As you know by now, we are one crafty family, and there’s no better time for DIY love than the holidays. Decorating our home and Christmas tree this time of year is something that the whole family works together on, and is the perfect excuse to craft our hearts out.  We obviously wanted our hand-picked tree to be filled with as many DIY’ed trimmings as possible, so this year we made our own Christmas ornaments, 3 ways…

Christmas Tree Ornament #1: Snow Globe Snowmen

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Soon these will be snowmen (and women)!

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The DIY ingredients…

What You’ll Need:

  • Clear glass round ornaments
  • Snowflake sprinkles (white or iridescent)
  • Black and orange paint pens
  • Fuzzy baby socks
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Double sided tape
  • Fishing line, twine or ribbon
  • Glue
  • Suggested embellishments: Pom poms, rhinestones
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 Directions:

  1. Take the hanger part of ornament off and fill with snowflake sprinkles. Then, put the hanger back in the top.
  2. Pull the baby sock approximately half way down the ornament and center it. Use double sided tape to hold in place. (Or glue gun. Adults only.) Cut the toe of the sock down the center and then tie in a knot to complete the top of the snow hat. (Can also add ribbon and embellishments) 
  3. Paint the face of the snowman on with black and orange paint pens. 
  4. Hang using fishing line, twine or ribbon. 

    *Note…. This is a great way to recycle your baby’s socks!

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Stella, putting the finishing touches on her fashion forward snow woman

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My gorgeous girl with her finished snow woman, outfitted in pink (obviously)

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Love how these turned out!

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Liam & Stella’s creations

Christmas Tree Ornament #2: DIY Snowmen Light Bulbs

What You’ll Need:

  • Old or recycled light bulbs
  • White and black paint
  • Black and orange paint pens
  • Thick wool yarn
  • Floral wire or twine
  • Glue
  • Suggested embellishments: Glitter, sequence, rhinestones, pom poms, buttons

 

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Nothing better than an afternoon spent crafting with my babes

Directons:

  1. Paint the light bulb white (if desired sprinkle on glitter). Let dry.
  2. Paint the silver top of the light bulb black (if desired sprinkle on glitter). Let dry. 
  3. Using paint pens draw on the face of the snowman. 
  4. Wrap floral wire or tie twine at the base of painted black part of light bulb to hang from tree.
  5. Get creative with you snowman embellishments.

 

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My crafting maven Stella getting to work on her light bulb ornament

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The chicest snowmen out there…

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Liam & Stella’s snowmen

Christmas Tree Ornament #3: DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are my lasting crafting obsession. I first learned how to make them when my friend Chris and I made the macramé mobile for Finn’s nursery, and we made hanging salt dough giraffes to complete the look. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make… and the best part is that you can make them using ingredients that you already have in your pantry! I knew we had to make salt dough ornaments for our tree this year, and I love the way they turned out. Check it out:

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Assorted holiday shaped cookie cutters

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  •  Rolling pin
  • Various holiday shaped cookie cutters
  • Straw
  • Cookie sheet
  • Baking spray
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Various paint colors
  • Glue
  • Suggested embellishments: Stamps (if used add them prior to baking), rhinestones, pom poms, holiday stickers, paint pens, glitter, stick on studs

 

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Miss Stella mixing the flour, salt and water together! This DIY is so easy and fun for the kids to help with

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Mix together flour and salt.
  3. Mix in warm water.
  4. Knead together for 10 minutes.
  5. If too dry add a little more water. If too sticky add a little more flour.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and on rolling pin. 
  7. Roll out dough until it is approximately ¼ inch thick.
  8. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. 
  9. Using a straw make a hole near the top, which you will use to hang your ornament. 
  10. Lightly spray cookie sheet with baking spray, place shapes on cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for approximately 4 hours or until hard. Make sure to flip the shapes every 30-45 minutes. 
  12. Take out of oven and let cool down for approximately 30 minutes or until completely cool. 
  13. Paint and decorate.
  14. Add ribbon or twine to hang.

 

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Stocking ornament in the works…

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Our square ornaments taking shape

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Liam’s Salt Dough Stocking…

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And Miss Stella’s, in pink of course

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Hattie Cat’s ornament

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Finn’s first Christmas tree ornament! Love this chevron pattern

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My ornament babes

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Love these festive and chic ones

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Can’t have enough snowmen…

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Ornament for Mama!

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Even Hattie got involved in the ornament making aka destroying ๐Ÿ˜‰

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#CraftyFamily

How cute are those ornaments?! They’re all super fun and easy enough to make that your little ones can join in. The kids love working on this stuff, and feel so proud when they see their creations hanging from our gorgeous tree. There’s nothing better than that!

What did you DIY this holiday season?

Happy crafting!

Love,
T

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