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Beautiful Old Vintage Christmas Crafts And Ornaments You Will Love, Handmade.

My Santa

My Santa

Bell wreath on wall

Bell wreath on wall

Handmade Christmas Crafts and Ornaments, Vintage.

This is the season for going through our ornaments.I was going through our ornament boxes and pulled out all the ornaments you see on here. They're all handmade and most are vintage, we received from family and friends. Some of the decorations or ornaments I made. I hope you will enjoy looking at them. I have put on websites where you can find some of the patterns. I couldn't find patterns for all of them. I no longer have any of the patterns or instructions for making them.

The wreath on the wall is not homemade, but it is just bells wired together and bow added to it. You could do it in any color. Would be pretty in gold and silver or you could make them with smaller bells and make small wreaths you can hang on the tree.

Whatever you want to call it homemade or handmade they are all easy to make. Many the kids have brought home from school.

Wall Santa

How To Make Santa

How To Make Santa

Santa For The Wall or Door

This Santa was made for us by a friend. She now has MS and is not able to do any of the beautiful crafts she used to do. I never made one but did find the pattern for making it.

When the granddaughters were little they loved this Santa. Papa would hold them up so they could look at him and touch his beard.

I noticed on Internet pattern they didn't show how the back was done. I included a picture of the back of the Santa. You can see how the pipe cleaners are pulled through.

The pattern for Bleach Bottle Santa.

Back Of Santa

Back Of Santa

Dried Beab

Dried Beab

Stocking I made From Old Sweater

Stocking I made From Old Sweater

Dried Bean Ornament

This little dried green bean is a Santa ornament for your tree. One of the kids made this and I'm not sure which one. It's an easy craft for children. Paint on the Santa and add a pipe cleaner for the hanger. I think he's a cute little guy. I know you can't see his face very well, but he has a cute painted on face.

I could not find a pattern for the Santa bean but you get the idea.

Sweater Stocking

This stocking I made from a stocking template. It's made out of an old sweater. I lined the inside with some old brown fabric I had. It was easy to make. Then I added the string beads at the top. I put a site on here where there is a template for a stocking.

Any old sweater, shirt or whatever you have will do. Sweaters work great because they are so thick and look more like winter.

The video will help.

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Youtube Video for Making a Stocking At Bottom.

Video at YouTube a little different then the way I did my stocking but will show you the basic idea. A stocking can be made out of anything you have. That outfit your sending to Goodwill, cut it up and turn it into a stocking. Add anything you want to it for sparkle. A white stocking done with pearly buttons would look great. How about that red plaid shirt of your husband's your throwing away cut it up turn it into a stocking. Denim looks great for that down home stocking country. Old wool coats or shirts make nice stockings. If you make them yourself you can make them as big as you want for more gifts or small for just a few gifts. The video and template will be at the bottom of this hub.

Angel I made.

Angel I made.

Angel In Black

Angel In Black

Christmas Angels

These are angels I made from clothespins. I don't have a pattern. I painted the face then I wrapped the clothespin in the crepe paper ribbon just so it would cover up the clothespin. I used lace that was long enough to hit the bottom of the clothespin and tied it at the top with a ribbon. Then I just used my glue gun to add whatever I thought looked good on the angels. The packaged wings you can get in any craft store and also the hair. It's all very easy to glue.

I sold these at craft shows. People loved them. I wish I had some kind of pattern, but I just don't.

I added the stings of beads to their hair. Just wrap around and use a glue gun to make them stay in place. Some of the beads in different colors I would braid together for her head.

I used miniature flowers, baskets, birds. Whatever you think will look good for her to hold. Even dried weeds from the yard will work or small pine cones.

I had fun doing these and the glue gun was my friend you can add on anything with it.

Bead Angel

Bead Angel

Double the Bead Angels.

Double the Bead Angels.



Bead Angel

This little bead angel ornament, my husband's aunt made years ago. Every year she would mail us a beaded ornament. I did find a site that has instructions for this little angel. It's a little different, but it will work the same.

I have more homemade ornaments I hope to add to this hub. There was one box of ornaments I didn't get to. When I do I'll add them to this on here.

