Bits & Pieces DIY Christmas Ornaments


Today I’m going to show you 8 different kinds of DIY Christmas ornaments made from bits & pieces I found around my craft room.  Depending on what kinds of DIY projects you do, you may have some of these things on hand too.  Maybe you’ve even discarded some of these things.  You might wish you hadn’t after you see these adorable little ornaments!  These are so easy to make & who doesn’t like to use up all the bits & pieces?  ; )

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Thread Spool Ornament

If you sew regularly, I’m sure you’ve gone through plenty of thread.  This always leaves behind an empty spool!  Most thread today comes on plastic spools, which will still work for this ornament.  I borrowed a couple wooden spools from my giant jar of spools for this project.  The other ingredients for this project are red & white glass beads, copper head pins, & red & white twine that was holding a fabric bundle together.

I added a couple of beads to the head pin, then added the spool, & one more bead on top of the spool.  Using some needle nose jewelry pliers, I bent the head pin just above the top bead.  Then I bent it back up just beside the bead.

I used round nose pliers to bend a little hook at the top.

A dot of glue helped hold the twine in place I wrapped around the thread spool.

I added a “needle” I made out of an eye pin to one of them.  I really love these!


Fusible Scrap Tassle Ornament

When I use my Cricut to cut fabric, I put Heat N Bond on the whole back of the piece I’m cutting.  This leaves scraps with it on the back that are not always easy to use.  I grabbed a piece that was sort of rectangular in shape & cut strips across the long end, stopping about 1/2″ from the top.

Shop new arrivals from Cricut!
Then I looped some embroidery floss & tucked the ends into the top & started rolling everything up like a burrito!

Being very careful, I ironed over the end that wasn’t cut.  I had to turn it over & do both sides.

This ornament is kind of ‘meh’ for me because it doesn’t have enough movement for a tassle!  ; D  I may try it again & cut the strips smaller.

Crochet & Knit Yarn Ball Ornament

For this ornament I’m using some leftover yarn, eye & head pins, an upholstery needle, & a pencil.  Did you know you could buy recycled yarn & stash yarn on Etsy?  The shop in the link takes apart old sweaters & winds the thread into yarn cakes.  Fascinating!

I cut about at 6″ to 10″ piece of the yarn for this – I didn’t really measure it!  Make sure to thread one end through the darning needle before wrapping it around the end of the pencil.  It’s much easier to do before you wind the yarn around the pencil!  Can’t imagine how I know that… ; D

Wind it up until you have a 2″ to 3″ tail left.  Slide it off the pencil & squish it down to look like a yarn cake.

I took the needle down through the center of the little yarn ball & went back and forth with it until it was secure & resembled a ball of yarn.

I stuck two shortened head pins through one for knitting needles.  The other is a bent eye pin that sort of resembles a crochet hook.  Hee hee!

A little raffia ribbon through the back & it’s ready to hang on the tree!

Fabric Scrap Ornaments

Anyone that’s ever made half square triangle units knows there are always a ton of leftover triangles leftover after you trim them up.  I have a bunch of these saved because I hope to make a quilt top out of them one day!  I grabbed a few triangles with Christmas prints, my upholstery needle, & some embroidery floss to make some super quick flag like ornaments.

To do this I folded the triangles in half across the longest point.  Then I pulled the embroidery thread through & tied it off in a loop.

I also did this with some fabric strip remnants that are shown on the bottom.  The top ornament was made by stacking several layers of strips & securing them at the top with the thread.  Then I cut the end into strips to make a fabric tassel.

These were the easiest things to make!  You could also make garland this way by stringing them onto a continuous piece of thread.

Wood Plug Ornament

These are wood plugs leftover from drilling a hole in a thick piece of wood.  I’m sure these came from my dad’s shop!

They already have holes straight down the center too!

I rubbed them with a little gold metallic lustre & looped a piece of twine & yarn through the hole.  Just tie the bottom in a knot & they are ready to hang!

I think they look a little like birch stumps.  : )

Chicken Wire & Paper Ornament

You may recognize this paper from my barn star makeover & the chicken wire from my jewelry box makeover.  The images on the paper are flocked & fit perfectly in the center of chicken wire!

I cut off a little section & traced the shape onto the paper.  Then I bent the ends over to hold the paper in place.

A little thread looped through to hang it with & another ornament is complete!

Leather & Wood Ornaments

I made this leather feather in my post about using leather scraps.  Turning it into an ornament was easy using my upholstery needle & some twine.  I just stitched down the center & left a loop at the top for hanging.

My dad fashioned this little sewing machine out of some leftover wood.  He gave it to me a long time ago & I decided to add some hardware so I could finally hang it on the tree!

A little eye hook & twine was all it took to finish it up.

I’m so excited to have all these new, but repurposed ornaments to hang on my tree this year!

They all hold memories of things I’ve made & they will add the perfect handmade touch to my Christmas tree.  I’m participating in a Christmas tree blog hop this coming Monday, so be sure to stop by & check it out!  If you’re looking for more things to make, be sure to check out the Handmade with Love Super Bundle & my post all about it.

Happy Wednesday y’all!

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