Holiday Traditions: Making Ornaments

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Hello friend. One of our favorite holiday traditions is to decorate or make ornaments each year. This should probably be a “Flashback Friday” since it meets the criterial of being inexpensive, easy and fun.

Some years we make them from scratch and then decorate them with anything we have around the house. I never buy decorations. We use paint, glue guns, sparkles (sometimes edible ones if we are out of the others), pom poms, stickers, pipe cleaners, fabric, etc. Honestly, anything we can find around the house usually ends up becoming a decoration. As you can see from the introduction picture office supplies (flags) make a great design element as well. A friend of mine gave me her moms recipe for making the dough ornaments that you bake (thanks Shannon). I am going to put the recipe at the end of this post.

Other years we buy a box of the different shaped glass ornaments that Michaels (any art supply store probably has them) carries. Last year we introduced Mod Podge to add glitter and adhere the tissue paper in picture number 2. We love this stuff, it is a great art supply that every family should have. One year we even had my mom save the circular plastic coke bottles that were a promotion during the late fall and we decorate them (as seen in picture #1). Really, look around your house, you would be surprised what you can use to reduce costs.

I do suggest that if you are using any type of paint stick to one that is an Acrylic based, but be careful because it does not come out of clothing. One year we even squirted the paint inside the glass balls and shook it, very fun.

I found this great site that lists a bunch of “make your own” keepsake ornaments for kids. I can totally see my kids doing (or should I say eating) the Gumdrop ornament. The Rudolph one looks so fun for a younger kid that might be just learning how to decorate.

Happy decorating. Do you have inexpensive ways to make or decorate ornaments?

Gumdrop Mom


  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Cookie cutters


  1. Mix equal parts salt and flour
  2. Slowly add water until it becomes the consistency of playdoh
  3. Make the dough into shapes or cut with cookie cutters
  4. Poke holes in the top with toothpicks to hang them. I left the toothpicks in while they cooked so the holes would not close up.
  5. Put them on a baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees until they are light brown and you can pull a toothpick out of them.
  6. Paint and decorate.
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