Holiday DIY to Try: Home Sweet Home Ornaments


We had a few ornament casualties in the move, so I thought I would make a couple of new ones that are less breakable. After a couple of duds, I came up with this home sweet home ornament DIY using wallpaper samples and a couple of things I already had around the house. The whole project cost me about $2 for 4 ornaments because I only had to buy one thing. Here’s how to make your own…


house-shaped wood cut-outs (same exact ones here) // mod podge // scissors // paint brush // paper awl // wallpaper scraps or samples // string // wooden beads

Step by Step Tutorial: 

1. If you are using wallpaper samples (instead of scraps), remove the paper backing your samples are attached to first. Then trace your house shape onto the wallpaper, with the good side of the wallpaper facing up.

2. Cut the house shape out.

3. Apply a thin, even coat of Mod Podge or craft glue to the wood surface and secure the wallpaper cut out. Smoothing out the paper, as you attach it, from the center out.

4. Once the glue is dry, flip the house over and follow steps 1-3 once more. So that both sides of the house are now covered in wall paper. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to both sides of the now completely wallpapered house and let it dry.

5. Poke a hole through the top of your house, using a paper awl (or a drill if you prefer) and add string. Optional: String a wooden bead through your string. Tie it off and cut off the excess string.

And you are ready to hang on the Christmas tree. Here’s the step by step in photos…

And here are the finished ornaments, hanging…

Happy Wednesday!

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Awesome idea! I love the wallpaper samples!
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Jenn V | December 12th, 2012 at 11:20 am

Thanks Jenn. I am pretty happy with how they turned out. The patterns on the wallpaper your use make all the difference. Take care!

papernstitch | December 12th, 2012 at 11:26 am

RT @papernstitch: Holiday DIY to Try: Home Sweet Home Ornaments: We had a few ornament casualties in the move…

rdesignsLA (@RdesignsLA) | December 12th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Holiday DIY to Try: Home Sweet Home Ornaments

marisa (@marizupilami) | December 12th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

These are lovely, I have some wrapping paper samples with old maps on them, bet they would look great on these!
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Jenny | December 12th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

That’s a great idea jenny. You could use old catalogs too if you have some lying around (I always keep my Anthropologie catalogs for crafts).

papernstitch | December 12th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

RT @papernstitch: Need an easy #diy ornament idea for the holidays? Here’s one that could be gifted to pretty much anyone on your list

Helena (@microbiopurses) | December 12th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

RT @papernstitch: Need an easy #diy ornament idea for the holidays? Here’s one that could be gifted to pretty much anyone on your list

mariapalito (@mariapalitousa) | December 12th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

It´s beautifuuuul! .)

Fluffy Oak | December 13th, 2012 at 9:36 am

Cute #DIY “home sweet home” ornaments!

Turley's Restaurant (@Turleys_Boulder) | December 13th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

WOW!These ornaments are so sweet and beautiful!!Great idea!!

Elli @studio34e | December 14th, 2012 at 4:56 am

Thank you Elli and Fluffy Oak. Glad you stopped by!

papernstitch | December 14th, 2012 at 10:20 am

How about adding these DIY ornaments to your handmade holiday??

(@IndieMade) (@IndieMade) | December 14th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

These are super neat. I was thinking of changing your idea just a tad! Using chipboard then backing front and back with paper. Followihg up with a sealer, perhaps modge podge?

A young couple recently moved across the street and I thought perhaps,somehow I’d add the year and house number, maybe have a a key hanging from the bottom of the house!

CM2 | December 16th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Cute idea. I think these would look cute done on heavy paper (maybe glued to something heavier) and do zentangle on it. What a blank canvas to have fun with. Thanks for the inspiration.

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