There are more beaded angels and bells in the bottom second picture.

Pearl Angel Craft

Snowflake Beaded Ornaments

Snowflakes can also be made from beads. The snowflakes you see in the picture are old I have had them forever. I can't even remember who made these for me.

Very Old Santa Made On A Leg Egg

Very Old Santa Made On A Leg Egg

Crocheted Santa

This Santa I think is weird. My husband loves him. His mother made him for us in the 60s. We hang him up every year.

I tried to find the pattern on him but couldn't he is crocheted on a L'eggs egg. I don't know if they even have the L'eggs eggs anymore. I guess you could use a large plastic Easter egg.

If anyone finds this pattern let me know. I will also keep looking. There has to be a pattern somewhere.

Handmade Christmas Crafts, Vintage,

Handmade Christmas Crafts, Vintage,



Froebel Stars With Video Instructions

My mother-in-law used to make these German Stars called a Froebel Stars. She said they made lots of them during the war. My husband said he remembers her making them later on also. She gave us some. I couldn't find mine their packed away in a big box of ornaments.

She would dip them in wax. The yellow stars are stars my mother-in-law made. They are in bad shape and very old from the 1940s. I finally found them.

Here's a video on how to make these beautiful stars and a website on how to dip them. I think they are so pretty and they can be sprayed with glue and glitter added to them for that Christmas sparkle.

Instructions On How To Dip The German Star

1.Crochet Snowflakes

1.Crochet Snowflakes

2.Knitted Snowmen

2.Knitted Snowmen

3.Baby Bottle Nipple Deer

3.Baby Bottle Nipple Deer

4. Wire Wreath

4. Wire Wreath

5. Crochet wreath

5. Crochet wreath

6. Tin Snowman

6. Tin Snowman

7. Different Ornaments from

7. Different Ornaments from





8.Ribbon Ornaments

8.Ribbon Ornaments

9. Pinecone

9. Pinecone

I have two places for you to check for a pattern for snowflakes. I also have another site for snowflakes right here on HubPages by faythef.

Ornament Box

  1. Crocheted Snowflakes: I opened some of my ornament boxes today and took out everything I could find that was homemade. The snowflakes were made by my cousin. I added a link to crocheted snowflakes by Martha.
  2. Little Knitted Snowmen: Our little snowmen with a link to how to make the snowmen.
  3. Baby Bottle Nipple: The reindeer is made from a baby bottle nipple.
  4. Copper Wire Wreath: The wire wreath my husband made. He used copper wire then added little-decorative balls like the ones you would use for jewelry. Wrapping the wire and adding a ball here and there.
  5. Knitted Wreath: Knitted wreath ornament can be found on whiskersandwool.blogspot. I didn't make this I got it from someone else.
  6. Yarn Angel: Angel made from yarn with a pair of wings and flowers in the front attached with glue. Plastic ball filled with flowers and beads added around the edge. The Snowman is a soda can be flattened and painted and face added. His hat is a sock cut in half and a sparkle ball added to the top. All good for kids to make.
  7. Plastic Canvas: These little ornaments are all made from plastic canvas. My poker friend made these for us every year. You can find patterns for them on The little house is also made of plastic canvas. The lid roof opens up. I received it full of candy. It's very cute.

8. Ribbon Ornaments: I made these. They're made on a Styrofoam ball.

  • Items needed for this ornament:
    3 yards of 7/8-inch wide ribbon * 20 or so inches of ¼ inch wide ribbon (for hanger)
    3-4 inch foam ball
    200 straight pins Instructions:
  • Cut ribbon into 1¾ inch long pieces. To make each triangle point, fold right and left corners down to meet the center of the opposite edge to create a triangle. Finger press the folds. Put a little square piece of ribbon on one end of the ball that will be your starting point. Starting at that end of the ball pin a triangle point end down, the folded side against the ball and place one pin in each top corner. Make sure this first row overlaps your piece of ribbon that is already pinned to the ball. Keep doing this all the way to the top of the ball. Be sure to stagger the triangles. Pin a ribbon at the top for hanging.

