Deck the halls with...felt burgers? Absolutely! There's a time and place for traditional store-bought Christmas ornaments and other holiday decor, but that place doesn't have to be your home. In fact, we're firm believers that handmade decorations and out-of-the-box Christmas ornaments add a special sort of magic to every seasonal display.
Whether you're on the hunt for personal keepsakes, looking for unique gift ideas or simply hoping to dress your Christmas tree with unconventional holiday decor, our handmade ornament gift guide will introduce you to some of Etsy's most eclectic handcrafted picks. Look beyond mass-produced tinsel and embrace the creative spirit of the holiday season with these decorative delights.
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1. Custom cross-stitch family portrait ornament
With space for up to nine family members and your choice of white or oatmeal-colored fabric, this custom cross-stitch ornament is a sentimental addition to any Christmas tree. Etsy creator StitchFellas offers three stitching color schemes and produces a 5-inch-wide treasure that will hang on the tree for years to come.
2. Felt food ornaments
Felt crafts are definitely having their moment, and the adorable food-themed felt ornaments from Etsy shop Craftspring serve as proof. From donuts to burgers to fortune cookies, the shop features all sorts of holiday decorations that look good enough to eat. Yum (figuratively speaking, of course)! Not in the mood for food? There are loads of other adorable felt ornaments to choose from, so you're sure to find the perfect fit.
3. Vibrant handwoven ball ornaments
Beautifully handwoven with straw and raffia, these vibrant ball ornaments are made in Colombia and feature a light Styrofoam base that won't weigh down your Christmas tree. What's even more fun? Ornaments are selected randomly, so you'll enjoy the element of surprise when you open your package—unless you have a color preference, which can be sent directly to the seller via Etsy.
4. Ceramic wild animal ornament set
This set of four ceramic woodland creatures will add sheer cuteness to any recipient's holiday season. Each piece stands about 2.4 inches tall and features a smiling animal face with a shiny glaze—a fox, bear, raccoon and hare, to be exact. Holiday decorations should be all about joy and levity, and this set certainly fits the bill.
5. Intricate recycled paper ornaments
Etsy shop REECII is a Black-owned business that sells stunning, intricate paper ornaments made with recycled materials. Designs vary, with options ranging from adorable animals to hearts and music notes. These colorful ornaments make simple yet sure-to-be-treasured Christmas gifts for loved ones who appreciate creativity and craftsmanship.
6. Handmade wooden banana ornament
For your quirky friend (or yourself), pick up this wooden ornament that takes the shape of a banana—fruit sticker and all! Made from wood, each banana ornament is 4 inches long and rounded out with a simple black string for easy hanging. Those who appreciate a few bruises on their bananas will love the perfect imperfection and slight browning on each piece.
Don't forget the garlands and tree-toppers!
Ornaments are a must, but no Christmas tree is complete without a few strands of garland and a tree-topper. Here are a few handmade options that will add those finishing touches to your holiday decor.
7. Custom wood pet portrait ornaments
Each of these personalized pet portrait ornaments is painted on a natural wooden slice with acrylic paint and pretty borders. To start, simply send the seller (TheArtOfRachel on Etsy) a few photos of the pet in question. All creatures are welcome—not just dogs and cats! Whether you're snagging this beautiful piece for yourself or creating a memorial gift for a loved one who has lost a pet, it's hard to go wrong with this heartwarming ornament.
8. Felt bird ornament collection
This set of five felt bird ornaments will bring the beauty of the natural world indoors this season by adding color and charm to any holiday decor scheme. The set consists of a red cardinal, goldfinch, downy woodpecker, chickadee and bluebird, each measuring around 5 inches in height. Birders and felt fans alike will adore these soft selections.
9. Real flower lightbulb ornaments
Choose from a variety of dried flowers and plants, including baby's breath and eucalyptus, before placing an order for one of these delicate lightbulb ornaments. Each piece is made with plastic (not glass) and comes with a rustic jute cord. These pretty handmade creations make dreamy tree decorations, bringing a springtime vibe to the winter months.
10. Hand-painted mushroom ornaments
Support a small Ukrainian business when you purchase one of these handpainted mushroom Christmas ornaments, each of which is made using Petrykivka folk art style. Choose from five unique styles or order a full set to gift a loved one who appreciates experiencing new cultures during the holiday season.
11. Acrylic Pyrex dish ornaments
Calling all vintage fans! These acrylic Pyrex ornaments are available in styles from gooseberry to horizon blue and will surely inspire glee in anyone who appreciates retro vibes, thrifting or antiquing. Each ornament is 3 inches tall and comes with a small string to make tree decor a breeze. Santa himself might even stop to take a second look.
12. Carved gourd ornaments
Who says gourds are only for the fall? Add some Southwest style to a loved one's Christmas tree this year by gifting one of these desert-inspired carved gourd ornaments, available in 18 color and style varieties. Each ornament is hand carved into real gourds, so there will be some slight variation in size and shape.
13. Seashell ocean-inspired resin ornaments
Beach vibes don't have to stop just because folks have switched from sunbathing to snowmen. Each of these seashell ornaments features blue epoxy resin that resembles a swirling ocean, with the option to select either dark blue or turquoise. This is a memorable and easy Christmas gift for anyone who just can't get enough beach time.
14. Mini oil painting winter ornaments
Painted on real wood slices and finished with epoxy resin, these miniature oil painting Christmas ornaments would make Bob Ross proud. Each winter scene is like something from a snow globe, capturing the calm spirit of a snowy setting. Gift one (or three!) of these ornaments as a holiday keepsake that will stand the test of time.
15. Forget-me-not pressed flower ornament
Delicate yet powerful, the forget-me-not holds meaning for many—and makes for a gorgeous Christmas tree addition. Whether you're gifting this lovely ornament as a memorial item in honor of a lost loved one or picking it up for a flower-loving friend, there's a lot to appreciate about this piece of handmade holiday decor.