Make an Ornament + Enter to Win $250

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DIY ornaments are some of the best Christmas crafts. They’re small, fun for the whole family, and there are about a million different ways you can make them.

Here at FaveCrafts, we’re always looking for awesome new projects to add to the site. This time of year, ornaments are on the mind. As a fun opportunity, we’re asking readers and bloggers alike to submit your very own DIY ornament tutorial to FaveCrafts! The best part?

Your ornament tutorial can be worth $250!

Head on over to FaveCrafts to submit your ornament, and you’ll be eligible to win a $250 Amazon gift card!

About Our Ornament Contest:

  • All entries in this contest must be original creations, but you can republish a project from your blog.
  • Your project will be posted in full on FaveCrafts.com.
  • Winners will be selected based on popularity of the project.
  • The top ten ornaments will also appear in an exclusive Best Ornaments 2016 free eBook, which will be available for download on FaveCrafts.com, Amazon, and the Apple Store. Crafts featured in the eBook will include a direct link to the blogger’s website.

The deadline to enter is November 10, 2016 at Midnight Central Time.

Once your project is added to the site, be sure to help promote it any way you can on social media, on your blog, in email newsletters, etc. The more page views each project receives, the better your chances are at winning!

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Head on over and enter your ornament today! And, check out some of the entries we’ve received so far:

See the complete list of ornament contest entries here.

What is your favorite ornament on your tree?

Easy DIY Ornaments

Christmas is quickly approaching, and it is just about time to decorate your tree! What better way to decorate your Christmas tree than to incorporate some DIY ornaments? These handmade ornaments will make your Christmas even more meaningful. You’ll be able to spend time with family and friends creating these easy DIY ornaments and all your guests will see your hard work on your tree.

Easy DIY Ornaments

Just think about the wonderful memories that will be brought to mind every time you look at the tree. There’s just something extra special about handmade Christmas decorations and to know that these crafty creations were the result of some time spent with loved ones is just magical! Save these DIY ornaments and bring them out year after year. As you decorate the tree with your family, you will all be able to relive the fun you had making them.

And when the kids are older and move away, you can send some of those ornaments along with them for their own Christmas trees. They will be continuing the tradition with their families and cherishing the memories from years gone by.

  1. DIY Ornaments with Rit Dye From Mod Podge Rocks
  2. Simple and Easy DIY Wooden Ornaments from A Little Craft In Your Day
  3. DIY Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments from The I Love To Create Blog
  4. Glitter Galaxy Ornaments from The Swell Designer
  5. DIY Mason Jar Lid Ornaments from DIY on The Cheap
  6. DIY Mosaic Ornament from A Little Craft In Your Day
  7. Washi Tape Ornaments from FaveCrafts
  8. DIY Cupcake Ornament from FaveCrafts
  9. Let it Snow Scrabble Tile Ornament from Crafts By Amanda
  10. S’mores Peppermint Ornament from Sew Licious Home Decor
  11. Cookie Cutter Ornament from Favecrafts
  12. DIY Glass Photo Ornament Tutorial from Fynes Designs
  13. How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments from Viva Veltoro
  14. DIY Wood Slice Ornaments from Upcycled Treasures
  15. DIY Glitter Ornaments from Create and Babble

There are so many fun DIY ornament ideas to choose from – you are surely going to find something for everyone in this list!

Are there any other easy DIY Ornaments you’d like to share? Write about them in the comment box below!

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the Holidays

Budget-friendly materials for inexpensive DIY Christmas decorations are easier to find than you think! All you need is a great idea or an easy tutorial in order to make your own holiday decorations without busting your budget. Our favorite: Dollar Store craft ideas. They’re cheap, easy, and unbelievably beautiful crafts that all ages will enjoy. First of all, nobody will believe that you got these decorations from the Dollar Store, and secondly, they’ll be amazed to know you made them yourself. So, scroll through our list and choose your favorite because it’s time to get crafty!

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the Holidays

We’ve put together a list of our favorite Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the holidays, so you can join the crafting fun! Take a look at any of these DIY wreaths or homemade ornaments to decorate your home. When you create homemade Christmas decorations, they’re simply the best because they’re so personal and unique. You simply can’t buy decorations for your home that are this special. Get the kids crafting too because some of these ideas are so easy, even your little ones will want to get creative!

