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The best Christmas ornament is one with a story behind it. A great tree is full of family memories: Your daughter’s 6th grade class trip, your grandmother’s heritage, your first Christmas in a new home. Create new holiday keepsakes by making your own handmade ornaments this year.

Make Your Own Ornaments

Most of these ornaments are simple to make and require just a few materials from the craft store — you can make these beautiful origami butterflies with paper, scissors, glue and string. It’s the perfect thing to do as you watch a favorite holiday movie (White Christmas is my pick) and sip some hot cider (spiked or not.)

Or, host a casual ornament-making party so friends can join in on the fun. What Christmas ornaments are you making this year?

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7 Responses

  1. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Yeah, every year we love to laugh at my sister's lopsided popsicle stick ornament that she made when she was 3. It's so horrible, but it goes on the front of the tree every year.

    • Liz_HGTV says:

      That's hilarious! I, too, love to hang my questionable childhood pipe cleaner ornaments right next to my brand-new stylish ones. And my sister's terribly-painted wooden ornaments.

  2. RSS says:

    I have a small tabletop tree completely decorated with ornaments my son made when he was in elementary school.

  3. Kelly says:

    Love those origami ornaments. In Christmas colors would be even better.

  4. weeziestoy says:

    We are decorating light this year…reusing a lot….not buying anything new…

  5. custombetty57 says:

    Last Christmas my best friend gave me a really nice wooden Christmas ornament. It had my name and a picture of a reindeer engraved on it. It was super cool and I found out that a firm out in Colorado called Unique Custom Products made it. I am considering ordering from them this year…check them out if you like wooden items <a href="http://www.uniquecustomproducts.com” target=”_blank”>www.uniquecustomproducts.com

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