It's almost Christmas Eve! If you need a fun non-screen activity for the family, check out these Homemade Christmas Ornaments!
Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments
All you need for this DIY is a little bit of sewing skill, and some felt and embroidery thread!
This is a great project for adults, tweens and teens. I happen to sew a lot, so we have a pretty well stocked closet of material along with buttons and beads. If you don't have these things already, the supplies for this project should be easy to find at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.
Supplies for Homemade Christmas Ornaments:
Felt: This fabric is great since it does not require any hemming. Just cut and go! We do recommend an adult (or anyone responsible with scissors) cut the shapes out. You do need VERY sharp scissors. My kids' school scissors never seem to work on felt. It's very thick, which is why it's easy to work with.
Embroidery Thread: While you can use any sewing thread, embroidery thread works great on felt and most of the Christmas projects you will see call for using embroidery thread. I recommend getting several different color options. It's ok if it shows (see below).
Beads and Embellishments: This is the fun part, so if you have some small craft beads at home, use what you have on hand. If not, a few strands of Christmas themed beads or sequins will work perfectly!
Fabric Paint (Optional): If you're letting the kids help, or you're someone who isn't into the sewing and beading, another option is fabric paint. Glitter paints in Christmas colors and white to make snowflakes are a few ideas.
Sewing or Embroidery Needle: I have used several different needles on felt and they all work fine. For embroidery floss, I prefer an embroidery needle to easily thread it. If you are letting older kids do these on their own, I suggest a blunt embroidery needle.
Cookie Cutters: You may be wondering, how am I going to get the shape correct on this felt? This is easy if you have a few Christmas cookie cutters on hand. Just trace directly onto the felt squares with a pen, and cut out.
See your Homemade Christmas Ornament DIY Here:
- 2 8"x8" felt squares, in two different coordinating colors
- Embroidery thread in coordinating colors
- Matching beads, sequins, buttons or embellishments
- 1 bottle of Fabric Paint, in coordinating color (optional)
- Very Sharp Scissors
- Embroidery Needle (blunt end is fine)
- Optional: Hot Glue Gun
- Christmas Themed Cookie Cutters
- Lay your felt square out on a flat surface
- Set cookie cutter on one square and trace around with a pen, directly onto fabric
- Cut fabric into traced shape.
- Repeat with your second square. Then, cut about 1/2" off the edge of the second square, following the outside edge carefully. This will give you two layers.
- Thread needle with embroidery thread and stitch layers together carefully, making stitches even in length. The stitches will show.
- Sew or hot glue beads and any embellishments onto center layer of ornament. Or, add fabric paint. If using hot glue or paint, allow to sit 20 minutes or until dry, after this step.
- Sew additional loop of embroidery thread around the top of the ornament to hang on the Christmas Tree. Use the full 6 strands of embroidery thread, about 4-5" in length. Knot your loop and stitch the knot securely on the top back of the ornament.
- Display on your Christmas Tree!
This is an adult craft activity. If allowing your kids to do this craft, close supervision is recommended around all sharp objects and of course hot glue. We do not recommend this activity for smaller children.
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