Budget Friendly Christmas Ornaments

We had fun crafting 2 Christmas ornaments, each in 7 steps(while listening to Christmas music, of course!). Both are simple and budget-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays. Make mini-Christmas trees using grosgrain ribbon and pony beads. Or use double sided paper to create elegant heart ornaments. For even more ornament ideas check out our 7 DIY Holiday Ornaments post.

Ready to dive in? Let’s Get Creative!

Ribbon Christmas Tree

You’ll need:
22″ of grosgrain ribbon (The kind with wire inside works best)
needle & 22″ of thread
pony beads & 2 “end cap” beads with small hole
scissors

1. Prepare by threading needle & doubling thread; secure with knot at end. About three inches down from the knot, make a loop knot. This will serve as the hook for your ornament.
DIY Holiday Ornament

2. Lay the ribbon flat horizontally. Take the left end and fold over about half an inch.

3. Thread the needle through a pony bead and “end cap” bead on top of the ribbon. Add as many knots as needed to secure the bead.

4. Continue pulling thread through underside of ribbon and add another bead.

5. Take the long side of the ribbon from the right and move under working craft to the left. Make fold slightly larger than the one above it. Thread through to secure, adding beads between each layer of ribbon.

6. Keep working ribbon from left to right, adding beads along the way.

7. Secure tail of ribbon in the middle (as shown) or as through it is another layer (if length of ribbon allows). Thread pony bead and “end cap” bead on underside of ribbon. Secure with as many knots as needed.

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Paper Heart Ornaments

You’ll Need:
Two different patterns of paper
Scissors or Xacto knife
Tape
Matching Ribbon

4 paper strips each measuring 12″ x 1.5″
4 paper strips each measuring 8″ x 1.5″
OR
If you use double sided paper :
2 paper strips, measuring 12″ x 1.5″
2 paper strips, measuring 8″ x 1.5″

1. Cut patterned scrapbook paper to size. If using double sided paper, skip to step #3
Paper Christmas Ornaments

2. With the longer strip, glue opposite patterns back-to-back to create a double sided paper effect. Do the same with the two smaller strips.

3. Arrange the strips vertically in your hand with the short strips on the outside and long strips inside. The patterns should also alternate (flower, stripe, flower, stripe).

4. Align the bottom edges of the paper. Pinch with your left hand while. Using your right hand, pull down the top right outer strip into a half-heart shape. Repeat on left side.
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5. Continue the method from step 4 with the inner strips. All four strips should be in your hand.

6. Staple the gathered ends to secure the heart shape. Additional staples may be needed.

7. Loop a small piece of ribbon and knot. Tape inside the larger loop of the heart and hang.

Paper Heart Christmas Ornament, DIY Christmas Ornament

Have another great idea to spruce up (pun intended) your tree on a budget? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

7 DIY Holiday Ornaments

With Thanksgiving a week away, we’ve been itching to start crafting for the holidays. On Friday we’ll post 2 simple paper and ribbon ornaments with photo instructions. But to hold you over until then, here are 7 DIY Holiday ornaments from our friends on Pinterest. Happy Crafting!

Christmas Ornament, Popsicle Stick Christmas TreePopsicle Stick Ornament from Kaboose : Paint popsicle sticks brown and green. Glue in the shape of a tree, breaking sticks to create the shape. Decorate with gems and tinsel.

Christmas Wish List, Christmas OrnamentThread Spool Christmas List from Craft Snob : Paint a wooden spool and cover with paper. Add the child’s wish list for the year.

DIY Globe OrnamentPaper Strip Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens : Make photocopies of music and cut into strips. Curl and place inside a glass ball ornament.

DIY Ornament, Scrabble Tile CraftsScrabble Ornament from My Sweet Savannah : Use a saw to cut the tile holders to fit the length of the word. Use hot glue to hold the letters in place. Add a wire hanger to finish.

Polaroid Ornament, Christmas Photo OrnamentPolaroid Ornament from Katie Cupcake : Using a 9″ by 4.25″ rectangle of felt fold into a square and sew the two outside edges. Cut out a window for your photo. Insert photo and sew to close.

Baby's First Christmas, DIY ornamentBaby’s First Ornament from A Sorta Fairytale : Place baby’s hand in clear ink and press on ornament. Sprinkle the ink mark with glitter and use heat gun to seal.

Cookie Cutter Ornament, Holiday OrnamentCookie Cutter Photo Ornament from Martha Stuart : Place cookie cutter on top of photo or patterned paper and trace around outside. Cut out shape. Place glue on edges of cookie cutter and secure to paper. Add ribbon to finish.

Decorated Magnetic Clothespins

After our previous post on clothespins, it’s obvious the wooden clips have a multitude of uses. We added our creation to the mix using leftover scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, and magnets. What’s great is the versitility of our Decorated Magnetic Clothespins. You can use them to hang photos, cards, and reminders on the refrigerator. Or hang them ’empty’ on the refrigerator until you need to clip something closed (a bag of chips, perhaps?). They can help you organize kids’ homework or spice up your holiday decorations.

