By Jeshua Viveiros, special for CraftyChica.com
Can you hear it? Do you feel in the air? It’s almost here…No I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the pre-Christmas panic when you realize that you still haven’t completed your Christmas shopping. Well fret not dear friends. Luckily there is still enough time to pull a crafty fast one. Ornaments are an easy gift that if given a little love, patience and creative kick, can really make a statement, perfect for the gift giving season. What better way to show someone you love them, than with a totally customized ornament made with your own two hands?
Here are ways you can present your handmade ornaments:
– Use as gift tags.
– Use in place of a bow.
– Hand out to strangers for Random Acts of Kindness.
– Give as a hostess gift.
– Give as party favors.
– Use a decorations all over your house.
Now let’s just take a deep breath together and think positive DIY thoughts…Ready?
Here are a few ideas to help get those creative wheels turning (click on the project title for the link to the tutorial):
Our first tutorial is brought to us by Denise Cortes at Peamama.com. Her Mexi-Christmas Frida ornament is beautiful, chic and pays homage to the beloved Frida Kahlo. The technique is really awesome and simple and the image can be altered to make it more personalized. TIP: print out an Instagram pic of you and a loved one and decoupage it to your ornament in place of the Frida image for a customized keepsake!
Galaxy print is all the rage right now. We see it from the catwalk to the streets, and now we can put it on our trees!! Alexa from TheSwellDesigner has a beautiful glittered galaxy ornament tutorial that you can check out below. She also has tons of ornament tutorials that you can check out on her site.
Do you have someone in your life that’s in need of a little Cajun sparkle?? The hilarous and super talented Jade from Jaderbomb.com shows us that a some sequins and glue can really elevate a simple ornament. The black and gold contrast is super chic and mixing the sequin colors gives the ornaments a certain “ je ne sais quoi” (jenna said what?) TIP: Use a paint pen to write a personalized message just above the sequins that wraps around the circumference of the ornament.
The talented Margot Potter has a great ornament tutorial perfect for teens and those sassy adults in your life. This tutorial is simple and fun and packs a BIG punch. I LOVE the message of “BE HAPPY!” TIP: These ornaments can be used as “tags” for your gifts (if you already have a gift bought….unlike myself). Instead of stamping or writing a phrase on the tag, simply stamp out or write out the name of the recipient.
Aunt Peaches knows how to rock the sparkle, which is exactly what she did with these jar lids. What a great way to recycle, and I think these would be great to have up all year round!
Kathy used clamps from the hardware store to make these fun show box-like ornaments! They are roomy, have the perfect depth and add character!
Use gold leaf to coat a silk butterfly for a shimmery, holiday look!
Buy a large case of party favors and make multiple ornaments, like a little factory! Here’s how!
How cool is this? Trace over a portrait on frosted shrink plastic, color and shrink! They look like pop art cartoons!
Sweet to look at, easy to make! Jennifer Perkins shares this flavorful method for creating calorie-free confections!
Jennifer Priest of HydrangeaHippo shows that not all ornaments have to be girly and glittery. Here is a slick take on tree decorations – toy cars!
Use up your yarn and ribbon to make personalized pompom ornaments!
Watercolor paper, markers, fabric and more makes for these fun mixed media paper doll ornaments!
See, now don’t you feel better knowing that hope is not lost?!!! I mean who wouldn’t love a beautiful ornament. It’s a totally functional gift that can be reused over and over again. So even though it’s down to the wire, there is still enough time to make a gift that is completely personalized, customizable and directly from the heart.
I hope your holiday is filled with love, laughter and the people who make your heart sing.
Feliz Navidad á todos.