During this festive time of year, I always enjoy adding a bit of creativity into my Christmas decorating plans, and few things allow for creativity like making a Christmas tree ornament! These cookie cutter ornaments are simple enough that children can help create them, and they add a vintage, homespun flair to your tree’s look.
For this project, you’ll need cookie cutters, a hot glue gun, scissors, a pencil, twine, and scrap paper. You’ll also need supplies to decorate your ornaments that you can choose to match your tree or home, such as the decorative paper, ribbons, pinecones, pictures, etc. shown here.
First, trace around each ornament on the scrap paper.
Next, cut out each of these shapes. If you are using cookie cutters that have a back like mine, cut the shapes slightly smaller than the traced line to fit inside the ornament. If you are using the kind of cookie cutters that are just outlines, cut your shape slightly larger than the traced line.
These cut-out shapes will be your mini canvases!
Decorate each mini canvas shape as you would like. I used pictures, decorative paper, words, markers, and ribbon on mine, but you can get creative! When you are done, glue the mini canvas inside the cookie cutter. (If your cookie cutter is an outline style, put glue in key points along its back edge, and glue the shape to that, creating a back on the cookie cutter.)
Lastly, make a loop with a bit of twine, knot the end, and glue it to the back of your ornament. The ornament is done! Hang it up and enjoy your work!
This project can be as simple or as complicated as you would like to make it, and there is a huge amount of flexibility in the kinds of supplies you can use to decorate the ornaments. For younger children, supplies such as family photos, crayons, paper, and fuzzy pom poms may work well. For your own creative plans, you could also use paint, fabric, or anything that strikes your fancy! This project truly allows you to make a unique ornament all your own to hang on your tree for years to come.