I think this mouse would make a cute Christmas ornament, maybe with a tiny Santa hat or something :-)
Craft Stick Skis:
Paint two wooden craft sticks (Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Pale Blue, 69 cents; michaels.com)
. Adjoin sticks with hot-glue making an X. Paint two toothpicks white. Hot-glue metal snaps (we used size 1) to one end of each stick. Color opposite ends black. Hot-glue a ¾” piece of twine in a loop to each black end. Hot-glue one pole to the top ski. Glue second pole at center of first. Glue twine to ski tops to hang.
Coat a 24″ piece of ribbon in fabric stiffener. Hang to dry (about an hour). Fold ribbon into loops as shown above, adding a dab of hot-glue between each layer. Glue a bead to the top and bottom. Add an extra dab of glue on the top; affix loop of string to hang.
Glue three white two-hole buttons (turn top one perpendicular to create eyes) to white felt; trim felt, leaving a ⅛” edge. Wrap with a piece of rickrack. Cut small hat shape from gray felt and adhere to top with hot-glue. Then glue ribbon behind hat to hang.
Trace a 2 ½” circle on a 3″ birch slice. Mark eight evenly spaced points around the circle and insert small nails. Wrap embroidery floss around nails, making square and star shapes. Add a nail to the top; tie on a loop of string to hang.
Use pinking shears to cut two triangles measuring 4 ½” H × 2 ⅜” W from fabric. We used Scoot Fabric ($9/yard; deenarutter.com)
. Hot-glue long edges of triangles closed and stuff with batting. Insert cinnamon stick in opening at the bottom of triangles and glue fabric closed around it. Thread a loop of string through the top to hang.
Bottle Cap Snowmen
This easy craft is perfect for kids—simply paint old bottle caps white, glue to a single strand of ribbon, and embellish.
Get the tutorial at One Artsy Mama.
French Macaron Ornament
Give your tree a French twist by adding these colorful sweets! These faux macaron ornaments can be made using either polymer clay or fondant.
Get the tutorial at Creative Juice.
Rustic Twig Arrows
Add colorful wooden beads to these nature-inspired ornaments to help them stand out against the branches of your Christmas tree.
Get the tutorial at Yellow Bliss Road via Thoughts From Alice.
Vintage Map Ornament
Recycle your old paper maps by turning them into ornaments! Simply follow this blogger’s surprisingly easy folding technique, then loop with a ribbon to finish.
Get the tutorial at Chic California.
We turned old night-light bulbs into festive ornaments, but any size will do. Just brush on glittering glue, roll the bulb in glitter, and let dry for 15 minutes. Then hot-glue a loop of metallic embroidery floss to the bulb’s base.(Glittering glue with brush, $3.65 for 4 oz.;dickblick.com)
Scraps of wrapping paper look pretty as a picture when tucked inside nickel frames.($6.09 for four frames;amаzon.com)
Homemade Bird Seed Ornament
Attract blue jays and goldfinches in winter with this frozen birdseed ornament, adapted from Ernst Kirchsteiger’s Swedish Christmas Traditions
Instructions: Bird Seed Ornament
Vintage baking molds add a sweet touch to any tree; simply hot-glue ribbon loops to their backs and hang.
Upgrade a Plain Glass Ornament
At around a dollar each, these empty orbs offer an affordable catalyst for creativity. Fill one with small wooden chips, another with a single stunning peacock feather (attached to the ornament’s top with hot glue). Or compose a more obvious Christmas scene by dropping a model fir tree into a globe dusted with artificial snow. You can also use tweezers to position branches inside and even hot-glue a tiny cardinal in place.
From A to Z
A tree is trimmed with vintage letters found from old signs, printers’ type, and alphabet teaching aids.
Grosgrain ribbons become eye-catching bows.
The stems of tomato pincushions make for easy hanging.
Coated in glossy white spray paint, skeleton keys feel fresh.
Sparkly Star Cookie
Buy ready-made dough
— it’s sturdier than homemade. Knead in 2/3 cup flour until smooth to increase dough’s density, making it suitable for ornaments. Roll dough. Cut shapes. Make holes for hanging. Chill and bake per manufacturer’s instructions.
Spray-painted white, pinecones really pop against evergreen boughs.
A vintage Audubon book yielded these images. We turned them into tree-trimmers by color-copying them onto card stock, then cutting out the birds and punching holes at the tops.
A nod to Christmases past, these antique Santa images are from the 1860s, when the Victorians really began celebrating Christmas. If you can’t get your hands on originals, or don’t want to put any valuables on display, consider making a color copy of the print, mount it to a piece of cardboard, then decorate with glitter and gold tinsel!
Craft unique ornaments using old photos and pocket-watch cases.
Create personalized name tags for your dinner guests to hang on your tree. Spritz paper labels with instant coffee to acheive a perfectly imperfect patina, then stamp on the name of each guest.
Frame fabric in embroidery hoops to create homespun ornaments with graphic good looks.
Silk calla lilies lend a surprising note of spring.
Let the basic style and colors of your home guide your holiday decorating, advises interior designer Rollande. “The idea is to enhance, not overwhelm, the spaces you live in.”
