Ornaments and Other Fun DIY Christmas Gifts You’ll Love Making This Year

Want to make your friends and family members feel extra-appreciated this holiday season by giving them truly unique gifts? Everyone appreciates a well-made gift, especially when it’s obvious how much thought, effort, and love went into it. DIY gifts are never exactly the same, making them one-of-a-kind treasures that loved ones will treasure for years.

Even if you don’t see yourself as a master craftsperson, know that the goal here isn’t perfection – it’s to give your loved ones DIY Christmas gifts that you truly care about. You won’t need any fancy materials or expensive equipment to make these interesting projects; with only a few simple tools and standard home items, you’ll be able to set up your own winter workshop in no time.

Whether you need something special for that recipient who already has everything or you’re looking to create batch gifts for a larger group, you’re sure to find the perfect option in this collection of custom holiday present ideas.

You know how every year you see clear Christmas tree decorations for sale by the bushel? They’re a jackpot for DIY Christmas ornament makers. Consider it: They’re beautiful tiny blank slates — or orbs, to be precise — that you can modify and decorate whatever you like.


When it comes to making plain Christmas decorations into personalized gifts tailored to each recipient, the sky’s the limit, and these entertaining ideas can help get your creative juices flowing:


Remove the tops and fill them with festive candy, artificial holly foliage and berries, or even photo cutouts.

Decorate them with glitter, crayon shavings, or sequins after dipping them in Mod Podge.
Create images of Santa, reindeer faces, and other fun Christmas motifs with acrylic paint.
Don’t consider yourself a creative person? Write a name, year, or unique message on each ornament with a paint pen.

Cover each ornament in seasonal stickers – this is a great project for kids to help with!
Fill larger clear plastic ornaments with ingredients for a cup of hot chocolate and attach a small tag with directions for making it.


When it comes to options, these are simply the tip of the iceberg. Preparation is also a breeze. Simply remove any price stickers from the decorations, clean them with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any sticky residue, and let your imagination run wild.

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