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DIY Ornaments That Will Make Your Christmas Merry and Bright

1. Gum Drop Ornaments: Cut a papier–mâché egg ornament in half or—better yet—use half of an old plastic Easter egg. Paint it and then glue chunky glitter to it and you get yourself a sweet, wish-it-was-real-so-I-can-eat-it-gumdrop. Get the how-to at Dream a Little Bigger.

2. Dollar Store Diorama: Create a mid-century modern ornament using items from the dollar store. Turn a plastic wine glass upside down, drill a hole in the top to put a wire hanger, then glue little animals, trees and glitter on a cardboard circle. Next glue your cardboard circle to your plastic cup and decorate with tinselly trim. Get the how-to at Pitter and Glink.

3. DIY Crystal Snowflakes: This Christmas ornament is part decoration, part snowflake. And that ROCKS! All you need is to make a solution of 1/3 cup borax and 2 cups of boiling water. Then add your pipe cleaner shapes and let the science happen overnight. When you wake up, enjoy the Christmas magic. Get the how-to at Work it Mom.

4. Christmas Tree Ornaments: Wrap a Styrofoam cone with yarn, then decorate it with sequins and a pom-pom. Add a jingle bell for extra fun. Get the how at Craft Passion.

5. Photo Ornament: Preserve your memories by adding photos to your DIY ornaments. Using a square plastic bulb, you can add four family photos (one for each side) to your ornament. Then glue glitter on the top for a snow-like effect. Get the how-to at Rust and Sunshine.

6. Snowball Pom-Pom Faces: Simply make some yarn pom-poms (tutorials are all over the Web). Then glue on yarn facial features and add pink cheeks. Get the how-to at Molly Moo.

7. 10-Minute Mason Jar Lid Ornaments: Cut silhouette animals out of felt and glue them to a felt circle. Then neatly tuck the felt into a Mason jar lid. The best part: It takes minutes to make. Get the how-to at Handmade By Kelly.

8. Paper Straw Tree Ornaments: Cut your straws into various lengths and then glue them to your "trunk." Add ribbon and a paper star to complete your project. Get the how-to at Simple As That Blog.

9: Here Comes Rudolph: Use birch rounds (found at craft stores) as the base. Then drill holes to thread your ribbon through. Here's comes the fun part: Glue branches as antlers, googly eyes and pom-pom for the nose. Get the how-to at Artzy Creations.


10. Oh Starry Night: Make ornaments with embroidery string wrapped around pipe cleaners and a mini pom-pom. Get the how-to Art Bar Blog.



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