Start a Holiday Tradition by Creating Your Own Ornaments

By Tasha Zander

Christmas is just around the corner. If you are trying to come up with a fun new craft this year, why not make personalized ornaments? Homemade ornaments are perfect to attach to that beautifully wrapped gift or drop in a gift bag. They also make a great gift for teachers or anyone else that you want to remember during the holiday season.
 
Turn any Sugar Cookie into an Ornament:
Sugar Cookies of any design can be turned into ornaments. To add color, you can actually use hard candy before you bake them and here is how:

  1. Open the hard candy and separate it by color.
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  3. Put each color in its own sealed plastic baggie.
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  5. Break the candy up by banging it, just as you would a bag of ice.
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  7. Once you have your cookies ready to go in the oven, just add bits of hard candy where you want detail. To give the cookies a stained glass effect, just gently carve out that area and put the bits of candy inside. For example, a Christmas tree cookie can have stained glass ornaments if you cut out ‘ornament’ circles with a drinking straw and fill them in with bits of hard candy. Just remember that before you bake any ornament cookies make the hole with a drinking straw for the hanger. Once they are baked, you cannot add it.
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  9. Bake the cookies according to the recipe. Now, all you have to do is wait for them to cool, spray them with Shellac and once they are dry add curling ribbon through the hole for the hanger.

 
Personalized Bauble Ornaments
What you need to get started:

  • Glitter-red, green and gold
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  • Craft glue in a squeeze bottle-When opening the bottle, do not cut the spout too far down or the line will be too thick.
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  • A cereal bowl for each color of glitter
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  • Newspapers
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  • Toothpicks-for detail work
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  • Q-Tips-for clean up
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  • Small glass of water-for clean up
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  • Clear or frosted medium sized bauble (Christmas ball) ornaments-purchase as many as you want to make-remember to have a few ‘practice’ ornaments.

 
Instructions:

  1. Lay newspapers over the table.
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  3. Take out an ornament and use the craft glue to write the person’s name or create a design. Start out slow and do a couple practice ornaments first. The toothpick can be used for detail work. Dampened Q-Tips are used to ‘erase’ any errors.
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  5. Once you have written the person’s name or created your design, choose the color of glitter you want to use. When I made these, the glitter glue pens were not readily available. I imagine those would work too, I think actually sprinkling the glitter on would give it a shinier look with a raised appearance. It’s your craft use whichever you prefer!
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  7. Hold your ornament over one of the bowls and gently sprinkle the glitter on your glue design. Once you have completed applying your glitter, gently shake your ornament so that the extra glitter falls into the bowl.
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  9. To use multiple colors on one design, consider doing this craft in ‘layers.’ For example, you should only apply the glue on the ornament for the color you are using at that time. Let one color dry before applying the glue for the next color and so on.
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  11. 6. Remember to save your ornament box to dry them in. That way you have somewhere to put your drying/completed ornaments.

 
The Clear Bauble Surprise
These ornaments are the simplest yet. All you need is large clear bauble ornaments and filler. You will be filling these ornaments with something that will fit in the hole under the hanger. Some holes could have sharp edges, so be careful and use some kind of utensil to carefully push the filler in.
 
Some ideas for filler include:

  • Curled curling ribbon
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  • Christmas tree icicle strings
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  • Silk ribbons
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  • Holiday scented potpourri-small pieces

 
These look really neat once completed. Just remember not to weigh the ornament down or it may not stay on the tree.
 
Most of all have fun!
 
* All crafts require adult supervision.