3 DIY Holiday Ornament Ideas

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More and more, we find ourselves drawn to DIY projects rather than store bought gifts and treats for the holidays. There’s just a cozy, festive feeling that comes from working with your hands this time of year – a feeling that the traffic on your way to a big box store is simply unable to evoke. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for delicious homemade holiday treats and clever craft ideas that will make the perfect gifts for your loved ones. We’re particularly drawn to projects that can be accomplished with friends or young helpers to add to the general merriment.

Of course, it helps if our projects are simultaneously beautiful, simple and budget-friendly all at once. And it’s especially nice when you can find gifts to create that don’t require a ton of supplies you don’t already have. That’s why we’ve come up with three super simple DIY ornament ideas made from supplies you likely already have lying around your house (especially if you tend to do a lot of crafting). These ornaments can be used in lots of different ways – as gifts, tree decorations, wreath embellishments, or they can even be strung together to create a beautiful holiday-themed garland:

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1. Citrus Wheel Ornaments

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Citrus Wheel Ornaments
Recipe Type: Craft
Author: Lindsay McCoy
Ingredients
  • An assortment of citrus fruits (oranges, ruby red grapefruits, limes, lemons, blood oranges, etc.)
  • Supplies:
  • Dehydrator
  • Knife for slicing fruit
  • A small bottle of liquid interior varnish
  • Paint brush
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper or paper bags
Instructions
  1. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/photo-3a.jpg” width=”680″ height=”680″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Citrus Wheel Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com #christmas #holiday”][/url]
  2. Slice your citrus fruits into wheels that are 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Place citrus rounds in a dehydrator set to 135F. Dehydrate for 18 hours.
  3. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0461.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Citrus Wheel Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com #christmas #holiday”][/url]
  4. Remove citrus from dehydrator, let cool, and line up on paper bags or newspaper.
  5. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/photo-5.jpg” width=”680″ height=”680″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Citrus Wheel Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com #christmas #holiday”][/url]
  6. Paint a coat of varnish on one side of each round. Once varnish has dried, flip the rounds and paint a coat on the other side. Let dry completely.
  7. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0463.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Citrus Wheel Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com #christmas #holiday”][/url]
  8. Use your citrus wheels as holiday decorations by attaching a piece of twine to each wheel and hanging them as tree ornaments or gift/wreath embellishments. Alternatively, you can string a piece of twine or ribbon through multiple wheels to create a citrus-y holiday garland.

2. Peanut Snowmen Ornaments

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Peanut Snowmen Ornaments
Recipe Type: Craft
Author: Lindsay McCoy
Ingredients
  • Peanuts, in-shell
  • Paper bags or newspaper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Yarn
  • A hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Twine or wire
Instructions
  1. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0474.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Peanut Snowmen Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com”][/url]
  2. First, pick through your bag of peanuts and select the ones that are shaped most like snowmen (the short and squatty ones can be used as snowmen heads).
  3. Gather your painting supplies. Paint each of your selected peanuts white all over, and place on a paper bag or newspaper to dry.
  4. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/photo-6.jpg” width=”680″ height=”907″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Peanut Snowmen Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com”][/url]
  5. Once the white paint has dried, use colorful paints to add little hats to each snowman. Then, using a fine-tip paintbrush, add the eyes and mouth with black paint. Let dry completely.
  6. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0476.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Peanut Snowmen Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com”][/url]
  7. Cut bits of yarn and tie around each snowman’s neck to create a scarf. Secure the scarf in place with a dab of glue from your hot glue gun.
  8. Continuing to use your hot glue gun, attach a bit of twine to the back of each snowman’s head in a loop. Let dry.
  9. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0469.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Peanut Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com”][/url]
  10. Hang your peanut ornaments on your Christmas tree, wreath or give them as gifts!

3. Stick Ornaments

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DIY Stick Ornaments
Recipe Type: Craft
Author: Lindsay McCoy
Ingredients
  • Foraged materials (such as sticks, pine needles, tiny pinecones, twigs, etc.)
  • Buttons
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
Instructions
  1. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0484.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Foraged Stick Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com”][/url]
  2. To form your basic stick ornament, glue together two sticks of about the same width and length in an X shape. Wrap twine around the ex where the two sticks meet in a figure-8, over and over again, until the sticks are held firmly in place.
  3. Use your hot glue gun to cover the center of the ornament with pine needles, pinecones, buttons or any other embellishment you’d like. You can also glue smaller twigs to the sticks and wrap them with twine for a decorative touch.
  4. [img src=”https://bdn.evermine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0483.jpg” width=”680″ height=”1020″ class=”alignnone size-full” title=”DIY Stick Ornaments | Evermine Blog | www.evermine.com”][/url]
  5. Using twine, make a loop at the top of your ornament. Secure with glue and let dry completely. Hang stick ornaments on your Christmas tree or give as gifts!

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