Published on November 12, 2018

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Photography by Clara Sumsion Jones for The House That Lars Built

When you hear the words “DIY holiday ornaments,” you probably think of the sequin-spackled wood blocks you brought home in grade school or something super elaborate that only Martha Stewart could accomplish. However, there are tons of dazzling do-it-yourself ornaments you can actually pull off.

Whether you have a traditional spruce that could use a pop of color or a modern, all-white Christmas tree calling for an equally understated element, we have your holiday ornament inspiration locked down. These are the easy-to-make ornaments we’ll be crafting all season long:

Wood Bead Snowflake Ornament

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Courtesy of Alice and Lois via Better Homes and Gardens

These effortlessly cool pieces fall somewhere in between Scandi-chic and modern farmhouse. A few clever loops of wire is all it takes to create the intricate-looking shape.

Clothespin People

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Photography by Clara Sumsion Jones for The House That Lars Built

File this one under one of the more creative uses of a clothespin we’ve seen. Leave it to Brittany of The House That Lars Built to totally school us on the art of reinventing a household staple.

Memphis Ornaments

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Courtesy of A Kailo Chic Life

Give classic baubles a pattern-heavy twist with this colorful craft paint DIY from A Kailo Chic Life. Opt for a relatively reserved color palette to avoid a chaotic look and add pattern sparingly.

Fabric-Wrapped Ornaments

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Photography by Sara Albers

Start with cardboard ornaments from the craft store, then glue on a patterned fabric of your choice. Pro tip: Buying a pack of quilt squares would get you a bunch of manageable fabric pieces in different prints.

Scandinavian Ornaments

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Photography by Francesca Stone

These are the LBD of holiday ornaments—simple beads in neutral wood work in any space. They could easily be painted, but in their natural state, they’re perfect for all you Scandinavian lovers.

Eye Ornaments

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Photography by LAURA GUMMERMAN VIA A BEAUTIFUL MESS

Keep bad juju away and make your tree sparkle with these evil eyes—they’re as pretty as they are protective. The best part? You don’t need to start from scratch; these playful peepers are painted on plain ornaments.

See more holiday DIYs:
DIY Holiday Gifts Guaranteed to Spread Some Cheer
14 Creative Advent Calendars to DIY This Holiday Season
How to Make Holiday Ornaments Out of Leftover Wallpaper

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