10 DIY Ornaments: More Heart, Less Stuff

Why buy ornaments new when you can make them at home with things you've already got around the house? This way, you can create something from the heart and help reduce waste.  

1. Board Game Ornaments: If your board games are missing a few pieces from heated rounds of Monopoly and Scrabble word duels, use the remaining pieces to create whimsical decorations.

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2. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments: Got applesauce and cinnamon in your pantry? Check & check. You only need two ingredients to create these deliciously simple ornaments.

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3. Acrylic Painted Ornaments: If you're already a crafter, you probably have acrylic paint left over from miscellaneous DIY projects. All you need is clear plastic or glass ornament spheres -- just pour some of the paint inside and swirl.

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4. Chalkboard Painted Ornaments: Paint mason jar lid inserts, cut out cardboard, or other found objects with chalkboard paint and write a holiday greeting. Tie off with baker's twine or ribbon.

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5. Baby Print Salt Dough Ornaments: Make these precious ornaments with your little one.

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6. Holiday Card Ornament: What to do with those piles of Christmas cards you've received from previous years? Enjoy them again as ornaments.

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7. Twiggy Ornament: Forage your backyard for fallen twigs, paint them gold, and glue them back together as snowflakes or wreaths.

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8. Cookie Cutter Ornaments: Give your holiday cookie cutters a new spin by lining them with old family photographs or gift wrap paper.

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9. Sparkly, Glitter Animals: Turn your kids' plastic animals into sparkly ornaments with a bit of glittery or metallic acrylic paint and eyelets.

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10. T-shirt Pom Ornament: Shred an old t-shirt to make festive poms in different colors and textures.

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What are your DIY tips and tricks during the holiday season?