Ho, Ho, Ho: 3 Unique DIY Holiday Ornament Ideas

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for geo totem ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes #totem

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Each year, I make a couple new DIY holiday ornaments for Christmas to decorate the tree and give as gifts to friends and family. Sometimes I add them as gift toppers to make the package cuter and they serve as an extra gift that way too.

This year though, I may have gotten a little carried away because even though I already had plenty of ornaments, I couldn’t stop myself from making a few more. Honestly though, I’m so glad I did because the ornaments I’m sharing today are my favorites yet! I teamed up with Cricut and their Cricut Maker machine to bring all three ornament ideas to life.

Click through to see all three DIY ornament ideas and download my custom templates to make your own.

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas. #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor

With all the different options for making ornaments, I wanted to stick with some kind of cohesive theme – especially if they’re all hanging on the tree together. So, I hand painted all of the materials I used…from cardstock to kraft board to chipboard. And every material can be cut using the Cricut Maker machine. If you’ve never used one before, you have to try it!! You can make SO many things and the machine cuts (writes and scores) on hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from delicate papers and fabric to matboard, chipboard, basswood, even leather. It cuts the most materials of any Cricut machines, so it’s kind of a DIYers dream.

Plus, it’s super easy to use and only takes a few minutes to setup. You can upload your own designs and start cutting immediately or access their huge library of ready-to-make projects and templates (via Cricut’s Design Space) if you need a little inspiration.

Every project is basically fool-proof. This will make more sense once you’re in the design space making something, but I’ll try to explain… When you select a design template to make (or make your own) and click the Make It button, it will ask you what material you’re using and let you know if you need a special blade, all before you get started with the cut. So it comes out perfect every time. It also tells you how far along the cut is, in process, while it’s cutting so you know what to expect in terms of timing. This is especially helpful for longer cuts, like when using the 2mm chipboard (which I used for DIY holiday ornament #2).

Can you tell I’m obsessed with this machine? Haha. If I didn’t already have one, I would be asking for one for Christmas. And speaking of the holidays, let’s get to the ornament projects…

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for 3D ball ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes

DIY Holiday Ornament #1: 3D Balls

For these 3D ball ornaments, I created a simple circle template and used the Cricut Maker to cut out all the circles for me. For this one, I recommend using a solid color medium weight cardstock. I used the dark orange 12×12 cardstock from Cricut.

Then, after painting everything and allowing it to fully dry, I folded each circle in half and glued the circles together at the folded flaps to start forming a ball shape. Make sure the painted sides of the paper are facing outward.

Then when I had just a couple more circles to add, I added a long piece of string (folded in half) through the center and left about three inches at the bottom (the tails of the string should be at the bottom and the loop should be coming out the top of the ball). Finish up the remaining circles to complete the ball. Then tie off the bottom hanging down part of the string with a bead OR a thick knot instead if you’re using a thicker string like mine.

Download the template for the 3D ball ornaments here.

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DIY Holiday Ornament #2: 3D Stars

I made these 3D star ornaments with Cricut’s 2mm chipboard. The beginning process for this one was just like the other two, I created a file, imported it into the Cricut Design Space, and the Cricut Maker cut out all the shapes for me. You’ll need the knife blade + drive housing for this project.

From there, I hand painted each side and then put the puzzle pieces together to form three-dimensional stars. You’ll need two stars total to form one ornament – one with a slit in the top of the star and one with a slit in the bottom. You can add a little string to the top of each finished ornament or nestle them into the tree as is, since they’re so dimensional and lightweight.

Download the template for the 3D star ornaments here.

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for geo totem ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes #totem

DIY Holiday Ornament #3: Geo Totems

Inspired by current jewelry trends, I made ornaments that mimic geometric earring designs. Once I created the shape templates in Photoshop I uploaded it to the Cricut Design Space and cut it out with the Cricut Maker, selecting the kraft board material before starting.

Then, I painted the pieces just like the last ornament project, this time on both sides though. And then carefully add small jump rings (the ones your use for jewelry making) to the holes in the top and bottom of the shapes to create some festive Christmas tree ‘jewelry’.

The template I created has tiny holes already in the shapes, and lots of options so you can choose different arrangements when making your own totems. Some shapes have two holes, which can be used for top and middle placement and some shapes only have one hole, to be used as the bottom piece. Use the weeder tool, like the one in this kit, to poke through holes if necessary, to remove any excess paper.

Then, you just add a string to the very top jump ring and it’s ready to hang from the tree. OR as another option, you can use the pieces to create a long garland using the same method of connecting the shapes with jump rings and skip the string.

