make it: holiday diy


inspired by a recent order for my home from thisispaper shop, and my evergrowing love for anything copper, i literally had a vision of making these christmas ornaments in my head. i thought of how great it would be to do something totally different to decorate the tree this season! my mom has always had this tradition with us that she gets us a new ornament every year, usually something to do with our interests, and then when we move out we get all the ornaments she’s given us over the years to take with us to our new home. i absolutely love this tradition, it is one of my favourites and i will most definitely be carrying it on when i have a family of my own someday. one year my mom asked me to make the ornaments for a few family members. this DIY totally reminded me of doing that, and i thought how fun of a gift this would make for a couple of my family members or even just for my own little tree!


this is a pretty simple DIY, all you need are:
++ wooden balls various sizes, you decide! (found at your local craft store)
++ paints (whatever colour you’d like) and a paintbrush or two
++ painters tape
++ small closed screw hooks
++ string or ribbon to hang your new ornament

before you paint, it’s easier to put in the screw hooks so you have something to hold onto. start a small hole with a thumbtack in the middle of the top of the ball, and work your screw hook all the way in. you may need some pliers to get it secured, but some you can do by hand. then tape off the first part of your design on a wooden ball – make sure the tape is stuck really well to the surface of the wood in a relatively straight line so you get the cleanest line possible. paint away! let dry and remove the tape and add as many other angles or colours you want! when your all done just add a string or ribbon through the hook and decorate your tree!






  1. Angel Y. December 19, 2013

    These ornaments look gorgeous! I love the copper paint. Thank you for sharing Tara! You’re so creative.

  2. Kate December 19, 2013

    These are gorgeous! These are exactly my style. Love the colors that were chosen.

  3. Jessica (Coco/Mingo) December 19, 2013

    These turned out SO beautiful!!! Love it!

  4. Celestine December 19, 2013

    Adorable! I made my ornaments this year, too! There’s some room left on our tree and these would go perfect with the rest of our other ones. So easy and clever. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Maru December 19, 2013

    Beautiful! I think I will try this for the next year, really pretty!

  6. Tara Victoria December 19, 2013

    hope you get the chance to! super fun DIY!!

  7. Tara Victoria December 19, 2013

    yay if you do share some pics, i’d love to see what you come up with!

  8. Tara Victoria December 19, 2013

    aw thanks angel!

  9. Tara Victoria December 19, 2013

    glad you like them kate! i love the wood against the tree so much

  10. Tara Victoria December 19, 2013

    thanks jessica! <3

  11. Kristyn @ Milk + Crown December 20, 2013

    How cute and creative! These are great because of their modern look, but the wood gives them a natural feel as well. Pinning this 😉

  12. Charlotte December 21, 2013

    These are gorgeous! So elegant and effective, love it! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Lisa Byström October 28, 2014

    These ornaments look stunning! I need to make my own for christmas or just to decorate my home regardless of upcoming holliday, maby some gold and neon pink… Hmm …
    Big thank you!

  14. melody December 8, 2014

    These are gorgeous! Can you tell me which copper paint you chose? I haven’t found one as pretty. Thank you.

  15. Tara Victoria December 8, 2014

    I got the paint at a local craft store Michaels:

  16. Ali October 4, 2015

    What a beautiful & thoughtful idea of your Mam to do, Your Christmas bauble idea is a lovely thing to make they look special thank you for the idea Ali

  17. Heli October 4, 2015

    Lovely idea!
    Visit also at my DIY Desing it yourself – blog to share ideas.
    [email protected]
    Love, Heli

  18. Lauren December 3, 2015

    My only question would be, will they weigh down the branches? I absolutely love them and would love to make them but given that they’re wood, I am a little concerned they might be heavy!

  19. Kralenkwarts December 7, 2015

    What a lovely idea! The gold and copper tones make it festive!

  20. Tara Victoria December 25, 2015

    I’ve never had a problem with them weighing the branches down! I think it just depends what kind you grab from the craft store 🙂

  21. Shyla Contreras January 7, 2017

    I actually sell these solid wooden maple balls in my shop if you are interested. I saw one of the concerns of them weighing down your Christmas tree branch. I would say if you went with a 2″ and smaller ball you would be okay. Such a neat idea for these wooden balls.

  22. Shyla Contreras January 7, 2017

    Forgot to leave my shop of where you can purchase these wooden balls from:

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