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Looking for some fun holiday party ideas? Throw a craft party that includes how to make your own ornament.
Last year I decided I wanted to have my friends make their own Christmas gifts! Throwing a craft party was the perfect way to give gifts and hang out with my friends.
I set up 5 different DIY ornament stations with pictures for inspiration and let my friends craft away. They all loved it and ask when our next craft party is!
So if you are searching for holiday party ideas, I wanted to throw Make Your Own Ornament party in the ring. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and everyone will go home with a few handmade ornaments.
Decide on Christmas Ornaments to Make
The first thing you’ll need to do is come up with 4-5 easy homemade ornaments you can have your guests make. I, of course, turned to Pinterest and my own ornaments I’ve made in the past.
I also have a huge roundup of over 150 DIY Christmas ornaments from other bloggers, so make sure to go check it out to get more inspiration!
I didn’t want to spend a whole bunch of money so I looked through my stash of craft supplies and decided to use as much of what I already had as possible. I think I ended up only spending about $50 and everyone went home with at least 5 DIY ornaments. You could easily have all the guests chip in $5 to cover the costs.
One of the easiest ways to make personalized ornaments is with a cutting machine. I have and love my Cricut. You can read all about a Cricut and get a ton of Cricut ideas if you aren’t familiar with one.
You can make a ton of Cricut Christmas projects that aren’t ornaments. So in the end, it saves you a ton of money when you can make all your own Christmas decor and custom gifts! You can always put one on your own Christmas list!
Supplies Needed for Ornament Craft Party
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These are the ornaments I decided on and the supplies I needed for each.
- DIY Glitter Ornaments:
- Clear plastic baubles – I used a Joann’s coupon to buy a pack of 25 or you can get a pack at Amazon here
- Polyacrylic – I already had this
- Glitter – I had a ton!
- Adhesive Vinyl and transfer tape – the perfect project to use up scrap vinyl
- Cricut cutting machine – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
- Cork Ornaments:
- a ton of corks – if you don’t drink as much wine as we do, ask your friends to save theirs! We have friends giving us bags at a time because they know I love to use them
- hot glue gun
- twine or ribbon
- paint, puffy paint, glitter, embellishments
- Button and Felt Ornaments from Cutesy Crafts
- felt in light blue, white, red and black – super cheap. I cut out a bunch of circles, trees, snowman, scarves, and snow pieces with my Cricut beforehand.
- needles and thread
- unique stitch (optional) or tacky glue for gluing
- Wooden Christmas Ornaments
Getting Ready for a Craft Party for Adults
A few days before the party, I made sure I had all of the supplies and I made a few sample handmade ornaments. I hung them on my flocked Christmas tree near my front door so they could see what we were making. I also sent some pictures out beforehand so they knew what to expect.
Setting Up for Pinterest Party
I ended up using 3 tables for 5 different ornament stations. My large DIY farmhouse table is in my dining room and I separated it into two sections. I used Dollar Tree plastic tablecloths and put them over all my tables.
I found a bunch of cute cork ornaments online and printed out a collage of them and put it on the table for inspiration.
I also made a cork Christmas tree ornament as a sample. I hot glued the corks together and tied a piece of twine around the top of the cork before I hot glued it.
Then I painted the my corks with green chalk paint. I also had cut out some small circles with my Cricut that they could glue on each cork.
On the other end of that table, I placed all the supplies for the snowman felt ornament. I printed out the pictures from Cutesy Crafts and also had the instructions up on my Ipad so they could follow them if they wanted. I made a sample of a felt tree ornament.
Cricut Christmas Ornaments Stations
In my kitchen, I set up my Cricut on my island with my laptop and a bunch of vinyl scraps. Before the party, I cut out a bunch of holiday vinyl decals that they could use for the glitter ornaments or the wooden Christmas ornaments.
I didn’t weed them, because I wanted to show them how what goes on it to making things with vinyl. But I also wanted them to be able to personalize ornaments, so I ended up cutting a lot of their kiddos’ names during the party.
I also had my wood burning tool set out and a few people tried them out.
My kitchen table had all the wooden Christmas ornament supplies on it. I also printed out a collage of some pictures I found on google.
They could mod podge on fabric which I did for my sample and then add a vinyl decal over it. Or they could paint the wood slices and add vinyl.
I was so impressed by all their creative ideas! They were all different.
The wooden Christmas ornaments were a big hit and each person (there were about 10 guests) got to make 2-3.
Glitter Ornaments Station
My last table was a long folding table I set up in my family room with all of the glitter ornament supplies. I showed them how to make the Christmas bauble ornaments with my glitter ornaments tutorial. I had a large egg carton so they could turn their personalized family ornaments upside to dry.
I had made a Rae Dunn inspired ornament with just white paint and cut out a bunch of Rae Dunn words for them to use, but most of them made more colorful glitter ornaments.
I like making slices up the transfer paper in between the letters. This makes it a lot easier to apply vinyl to a curved surface. You can pull on the transfer paper and manipulate it better.
My friends were making all sorts of cool swirled glitter ornaments that I never thought of doing. This was also a perfect ornament to personalize with names so all of their kids were made their own custom ornament. I used my Cricut during the party and cut out names as they were needed.
I also had paint markers on the table in case they wanted to use their own handwriting but I don’t think they were used. The Cricut makes the letters always beautiful!
So if you are a craft hoarder like me, this fun holiday party doesn’t cost too much. I only had to buy the clear ornaments, some felt, and the wood slices. I almost cut a branch with my miter saw like I did for my Joy decor, but decided to just buy some since I was running out of time.
You can always ask your friends to bring some supplies too. They can bring glue guns, ribbon, buttons, glitter, scrap fabric, etc.
I hope this gives you some inspiration on other holiday party ideas that are a little different but tons of fun! If you like this idea and would like to save it for later, simply hover the top left of the image below and PIN It now.
See post for pictures of table setup and materials that I had available.
See post for pictures of table setup and materials that I had available.
Have a creative day,