Pizzelle Candy Cones
Decorated then filled with holiday treats, these nostalgic cones spread sweet holiday cheer.
Instructions: How to Make Pizzelle Candy Cones
This sparkly snowflake is so quick to assemble, you’ll want to make dozens, for gifts, cards, favors, and, of course, the holiday tree. It just requires a wire snowflake form, beads, and a dab of hot glue on each leg to affix the beads.
Instructions: Easy Holiday Snowflake Crafts
Peace on Earth
Pure white doves flock en masse to the miniature tree’s branches, proclaiming “peace on Earth.” Cut your own from white card stock and hang from lengths of ribbon, or use dove-shaped gift tags for a quicker solution. In keeping with the humble theme, the tree sits inside a pale blue-painted galvanized bucket.
Give your paper ornaments some 3-D life.
Get the tutorial at Picklebums »
A Hot Cup of Joe
Some simple sewing and colored felt remind us just how much heart coffee (or hot chocolate) on cold winter’s day.
Get the tutorial at One Artsy Mama »
Pine Cone Bows
This one couldn’t be easier.
Get the tutorial at Make It & Love It »
These little buttons make for the perfect-sized decoration on small felt Christmas trees.
Get the tutorial at Buddly Crafts »
Give the dip-dye trend an update for your ornaments by just covering half of a pastel ball.
Get the tutorial at A Joyful Riot »
Bottle Cap Reindeer
This one has your kids’ names all over it.
Get the tutorial at Make Great »
Of the many magical treats that Christmas tales have us craving, gumdrops are most definitely one of them.
Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger »
Show off your favorite holiday tune by displaying the sheet music in the form of a star. Place a small bow in the middle for an added accent.
Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping »
Put your painting skills to the test by using nail polish instead of acrylic when crafting these bright, marble ornaments.
Get the tutorial at I Love to Create »
Snowmen, crafted from peanuts, can be given all sorts of colorful hats and scarves. Use different sizes to create kid and adult versions.
Get the tutorial at Evermine Occasions »
For those savvy with a crochet hook, crafting these colorful mini Christmas trees should be a piece of cake.
Get the tutorial at My Poppet Makes »
You can easily dress up these blue-and-gold snowflakes with each family member’s first initial — but spelling out a season’s greeting is pretty festive, too.
Get the tutorial at Gossamer Blue »
Pom poms have been the star of our countless childhood crafts, and taken an even cuter form as colorful wreaths and ornament balls.
Get the tutorial at Northstory »
Cinnamon salt dough makes for a strong, sturdy gingerbread man. Dress him up with a checkered scarf (in case he gets cold).
Get the tutorial at Where Your Treasure Is »
The unwritten rule of glitter goes a little something like this: Don’t be afraid to be as colorful as you want (even if they aren’t your traditional Christmas colors).
Get the tutorial at Claireabellemakes »
You actually need to make this ornament using a legitimate donut pan — there’s no better way to ensure the ideal shape.
Get the tutorial at 365 Designs »
When you hang up Santa’s hat, don’t forget to include his mittens.
Get the tutorial at Milk Shed »
Black and White
Dress up ordinary, white balls with some black-and-white designs…just make sure the ornament you buy is safe to bake in the oven.
Get the tutorial at Handmade Mood »
It’s hard to believe shower curtain rings are what these wreaths are made of. Top them off with red ornaments to match their bow.
Get the tutorial at Creative Green Living »
They may look like mini disco balls, but an ornament covered in bright colored sequins is the pop of brightness your Christmas tree is missing.
Get the tutorial at One Dog Woof »
Horn of Plenty
A mini cornucopia, full of hollies and berries, is a sweet little twist on being thankful during the snow-filled months.
Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping »
A novice-friendly blanket stitch adds crafty style to the edges of these festive fabric shapes.
Get the tutorial at Lana Red »
Plain paper mache ornaments (get ’em at the craft store) are the perfect blank slate for Christmas creativity. Put a twist on the traditional red-and-green color palette by choosing coral and mint hues, accented by gold.
Get the tutorial at Oh Happy Day »
Diamond in the Rough
A thin sheet of balsa wood morphs into a gilded gem with just a few slices of an X-Acto knife.
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »
Mason jars are too large to dangle from a pine branch, but baby food jars are the perfect size for a decorative terrarium.
Get the tutorial at Simply Ciani »
These eco-friendly Christmas tree ornaments can be tossed in the compost pile after the holidays pass.
Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping »
Use this monogrammed Christmas ball as a holiday tradition-starter: Have each member of your family make and hang their personalized ornament.
Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth »
‘Tis the season for an abundance of treats, so channel the dessert table with clear balls filled with technicolor sprinkles.
Get the tutorial at Gimme Some Oven »
Not only are these bitty cinnamon sticks the perfect trunks for tiny trees, but they’ll also add a subtle welcoming scent to your tree.
Get the tutorial at Crafts Unleashed »
Wood slices emblazoned with seasonal messages are right at home in a country Christmas display.
Get the tutorial at Upcycled Treasures »