9. Glitter Pinecone: Little pine cone made by one of the kids. Paint the tips of the pinecone, let dry add glue to the tips, shake on glitter.

10. Pasta Angel: This a little angel made from pasta her wings are bow tie pasta and her body is pasta and her hair is little tiny round pasta and her arms are macaroni pasta. Her head is a wood ball. She is painted white all over. I wish I knew the names of all the pasta, but I don't. The nose you see to the left of her is my cat checking her out.

11. Almond Loon: This ornament is so cute. He's a Loon made from an almond with a black puffy ball for his head and his beak is a toothpick end. You will need black paint for his body and white paint for his spots.

12. Crochet Baby Booties: This is a little crochet baby bootie with holly on the toe. I looked all over the internet trying to find the pattern but couldn't find. It's so cute I had to put the picture on.

13. Cinnamon Stick Reindeer: This is a reindeer made from fabric and cinnamon sticks. I also couldn't find the pattern for this one reindeer. I bought it at a craft show long ago. This lady comes close to the way it is made. Here is the website~cinnamon stick reindeer.

Ornaments 10~11~12~13

Noodle Angel. Almond Loon, Crocheted Booties, Cinnamon Stick Deer.

Noodle Angel. Almond Loon, Crocheted Booties, Cinnamon Stick Deer.

A Template for a Stocking

Christmas Craft Video

A new way to make a Christmas decoration. This little snow man looks so easy to make. I may think about it for next year.

Reno and Doc

Rest In Peace My Beautiful Dogs.

Rest In Peace My Beautiful Dogs.

Our Lovely Little Snowflakes. Reno is now a doggie angel. Our lovely Doc died two weeks before my husband.


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Handmade Christmas Crafts, Vintage


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2015:

This is the perfect time of year to share this hub once again as people may still have time to make some of these cute items to decorate their own homes or give as gifts. Enjoy this holiday season and may peace reign on earth!

moonlake (author) from America on December 26, 2013:

Prasetio, Thank you and may you have a very Happy New Year and all year long.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 23, 2013:

Beautiful and I love everything related with vintage. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the pictures. May the good times and treasures of present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wish oyu lots of love, joy, happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :-)


moonlake (author) from America on December 07, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you I appreciate that.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 07, 2013:

Got several repins on your Froebel stars when I pinned that to my 'Christmas II' board. Before that the little snowmen were very popular with pinners. This time I'm pinning your #6 with the angel and snowman from a pop can on my 'Christmas II' board.

moonlake (author) from America on November 29, 2013:

MarleneB, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 26, 2013:

These are all beautiful ideas. A client gave me a Christmas Angel like the one you showed. The clothes were made from lace and ribbons. And the hair was made from yarn. It is so pretty, I never put it away. In fact, it sits in my writing studio all year long.

moonlake (author) from America on November 26, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you for stopping by I always appreciate the pins. I get a lot of visits from Pinterest on this hub. I also get hubbers that come over and look at it and than put up their own hub about homemade Christmas ornaments of course they write better than I do and their new and win awards from it.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 23, 2013:

Going to share this again in case someone missed it. Anyone planning crafts for Christmas will need to be getting to it or they won't be done in time.

Pinned this hub to my 'Christmas' board last time using the 'Froebel star' photo, and it got several repins. This time I'm pinning it to my 'Christmas II' board and I'm using the little snowmen photo. Also sharing again.

moonlake (author) from America on November 13, 2013:

CraftytotheCore, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

CraftytotheCore on November 12, 2013:

Such awesome and festive ideas for the holidays. I love the first Santa up there. Using pipe cleaners is such an awesome idea! I would have never thought of that.

moonlake (author) from America on November 10, 2013:

DDE, Thank you for stopping by my hub about Christmas crafts I appreciate it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 08, 2013:

Handmade~Homemade Christmas Crafts and Ornaments, Vintage great photos and and you make me feel great about the best time of the year. Crafts are creative and so interesting the beauty of craft sit makes you very proud of all that effort

moonlake (author) from America on November 01, 2013:

IslandBites, Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on November 01, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you, I should use the picture but after all this time I just hate changing. Thank you for the pin, vote and share.