 

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the Holidays

 

Dollar Store DIY Wreaths

Dollar Store Ornament Wreath

Forget buying an expensive wreath at a store and use one of these Dollar Store crafts as a better, more affordable option. Make one of these DIY wreaths for any space that needs a festive touch: your front door, fireplace mantle, or even above your garage door!

How to Make Wreath SUPER Fast: A Dollar Store Hack

Glowing Snowflake Wreath

Dollar Store Ornament Wreath – Watch the easy video tutorial!

Anthropologie-Inspired Pom Pom Wreath – Nobody will believe this is a knock-off!

Dollar Store Poinsettia Wreath – Only $1

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor

Gold Dipped Ornaments

Whether you’re looking to make handmade ornaments or some festive crafts for your home, these DIY home décor projects are budget-friendly and oh-so-pretty!

Gold Dipped Ornaments

Metallic DIY Home Décor – The perfect DIY decoration to add some sparkle and shine!

Make Your Own Mercury Glass

Enchanting Snow Ornaments

Darling Dollar Store Icicle Ornaments

Pine Cone Christmas Trees – Use Dollar Store and Recycled Materials!

Dollar Tree Revamp with Washi Tape

 

 

Let us know below, what’s your favorite Christmas craft?

18 Recycled Crafts for Christmas

What’s not to love about recycled crafts? They’re budget-friendly and the materials are easy to find because a lot of the crafts feature daily household items. For example, toilet paper roll crafts put those toilet tubes to work and stashbusting crafts can often help you get rid of some of that leftover fabric or paper you have stored away. We can go on and on about our love for recycled crafts, but instead, we’ve put together a list of our favorite recycled crafts for Christmas.

18 Recycled Crafts for Christmas

Some of our most-loved recycled crafts for Christmas are crafts with toilet paper rolls. This Toilet Tube Christmas Wreath and these Easy Toilet Tube Star Ornaments are great toilet paper roll crafts for kids. Adults can enjoy crafts with toilet paper rolls too! You’ll never believe this Adorable Christmas Tree Décor uses this easy, budget savvy material.

You can also decorate your home with some DIY Christmas decorations made with recycled materials. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating for Christmas, but homemade Christmas decorations are simply the best! You can make handmade ornaments to decorate your tree or you can decorate your front door with a Watercolored Coffee Filter Wreath. Proudly show off all your holiday cards with a DIY Christmas Card Display or craft some Stunning DIY Lanterns from tin cans. All of these DIY Christmas decorations are so beautiful and extra special because they’re recycled crafts!

18 Recycled Crafts for Christmas

Precious Paper Cup Angels

Kids Christmas Crafts

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Toilet Tube Christmas Wreath

Precious Paper Cup Angels

Easy Toilet Tube Star Ornaments

Rustic Cardboard Christmas Ornaments

Egg Carton Candy Cane

Upcycled Fabric OrnamentRecycled Handmade Ornaments

Recycled Lightbulb Christmas Ornament

Simple Rhinestone Recycled Ornament

Upcycled Fabric Ornament

Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments

Thrifty Light Fixture Ornaments

Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments

Beautiful Rolled Paper Christmas Ornaments

Watercolored Coffee Filter WreathMore Recycled Christmas Craft Ideas

Darling Wrapping Paper Wreath

T-Shirt Stockings for the Holidays

Adorable Christmas Tree Décor

Stunning DIY Lanterns

Sheet Music Christmas Trees

DIY Christmas Card Display

Watercolored Coffee Filter Wreath

Plus, for more recycled craft fun, check out these awesome Mason Jar Christmas Crafts here!

 

What materials do you use for recycled crafts?

‘Tis the Season to Crochet Christmas Ornaments: 12 Free Patterns

Ho Ho Ho! We’d love to receive any of these DIY Christmas ornaments in our stockings this year! Why? Homemade Christmas ornaments are so unique and each one is different from the rest. You’re guaranteed to have a unique, extra-special Christmas decoration when your own creativity is put into the mix. Let’s be honest, DIY ornaments are not only great for your own tree at home, but also for DIY gifts. Your loved ones will appreciate these gifts all the more because they’re made with such love and care.

