Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Gifts 2017

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now I'm starting to get ready for Christmas. We put the tree up a few days after Thanksgiving. When we were adding the ornaments my middle girl brought over an ornament she made in school. It was a glass ball with her handprint made into sweet little snowmen. We compared her hand size now to her hand size then and I thought about how I'm not going to get those kinds of ornaments coming home from school since we are homeschooling now. So I've decided we will start making our own ornaments.

My mother, brothers and I used to make ornaments every year so this isn't anything all that new to me. I did some idea searching online and decided on some cute little snowmen made from bottle tops. I have one finished so far and the girls will continue to work on theirs tomorrow. I'm excited to see how theirs turn out.

Here is my finished product. We painted the bottle tops white, then I used a hot glue gun to glue them together. I also did a little crocheting for the hat and scarf and simply used a black marker to add the dots for the face and buttons.

This year is going to be very tight in the gift buying department. It's always hard to be shy on cash around Christmas time when you have kids. So I'm trying to make my girls a few gifts to fill up the empty space under the tree. So far I've only managed one gift idea. It came from something that popped up on my Facebook feed a few weeks back. I don't even remember who posted it.

I went to the dollar store and bought three boxes for $1 each. They are what is holding up the snowman in the picture above and the pictures below show the silver box, the saying, and some simple stationary I printed up and cut to fit inside the box.

If anyone has any other cheap and easy gift ideas for girls between 17 and 8, I'm all ears. Send me links and ideas in the comment section.


  1. I love hand made ornaments! I have several counted cross stitch ornaments that date back to 1989; I put the dates on the back of them when I made them. I also have a necklace Tony made for me when he was in grade school. It's a reindeer head made out of an old fashion clothes pin. I wear it proudly every year!

  2. That's so cool. When I was growing up the only ornaments we had were handmade. Then, when us kids were all grown my mom went out and bought some pretty glass ornaments. We decorated the tree with them for only a couple of years before she passed. In MY house we used to use only candy canes to decorate the tree then we started adding ornaments that were given to us and the ones the kids made. That's what we still decorate with. I allow the girls to have one candy cane a day until Christmas.

  3. I have a good chocolate peppermint coffee mix recipe that uses crushed up candy canes.

  4. Single serving packages of candy cane cocoa with a candy cane and gloves from the dollar tree with a pretty Christmas ribbon tied around it. I would LOVE that for a present if I got it!

  5. We make homemade peppermint bark, and put it in containers from the dollar store. I also make and package homemade sugar scrubs with essential oils to give out too. My sister's love the scrub during the cold months to use in the shower. One year we also took fleece and made blankets with fringe by tying the edges together after my mom had done the cutting for us, those were a big hit, you can pick fabric that suits any person. I've been trying to gift experiences instead of things that cost alot. My partner and I spent our anniversary this December driving around looking at the Christmas lights and drinking hot chocolate, it was so much fun and took the pressure of finding gifts off the table and now we have another neat memory together.


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