How to Make a Christmas Decoration

Three Methods:Making Cinnamon Cookie-Cutter Tree OrnamentsMaking a Christmas WreathMaking a Christmas Table Topper

If you’re looking for something festive to do this holiday season, making your own Christmas decorations can be really fun. Your homemade decoration will mean more your family than any store bought ornament ever could. Start a new holiday tradition by creating your own decorations.

Method 1
Making Cinnamon Cookie-Cutter Tree Ornaments

  1. 1
    Combine your ingredients. Mix the cinnamon and the apple sauce and then stir in glue. Let the mixture sit for about thirty minutes.[1]
  2. 2
    Knead the mixture. You want to soften the dough so that it will not be crumble later on. Work with one third of the mixture at a time.
  3. 3
    Spread the dough. Distribute the dough about a quarter of an inch thick across a cookie pan. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough out evenly.
    • Use a little extra cinnamon on your rolling pin to make sure the dough does not stick to it.[2]
    • This is a good time to decorate your ornaments. You can add glitter or anything else you think will add flare.
  4. 4
    Cut out your shapes. Use your cookie cutters to give your ornaments a festive shape. Separate your ornaments from the dough and put them on your drying surface. Some great Christmas shapes include:
    • Snowmen
    • Santa Claus
    • Reindeer
    • Elves
  5. 5
    Poke a hole. Using your straw, make a hole in the top of your ornament where it will hang from the tree. Make sure the hole is in the center so your ornament will hang evenly.
    • Make the hole before the dough dries or the ornament will be too hard to puncture.
  6. 6
    Allow the shapes to dry. It will take your ornaments about a day to dry completely. Be sure to turn them over every few hours to make sure that both sides dry evenly or the edges may begin to curl.
    • You can speed up the process by baking the ornaments in the oven for a few hours at two hundred degrees. Be sure to turn them over once or twice.
  7. 7
    Add your ribbon. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole in the top of your ornament. Tie the ribbon in a knot. Hang your ornaments from the tree for everyone to enjoy.

Method 2
Making a Christmas Wreath

  1. 1
    Make bundles of your greenery. Stack pieces of your greenery on top of eachother. The greenery will be the base of your wreath. You can make your bundles as thick as you want your base to be.[3]
    • Some greens that will work great for wreaths are fir, cedar and boxwood.[4]
    • You may need to use wire cutters to cut your greenery into uniform size pieces before you bundle them.
    • Depending on the type of greenery you use, you may have to remove excess twigs and branches.
    • Wear gardening gloves to protect your hands.
  2. 2
    Fasten your greenery to your wire base. Hold your bundle of greenery firmly against your wire base. Wrap your wire around your greenery and your wire base a few times to connect them securely. Continue adding bundles until your entire wire base is covered.
    • Greens tend to shrink as they dry. You can use needle nose pliers to pinch your wire tighter so that the greens don’t fall out as they shrink.
    • Spray the front of and back of your wreath with an anti-wilting plant protector spray to keep your greens fresh and stop them from shrinking.
  3. 3
    Make your wreath look pretty. Use your wire to add on any decorations that will make your wreath look festive. Some great decorations to put in your wreath can include:
    • dried berries
    • pine cones
    • ribbons
    • christmas lights
  4. 4
    Display your wreath. Hang your wreath where it can help spread Christmas cheer. You can put it on your door, your mantle piece or even the mailbox.
    • You can use sewing pins to secure plastic wrap to the back of your wreath to make sure your greens don’t damage the surface you display your wreath on.[5]

Method 3
Making a Christmas Table Topper

  1. 1
    Make your blades. Line up the wide edge of your dresden ruler to the top of your fabric sheet. Make sure your ruler is positioned all the way to the end of your paper. Use your rotary cutter to cut out a blade in the shape of your dresden ruler. Turn your ruler upside down and lay it on your fabric sheet against the cut you have just made. Cut out another blade. Repeat this until you have twenty uniform blades.[6]
    • You should be able to make three blades for every fabric sheet.
    • If you want to alternate patterns, make sure you have ten blades of each pattern.
  2. 2
    Stitch your blades together. Lay two of your blades on top of each other facing inward. Use an iron to straighten them out. Use the sewing machine to sew one side of them together. After they are sewn together, open them and iron them flat. Sew ten sets of two blades together. Repeat the process, but this time, sew two sets of two blades together. Keep folding, sewing and ironing until all twenty blades are connected.
    • Use a quarter inch seam when sewing your blades together.
    • If you’ve sewed your blades together evenly, there should be hole in the center of them.
  3. 3
    Make your centerpiece. Trace a circle around a coffee up on a piece of cardboard. Cut out your circle from the cardboard. Trace your cardboard circle onto a piece of fabric. Cut out about three fourths of an inch around your circle from your fabric. Hand-sew a running stitch around the outside of the circle in your fabric, flip it over and place the cardboard circle in the center. Pull the thread so that the fabric wraps around the cardboard. Cut the excess thread and iron your centerpiece with the cardboard still in it.
    • A running stitch is a simple in and out sewing pattern.[7]
    • Make sure your threading is secure so that your centerpiece will keep its shape.
  4. 4
    Sew your center to your table topper. Fold your center and slide the cardboard out. Hand-sew your center to the hole in the middle of your blades.
    • Make sure your centerpiece is positioned evenly in the middle of your table topper.


  • You can add cloves to your dough to make your ornaments smell even better.
  • Always use fresh greens for your wreath. You can buy them at most flower shops.
  • When making a table-topper, make sure your fabric is ten inches long.


  • Your tree ornaments will smell like cinnamon cookies. Be sure to keep them away from animals and small children who may try to eat them.
  • When using the rotary cutter, always cut away from you and make sure your thumb is on the opposite side of your material from where you’re cutting.
  • Always iron out the folds of your table topper. You want it to sit flat.

Things You’ll Need

For Cinnamon Cookie Cutter Tree Ornaments

  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Cookie Pan
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Glitter (optional)
  • A straw
  • Ribbon

For a Christmas Wreath

  • A wire frame
  • Greenery
  • Wire
  • Gloves
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Anti-wilting spray
  • Plastic wrap (optional)

For a Christmas Table-Topper

  • Seven fabric sheets
  • A dresden ruler
  • A rotary cutter
  • A sewing machine
  • Thread
  • A sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • A pen

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