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Cheap and Easy Home Made Christmas Ornaments! Get into the Christmas spirit without splashing out a lot of cash by making some cutie!
Maybe your tree just looks a little bare and you want some inexpensive additions, or maybe your going home for Christmas but still want some season's cheer, or maybe you are looking for easy ornaments a group can do.
Here I show you some very easy but very nice looking home-made ornaments that will cost only pennies to make. You will easily be able to construct a dozen of these ornaments in one evening and you might already have everything you already need to make them in your home. You can also add these to the tops of gifts as gift ornaments.
Paper snowflakes are beautiful, traditional and easy to make. They can actually be a bit addictive once you start making them.
There are as many designs of paper snowflakes as there are real snowflakes and, as in nature, you can make them so no two are alike or you can follow a pattern and have them all identical.
While most people cut the 8 pointed snowflake by simply folding a square into quarters and that in half the 6 sided snowflake looks a bit more sophisticated.
I made these 6 pointed snowflakes from letter writing paper that I bought at a liquidator for 99 cents for a pad of 100. You could use printer paper but as it is thicker the folds might not be as crisp.
You folded up about 3 inches and cut off the excess paper. Finding the center folded a third over on the front and then a third over on the back, I then folded this triangle shape in half.
As I wanted all our stars to be the same size I made a small template from cereal card to give me a basic star shape. Cutting from either side of the folds will give you your different designs. While the finished star here looks difficult it was very simple (enlarge on the photo to see the cutting details).
The thinner you cut the lines of the snowflake the more delicate looking it will be. You can use a hole punch to add a thread to hang the snowflake or you can just hang them on the tree through their designs. These also look beautiful taped to windows.
Pine cones are a customary Christmas ornament and you can get them for free if you look for them under pine trees during the summer and fall.
If you have a supply of these that you have been gathering this is one of the classic home made ornaments. This pine cone is dusted with gold glitter, topped with a red bow and hung on a gold thread.
If your tree is more of a country style you could skip the glitter and top the pine cone with a plaid ribbon or even a polka dotted one in any colour that would suit the rest of your ornaments.
To make these pine cones we simply used a small brush to brush white glue over the pine cone and sprinkled glitter over it (do this over a paper so the excess glitter can be poured back into the container).
The little bow is just three loops that are gathered in the middle and tied tightly with the gold thread. I used a glue gun to attach the bow to the top of the pine cone.
Over the years I have made hundreds of these glitter pine cones as I find they make a great filler on trees. I put them deep inside of the tree to give it depth.
I also hang them on everything from the chandelier to wreaths! They are such a fast easy way to add a bit of decoration without going overboard.
If you have been collecting Christmas cards for years then this might be the ideal craft to use them up. I have used the images from Christmas cards, cut them in 2 3/4 inch round circles, dusted the edges with gold glitter and glued a cap shaped tag on the back with a hole from a hole punch to make it look like a faux glass ornament
To cut the image from our card I used a Fiskars cutter but a 2 3/4 inch lid from a jar would work as well. Just center over the image and draw with a pencil. When cutting you will get a smoother line by holding the scissors and moving the paper.
I used a brush to add glue to the edge of the circle and then sprinkled the glitter on top. The tag was made from another gold Christmas card and cut into a long trapezoid shape and a hole punched into it.
This was glued to the back of the circle and it was all dried before we added a green thread as a hanger. You don't have to use Christmas cards as this can be done with any image. You could used pictures from magazines but you would have to glue them on a heavier paper. You could also use family photos and have your tree covered with the images of past Christmases.
If stored carefully these ornaments can be kept for years. They are great easy items to make that truly look Christmasy! Cheap and Easy Home Made Christmas Ornaments!