If you need fun and easy personalized DIY Christmas ornament ideas, check out this big list, you’ll be making your own DIY ornaments in no time!
Every year, we make personalized DIY Christmas Ornaments for relatives. I think many of our loved ones have reached the age where they don’t need more stuff but a thoughtful meaningful gift like a DIY ornament will be a big hit.
We even have relatives who don’t celebrate Christmas or don’t get a tree and they enjoy hanging our DIY Christmas ornaments in other places in their house. I tend to like ornaments that either capture something about my children (the size of their hands when they’re little, for example) or include photos so you can see how they’re changing year to year.
My parents even have a tiny little tabletop tree in their entryway that they call the “Grandparent Tree” that only has these handmade ornaments on it. In fact, you could include a small tabletop tree as part of the gift the first year if you decide to make this a holiday tradition.
I try to make these personalized DIY ornament ideas fairly simply and remember, you are likely making more than one so be sure to batch each step to make the whole process go more quickly, don’t make each ornament start to finish one at a time (unless you’re knitting them). You can let your kids help as little or as much as you like. Honestly, there are no rules for DIY.
We have also done pet ornaments or photos of the whole family, it’s always great to customize these ideas to fit you and your life.
And, as always, traditions don’t require perfection. If you skip a year or do store bought photo ornaments or you just don’t enjoy this kind of thing. That’s ok!
Are you ready to see some great DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas?
Snowman Handprint Ornaments – These ornaments are fun for little ones, just dip their fingers in paint and add the details later!
Stained Glass Photo Ornament – Strategically add some of your kids’ artwork to a store-bought photo ornament for a great handmade gift!
Sparkle Snowflake Ornaments – These ornaments are SO much fun to make if you like to doodle and they’re great to do with kids. Just make sure they’re each unique because you know no two snowflakes are the same!
Easy Double Sided Photo Ornaments – These double sided photo ornaments were so easy I could handle making them even with a baby.
Air Dry Clay Handprint Ornaments – Slightly more labor intensive, but these stacked handprints made from air dry clay are so cute they were worth it and I love that we have a permanent record of their hand at those ages!
Easy Reinder Photo Ornament – Turn your cute kids into adorable reindeer with this SUPER easy tutorial.
Knit Monogram Ornaments – One of you lovely readers knit 40 of these, one for every family member, one year. They make a great gift!
Easy Santa Hat Photo Ornaments – Add adorable hand painted Santa hats to your family with these super quick and easy Santa hat photo ornaments. The sparkly glitter frame adds a fun touch with no loose glitter in your house!
Sprinkle Resin Christmas Ornaments – One year we embedded a photo in resin along faux cookie sprinkles and they turned out so cute. And honestly, it was much much easier than I thought it would be!
Knit Yearly Date Ornament – Commemorate a special year with this cute yearly date ornament knitting pattern. Perfect for birth years, graduations, weddings, a big trip or pretty much anything you want to remember!
Peppermint Candy Felt Photo Ornament – Try out printing photos on fabric with this fun tutorial to make adorable peppermint candy felt ornaments. These are some of my faves!
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