Try these DIY Christmas Ornaments!
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Try These DIY Christmas Ornaments!

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Handmade Christmas ornaments are special, frugal, and make unique gifts.  Try these DIY Christmas ornament ideas!There is something special about Christmas ornaments that are handmade. They look lovely on the tree, and also make unique gifts. This year, try these DIY Christmas ornaments. They are made from inexpensive materials and are easy to put together.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Tissue Paper Poinsettias
The directions for this handmade Christmas ornament came from the 2013 Holidays at the White House website. You will need:

* Red tissue paper
* Green tissue paper
* Green pipe cleaner
* Gold beads (for the center of the flowers)
* Flower wire
* Scissors

Start by folding the red and green tissue paper into squares. Stack them. Fold them at one inch intervals. Trim the top to make a petal shape. Tie it together with the floral wire, and open the paper. For full directions, and step-by-step photos, check out the PDF that the White House put together.

Button Snowman Ornament
Martha Stewart has come up with an adorable way to use up buttons. You will need:

* Pipe cleaners
* Buttons
* Felt
* Craft Glue
* Thread

The simplest explanation is that you will be stringing buttons onto a pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and make a loop at the top. Gather up several white buttons of different sizes. You need to alternate the buttons so they form into three “snowballs”. The larger buttons are great for round bellies and for hat brims. Visit the Martha Stewart website for more details and to see some other button ornament designs.

Spoon Santa Ornament
This idea comes from Spoonful and is easy enough for young children to do. You will need:

* Red felt (cut into triangles)
* Scissors
* Small white pom-pom
* Monofilament (or a shredded cotton ball)
* Glue
* Wooden craft spoons
* Googly eyes
* Yarn

The round part of the spoon will become Santa’s head. The red felt triangle becomes his hat (with the white pom-pom on top.) Use some cotton to line the bottom of the hat. Place the googly eyes under it, and add a cotton beard. Attach a loop of yarn to the back to the spoon so the ornament can be hung on the tree. If you want to make more than one, get more of the items on the list of supplies, and repeat the process.

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