'Tis the Season to Crochet Christmas Ornaments: 12 Free Patterns

These Christmas ornaments are a fun crochet project for beginners and advanced crocheters alike! Crochet Christmas decorations are an inexpensive (and fun!) alternative to expensive, store-bought ornaments. What’s more, crochet ornaments are getting more and more popular each year because of their endless design possibilities. These crochet patterns listed below try to cover all the basics such as stars and Santa, but other fun crochet ideas are included!

These DIY Christmas ornaments are great stashbusters, so don’t hesitate to grab your scraps when starting these projects. If you’re a beginner crocheter, then these projects are a great way to practice some basic crochet techniques. For advanced crafters, feel free to get creative by putting your own spin on these patterns! There’s patterns here that would suit any tree and they’re the perfect craft project to get you in the holiday spirit. Once you start your holiday crafting, be sure not to leave these fun projects out because they’re bound to put a smile on anyone gazing at your tree!

 

‘Tis the Season to Crochet Christmas Ornaments: 12 Free Patterns

 

1.) Lacy Snowflake Pattern

 Lacy Snowflake Pattern

2.) Star Christmas Ornament

 Star Christmas Ornament

3.) Christmas Wreath Ornament

Christmas Wreath Ornament

4.) Granny Square Stocking Ornament

Granny Square Stocking Ornament

5.) Santa Ornament

Santa Ornament

6.) Pipsqueak Penguin Ornament

Pipsqueak Penguin Ornament

7.) Paperclip Ice Skates Ornament

Paperclip Ice Skates Ornament

8.) Jingle Bell Ornaments

Jingle Bell Ornaments

9.) Bauble Christmas Ornaments

Bauble Christmas Ornaments

10.) Sweater Ornaments

Sweater Ornaments

11.) Gingerbread Man Cookie

Gingerbread Man Cookie

12.) Tiny Tree Ornaments

Tiny Tree Ornaments

 

Which of these homemade Christmas ornaments is your favorite?

 

Let’s Take a “Craft-cation”, We’re Thinking Some Place Tropical

Although we love winter weather over here at AllFreeChristmasCrafts, after all Christmas does take place in the middle of winter, we’re starting to get a little tired of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love that serene white landscape, but after a few months of the blistering cold, piles upon piles of snow, and limited amounts of day light, I’m ready for some sun and bright colors.

The novelty of a winter wonderland having officially worn off (I like it better in films, like Frozen), I’ve begun dreaming of a vacation. I’m thinking someplace tropical, where the sun is shining, I can make sand sculptures instead of snow sculptures, and enjoy a never ending sight of blue ocean and sky. Since I can’t take an actual vacation (cue the violins) and we can’t rush Mother Nature (we have no way to reach her) I figured the next best thing is a “craft-cation”.

It might still be a blank slate of white outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create a little paradise inside! From DIY home decor to homemade ornaments you can hang around the house, these crafts will help you drift far away into a nautically-inspired nirvana. Not to mention it’ll be a nice head start for spring and summer crafts (nautical crafts will be all the rage in the next coming seasons).

So, if you have the winter blues and are looking for a cure, follow these steps:

  1. Break out your crafting supplies
  2. Begin thinking that you’re someplace tropical and warm
  3. Repeat after me: We can make it, we can make it, we can make it.

Make one of these tropically-inspired crafts:

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Out to Sea Pillow

Coastal Wall Art
Simple Nautical Inspired Wreath
Anchor’s Aweigh Necklace

 

 

 

Sand-Dipped-Candles

 

Maritime Buoy Garland
Beachy Driftwood Trees
Sand Dipped DIY Candles
Coastal Rope Vases

 

 

 

Bit-of-Beach-Ornaments

 

Bit of a Beach Ornament
Nautical Painted Napkins
Sun and Sand Afghan
Glamorous Glitter Seashell Ornaments

 

 

 

How do you get over the winter blues?

 

Ready, Set, Craft!

Why let the sporting world have all the fun? In honor of the many impending sporting events, AllFreeChristmasCrafts decided to throw a little craft-athon ourselves. We’ve picked a few of our most popular wreath crafts, homemade Christmas ornaments, and more, to go head to head. In order to vote, all you’ll need to do is comment below. We’ve got just one question for you: which craft do you think should take the gold?

