You don’t have to run out and buy expensive Christmas ornaments every year, even if your old ones are a bit worn. There are many ways that you can make those boring ornaments look fabulous – you just need a bit of time and imagination.
From bows and glitter to creating a custom scene inside ornaments for your tree, there are so many ways to make ordinary ornaments really stand out and many of them take very little time and money. Kids love DIY projects at Christmas time so be sure to include them in the ornament making. We have found a great collection of do it yourself ornaments that you can make from your old bulbs, you just have to add a few embellishments.
Whether you are looking to completely customize your tree this year or you simply need to know how to repair those old ornaments so they will look new again, we have the DIY collection for you to dress up those boring old ornaments and really decorate your tree in style
Just a hot glue gun and some ribbon will give those ornaments a great new look. Add stripes in contrasting colors or choose a theme and go with it. You just have to cut the ribbon to the lengths needed and you can mix and match ribbon width, colors and even ribbon type to really customize the look. Glue the ribbon to the bulb and then tie it up at the top in a nice bow.
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If you have strips of Christmas fabric – or just any old fabric, you can cut and glue them onto your old ornaments and cover up any imperfections. Create a theme with your fabric and you can make the ornaments look as if they were quilted together. This requires a bit of work with regards to measuring and cutting the fabric but you can do it with absolutely no sewing involved.
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If your ornaments are beginning to fade or you simply don’t like the color anymore, you can just paint them. Glass ornaments hold new paint very well. Just choose the color that you want and then paint it however you prefer. You can add ribbons, fabric or anything else to the top to embellish them and even get a bit creative and paint different colors on the same ornament.
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Glitter is a great way to dress up those boring ornaments and to make old ornaments look new again. Just use spray adhesive to keep the glitter in place. If you are planning to change the color of the ornaments, paint them and then add glitter while the paint is still wet so that it will stick. Acrylic paints work best on most ornament materials and you can find glitter in every color of the rainbow.
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If you have clear glass ornaments, filling them is a great way to really make them special. You can add fake snow, pine sprigs, cranberries or just about anything else you may think of to the inside of clear glass or plastic ornaments and give them a completely new look. Just remove the cap, fill them however you want and then replace the cap. It’s really simple and gives you beautiful ornaments to fill your tree.
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Bulb Filled Ornaments
If you have clear plastic or glass ornaments, you can fill the inside with mini Christmas lights that are glittery and really add a sparkle. Just add faux snow, mini bulb ornaments and a glittery bow. These are great for the tree and for decorating wreaths or anything else you can imagine. Add a few to the table for a beautiful centerpiece.
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Beautiful Beaded Ornaments
You can pick up beads in all different sizes at most hobby shops and even at Wal-Mart. You can use those beads to dress up your old ornaments. Just glue them into place with a hot glue gun and add other embellishments as you prefer. You can use ribbon, glitter or anything else you want along with the beads to really customize your ornaments and make them beautiful.
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Make a Snowman
Just a bit of felt on those old ornaments will allow you to create any character you want. Consider turning them into snowmen or even Santa Claus. Just cut the felt that you need and use your glue gun to hold it all in place. These are easy to do and the kids will love them. Incidentally, they make wonderful personalized gifts as well.
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Glitter Pen Ornaments
If you have glitter pens, you can use them to create stunning new ornaments in place of old boring ones. Just add the design that you want and in any color that you want. If you are planning to paint, do that first and allow plenty of time for the paint to dry before you begin using the glitter pens. Then just add names, swirls, messages or anything you want to really make those ornaments special.
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If you really love to DIY your ornaments, decoupage is a great choice. You just have to make or buy the Mod Podge and then cut the strips of paper or whatever you are planning to use. This is a great way to cover over cracks and holes in plastic ornaments and gives your tree such a wonderful homemade look. You can do whatever color or design you want, so your tree will be completely customized.
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