Recently updated on December 6th, 2023

A family making Christmas ornaments.

Getting into the holiday spirit is always fun but it can also bring on a ton of stress, especially when it comes to gift-giving or decorating your tree. Times are tough and money can be tight so why not take some of that stress out of the mix. Add a personal touch to your Christmas tree this year by decking the halls with our delightful DIY Christmas ornament ideas. Ocean State Job Lot can be your one-stop shop to help you with affordable supplies and a whole lot of festive inspiration for a fun family project.

From handmade snowflakes to festive pinecone trees, from hand-painted glass balls to ribbon-covered ornaments plus repurposing some ornaments and things around the house you haven’t used in years, we’ll help with our easy tips.

The time you’ll spend making these ornaments will be a wonderful way to bond as a family and bring out the love and creativity in your home.

Christmas ornaments painted with white snowflakes

Sparkling Snowflakes

What tree could be complete with a few sparkling snowflakes, right? It’ll make your home a winter wonderland! Ocean State Job Lot is the ultimate place for all the supplies you’ll need at extraordinary value to create your standout snowflakes. Remember to bring your creativity!

Materials you’ll need:

Step-by-step guide:

Start by removing the top of the plastic ornament and setting it aside. You can also use clear ornaments if you prefer to see the interior.

Using a small paintbrush, apply a thin layer of white acrylic paint to the inside of the ornament. This will create a snowy base.

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle fine white glitter inside the ornament. Gently shake and rotate the ornament to evenly distribute the glitter for a dazzling effect.

Let it dry completely before reattaching the top.

Thread a ribbon or string through the top of the ornament for hanging and watching it sparkle!

If you prefer, especially if you don’t have a clear ornament to work with, you can also paint the outside of the ornament and sprinkle glitter around the outer circle. Just make sure not to put too much glitter in one place ot it will make the ornament look clumpy.

Don’t forget, in addition to hanging your sparkling snowflake ornaments on your Christmas tree, you can also hang them in windows, or around your home to add that wonderful touch of winter magic everywhere.

Family painting Christmas ornaments

Hand-Painted Glass Balls

Take a step up from what you did with your sparkling snowflakes and go beyond, bringing your winter creativity to its fullest. This is where you can really stretch your mind, bring family ideas together to create a theme for the tree. Remember, this is not about perfection, this is about crafting ornaments that will be around for years to come, being passed down from generation to generation, generating family memories.

Materials you’ll need:

Step-by-step guide:

Carefully remove the top of the glass ornament, taking care not to break it. If you feel more comfortable, you might want to wear plastic gloves.

Squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto your palette or disposable plate.

Dip your paintbrush into the paint and let your imagination flow. Create beautiful designs, patterns, or even hand-painted scenes on the inside of the ornament.

Allow your painted ornament to dry completely before reattaching the top.

You can also add a ribbon or string to the ornament for hanging either on the tree or around the house.

Mother and Young Daughter painting pinecones

Festive Pinecone Trees

If you’re looking for a bit more natural look for your tree, pinecones with a holiday twist could be just the thing. Before you get started, gather the family around to talk through some ideas on how you might like to decorate your pinecones. That way you will know what materials you might need as add-ons.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Pinecones of various sizes
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Craft brushes
  • Small terracotta pots or bases
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Assorted small decorations (mini baubles, glitter, ribbon, etc.)

Step-by-step guide:

Paint the pinecones with green acrylic paint to create the tree shape. Make sure you allow them to dry thoroughly before moving forward.

Apply hot glue to the bottom of the painted pinecones and secure them into small terracotta pots or bases, creating the tree’s trunk.

Add your own touch of creativity by decorating the pinecone trees with mini trinkets, glitter, ribbon, or any other festive holiday embellishments you want.

Before hanging them on your tree or around the house, please make sure you let your ornament dry completely.

Paper and ribbon ornament hanging from Christmas tree branch

Ribbon-Covered Ornaments

Holiday ribbons always bring festive elegance to your home. With a few simple suggestions, you can have your house dazzling throughout the Christmas season by adding ribbons to your ornaments.

Materials you’ll need:

Step-by-step guide:

Cut ribbons into varying lengths, creating a set of ribbons in descending order from longest to shortest. You might want to lay them out to see how many you have and what length they are.

Create a cone shape from craft foam or cardboard, securing it with hot glue to form the base of your ornament.

Starting with the longest ribbon, hot glue it to the top of the foam cone, and wrap it around, securing with hot glue as you go. Continue this process with the remaining ribbons, working your way down the cone.

Once all the ribbons are attached, add small decorations, beads, or additions that show off your family’s personality.

Attach a ribbon or twine loop at the top to hang your beautiful handmade ornament. Now, you’re ready to start decorating the Christmas tree or hanging around the house to give you a spirited smile throughout the day.

Crafting Christmas ornaments with denim fabric, ribbon, and wooden decoratons

Repurposed Ornaments

When it comes to holiday decorating, using things from around the house can be a sustainable and creative way to infuse your home with festive charm. Add in a few supplies from Ocean State Job Lot and you’ve got yourself brand new ornaments that will breathe some fresh new life into your holiday decorations while saving you some of that Christmas cash.

Here’s how to do it:

Search Your Home: Look around your house for items like old buttons, fabric scraps, wine corks, or even puzzle pieces that can be turned into awesome accessories.

Give New Life to Old Decor: Let your imagination run with just a fresh coat of paint or some glitter.

Personalized Photo Ornaments: Turn cherished family photos into ornaments by placing them inside clear glass or plastic sleeves. These personalized ornaments will make meaningful additions to your tree. Use small frames too as ornaments and hang them with hooks or ribbon. Just make sure they’re not too heavy for the branches.

Creative Upcycling: Explore your creative side by upcycling old, unused items like keys, bottle caps, or mason jar lids. These unique pieces can be transformed into captivating ornaments with a little paint and ingenuity.

Embrace your inner DIY and create moments that will last forever for your family. Not only will it make your Christmas tree a vision to see, it’ll make your home inviting while bringing lasting memories for years to come.

Visit Ocean State Job Lot for a wide range of crafting supplies and everything you need to repurpose items for your beautiful holiday ornaments. Happy Holidays from all of us at Ocean State Job Lot!