If you grew up celebrating Christmas, you likely know that trees—in size, origin, decor, and placement—vary greatly from house to house. Some families are staunch advocates for real Douglas firs; others have kids with allergies or curious pets, and decided to go faux instead. There are trees that blend seamlessly into existing decor, ones with strict color schemes, and ones with ornaments of every shape and color imaginable.
While I rather like the idea of a tree that fits right in with the style of a home, I also know that I’d never be able to forgo the charm of assorted, mix-n-match ornaments—both purchased and homemade. My tree always appears a little scatter-brained, with its allusions to pop culture, childhood memories, favorite foods, past hobbies, and all kinds of animals.
Whether you’re a regimented tree decorator (I’m jealous!) or a collector of tree tchotchkes from all over, you’re bound to love—and want to craft—at least one of these 15 DIY ornaments.
These little guys are minimal in materials, but evoke many decor styles at once—we’re seeing farmhouse, hygge, minimalist, mid-century, and more.
2. Vintage Printables
The second-best thing to actual vintage ornaments are ones you can make yourself, right? These printables are adorable on their own, but made even better with wooden beads, baker’s twine, and mini bells.
3. Easy Chinoiserie
The detailed vignettes of your grandmother’s china know no bounds—and these ornaments are way easier to make than they look. Printed napkins, glass ornaments, and mod podge are the only things needed to pull them off.
4. Tiny Gnomes
These little gnomes bear a striking resemblance to a more traditional Christmas character, but fit seamlessly into Scandinavian decor.
5. Stained Glass Blocks
Stained glass sounds difficult, but this tutorial is totally beginner-friendly, and the payoff is major.