Ornaments are meant to showcase the season in small ways around your home. The most common way of using them is on your Christmas tree, but there are many ways you can tuck a small reminder of the holiday season into other areas of your rooms. Here are some great ideas on how to decorate with ornaments – Not just for trees!



Start with… Ornaments!

You don’t have to go out and buy expensive ornaments and you don’t have to spend hours crafting them either. Use everyday items to make handmade ornaments that are clever and cute! Try some of these ideas to get you going, or just pop out to the dollar store and buy some shiny baubles for cheap. If you watch sales and craft store coupons, you can get balls in large containers inexpensively as well.

Everyday things you love can be hung with a little red ribbon, and displayed with as much pride as the ornament handed down through the generations. For example…

I have hung all my kids baby shoes on the tree every year, and now I’m adding my grandkids’! Photo by ‘Style Blueprint‘.


Old books can be bought for a song at thrift stores, and you can make some pretty cool DIY book page ornaments with this tutorial from ‘Gimme Some Oven‘, BTW, she is one of our fav food bloggers, so while you are there, try some holiday recipes too!


Cookie cutters make great ornaments, especially the metal ones tied up with red ribbon. I use the same ones my mother used to teach me to bake when I was little! ‘HGTV‘ took is up a notch and shows us how to add a little creative detail to make these ornaments stand out.


Little toy race cars are sold 6 to a package in every dollar shop, and make terrific nostalgic ornaments at Christmas! Try this easy project from ‘Lets Do Something Crafty‘!

How to Decorate with Ornaments

Create a bouquet from ornaments! Remove the hanger, then glue to a mirror round (craft or dollar store) hanger opening up. Remove the hanger and fill with flowers. Thanks BHG for this great idea!

Decorating with ornaments



Hang them from curtain rods, or tack them onto the inside of the window frame. Photo by ‘Dans Le Lakehouse‘.



Pile them in a bowl with greens and faux snow.




decorating with ornaments



Use them to create a wreath to hang on a door or use as a centerpiece for your table. This tutorial from ‘Martha‘ can be done with either hot glue or floral pins and a straw wreath. Love all the variations in color and size!


Or try this DIY ornament wreath from ‘Four Generations, One Roof‘.


Use them as pulls on your ceiling fan or hang from your chandelier. Try this easy DIY from ‘Martha‘.


Hang them over kitchen cabinet doors for a fresh take on holiday decorating. Check out this whole kitchen and it’s festive holiday decor! Photo by ‘It All Started with Paint’.


Hang one from doorknobs! Try this free printable door hanger from Diane at ‘In My Own Style!


Tie them to the backs of your dining chairs with pretty ribbon. Photo by ‘Pink Peonies‘.



Hang ornaments from your staircase for Christmas cheer! Photo by ‘Lowes‘.



This idea from Unskinny Boppy is fantastic… you can often find old wooden boxes in thrift and antique shops for around $10… fill them with white miniature LED lights and ornaments! How can you not love this look?

How to decorate with ornaments

Use your imagination and  your personal and handmade ornaments to add a glimmer of Christmas in every little special space in your home!If you enjoyed learning how to decorate with ornaments, jump right on over to our posts on DIY Christmas mantel decorating and DIY holiday wreaths!

Image Credits: Martha, Style Blueprint , Gimme Some Oven, HGTV, Let's Do Something Crafty, Dans Le Lakehouse, Four Generations, One Roof, Martha, It All Started with Paint, In My Own Style, Pink Peonies, Lowes, Unskinny Boppy


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