Monday, December 9, 2013

On the Side: How to Make DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

Add some sparkle to your Christmas tree this year with this simple DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornament project.

DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments | Taste As You Go

Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I decided to make new Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree this year after reading this article. I received so many lovely compliments about the ornaments that I thought I'd share a simple tutorial explaining how I made them in case you were looking for ways to add a little extra sparkle to your own tree.


Growing up, my family always put tinsel on our Christmas tree, and I loved how the tree always seemed to shimmer when we had finished decorating it (i.e. throwing handfuls of tinsel on at once). I had every intention of carrying on that tradition when I got older and started decorating a Christmas tree of my very own, but use of tinsel stopped almost immediately after I moved in with Stephen.

You see, he's not a fan of the stuff. Granted, yes... it can get everywhere and it can be in a pain in the butt to clean up, but I didn't really care because I only brought it out once a year. But, with cohabitation and, eventually, marriage came compromise. He got his way in terms of the tinsel, and I received permission to hang every owl ornament in my collection.

That arrangement was working out really well for us, but the Tinsel Christmas Ornaments that I made this year turned out to be an even better compromise because 1) I got to bring tinsel back into the house and 2) the tinsel "mess" was contained within the ornament bulbs. Plus, these ornaments brought a touch of class and elegance to our tree that I'm absolutely smitten with.

Rittler Family Christmas Tree 2013 | Taste As You Go
The Rittler Family Christmas Tree

(Is it even possible to be smitten over Christmas ornaments?)

Anyway... Are you ready to see how ridiculously easy these ornaments are to make?

DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

What You'll Need:
  • Tinsel garland (I used a red garland and a silver garland to match the color scheme of our tree skirt)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glass ornaments (available at most craft and hobby stores)
  • Wooden skewer (optional)
  • Ornament hooks

What You'll Do:

Note: For 36 ornaments, I used one 12' red garland and one 12' silver garland. I had plenty of garland leftover, so if you want to make more than 36 ornaments, then you should be fine.

Tinsel Garlands | Taste As You Go
Tinsel Garlands

  • Cover your work surface with newspapers before starting. This will help contain the pieces of tinsel. (No, I didn't think of this until after I started... Learn from my mistakes, people.)

  • Unwind your tinsel garlands and lay them flat on your work surface. (Mind you, don't unwind the whole thing... just enough to work with without being overwhelmed.)

Tinsel Garland Piece | Taste As You Go
Tinsel Garland Piece

  • Using your ruler, measure a 3-inch piece of garland and cut. (Since there were six ornaments in each package, I cut six pieces at a time to make things go more quickly.)

Glass Ornaments | Taste As You Go
Glass Ornaments

  • Take up one of the glass ornaments and carefully remove the metal cap.

DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments | Taste As You Go
DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

  • Take a piece of garland and fold it in half. Insert the folded end into the opening at the top of the ornament and gently push the garland until the entire piece is inside. (I found that using a wooden skewer helped with this process.)

DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments | Taste As You Go
DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

  • Replace the metal cap and repeat until all of the ornaments have been filled.

DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments | Taste As You Go
DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

  • Attach ornament hooks and then hang your new ornaments on your tree!

See? I told you this DIY Tinsel Christmas Ornament project was a simple one! Better yet, it was an inexpensive one. It cost me less than $35 to make 36 ornaments, including tax. I'm sure the bargain-hunters out there could pull this project off for even less. Especially if you pick up the supplies during the post-holiday sales and make your ornaments during the off-season. ;-)

Since Stephen and I got married, I've made us new Christmas stockings, a tree skirt, and, now, new Christmas ornaments. What should I make us next year?

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