Ready, Set, Craft!

Round 1: Wreath Crafts

Wreaths are one of the easiest ways to decorate during any holiday or season. You can hang them on your front door to welcome your guests or even on a wall in your home to add a splash of color or holiday spirit. Here are four heavy-weight contenders looking for that number one spot.

Wreath Crafts

  1. Winter Coffee Filter Wreath
  2. Ruffled Organza Snow Wreath
  3. Stunning Vintage Music Paper Wreath
  4. Winter Willow Wreath

 

Round 2: Ornament Crafts

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without ornaments hung on a tree. As everybody knows, handmade is the way to go. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments to go toe-to-toe. Check out the ornament crafts below:

Ornament Crafts

  1. Frosted Glass Ornaments
  2. Victorian Beaded Christmas Tree Ornament
  3. No Sew Quilted Star Ornament
  4. Sparkly Crochet Snowflake Ornament

 

Round 3: DIY Snow Globes

There’s something magical about a snow globe, like a little winter wonderland in a jar. These DIY snow globes prove that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to get snow globes that look like they’re straight from a store. Which snow globe do you like best?

DIY Snow Globes

  1. Beautiful Sparkling Snow Globe
  2. Anthro-Inspired Snow Globe
  3. Twinkly Waterless Snow Globe
  4. Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

 

Round 4: Lighting Ideas

Nothing quite sets a calm and cozy ambiance like a lantern, votive, luminary, or candle. Turn out the lights, spread them throughout your house, and you’re all set. Here are some of the most popular DIY lighting solutions, which one will you vote for?

Lighting Ideas

  1. Epsom Salt Luminaries
  2. Light Up the Night Glitter Mason Jars
  3. Thrifty Tin Can Lantern
  4. Snowflake Jar Votive

 

Let the craft-athon voting begin! Just comment below on which craft you think is best in each category. Ready, set, craft!

Let’s Paint the Town Red: 13 Eye-Catching Crafts

At AllFreeChristmasCrafts, red is one of our favorite colors. From Santa’s stellar suit to Rudolph’s bright nose, it’s safe to say that red is one of the official colors of Christmas. When November comes around and the shops begin decking out their stores for the holiday season, it’s like being engulfed in a sea of red. So it’s probably not too shocking that we have an abundance of bright red crafts on our site.

There is another time of year when red becomes awfully popular: Valentine’s Day.  Just this past week, while visiting my local grocery store, I walked past the seasonal aisle and was met with a wave of red. Floor to ceiling, the shelves were stacked with red candy bags, decorations, and cards.

Now, we all know handmade is the way to go, so with February 14th in just a few weeks, I thought we’d share some of our favorite red crafts to get you ready for the holidays.

Let's Paint the Town Red: 13 Eye-Catching Crafts

From breathtaking wreaths to put on your front door to cute little ornaments you can hang anywhere in your house, we’ve got the bases covered. When you think about it, what can beat a stunning red wreath on your front door, especially against the white, winter snow and dull gray days of winter? Or how cute would it be to give all your friends a little heart ornament (made with love of course) instead of candy this year? It’s time to snap out of our winter blues with a pop of glorious red. Try making some of these red crafts before Valentine’s Day hits:

  1. Breathtaking Poinsettia Wreath
  2. Adorable Button Flowers
  3. Vintage Bulb Reflector and Tinsel Wreath
  4. Snowy Apple Candle Holders
  5. Sweet Burlap Hearts
  6. Felt Word Heart Ornaments
  7. Beaded Wool Jewelry
  8. Red Duct Tape Poinsettias
  9. Strawberry’s and Chocolate Tree
  10. Standing Wooden Tree
  11. Christmas Candle Jewelry
  12. Painted Candle Holders
  13. Cupcake Liner Cone Tree

 

What’s your favorite standout color to decorate with?

In Case You Missed It: “7 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids” eBook

Christmas is less than a month away, and it is time to put up (or at least start thinking about putting up) your Christmas tree. One of the best parts of decorating for Christmas is choosing ornaments for your Christmas tree. There are so many options for DIY ornaments, but the best kind are the ones you can make as a whole family. That is why we at AllFreeChristmasCrafts have put together a collection of great DIY ornaments kids can make in our eBook, 7 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids.