What will you use your Decorated Magnetic Clothespins for? Let’s Get Creative!
 Supplies:

  • wooden clothespins
  • leftover scrapbook paper
  • acrylic paint and brush
  • magnet strips
  • strong glue
  • Xacto knife

Select scrapbook paper pieces and coordinating paint colors. Paper needs to be large enough to fit across the length of the clothespin.

Paint the entire clothespin using desired acrylic paint. Let dry.


After paint is try, squeeze a thin line of glue-all vertically along the flat length of the clothespin. Adhere to back side of scrapbook paper, preferable along the edge to minimize cutting. Let dry.

Use your Xacto knife to cut the paper along the edge of the clothespin. Take caution around the pin’s spring.

Secure the magnet on the reverse side of the clothespin from the scrapbook paper. Let dry.

We used our pins to hang notes and cards on a magnetic surface. How will you use yours? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Clothespin DIY Projects

Clothespins are relatively cheap ($2-$4 / bag) and so perfect for crafting! We found six creative and practical ways to use clothespins in your next crafting project. Today we’re giving you instructions on five projects. Check back on Friday for a step-by-step photo tutorial of our favorite clothespin project.

Halloween Clothespins | via Nap Time Journal
For this spooky project, tie coordinating ribbon to colored clothespins (or spray paint the classics) and embellish with haunting stickers. Read more on Nap Time Journal’s blog.

Secure a Boutonniere with a Clothespin | via Bridal Musings
Keep the pins away from your groomsmen or homecoming date by attaching the flower to a clothespin first. Secure the flower to the flat side of the clothespin using floral tape. Learn more from Bridal Musings

Hang Holiday Cards in Garland | via Martha Stuart
Spruce up the clothespins first by covering the visible side with scrapbook or wrapping paper. Clip the clothespins to a wide ribbon strung along your bannister garland. Then clip in the holiday cards to display. Read more from Martha Stuart.

Create a Decorative Mirror | via Design Sponge
Clip clothespins around a circular mirror and secure at the clip using hot glue. Add a photo hanger on the back of the mirror to mount on the wall. Loop a ribbon at the top to add a pop of color and to mask your hanging method. Learn more details from Design Sponge.

Hang up a Clothespin Lamp | via Young House Love
Create a cylinder using wire fencing. Clip clothespins in a desired pattern around the wire material. Hang around a bare bulb to illuminate to room and draw the eye upward. Get more details from Young House Love.

Did you make something different with clothespins? Share it here or on our Facebook page.
Make sure to check back Friday for another clothespin craft. 

Top 5 Fall DIY Projects

Fall is my favorite season, hands-down. The changing leaves, layering of clothes, and endless crafts draw me in. In honor of my favorite season, I found five DIY projects that I’d like to try before the first snow. Try one out or give it a unique twist. Show us by posting a pic of your craft on our Facebook page. Let’s Get Creative!

1. Wax Leaves
Make sure your leaves are completely dry. Melt beeswax in a double-boiler. You can use new wax or old candle stubs (optional – add a few drops of scented oil). When the wax is thoroughly melted, take the leaves by the stem and immerse them, one at a time, in the wax. Hold them over the pot to drip a bit, then lay them on waxed paper to dry.

2. Glitter Candles
Take a wide-base candle and paint completely in Mod Podge. Roll the candle in epsom salts to give a sparkly coat.

3. Newsy Nails
This may not be directly related to fall, but nude colored nails are in this season. Cut squares of newsprint larger than nails. Apply a base coat of polish. When nails are completely dry, soak them in rubbing alcohol, then press newsprint on nail and slowly pull off. Paint with top coat to seal.

4. Apple Candle Holders
Hollow out the top of an apple to fit a tea candle. Place candle in hollow. Light and let wax spill down the apple.

5. Edible Acorn Treats
Use frosting to stick a mini vanilla wafer cookie to the bottom of a Hershey’s kiss (both flat sides should touch). Stick a butterscotch chip on the rounded side of the cookie to look like a stem. Squirrels will be jealous.

Bottle Cap Magnets

Raid your craft supply bin! This tiny craft uses a little bit of this and that. Feel free to substitute certain supplies for others, depending on what you have in your stash. Let’s get creative!