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on October 31, 2013:

Really cool hub!

C E Clark from North Texas on October 31, 2013:

Lots of different ornament ideas to choose from if people want to make their own and with Christmas only 54 days away they need to get busy pretty soon. I still love the little Santa made from a dried bean and the snowflakes and the angels and . . . I love everything about Christmas.

Wanted to tell you I really like your Pinterest photo and you should use it here. Pinned this article to my 'Christmas' board, voted it up, and will share with my followers!

moonlake (author) from America on October 24, 2013:

Kathryn, Thank you for stopping by. I also like to look at my old ornaments and the new I have added. I don't add ornaments now only if I'm if I'm given an ornament.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 22, 2013:

This has an amazing amount of Christmas décor crafts! Thanks for all of the ideas.

I like pulling out my Christmas decorations when November rolls around, and seeing the familiar pieces that I have collected over the years.

I like the photos of the dogs with the snowflake headbands. Those are adorable!

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

~ Kathryn

moonlake (author) from America on October 22, 2013:

younghopes, Thank you so much for stopping by and thanks so much for the sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on October 22, 2013:

Au fait, Yes it is time to get started. I don't make homemade ornaments any longer but I use to and liked to make them with the kids or the boy scout troop. Thanks so much for pin and share.

Shadaan Alam from India on October 21, 2013:

Loved reading this hub, such innovative ways to decorate the trees, sharing it up

C E Clark from North Texas on October 20, 2013:

You have so many great ideas for handmade ornaments here and people who enjoy doing this need to getting started because there is only 64 days or so before Christmas! With time so limited for most people, starting early can save a lot of headaches. Voted up, pinned to my 'Christmas' board, and sharing again!

moonlake (author) from America on July 12, 2013:

tillsontitan, Thank you for stopping by and for the vote. That's funny you have the bleach bottles too. I use to put up more trees but now the house is to small and no place to put extra ones.

moonlake (author) from America on July 12, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you for stopping by and for the vote, share and pin.

Mary Craig from New York on July 11, 2013:

I don't know how I missed this hub! I'm a Christmas fanatic....I have eight full sized trees each with it's own theme.

Believe it or not I too have one of the Santas (the wall Santa made from the bleach bottle), it was a gift from hubby's aunt.

Making ornaments gives them a special meaning. I also have many ornaments we made as a family years ago. This is a great hub that may spark some new traditions.

Voted up, useful, and interesting. Merry Christmas in July!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 10, 2013:

What a lovely collection of homemade crafts as Christmas ornaments and otherwise.

Voted up, interesting and beautiful. Shared and pinned too.

moonlake (author) from America on May 20, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you I appreciate that and thanks for stopping by my hub.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

This will be a perfect hub to add to my Christmas board on Pinterest. Consider it done!

moonlake (author) from America on January 26, 2013:

Sherry Hewins, I just thought today to check my spam box and found your comment in there. Why your comment would have went to spam I just don't know so sorry. Thanks for stopping by.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 12, 2012:

Those are so cute! I love the nipple reindeer and the clothespin angels.

moonlake (author) from America on December 12, 2012:

RTalloni, You are so right I can just picture what some of them could look like. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Always nice to see you.

RTalloni on December 11, 2012:

Thanks for sharing your cute retro items. I love the German Froebel Stars! Thank you for adding the how-to intro video. With so many beautiful papers available today my mind is whirling with ideas… :)

moonlake (author) from America on November 25, 2012:

Nell Rose, I know some years it seems hard to get in Christmas spirit. This year we have been so sick we just can't get with it. I really need to get some shopping done. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment always enjoy your visits.

moonlake (author) from America on November 25, 2012:

Au fait, You're right about the bean paint him white give him some wings and he could be an angel. Thanks so much for stopping by my hub always glad to see you.

Nell Rose from England on November 25, 2012:

These are lovely, so Christmassy! love the angels, I really need to get into the Christmas spirit, so this was great!

C E Clark from North Texas on November 25, 2012:

Perfect hub for this time of year! How nice to have so many treasured decorations from friends and family. I made stockings for Christmas over 20 years ago and my daughter still hangs hers at Christmas.

