holiday ornament roundup : 9 sweet little project ideas

Patterns and DIY’s I think you’ll love. Easy and pretty quick projects you can make a bunch of with stuff you probably already have. Little extras on a package, tiny unexpected presents are magic.

tiny fabric mitten ornaments

1. Let’s start with these super sweet mittens. I love a thing that you can tuck another thing inside of.  They work as ornaments, wrapping extra’s, advent calendars, garlands etc. etc.. And there is a free PDF! Find it Oliver and S Patterns.

2. Also from Liesl Gibson:   these tiny walnut ships! Hot glue, a walnut shell, toothpick and paper. Brilliant.

The next 2 use my free patterns as starting off points and add super clever details.

3. This raccoon!  @erinpcf used the mouse pattern and added raccoon details. It would make an adorable ornament.

fish advent calendar

4.  Kates Creative Space used the lucky fish pattern to create this charming advent calendar.

5. Make macrame trees with this detailed tutorial by The Pretty Life Girls.
And if macrame appeals to you you’ll love this too.

6. This is a great one to do with little folks. Everybody loves a pompom. Find this instructions on Project Kid. That tree!!

owl ornaments made from scraps

7. Rocky the owl! From the free pattern page here. This group is by @cjasews You can get the owl pattern here.

8.  Pinecone people have a very firm place in my childhood holiday memories. Check out Lia Griffiths super cute video tutorial for these elf friends.

nostagi christmas light ornament diy

9. So nostalgic! And clever. Old fashion fabric christmas lights tutorial.

Plus don’t forget these other holiday gems from the free pattern page! woebegone pines, paper swan treat  boxes, and easy waxpaper snowflakes.

Are you making ornaments? have a favorite holiday DIY? let us know in the comments.


  1. Carol McElroy

    Anne, thank you so much! Can’t wait to get started. I have some larger acorn hats I’m going to try to make boats out of!

  2. Thank you for all the great ideas and instructions! and patterns!

  3. PatriciaC Clark

    Thank you so much for all these little project ideas. They would be perfect for my deep forest tree.

  4. sally stanley

    So many cute ideas! Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to try the pine cone elves and the little walnut boat.

  5. Love your ornament round up, lots of inspiration thank you! I’m making some fabric moths and butterflies, and also felt stingrays this year. Ornament making is one of my favourite things to do at Christmas!

  6. Judy A Klem

    That raccoon!!!! And the boats and the trees and the owls and and and!!!
    Love them all!

  7. Thank you for the patterns you give us. All are so adorable. I made the Lucky Fish for the Great Grands for Christmas this year. Made them with the wrong sides together and clipped the edges as it sort of looks like fish scales. Used my sewing scraps along with Grandpa shirts and my blouses recycled. Also made matching pillows with patchwork fronts and a single Lucky Fish on the back wrong sides together and clipped the edges on these too. Each gift consists of the pillow and 4 Lucky Fish. Must make a bag for each to continue my recycle theme, as I have bought nothing new for these projects. Again, Many thanks for sharing your life and talent with us. Several times in the past weeks I have sent a pic of the Lucky fish to the Greats to color and keep, so they will hopefully recognize them again. Sincerely, Dollie

  8. I just made one of your happy cats as a pet for my Luna Lapin Rabbit. They are very happy together. Wish I could send you a photo!

    Last year I made Lucky fish and a felt sailboat that were very cute together on the tree.
    Pin Girl with a Cat face made a lovely wench for my pirate mouse.

    Today I am ordering paper mache ships, I think they will be great ornaments sailing through the curtain of lights at the window.

    Ann, you give me the opportunity to play. As an old woman, I don’t get much of that. After seeing the ships, I got inspired to do a wee bit of paper mache. Using an empty panetone box, I made a wastepaper basket. I’m working on a quilt and had many tiny scraps, so I used them on top the top layer of brown paper. It came out very well and it was free. I ground rice in my coffee grinder and made rice and water paste.

    Thank you for all the fun. Happy holidays.

  9. AS an answer to Holly, I too am an old woman (80)and so enjoy the fun projects on this site. Thank you Ann for sharing your time and talents with us. I shared earlier about my Lucky Fish sewing.

  10. Thank you for the fun and lovely projects! A big help for me to put my odds & ends of craft & sewing supplies to good use.

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