Download the template for the geo totem ornaments here.

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for 3D ball ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for geo totem ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes #totem

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for 3D ball ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes #totem

Click through for 3 unique DIY holiday ornament ideas (like this one for geo totem ornaments). #diy #holiday #christmas #diyornament #diyholiday #ornament #watercolor #geoshapes #totem

And that’s it for my holiday ornament DIYs. Have a favorite from the three? Let me know in the comments below! Do you make any holiday decorations each year for Christmas?

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Holiday Hair, Don’t Care: Simple Holiday Hair Two Ways in 10 Minutes

Simple Holiday Hair Two Ways in 10 Minutes #holidayhair #hairtutorial #holidaybeauty #updo

I’ve seen a lot of hair tutorials for the holidays popping up lately, but the ones that look chic are anything but effortless to throw together in a hurry. And I for one don’t have 45 extra minutes laying around to get my hair looking just right before flying out the door for holiday parties, etc. What about you?

So, today’s holiday hair tutorial is simple AND quick… Kind of a no-fuss holiday (or non holiday) hair scenario, two ways in 10 minutes! Click through for the tutorial.

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Crossing the Line: DIY Line Drawing Ornaments

Make these colorful and bold DIY line drawing ornaments for the holidays. They're great gifts too. #ornaments #diy #holiday #christmas #boldcolor #linedrawing #facedrawing #diyornament

Every year, Jeff and I get a few new ornaments for our tree and add them to the collection we’ve been working on since we got together (plus a handful of ornaments from my childhood and his). I love the tradition of adding a couple of new ones each year. The only downside is, that year after year, our tree ends up looking really, really similar to the year before…because we use the same ornaments every year.

As much as I love that, and still plan to use some of the ornaments that we’ve had forever on the tree, I wanted to make some DIY batch ornaments to fill in for a new look. And today is the first one those ornaments! Click through to see how to make these DIY line drawing ornaments.

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(Christmas) Cookie Monster: Easy Gingerbread Egg Nog Cookie Sandwiches for the Holidays

Easy Gingerbread Egg Nog Cookie Sandwiches for the Holidays #cookies #holidaycookies #holidays #christmasrecipe #holidayrecipe #eggnog #gingerbread

I’m getting seasonal in the kitchen this week with a Christmas cookie sandwich recipe that screams holiday vibes. It’s a gingerbread egg nog cookie sandwich recipe that is super easy to make and tastes amazingly rich (in a good way). And to make things more interesting, I’ve teamed up with a bunch of my blogger friends to share their favorite holiday cookie recipes too…it’s a Christmas cookie squad.

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Wrap It Up: DIY Fabric Gift Wrap for the Holidays

DIY fabric gift wrap for the holidays that you can customize for the giftee. #diyholiday #diy #diygiftwrap #giftwrap #stencils

When I was a kid, I would wrap the entire family’s gifts for Christmas…even my own! My mom would just wrap mine in simple paper beforehand so I wouldn’t be able to peek, and then I’d wrap over it. 

So, it probably goes without saying that when it comes to gift wrap during the holidays, I tend to get a little extra, and try to dream up unique ways to present / wrap the gifts that I’m giving. Whether it’s hand painted wrapping paper or custom gift toppers. And this year I’m getting a head start with DIY custom fabric gift wrap.

I partnered with Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts to create some unique gift wrapping ideas that even the most beginner DIYer can totally nail.

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How to Make Asymmetrical Holiday Wreaths

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath

I’ve been making asymmetrical DIY wreaths for the holidays for the last few years (ever since this holiday wreath workshop I hosted) and have been seeing them pop up more and more each year since. They’re probably one of my fave things to make during Christmas time because they’re so easy and look amazing (and smell good too).

So, today I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths using fresh flowers and greenry. Including a must-have material for keeping fresh flowers alive longer for your wreaths that you’ve probably never heard of. Intrigued? Click through for the tutorial.
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Terracotta Clay Ornaments DIY for Christmas

Terracotta Clay Ornaments DIY for Christmas #diy #diyholiday #holidays #christmas #ornaments #terracotta #clay

I love making DIY ornaments around the holidays because they’re great gifts (if you actually make cute ones) and they’re usually super easy to make. So, this year, I made a whole bunch of ornaments to share and today’s is my absolute fave, so I’m sharing these first…

Terracotta clay ornaments! They’re super easy to make, super affordable, and actually look like something you’ll want to put on the tree (or add to stockings, etc). A batch of more than 20 ornaments cost me about $10 to make and they look like something your could buy from a cool local shop (bonus!). Click through to make your own.

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