To make bottle cap magnets, you will need:Bottle Cap Magnet

  • bottle caps
  • acrylic paint (if you want to cover the bottle cap)
  • stickers (stickers with a 3-D bevel work best)
  • foam sheet
  • magnets (strip or sheet)
  • super glue
  • scissors

Lay the bottle cap on the foam sheet, top-down. Trace around the underside of the cap with a pencil.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Cut out the circle from the foam.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Test the size of the circle – it should fit inside the bottle cap. Trim to fit, if necessary.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Use superglue to secure the foam circle inside the bottle cap.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Press with your thumb to secure.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Choose a sticker to fit inside the bottle cap and place it in the center.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Flip the bottle cap over, so the top is facing up. Cut a small square of magnet to fit on top of the bottle cap.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Fasten the magnet with a small dot of super glue. (If the dot of glue is too big, it will ooze out the edges – not pretty.)

bottle cap magnet

After the glue dries, test your bottle cap magnet on a magnetic surface. Repeat all steps to create a collection of bottle cap magnets.

Bottle Cap Magnets

What do you have in your junk drawer? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll post a craft about it.

Corner Bookmark

Tired of constantly losing your place in a novel? You use a bookmark, but it always seems to sneak out the bottom? With this corner bookmark, you can see your place before you even pick up the book. Let’s get started:

You’ll need:

Cut out the Corner Bookmark Template on the solid lines.
Use it to trace an outline on the card stock paper.
Cut out the template shape from the card stock paper. Lay the cut-out card stock down, with triangle 1 at the top and triangle 2 on the left (numbers correspond to the template).
Fold triangle 1 down, so the point is in the bottom left corner of the square. Take triangle 2 and fold toward the right, so it overlaps triangle 1. Set aside.
Return to the Corner Bookmark Template. Take triangle 2 and fold back along the dotted line, so the triangle is hidden behind the square. Use this revised template to trace an outline on scrapbook paper (ignoring triangle 2).
Refer to the dotted line on the template and cut the scrapbook paper to separate the triangle from the square.  Glue the scrapbook paper square to the inside of the card stock square.
Fold down triangle 1 and place glue on top.
Fold over triangle 2, securing it to triangle 1. (Make sure there is space for a book page between the square and triangle.) Finally, take the triangle of scrapbook paper and glue it to the newly pasted triangle of card stock.
Viola! The bookmark fits perfectly on the corner of your favorite novel.
Was this helpful? Are you interested in more? Let us know in the comments below.

Themed Photo Frame

How often do you change the photos you display? This themed photo frame allows you to change photos to reflect the upcoming holiday or season. Here’s what you’ll need:

picture frame accompanied by a mat
scrapbook or patterned paper (at least as large as the mat)
scissors or Xacto knife
tape

Lay your paper pattern side down. Place the mat on top of the paper. Trace around the outside of the mat and inside the picture window. Use scissors or an Xacto knife to cut along the outer line on the patterned paper.

Use your knife to cut out the inner rectangle. If using scissors, draw an X inside the small rectangle. Cut along the X first. Then cut away the rest of the rectangle.

Using clear tape, secure the patterned paper (pattern side up) to the mat.

Flip mat pattern side down. Select a photo that fits your theme and secure it inside the small rectangle with tape.

Place the mat inside the frame and display prominently. Repeat steps with a different pattern to reflect a change in holiday or season.

Lined Envelopes

Add a little color to your envelopes and line them with decorative paper. This subtle touch will make sending invitations and thank you notes more fun. Thanks Sew Kate Sew for giving us the inspiration. Here’s what you’ll need:

invitation envelopes
patterned paper
envelope lining template (from sew kate sew)
glue stick

Pick the envelopes you will use.

Print off the lining template.

Cut out the template and trace it on the back of the patterned paper.

Cut out the lining from the patterned paper. Double check that it fits on the top flap of the envelope. Stay away from the envelope’s seal.


Using a glue stick, paste the lining to the inside of the envelope.

Crease the envelope along the top flap before the glue dries to avoid bubbles.

Wha-lah! Your plain envelope has a unique face lift. Now get writing those notes!

DIY: Magnetic Photo Frame

Magnetic Photo Frame

Let’s get creative!

I found a stack of photos while cleaning a desk drawer this week. As I filtered through and reminisced, I realized the photos should be displayed proudly, not stashed away in a drawer. Sadly, the desk in my office has no room for any personal memorabilia. But I wanted to find a way to showcase these images. Rummaging through my craft bins, I stumbled upon a handful of magnets. How perfect for an office! After searching a bit longer I had enough materials to make a magnetic photo frame. [Directions below] Decorate it as you please. The magnetic photo frame is the perfect craft and favor for a birthday party or a holiday gift.

Materials:

  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ foam sheets (located in the kids craft section)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers/Colored Pens/Glitter Glue/Stickers (anything to decorate your frame)
  • Magnets and glue

1. Select a 5.5” x 8.5 “ foam square. From the outside edge in, measure and mark a one-inch border.

2. Poke a hold in the center of the foam with scissors. Cut out the center rectangle, leaving only the marked border in tact.

3. Decorate the front of the frame with markers, pens and stickers, as you desire.

4. Flip over the frame and secure magnets to the back of the border with glue-all.

5. After glue dries, attach the magnetic frame to your refrigerator, or another magnetic surface, to showcase your favorite photos.

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