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Handmade Christmas Ornament Gift » Lovely Indeed


Create charming, handcrafted Christmas ornament gifts, designed to look like the recipient’s home. So unique, creative and thoughtful!

Handmade Christmas decorations
Handmade Christmas decorations
Handmade Christmas decorations

Every year, I have a small list of families that I would love to do something special for during the holidays.

I enjoy giving gifts but I always try to keep an eye on the budget while trying to give something special and thoughtful.

These handmade Christmas ornament gifts look like they cover all those bases! It’s incredibly unique and charming, but very easy on the budget.

And bonus – you can spend some afternoons crafting.

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Handmade Christmas decorations

Why DIY Christmas gifts?

My first instinct is to say: Why not?!

But honestly, the answer to that is: time. Time is the only reason you shouldn’t make a holiday gift. I’ll admit, it takes more time than buying a candle and wrapping it.

but! On the professional side, handmade Christmas gifts like this ornament provide an extra layer of thought and emotion when giving gifts.

They are special simply because the giver took the time to plan and create something with his or her own hands. I love that.

If these handmade ornaments are too time consuming for you this year, try these leather keychains or this type of ornament. They are also handmade but you can make them quickly in large quantities.

Handmade Christmas decorations

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GIFT: Looks like home

These handmade gifts are extra special because they feel like the recipient’s home!

Can you imagine getting one of these? It will be especially special for the new homeowner or someone in the first place.

If you have a college student, you can also create one that resembles a college dorm or fraternity/sorority house.

But no matter who you give the gift of decoration to, it will be a special memento of the time they lived in that particular home.

Handmade Christmas decorations

Supplies you’ll need

Air dry clay. This link is for the heavier clay that sculptors and makers often use, but you can also use your child’s air-dry modeling clay if you have any light color such as white or beige.

Clay tools. I enjoy using clay tools because they have great shapes for cutting, smoothing, etc. But if you don’t have any, you can substitute kitchen knives, spoons, toothpicks and other similar items.

Acrylic paint. You probably already have some paints you can use in your craft stash!

My choice: Glaze or sealant. If you want your finished product to have a glossy appearance, you can apply this over the paint once it dries. It will also help protect the overall decoration.

Painting brushes. For this project, you will find it helpful to have a few fine-tipped brushes to use for the details.

A straw. You will use this to make a hole in the top of the ornament.

string. Any pretty thread or ribbon will do!

Handmade Christmas decorations

How to make Christmas decorations for home

  1. I find it easier to work from a photograph, so take a picture on your phone of the house you are going to create. (Don’t be weird if it’s not your house — maybe ask the landlord for a photo.)
  2. Roll out your clay to 1/4 inch thickness on a smooth surface or piece of parchment paper.
  3. Use clay tools or a knife to start cutting out the shape of the house. If there are trees, shrubs, or other landscaping, you can include that in the overall look. Think of this as a silhouette of the entire property.
  4. Once the shape is cut out, use your fingers or smoothing tools to smooth out any rough edges or bumps. Use the straw to carefully make a hole about 1/2 inch from the top of the ornament. Allow to dry overnight.
  5. Once completely dry, use a pencil to lightly trace the details of the house onto the ornament.
  6. Start painting the house. Think of this in layers; The house will likely be painted first, followed by any trees or shrubs in the front. Allow the layers of paint to dry enough in between so that they do not smear or smear.
  7. Allow the paint to dry completely. If you like, paint a solid color on the back side and let that dry as well.
  8. If desired, cover the dried ornament with a glaze or sealant. Allow it to dry.
  9. Add a ribbon or string through the hole for hanging.
Handmade Christmas decorations
Handmade Christmas decorations
Handmade Christmas decorations
Handmade Christmas decorations

More decorative gift ideas

Ornaments are a great handmade gift idea for the holidays!

If this is too much effort for you, here are some additional ideas you can make in large batches and serve to everyone on your list. Enjoy! xoxo

Handmade Christmas decorations

Material

  • Air dry clay

  • Acrylic paint

  • Glaze or sealant

  • Chain or bar

tools

  • Clay tools

  • Painting brushes

  • A straw

directions

  1. I find it easier to work from a photograph, so take a picture on your phone of the house you are going to create. (Don’t be a creep if it’s not your house — maybe ask the landlord for a picture.)
  2. Roll out your clay to 1/4 inch thickness on a smooth surface or piece of parchment paper.
  3. Use clay tools or a knife to start cutting out the shape of the house. If there are trees, shrubs, or other landscaping, you can include that in the overall look. Think of this as a silhouette of the entire property.
  4. Once the shape is cut out, use your fingers or smoothing tools to smooth out any rough edges or bumps. Use the straw to carefully make a hole about 1/2 inch from the top of the ornament. Leave it to dry overnight.
  5. Once completely dry, use a pencil to lightly trace the details of the house onto the ornament.
  6. Start painting the house. Think of this in layers; The house will likely be painted first, followed by any trees or shrubs in the front. Allow the layers of paint to dry enough in between so that they do not smear or smear.
  7. Allow the paint to dry completely. If you like, paint a solid color on the back side and let that dry as well.
  8. If desired, cover the dried ornament with a glaze or sealant. Allow it to dry.
  9. Add a ribbon or string through the hole for hanging.

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