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Homemade Holiday Crafts

by Jeff Dailey

christmas-bauble-15738_640Decorating the tree is a much-anticipated tradition you share with your family. Not only does the tree’s sparkling lights and pine aroma immediately transform a home into a winter wonderland, but, as you unwrap those handmade ornaments, you reminisce about year’s past and cherish the history that the tree tells by its special, meaningful trimmings. So make some hot chocolate, turn on Bing Crosby and get out those old glass ball ornaments to create some simple, but eye-catching, handmade holiday ornaments.
Suited for Santa

  • Adornaments fibers, White
  • Paper Shapers Buckle Square Medium Punch
  • Craft glue pen
  • Double-sided roller adhesive
  • Red glass ball ornament
  • Black and gold cardstock


  1. Apply a line of glue from the top of the ornament almost to the bottom.
  2. Gently press a length of white fiber on top of the glue to adhere. Add more glue and fibers to achieve the desired width.
  3. Apply glue around the top of the ornament, and coil fibers on top of the glue so that the top is covered.
  4. Cut a strip of black cardstock 1/2″ wide and long enough to wrap around the ornament.
  5. Punch a buckle from gold cardstock.
  6. Thread the black strip through the buckle. Apply double-sided adhesive to the back of the strip, then wrap it around the ornament to adhere.

A Ball of Snowflakes

  • Cathy B. Sticko Stickers, Vellum Snazzy Snowflakes
  • Blue glass ball ornament


  1. Adhere stickers to ornament in a random fashion. If necessary, apply additional adhesive. This same method can be used using flat or dimensional stickers. Applying stickers is a kid-friendly, cost-effective way to embellish a plain ornament.

Painted Perfection

  • ZIG Painty pen
  • Adornaments fibers, Christmas
  • Craft glue pen
  • Clear glass ball ornament

What to Do:

  1. Using the ZIG Painty pen, write seasonal words such as “noel,” “joy” or “peace” directly on the glass ball. Let dry to the touch.
  2. Apply a line of glue around the ornament just below the words. Wrap fibers around ornament and press into glue to adhere.
  3. Repeat Step 2 as desired, adding additional fiber coils near the top and the bottom of the ornament.
  4. If desired, use the Painty pen to apply various holiday designs or doodles around the rest of the ornament.

Note: Don’t care for your handwriting? Instead of using Painty pens, you can also apply alphabet rub-ons directly to the glass balls.
* As with all crafts, adult supervision is recommended.

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