From the moment Thanksgiving day ends, the Christmas season officially begins—if you haven’t started celebrating it in small ways already, that is—which means it ’tis the season to set up your Christmas tree and start decorating it. To help you save money and add a handmade touch to your tree, making your own DIY Christmas ornaments is the way to go—and it doesn’t have to be a big to-do either!
For the most affordable and easy DIY Christmas ornament ideas found on Instagram, check out this list of totally doable crafty tree decorations you’ll actually be inspired to make.
Here are the 25 best DIY ornaments from millennial lifestyle decor influencers!
1. Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
These ornaments by @tatertotsandjello take crafty to a whole other level by combining printed illustrations with charming painted embroidery hoops and ribbon.
2. Easy Color Block Ornaments
This DIY by @kailochic is easy enough for anyone to pull off! Just paint either side of your ornament a different color and cover up the line with a ring of gold wash tape.
3. A-Line Christmas Cabin
4. Stitched Rainbow Ornament
Using an embroidery hoop, some white fabric and a few shades of thread, @takethecannoli_ stitched a simple rainbow design to create an ornament that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
5. Pompom Gnome Ornaments
6. Pine Cone Holly Leaf Ornaments
Put all those pine cones lying around your yard to good use by giving this DIY from @handmadecharlotte a try. They’re super simple to make, yet look absolutely striking when they’re hanging from a tree.
7. Air-Dried Clay Ornaments
Customize your ornaments in every way—from the design to the size to the color scheme—by making your own out of air-dry clay, like @cleverpoppy did. Since there’s no baking involved, it’s a DIY all ages can make.
8. Farmhouse Christmas Tree Ornament
If you love farmhouse-style everything, this DIY from @turquoisehome is for you. Get your glue gun ready!
9. Pine Cone Pineapple Ornaments
It’ll feel like just another day in paradise when you deck your tree out in these cheerful pineapple ornaments by @aww.sam.
10. Felt Holiday Light Ornament
This felt holiday light ornament by the @craftboxgirls couldn’t be easier! Watch the video to learn how to make this DIY ornament, plus two others.
11. Edible Cookie Ornaments
12. All-Natural Ornaments
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As @plantedinthewoods shows, even the simplest DIY ornaments can be eye-catching. Hang all-natural elements, like pone cones, DIY twig formations and dried fruit from jute string to add organic beauty to your Christmas tree.
13. Gold Marble Ornaments
Add a touch of gold to your plain Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY by @lovelyindeed. You fill a bucket with water, spray gold paint onto the water’s surface and stir. Then, just dunk your ornament into the water to give it a marbleized look.
14. Wood-Burned Two-Tone Monogram Ornaments
15. DIY Snow Globe Ornament
You can make your own DIY snow globe to hang from your tree, like @gigges_galore did, using a fillable, clear ornament, some faux snow and a mini bottle brush Christmas tree. Top it with a plaid bow—and voilia!
16. Marbleized Paint Shaken Ornaments
These marbleized paint shaken ornaments are easy to make because, like their name suggests, all you have to do is put some paint inside a clear ornament and shake it up until the entire interior is covered. Get a marbleized effect, like @kristensellentin, by using two colors, rather than one.
17. Faux Flower Ornaments
All you have to do to pull off this look from @thedecordiet is weave faux flower stems directly into the branches of your tree. Insert them at a 45-degree downward angle to help them stay in place—or you can use floral tape if you really need it. Fill in the gaps with coordinating ornaments.
18. Watercolor Snowflake Ornament
These gorgeous watercolor snowflakes by @sarahrobinsonart are for sale in her shop, but you can make a similar version at home using alcohol ink on a store-bought ornament, since this art supply adheres to most non-porous surfaces.
19. Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments
You can make a chic Christmas tree ornament on the cheap by copying this DIY from @simplemadepretty—all you need is popsicle sticks, leftover scrapbooking paper and glue.
20. Mini Garden Ornaments
Simply by filling clear ornaments with fresh greens, @naturallycuriouschildren makes stunning seasonal decor that’s totally low-hassle.
21. Button Christmas Tree Ornaments
Stacks of buttons, glued together in a Christmas tree shape, make an adorable ornament idea. Use only one color per tree, like @buttonlovers did, or switch it up by using all different colors in each.
22. Leather and Wood Bead Ornaments
For a look that’s both modern and minimalist, give this DIY Christmas ornament idea from @sisterlyandco a try. By mixing leather and wood accents, you’ll add just the right amount of ruggedness to your otherwise sleek tree decorations.
23. Yarn-Wrapped Initial Ornaments
Update wood letters from a craft store quickly by wrapping them in white yarn and gluing on decorative accents, like @heidiliz did.
24. Rudolph Photo Ornaments
Print photos of each member of your family and glue them onto brown-painted, recycled jar lids to make this easy ornament idea from @hellowonderful_co. Add pipe cleaner antlers and a mini pompom red nose to complete the look.
25. Pipe Cleaner Tree Ornament
It’s incredibly easy to bend a sparkly green pipe cleaner into a tree shape, as this video from @onelittleproject shows. They have other totally doable DIY pipe cleaner ornament ideas on their feed, too, if you want to make a complete set.