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We all love to add a handmade touch to gifts, so why not do the same to the largest holiday focal point in your home? Spend an afternoon trimming your tree with scrapbook paper, clothespins, cinnamon sticks, pinecones or fresh fruits for a look that will brighten your home all season long. Plus, some of these make excellent handmade gifts and holiday party favors. Check out some of our favorite handmade ornament ideas right here from HGTV.com.

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How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Make Card Stock Christmas Ornaments: Using various patterns of card stock and a scallop-edge circle punch, cut out seven circles, fold in half and attach together to form one ornament. But, of course, don’t just stop at one! Get the Step-by-Step Instructions >>

How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Embellish Fresh Fruits: Designer Tobi Fairley uses upholstery tacks and patterned ribbon to turn this citrus into a vibrant holiday ornament. Learn How to Make This Ornament >>

How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Turn Clothespins Into Tree Ornaments: Hang onto those extra — or broken — clothespins. This ornament project is perfect for the kids, too. Using regular wooden clothespins, simply paint and glue back together to create a whimsical snowflake. Get the Step-by-Step Instructions >>

How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Make Ombre Pinecone Ornaments: Update classic pinecones with a modern, ombre paint treatment. See the Project >>

How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Cookie-Cutter Christmas Ornaments: Here’s a clever use for all those hardly-used cookie cutters. Simply add paper backing and string to each one and attach to your tree. Voila! Get the Step-by-Step Instructions >>

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How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Make a Paper Snowflake Star Christmas Ornament: This may look intricate and complicated, but it can certainly be crafted by the hands of a beginner. Get the Step-by-Step Instructions >>

How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Gold-Dipped Cinnamon Ornaments: Nothing is more reminiscent of Christmas than the smell of cinnamon and pinecones. Add a bit of modernity to the mix with gold-dipped cinnamon sticks. See the Project >>

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26 Responses

  1. Tracie says:

    Love the idea of the cinnamon sticks dipped in gold.

  2. Jean Reese says:

    I like all of these but I'm most interested in the one with the orange used as an ornament.

  3. Beverly H. says:

    I'm getting ready to start doing some ornaments and these are really good ideas. Thanks.

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  5. Ursula V. says:

    The cookie cutters have stolen my heart.

  6. carolinaprep says:

    I like the pine cones best! Great job! So creative!

  7. Violet18 says:

    HGTV is on Pinterest, but I can't find the clothespin star. Suggest that they add a Pinterest button on their pages!

  8. Violet18 says:

    OK, missed the Pinterest button on this page… not on the actual details for the star…

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  10. homelivingstyles says:

    Wow! Thank you! I always desired to write in my site one thing like that. Can I take part of the publish to my blog? Thanks

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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