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.
1. Leather & Brass
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.
6. Geometric Clay
If your home leans boho, these oven-baked clay numbers will tie the rest of your decor in with the tree this year.
7. Pinecone Swans
These little birds feel reminiscent of camp crafts past, and yet, they’re somehow very fancy.
8. Painted Pastels
If you can draw hash marks and dotted lines, you can make these pastel (or any hue) ornaments.
Mudcloth-inspired blankets, pillows, and other textiles show no sign of slowing down, so why not extend their pattern to the tree?
10. Dried Citrus
Truly there is not an easier DIY ornament than a dried citrus one. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit and more make the most delicate ornaments, and garland as well.
11. Mini Sputnik
Spiky, shiny, and asymmetrical—just like the ever-popular sputnik light fixtures—these mid-century ornaments harken back in the best way.
12. Salt Dough and Botanicals
You can make these ornaments from ingredients and items you already have: flour, salt, water, and dried botanicals.
13. Blocks and Tassels
These ornaments combine tassels and natural wood, which, as far as I’m concerned, go with any style of decor.
14. Wooden Bead Snowflakes
Natural wood beads are everywhere—most notably in strings on styled coffee tables—so it only makes sense that the trend translates to ornaments.
15. Gold Leafed Glass
A little bit of gold leaf on the bottom portion of these ornaments instantly elevates otherwise plain orbs.
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