Unique DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make for Christmas 2019

Updated for Christmas 2019!

Looking for unique Christmas ornaments that you can make at home — some of which you can make using free instructions and free patterns found on the Internet, and some of which are made from pay-for pattern books that are truly worth the money? If so, this page is a fantastic place to begin your search. You’ll find a variety of unique ornament patterns and instructions here, plus insights for making your Christmas decorations extra special this year. We hope you’ll enjoy crafting some (or all!) of these fantastic Christmas ornaments — and that they will become a cherished part of your annual holiday celebrations.

Unique DIY Christmas Tree Ornament

Unique DIY Christmas Tree Ornament
Unique DIY Christmas Tree Ornament

You could make this ornament dozens of times, and each time it could look different — because you could vary the “decorations” you use for embellishing the little Christmas tree. You could use themed buttons in interesting shapes, or plain round buttons like I used in my project sample. Additionally, you could stitch tiny bows, or little pompoms onto your tree. Those aren’t the only possibilities; beads, sequins or embroidery could also be used as decorations.

With so many options available, this really is a fantastic opportunity for a completely unique, totally personalized project.

Beaded Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Snowflake Christmas Ornament
Snowflake Christmas Ornament

You can crochet this beaded snowflake to use as a Christmas tree ornament, if you like. Of course, there are many different ways to incorporate this cute design into your holiday decorations — no need to limit yourself to thinking of this as just being an ornament, if you’d rather use it as part of your giftwrap for a special package, or for a door hanger (if so, thread it onto some pretty ribbon and tie the ribbon in a bow.) You could also use it to decorate the cover of a three-dimensional scrabook, art journal or altered book project.

DIY Crochet Wreath Ornaments

DIY Wreath-Shaped Christmas Ornaments Designed by Kara Gunza
DIY Wreath-Shaped Christmas Ornaments Designed by Kara Gunza

These little wreath ornaments are zippy-quick crochet projects that you can whip out super fast. They’re each just two rounds of crochet, followed up either by some stitching or some gluing to attach your “decorations” to the wreath.

This project’s designer, Kara Gunza, used mini tinsel pompoms to decorate her wreath ornaments. The pompoms are super cute, but I’m thinking that if you don’t have any of them on hand in your craft supply stash, you could stitch beads onto your wreaths instead.

Click here to get the free crochet pattern at Kara’s website, Petalstopicots.com.

Make Unique Snowflakes and Christmas Tree Ornaments From Crochet Motif Patterns

I took a triangle crochet motif and transformed it into a Christmas tree ornament. Modifying the pattern was easy; I simply added a hanging loop made of chain stitches, a tree trunk made of single crochet stitches, and some Swarovski crystal beads. The triangle pattern is from Sandra Eng's book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, pulished by Interweave.
I took a triangle crochet motif and transformed it into a Christmas tree ornament. Modifying the pattern was easy; I simply added a hanging loop made of chain stitches, a tree trunk made of single crochet stitches, and some Swarovski crystal beads. The triangle pattern is from Sandra Eng’s book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, pulished by Interweave.

Last year, I made bunches of Christmas ornaments to give as gifts to my neighbors and acquaintances. There were 2 different books I used to accomplish this. One was Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step. The other was Crochet Kaleidoscope.

Crochet Kaleidoscope was never intended to be a book of Christmas patterns, but there are many patterns in the book that are just begging to be made into Christmas ornaments if you are inclined to use them that way. For starters, there are bunches of hexagon motifs that would make lovely snowflakes. And then there are also a whole bunch of triangles that could all be adapted to make evergreen trees or Christmas trees. You can add a group of chain stitches to form a loop and a small number of single crochet stitches to form a tree trunk. On mine, I also added some sparkly beads as “ornaments” on each tree.

Bird Christmas Ornaments From The Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne and Carlos

Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books. Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.
Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books. Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.

Want to find an entire book of fun bird-shaped Christmas ornament patterns to knit? If so, check out The Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne and Carlos, a couple of Norwegian pattern designers who have a knack for holiday decorating.

Or if you’d rather have bird ornaments PLUS a whole bunch of other options, you might also want to check out Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs. This book includes some of the nicest bird patterns from The Field Guide to Knitted Birds, and it also includes some round knitted Christmas ball ornaments from one of their other books. In addition to those, it includes bunches of other patterns for knitting gift-worthy items including slippers, dolls, toys and more.

Christmas Ornaments to Knit From Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’d like to knit some unique Christmas ornaments and other decorations this year, check out Jorid Linvik’s brand new book of Christmas knitting patterns. There are some unique and interesting ornament patterns featured in this book including a snowman ornament, tiny mitten ornaments, and pretty bows that could be used as Christmas tree ornaments, hair accessories, or giftwrap. There are also bunches of different advent calendar bags that could be re-purposed as Christmas tree ornaments if you like. The book also includes patterns for knitting unique Christmas stockings and many other types of holiday-friendly projects.

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Sure hope you enjoyed this roundup of patterns and tutorials for unique Christmas ornaments to make at home. Happy crafting!

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since age 16. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, knittingandcrochet.net and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 12-5-2019.