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Mexican Christmas decorations: 21 DIY ornaments to give as gifts

Into Mexican Christmas decorations? Here are 21 DIY ornaments to give as gifts this holiday season! Most of these are Mexi-inspired, because that’s what I do, you know? But they can all be adapted to whatever style you like!

The best part is you’ll have a good time making them!

Mexican Christmas decorations: 21 Ornaments to Give as Gifts

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):

Concha Ornaments

Concha ornaments - Mexican Christmas decorations

These concha ornaments are the perfect accessory for giving a dozen of actual conchas!I made these years back and they are still a hit with the crowds! Here is the tutorial for these concha ornaments.

Loteria Wreath Ornaments

loteria wreath ornament

Pick up any wreath-type ornament, check the dollar store! Use it as a frame to hold a Loteria card. Trim with gems. Here is the full tutorial!

DIY Sequin Ornament


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.

Air-Dry Clay Casita Ornaments

Mexican Christmas decorations

Break out the air-dry clay and cookie cutters to make these cute casitas for your tree! Here’s how to make them and my best practice tips.

DIY Barro-inspired ornaments


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Felt Empanada Ornaments

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You can’t go wrong with these empanada ornaments. They are so cheery and calorie-free. And perfect for newbie stitchers, honestly, you can knock these out pretty easily! empanada ornaments

Frida-inspired ornament

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We can’t have a tree without Frida ornaments, right? DIY Latina shows us how!

Duct Clamp Ornaments

Ornaments made from duct clamps by CraftyChica.com - Mexican Christmas decorations

Say what? I used clamps from the hardware store to make these fun show box-like ornaments! They are roomy, have the perfect depth and add character! I used them to honor my mom and dad who have passed away.

More Mexican Christmas decorations

Still in need of ideas. Keep reading, there is plenty more to choose from!

Gilded Mariposa Ornaments


Use gold leaf to coat a silk butterfly for a shimmery, holiday look!

Party Favor Tin Ornaments


Visit the wedding section of the craft store for ideas and supplies like these. Buy a large case of tin party favors and make multiple ornaments, like a little factory! Here’s how!

Shrink Plastic Portrait Ornaments


How cool is this? Trace over a portrait on frosted shrink plastic, color and shrink! They look like pop art cartoons!

Cupcake Ornaments


Sweet to look at, easy to make! Jennifer Perkins shares this flavorful method for creating calorie-free confections!


PomPom Picture Ornaments


Use up your yarn and ribbon to make personalized pompom ornaments!

Mexican Cowgirl Ornaments

Crafty Chica ornaments - Mexican Christmas decorations

Use Mexican cowgirl images and glass bulbs to create these. Frame each image in whipped clay, sprinkle on the sequins!

Virgin of Guadalupe Glass Bubble Ornaments

Mexican Christmas decorations

Fussy cut images of La Virgin, then glue to the back of a bubble ornament. Paint with contrasting colors and add glitter and seal.

Match Box Ornaments

Mexican Christmas decorations

Cut up match boxes and vintage family photos (color copies) to create personalized ornaments for your holiday decor.

El Sol Felt Ornament

embroidered felt

It may be winter, but the sun is always shining somewhere. Make a series of these to add brightness to your tree!

Mexican-inspired ornaments by Mark Montano

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Mark’s work is so beautiful!

Sparkle Collage Ornament

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This video is so grainy but it has a great process for creating a sparkle collage ornament!

Friendship Picture Ornaments

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Check out this technique to create face-friendly photo ornaments!

Piñata Ornaments by Mark Montano

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One more from Mark because these are FABULOUS!!

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.

Thanks for checking out my post about Mexican Christmas decorations – ornaments to give as gifts!





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