The holidays are coming fast and, for many, it comes with a lot of unnecessary stress. Not only do you have holiday parties and get-togethers to attend, but you also have to find the “perfect” gift. It’s difficult. That’s exactly why it’s tempting to buy a gift card, which lacks personality.

So, what about trying something new this year and making an ornament that’s affordable and personalized? You can give it by itself or in addition to a gift card. Ornaments don’t cost much nor do they take a lot of time to make.

Here’s three different ideas.

Personalized Christmas Ball

Supplies:

  • Glass Ornament Ball
  • DecoArt Gloss Enamels Paint and/or DecoArt Pens
  • Pearls
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Glue and/or Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Open the top of the glass ornament and fill with pearls.
  2. Put the top back on the ornament.
  3. Using the DecoArt Gloss Enamels paint (or if using the DecoArt Pen, write) the recipient’s name and if you’d like add polka dots or a little black bow.
  4. Let it dry and when completely dry, use a ribbon and make a bow at the top.
  5. Wrap it up nicely with or without a gift card attached.

NOTE: Looking to make one for the men in your life? Be creative and add in something other than pearls.

Personalized Kid-Approved Ornaments

Supplies:

  • Glass Ornament Ball
  • DecoArt Gloss Enamels Paint and/or DecoArt Pens
  • Pom-Poms
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Glue and/or Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Using DecoArt Gloss Enamels or the DecoArt pen, paint the outline for the eyes and face. Keep in mind: There are so many different characters that you can make, but start out with the color of the face. Is the character blue, yellow, brown or green? Either purchase colored balls from Michaels or purchase clear balls and add shredded paper that matches the face into the ball.
  2. Let it dry and then add on pom-poms, pipe cleaners, etc. on with a hot glue gun.
  3. Optional: Personalize the back with their name.

For The Soon-To-be Mr. & Mrs., Parents, Homeowners, Etc.

Supplies:

  • Wood Slices
  • DecoArt Multi-Surface Paint
  • Pom-poms, ribbons, etc.

Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, trace what you want onto the wood piece.  If you make any mistakes, you can always erase. Here are some cute ideas that you can do with templates: Mr. & Mrs. + Last Name; Baby’s First Christmas + Year; First Christmas In Our New Home + Year; etc.
  2. Add a ribbon, glitter, and anything else you want to jazz it up.

By Michele Weinstein

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