Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas

Celebrate Baby's First Christmas With Creative Homemade Ornaments

Handmade paper Christmas ornament
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Making handmade ornaments for baby’s first Christmas is a great way to start a fun family tradition that you can enjoy for many years to come. You can find pre-made "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments just about everywhere come holiday time, but there's something so much more special about an ornament you made yourself. Decorate your Christmas tree with your own handmade ornaments or give them as gifts to family and friends.

Here are five easy DIY ornament ideas you don't have to be an expert crafter to make.

Glass Photo Ornaments

This one is so easy and makes unique, personalized ornaments that friends and family will love receiving as gifts. All you'll need are some glass ornaments, the larger the better, and photos printed on flexible, lightweight paper (card stock photos won't work). Carefully remove the small metal hook cap, and using a pair of tweezers, ease a printed photo inside the ornament, and use the tweezers to pull it into the best position to display the photo. You may end up tearing a photo or two on your first try, so print several copies. 

Once you're done, you'll have lovely ornaments that preserve your favorite family memories.

Wood "Cookie" Ornaments

This one only works if you get a real Christmas tree. When you pick it out at the lot, usually the attendant will offer to give the trunk a "fresh cut" with a hand saw.

Ask him or her to cut a little rounded piece off for you, roughly a half-inch thick. If you're the adventurous type who cuts down your own tree in the woods, even better, you can cut the "cookie" yourself. Smooth any rough edges or splinters away, then use a permanent marker to write "Baby's First Christmas" or whatever inscription you like.


Salt Dough Ornaments

Nothing is more precious than baby's tiny hands and feet, so keep the memory alive by creating a simple salt dough handprint ornament in honor of baby’s first Christmas. To make salt dough you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • ¾ cup of hot water
  • A pencil
  • Paints

Combine the three ingredients to make a mixture that is a cross between clay and Play-Doh. Roll the dough in a circle and make an impression of your baby's hand or feet. Use a pencil to poke a hole in the top of the ornament to hang and microwave it for three minutes. After it cools decorate with acrylic craft paint or paint pens in the colors of your choice.

Paper Ornaments:

Paper ornaments are more fragile than other homemade Christmas tree decorations, but they can turn out nicely if you handle them carefully. Make a paper ornament using card stock and wrapping paper. You could even add small photos to the sides. Use a circle or square scrapbooking paper punch to crop small shapes from your prints.

Baby Sock Snowman Ornament

If one of baby’s socks has lost its mate, don’t throw it away!

If you have one white sock and one colored sock, you can turn them into a cute snowman ornament for your Christmas tree. You'll need:

  • Two socks
  • Cotton batting or cotton balls
  • String
  • Buttons
  • Markers

Fill a white sock with cotton batting or cotton balls and tie it shut just above the ankle. Trim off the cuff and tie a piece of ribbon around the sock to divide it into the snowman’s head and body. Make a hat for the snowman by gathering a colored baby sock together at the ankle and tying with string. Cut off the foot, roll up the edge of the sock like a stocking cap and sew on the hat. Add buttons to the snowman’s tummy and use a fine tipped marker to make eyes and mouth.

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