As I’ve mentioned before, our family makes new ornaments to hang on our Christmas tree each year. It’s one of our favorite holiday traditions. After scouring Pinterest, the girls decided to create these five ornaments.
This season, add these to your ornament collection – they’re all teen friendly, cost effective and will take little time to complete.
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DIY Christmas Ornaments that your Teens Will Love
1. Glitter & Feather Ornament
Marianna loves glittery things, so it was no surprise that she chose to make this ornament. In fact, she wanted hers to sparkle more, so instead of using glitter glue, she used purple glitter.
First, she made swirls and designs on the ball and then covered it with the glitter.
Tip – Making swirls with glue can be challenging, so before you glue on the ornament, practice some designs on a scrap piece of paper.
After it dried, she put a couple of coordinating colored feathers inside.
It sparkles every time one of the tree lights catches it!
2. Snowglobe Ornament
Abigail thought making an ornament into a snowglobe was such a cool idea. She followed these instructions for making a mini version. We couldn’t find the old fashioned bulbs pictured there, so Abigail chose a small round one instead.
Tip – The most important thing is to make sure that your tree fits through the opening of the ball.
She wanted the glitter and tree to stand out more, so Abigail decided to use thick style of glitter, instead of the more common type. It really makes it look like a snowy scene.
3. Mickey & Minnie Ornaments
My husband works for Disney, so as you can imagine, we have a lot of Disney-themed ornaments on our tree. When we saw these felt characters from Disney Family, we knew we had to make them.
We did make a couple of adjustments while making ours. To make them stand out on our tree, we made them a bit bigger by enlarging the template. We also decided to put Minnie in pink, by using pink felt and ribbon instead of the green. And finally, to make Minnie and Mickey more festive, we used these cute snowflake ribbons to make their hangers.
Aren’t they sweet?
4. Map Ornament
Our family loves to travel and when we visit somewhere new, we frequently bring home an ornament for our Christmas tree. However, now we can create our own keepsakes to remind us of our travels.
This map ornament is a great way to bring a bit of your trip home with you. Instead of purchasing something, make one of these to capture the memories your family created on a vacation.
Follow these steps:
- Find a map that holds special meaning to you and tear or cut it up into pieces of various size.
- Cover the ball with Mod Podge and lay down a piece of map.
- Smooth it over with more glue.
- Continue layering the pieces of the map until the ball is covered. Take care to place the areas that you want to highlight on the ornament where they can clearly be seen.
- When you’ve attached all of the pieces, smooth a top layer of Mod Podge over everything and then let it dry.
What a great way to add some family memories to your Christmas tree!
5. Harry Potter Golden Snitch Ornament
Do you have a Harry Potter fan in your house? I do, and once she saw this, she couldn’t make it fast enough!
Abigail followed this tutorial to create a snitch ornament of her very own.
While making the wings, she found that by doubling up the tissue paper, there was less ripping to deal with. Plus, if a tear did occur after she finished them, she just covered the spot with more glitter.
Attaching the wings presented a bit of a challenge. She just couldn’t get them to stay upright. The weight of them kept trying to drag them down. So my husband used a push pin to put a small hole in the side of the ball and threaded the wire into it. Then, when the hot glue was added, the wings stayed in place.
This would make a great gift for a fellow Harry Potter fan!
Here’s a bonus ornament idea for you. Last year, Abigail incorporated some of her art lessons into an ornament with this chalk art angel.
Have you been following along with our week of Teen Friendly Fun & Simple Christmas Ideas? So far, we’ve talked about crafts, desserts, and now ornaments. And tomorrow Susan is sharing yummy recipes from around the world!