a tree but are simple and inexpensive to make


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Beautiful ornament! I made one similar to this last year and it was way too complicated and took too long. Your ornament has the same look. I definitely will make it when I find a minute! I am not being critical, just wanted you to know that I noticed this since I have a degree in weaving and surface design. The correct terminology in your description would be "the strips are woven together" opposed to "the strips are weaved together". Merry Christmas!

Hi Linda, Thank you for correcting me! As soon as I read the sentence I knew I had written it incorrectly.

My aunt went to school to learn weaving and handy work in Estonia when she was a young woman and for one section of her final test she had to grow a field of flax, make it into linen, weave the linen into a cloth, sew that cloth into a traditional Estonian folk dress blouse and embroider it. I am lucky enough to own that blouse now!

these are darling I've love you to add it to my what we wore and made party over at

So pretty! I love the paper snowflake. Thanks for sharing how to make them.

Really love that ornament! I think I'll make some to add as tags to the gifts this year. Thanks for the inspiration and great tutorial!

great ideas

would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday at

Natasha xx

Yeppers, I'm gonna give that star a try! And painting the toys is absolutely genius!! But I was especially intrigued with your reply to Linda, about your aunt! That's amazing! And you have the blouse! How 'bout sharing a picture of it with us? Man, I love to see it. Is in in a frame? Under lock and key? Such a treasure!

I love the ornaments! You're being featured this week at Taking A Timeout Thursday - thanks so much for sharing!

What a beautiful ornament, it really is lovely. I think I will have to give it the old college try a make one. thanks for showing us how to make. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best, your creative projects provide us inspiration.

Beautiful! I just pinned this to my Christmas board. Thanks for the idea.

Thank you for the tutorial! I made a bunch of them for my Christmas tree and they look great!

Hi Katie, I'm so glad! I would love it if you sent me a photo that I could put on my facebook page.

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