​Deck the Tree With These Non-Traditional & Unexpected DIY Ornaments

​Deck the Tree With These Non-Traditional & Unexpected DIY Ornaments

Tess Wilson
Dec 3, 2017
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Tired of decorating your tree with candy canes, snowflakes, and ornaments from the Hallmark Store? This year, deck the halls with piñatas, gumball machines, unicorns, s'mores, and Princess Leias, all made by your own talented hands. Get started on these 14 tutorials now so you can adorn your tree—or presents—with the most creative projects ASAP.

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DIY Glitter Unicorn Ornaments by Hello Wonderful

Why shouldn't unicorns be part of the Christmas mythos! These glittery beauties are perfect for winter and a great project for older kids.

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DIY Gumball Machine Ornaments by Aww Sam

How adorable! You could make these with rainbow pom poms as shown here, or stick to a wintry palette, whatever suits your look. You'll also need clear ball ornaments (go ahead and buy a case of them), model magic clay, spray paint, adhesive vinyl, and construction paper.

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DIY Circus Animal Cookie Ornaments by Studio DIY

Now that you own clay and pom poms, you can make these cuties, too! You will need some animal cookie cutters; I'm partial to the IKEA boreal forest set.

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DIY Honeycomb Ornaments by Oh Happy Day

Honeycomb decorations are irresistible, but perhaps you can't find them in colors and shapes that suit you? Thanks to this tutorial, you can now make whatever honeycombs you could ever dream of!

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DIY Piñata Ornaments with a Surprise Inside by Little Inspiration

These are ornaments and presents in one—and activities, if you decide to whack them open with tiny sticks. Consider adorning gift bottles of wine with these, because grownups need to have fun, too.

DIY Holographic Snow Ornament by Mr. Kate

Those big, flaky, iridescent "snowflakes" are irresistibly over-the-top, so you should definitely fill and/or coat all of your ornaments with it. Spray adhesive is the secret weapon for this one.

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DIY Alcohol Ink Ornaments by A Beautiful Mess

These are reminiscent of old-fashioned ornaments, but the sheer iridescent colors feel very modern. Doing them all in a single color could be an interesting look, too.

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DIY Last-Minute Dessert Ornaments by Aww Sam

Stock up on model magic clay and sprinkles, and get those visions of sugarplums out of your head and dancing on your tree. The sprinkle toast—hagelslag in Dutch—is the cutest.

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Stranger Things Ornament by Eat Move Make

Celebrate the Winonaissance, Steve's luscious locks, Sheriff Hopper's dad bod, and all things Eleven with this sweet yet creepy ornament.

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Pinecone Ornaments 3 Ways by Handmade Charlotte

Does your tree need holly, birdies, and or elves, all crafted out of sweet little pinecones? Tackle one of all of these little projects and let cuteness reign.

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DIY Fresh Greenery Ornaments by The Merrythought

If you don't have access to wild nature, don't despair; your local farmer's market, florist, or grocery store might have bunches of greenery at a reasonable price. Watch the video tutorial for the full how-to!

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Princess Leia Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments by StarWars.com

Honor dearly departed Carrie Fisher & General Organa with these little ornaments. And if you find you need to eat your feelings? These ornaments also happen to be delicious.

Paper Candle Ornaments by The House That Lars Built

These ornaments are so extremely traditional, they come back around to being non-traditional—who puts candles on their tree these days?! They're totally charming, especially if you go for a sort of Muppet Christmas Carol aesthetic.

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Simple DIY Wooden Ornaments by The Merrythought

Did you opt for a tabletop tree? These teeny ornaments will be perfect, and they'd make elegant decorations on gift-wrapped packages.

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DIY Mini Tool Tree Ornaments by Jaime Costiglio

If paint rollers, tool boxes, and screw drivers are more your style, these mini tool ornaments better be on your tree this year. Jaime has step-by-step tutorials for most of the minis, but I suggest starting things off with the tiny measuring tape.

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