"7 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids" eBook

From ornaments using craft fabric to nature-inspired ornament crafts to DIY ornaments made with materials from your own home, you are sure to find the right ornament crafts for your kids in this eBook. If you need a fun and festive way to keep your kids entertained over winter break, this free eBook is a must-have for the holiday season!

 

Snowy Owl Ornaments Homemade Xmas Ornaments Using Craft Fabric

Create adorable DIY ornaments with your kids like these Snowy Owl Ornaments. Using large googly eyes, glue, felt, old book pages and other embellishments, make a cute owl to put on your tree this Christmas. Your kids will have a blast helping with these adorable animal ornaments and other fun projects made from craft fabric.

 

 

Wax Dipped Pine Cone Ornaments

Christmas Ornament Crafts That Are Nature Inspired

Look to the outdoors for inspiration for you next Christmas craft project with your kids. For a fun and budget-friendly ornament craft, try these Wax Dipped Pine Cone Ornaments. Inexpensive, yet adorable, these homemade ornaments are sure to be a favorite with the kids. Make these pine cone crafts and other nature-inspired projects with your kids this holiday season.

 

 

 

 

Bottle Cap Snowman OrnamentDIY Christmas Ornaments with Materials from Your Home

A recycled Christmas craft is the best way to save during the holiday season. Use old bottle caps to make this precious Bottle Cap Snowman Ornament. These ornaments can be personalized by name, so every kid will feel a sense of ownership over their DIY ornament creation. Make these homemade ornaments and more crafts featuring recycled items with projects featured in this eBook.

 

 
Download a copy of 7 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids – It’s free! 7 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids

If you like this eBook, you’ll love:

Homemade Christmas Ornament: 17 Insanely Cute Crafts
“11 Christmas Crafts for Kids to Create” eBook

 

 

 

 

What ornaments are you making for Christmas?

11 Essential Salt Dough Crafts for the Holidays + Salt Dough Recipe

Inspirational Salt Dough OrnamentsThe best Christmas crafts for kids are ones that bring the whole family together. That’s why salt dough crafts are perfect for the holidays; they’re inexpensive and easy for everyone to enjoy. One of my favorite holiday memories was making star-shaped salt dough ornaments and coloring them with my cousins, and that ornament remains one of my favorites today.

These easy Christmas crafts from AllFreeKidsCrafts and AllFreeChristmasCrafts will give you hours of holiday cheer. You and your family can spend an entire evening creating these simple Christmas crafts and singing along to your favorite holiday tunes. When you pull out these salt dough ornaments and decorations every year for Christmas, you’ll be reminded of the fun, special time you shared with your family while you made your salt dough Christmas creations.

Ready to get crafting? Start with the salt dough recipe from FaveCrafts shown below! (Psst: there are two salt dough ornaments you haven’t seen before hidden in this list! See if you can find them!)

How to Make Salt Dough

Materials:

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Mixing bowl

Instructions:

  1. Mix together salt, flour, and water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Knead until mixture reaches a doughy consistency and add food coloring if desired. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for later use.
  3. Shape salt dough according to the salt dough craft instructions and bake until hard. Baking times for each craft tutorial may vary, but a good rule is to bake salt dough ornaments at a low heat for a few hours. Example: bake at 175 degrees Farenheit for 4 hours, turning ornaments every 30 minutes.
  4. When the salt dough is cool, start decorating!

Stunning Salt Dough Ornaments

Handprint Mold Santa OrnamentRustic Salt Dough Ornaments

Ornaments are already fun Christmas crafts for kids, but salt dough ornaments are simply the best. There are so many different salt dough shapes you can make, and they look great on every Christmas tree! You can even give salt dough ornaments as homemade Christmas gifts for grandparents or other relatives.

Salt Dough Christmas Crafts for Kids

Salt Dough SnowmenSalt Dough Gift Tags and Decorations

Salt dough isn’t just for ornaments! You can create Christmas decorations you’ll cherish for years, or you can spiff up your gift wrapping with salt dough gift tags. These salt dough crafts look best with lots of color, so you’ll have a blast putting your own creative spin on these projects.

Have you ever crafted with salt dough? What did you make?