Did you know you can make fabulous DIY Christmas ornaments using inexpensive foam core that are so light they won’t weigh down your tree branches? For under five dollars, you can make a tree full of beautiful handmade ornaments — with no crafting or drawing talent required! We have free printable templates to make it extra easy for you.
Handmade Christmas ornaments are my favorite on any tree. I love holding memories in my hands.
I was creating a bunch of DIY holiday decor and Christmas tree ornaments when I got the idea to use FOAM CORE and festive fabric to create DIY Christmas ornaments.
I LOVE crafting with foam core. It is lightweight, inexpensive and easy to work with. After I started making a few ornaments with it, I couldn’t stop! I made tons of them!
I was so excited about my DIY foam core ornaments, I made a video tutorial for you showing you how exactly I made them.
These foam core ornaments are so easy and fun to make. You don’t need to have any artistic or drawing skills.
These DIY Christmas ornaments are a great craft to do with your kids or by yourself if you feel like a relaxing night of crafting. (Can I admit how much I love a quiet night of crafting by myself?)
Then after all your crafting fun, you will have beautiful handmade ornaments you and your family can use for years to come. And, if you have so much fun making them and you just can’t stop, these ornaments would make lovely gifts as well.
How to Make DIY Christmas Ornaments with Foam Core
You may already have everything you need to make these foam core ornaments. But if not, a quick trip to the dollar store or a few minutes on Amazon and you will be ready to go.
I actually had everything I used for my ornaments waiting for me in my craft supplies. So it was a very economical craft project for me.
I always have a ton of foam core at home. I buy it at the dollar store and I use it for photography backgrounds, reflectors, crafts, and more.
Recently, I had bought a bunch of different rolls of festive fabric at Dollarama, (the glitter was $2 a roll and the red snowflake was $3,) and I also have tons of extra ribbons and acrylic paint.
- White foam core
- X-Acto knife
- Cutting mat (or thick cardboard)
- Festive fabric or gift wrap
- Matching acrylic paint
- Glue (white glue, Modge Podge, or spray adhesive)
- Large needle
- Our FREE heart printable and star printable templates
Step 1 – Cut Shapes from Foam Core
Cut desired sizes and shapes from our FREE printable templates and trace shapes onto foam core.
Using an X-Acto knife, cut out shapes from foam core.
Step 2 – Sand Edges
Smooth the edges of your foam core pieces with fine sandpaper.
Sanding the edges of the foam core creates a beautiful, smooth and rounded edge.
Step 3 – Cut Fabric
Next, you can cut your fabric. You can do this in a couple of different ways.
First, you can trace ornament shapes/templates onto the wrong side of your fabric.
Then you can out the shapes with scissors or a knife. Remember to cut two fabric pieces for each ornament.
This works well if you are using a sturdy fabric that is easy to mark and you want to be as thrifty with your fabric as possible.
Alternatively, if you are using a delicate fabric, just roughly cut out the shapes or squares of fabric.
Then, after you have positioned the fabric and glued in place, you can trim with scissors.
Step 4 – Paint Ornaments
If you are using colored fabric that shows the white foam core underneath, paint your foam core ornaments with a matching color of acrylic paint.
Step 5 – Glue Fabric on to Foam Core Ornaments
After the paint is dry, adhere fabric to both sides of foam core ornament using a light amount of spray adhesive, white glue or modge podge.
If you are using white glue or modge podge, spread a very fine layer of glue on to foam core and then place fabric on the ornament.
If you are using spray adhesive, spray and then allow to rest until tacky (about 1-3 minutes) before placing fabric.
Position fabric on the ornament and press down gently.
Step 6 – Trim Fabric
Once the fabric is firmly in place and dry to the touch, trim edges of the fabric with small scissors.
Step 7 – Attach Ribbons
Cut pieces of ribbon 8-10 inches long.
Using a large needle, make a hole and thread ribbon through the top center of the ornament.
Tie a knot at the top of your ornament.
This first knot will help your ornament to hang straight on your tree.
Then tie a second knot to create a loop about 1-2 inches long that you will use to hang your ornament.
Trim ribbon ends if desired.
You are done! Admire your handiwork and have a wonderful holiday season!
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