DIY Ornaments + Holiday Craft Link Party

By Kate Riley December 12, 2011

Hello everyone, I look forward to this party every year, and I’m so glad you’re here.  We’re continuing along with the Holiday Home Link Parties, and today is all about crafts!  For the occasion, I created two simple DIY ornaments, one with a little glitz, the other more rustic and natural.  Here’s the first ornament I made this past weekend, a mini mirrored starburst. These are easy to create with just a few supplies from the craft and grocery store.

mini silver starburst ornament


Supplies: styrofoam cone, craft glue, mini circle mirrors (from Michaels), metallic spray paint, large toothpicks or small skewers, decorative ribbon, hot glue (not shown).

starburst ornament supplies

1) Cut styrofoam cone with a serrated knife to form cylinder shape, 2) trim 1/3” circles and set aside. 3) Dip tips of skewers into craft glue and 4) wedge symmetrically into the styrofoam. 5) Spray paint both sides of ornaments with two coats of metallic spray paint, then 6) hot glue ribbon and mini mirrors to both sides of foam.

starburst steps

starburst ornament centsational girl


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I also created this sweet little bark ornament with a more organic look. 

bark ornament centsational girl


To recreate, you’ll need styrofoam balls, jute twine, decorative forest bark for indoor plants (from a garden or home improvement store), and hot glue. Knot the jute twine and secure it with hot glue to the styrofoam, then randomly attach decorative bark with more glue. Embellish with berries and ribbons for more color. 

make a bark ornament

I love the natural appeal of this ornament, and can see them in a garland or even hanging in a series on tree paired with pinecones and woodland creatures. 

What about you?  Created a new wreath, ornament, tree skirt, or other holiday craft this season?  Link up your creations, I can’t wait to see!  Holiday themed crafts only ~ the party will be live through Wednesday December 14th. Please visit two other links to share the love!



  1. Wow!!!! What a great party – and it just started! LOVE the inspiration I’ve seen already…looking forward to clicking through some links. Thanks for hosting!!

  2. I’ll definitely have to make the starburst ornament. So simple and elegant! Thanks for hosting this terrific party!

  3. Wow, that starburst ornament is adorable- and best part is how easy it looks- my kind of project! Thanks for hosting the party, lots of fun here! :)

  4. Fun, Kate!! You are my hero when it comes to crafting. I just don’t enjoy the process, but you make it look easy. Love those ruffly cone trees too. You are one busy girl. Miss you, great catching up with ya! xo

  5. Thanks for hosting, Kate! I’m gonna have to take a break from decorating (no, I’m not done!) to visit some of the wonderful links.

    On a California note, hasn’t our weather been sensational?!? But I’m ready for a little ‘winter’ now. I’d like to see some snow up on the Crystal Range. There’s a lovely vista as I come up the hill on Hwy 50 from Sac to Placerville.

    Thanks again! xo

  6. I really like the mini starburst ornament! I like that the mirrors are double-sided, too. I don’t know how you come up with all of these creative ideas!

  7. Oh I adore the sunburst ornament. Although I can’t help thinking that my son would grab it in a hot minute and I would be shouting the classic Christmas line: “You’ll poke your eye out!” :)

    Thank you so very much for hosting this fabulous party. I have been a crafty little elf and linked up six projects.

    Be merry and bright!

  8. What fantastic ornament ideas! Love them both and I see so many other amazing creations linked up. :-) Thanks so much for hosting this awesome party!

  9. The sunburst ornament is fantastic & looks super easy to make. I love both but that one is my favorite :) Thank you for hosting the party, it’s been fun linking up to all the festivities in the blogosphere! I just linked up #387 chalk paint ornament

  10. The starburst ornament is beautiful! I will be making that and I have so many ides for how to use them!! Thanks for hosting this fabulous party!!

  11. Holy party, craft girl! I am not so talented in this department, but I did manage to make easy peasy stockings for my kiddos! (#540!)
    Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest!
    Kerry from HouseTalkN

  12. Thanks for hosting! Your parties always seem to get the best projects linked up, I just love it!

    I am finding so many great ideas… off to start Pinning now.

  13. Hi my name is Margaret, I always wanted to participate in your blog, and today I decided to sign my posts from recycled candles. I hope you do not mind and enjoy my work.

  14. wow ow wow am I late for the party! but I brought lots of crafts to share…in fact, i think I hogged two rows on links! I’ve been on some kind of crazy craft train…oh the danger we’d get in to if we lived closer! I made those little mirror ornaments this year too, but I didn’t glam mine out like yours…I LOVE your version!

    Thanks for hosting, and the endless inspiration!!

  15. What a lovely tree bark ornament! I need to start getting crafty with my ornaments. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Holidays. Your craft would be perfect for my company’s Craftmas contest by the way. Hope you enter! :)

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