These homemade ornaments will make your tree special this year

I love Christmas trees. I love them so much that I literally have one in each room of my house. 

Even my bathroom has a lit up ceramic Christmas tree in our little window looking out into our woods. Plus, I have 10 small and unique Christmas trees as decorations. 

I have a Santa Claus and Christmas tree fetish when I decorate. Did you know that is my other favorite thing to do besides cooking? Decorating for holidays is a passion of mine. I look forward to the five days of getting our home ready for the holidays. 

Three days inside and two days outside so it feels like a winter wonderland. My kids even both have trees and lights strung all over their rooms. Speaking of my kids, that brings me to my most favorite tree in my house. It’s my twig tree that sits by our fireplace. Glowing in white lights and burgundy garland wrapped around, with accents of all the ornaments my kids have ever made me. It is such a special tree. Homemade ornaments is something we can cherish for years to come! 

My mom still has mine ornament on her tree from 1993! She still says it’s her favorite. 

I want to give you recipes and ideas to make yourself some special ornaments for your tree.  I have to add that our main tree is a real tree. Chopped fresh every year. 

This year I went with the Old Fashion look! With my Grammy’s 1950s angel, tree skirt and all! C7 lights and tinsel to top it off. Merry Christmas everyone! Tis the season.


The best smelling ornament you will ever make, the famous cinnamon ornaments!
So simple, and they last a lifetime!
My kids had so much fun making these to add a nice primitive touch to our tree.

  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 2 bottles of cinnamon (2.37 oz)
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Pretty Ribbon

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Mix applesauce and cinnamon until a ball forms. Roll dough out onto a piece of wax paper or on a cutting board until smooth – about ¼ inch thick. Choose your favorite cookie cutters and have fun! Don’t forget to use that drinking straw to poke a hole at the top for the ribbon to hang once they are all baked!
Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 2 ½ hours. Then, place on a cool rack and let cool at least 24 hours before putting ribbons on to make sure they are good and dried out. 

Reindeer Games

Old Rudolph, he sure is loved by many this time of year! How cute is he?
Just take three popsicle sticks, googly eyes and festive felt with a teeny red pom pom!
Grab the kids, a hot glue gun, supplies and add Rudy to your tree this year!

Salt Dough Santa and Snowman 

My son made this Santa for me when he was 5 year old! It is one of my favorites that I made the year I babysat many kids and we did this as a craft for mommys and daddys!
My son made the snowman when he was 4 years old. Look how nice they both have stayed! He is now 11. 

  • ½ salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup water

Knead until a ball forms. Roll out with a rolling pin on a cutting board. Place childs hand on dough and gently cut around it. Poke hole in palm for ribbon.  (Top of Santa’s hat)  Bake at 200 degrees for 3 hours. Paint and hang to dry. You can use markers, paint or craft paint. 

For the snowman, cut with a circle cookie cutter or glass cup. For the nose, roll out dough to look like a baby carrot and gently press onto the snowman’s face. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.
Paint and hang. Ours is also covered with glitter paint. It shimmers on the tree! 

Precious Angel 

Look at my tree topper! How sweet is it to have your child at the top of your tree?
Just a picture of your child’s face, some construction paper, glue and scissors and you make your very own angel while practicing shapes! 


Andrea McElroy

Andrea is a stellar country living cook with a robust social media following and lots of great recipes to share.