I loved the little painted bean the best. You could paint it to be a snowman or an elf or a reindeer with some twig antlers. So many possibilities . . .

Great hub, voted up, useful, beautiful, and sharing!

moonlake (author) from America on November 21, 2012:

Thelma Alberts, Thanks for stopping by glad you liked the hub. The Santa really is cute.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 21, 2012:

These are all beautiful. I like your ornaments especially Santa. Thanks for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on November 04, 2012:

rebeccamealey, Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 04, 2012:

These are all really cute and inspirational. I especially love the beaded angel.

moonlake (author) from America on November 04, 2012:

Peggy W, I'm pretty sure I have more homemade ornaments and decorations but I have to find them. We don't fill our tree up with ornaments as much as we use to so I don't pull out all the boxes. Thanks so much for stopping by and or sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

This is the time of year that people need to get busy if they are going to make handmade Christmas ornaments to be given away as gifts. Nice to see your photo at the bottom of this hub. Up, useful and this time sharing. :)

moonlake (author) from America on October 28, 2012:

Stephanie Henkel, Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and sharing. I appreciate it. Handmade ornaments are the best I think.

moonlake (author) from America on October 28, 2012:

sgbrown, So nice to have you stop by and thanks for the vote and sharing.

It's fun every year to take the ornaments out and see the things the kids have made. The grandkids always like that.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 18, 2012:

Great hub! Those special handmade ornaments given to us by friends, families and kids always bring back treasured memories. Thanks for reminding us! Voted up and shared!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 18, 2012:

Well, it is that time of year once again. Christmas is just around the corner! I love the "heirloom" Christmas ornaments. I keep all the ornaments my kids made when they were little, their kids enjoy seeing them. My two oldest grandkids are now making some ornaments and some of these ideas would be great! I may need a bigger tree! Wonderful hub voting up +++ and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)

moonlake (author) from America on February 25, 2012:


Thank you, for stopping by. Glad you liked the hub. I'm hoping I'll find some of the other crafts I have to put on here. I did find the pattern for a hankie angel today. Now I need to find the angel I made with it. Thanks for the vote.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 25, 2012:

I wish I'd seen this hub last Christmas. Excellent crafts -- the crocheted Santa made me smile. Voting this Up and Interesting.

moonlake (author) from America on February 05, 2012:


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love old crafts and I really love Christmas stuff. Thanks for the vote I appreciate it.

moonlake (author) from America on February 05, 2012:


Thanks so much for stopping by. My little granddaughter always had to do crafts with me. Your right kids love crafts. Thanks for sharing.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on February 05, 2012:

These vintage crafts are really wonderful. The crocheted pattern on Santa is great and worth appreciation. I'm also interested in making crafts.

Voted up as useful and awesome.

Brett C from Asia on February 05, 2012:

These are great and beautiful ideas. Kids really enjoy crafts, so things like this can only help them to get into the festive mood, whichever festival that may be.

Thanks for the ideas, SOCIALLY SHARED.

moonlake (author) from America on December 23, 2011:

Peggy W,

Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.

Their watching everything we do now. I'm sure they are smelling the bones under the tree for them.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 23, 2011:

Your "snowflakes" Reno and Doc may not have been happy but they are certainly cute! My favorites were your clothspin angels but liked all of your ideas. The paper star ornament dipped in wax looks pretty. Great hub...especially at this time of year. Merry Christmas!

moonlake (author) from America on December 22, 2011:

Jackie Lynnley,

Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.

The wreath with filters sounds like it would be fun to make.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 22, 2011:

These are fantastic! Someone here was showing how to make a Christmas wreath from coffee filters and it is so beautiful I want to make it but I am going to do it for Valentine's Day and maybe just keep it in my bedroom afterward.

moonlake (author) from America on December 20, 2011:


Thanks, for coming by. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I haven't seen your ribbon ornaments but I will check it out.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 20, 2011:

I enjoyed seeing your ornaments, especially the clothes pin dolls. I love handmade Christmas ornaments. Have you check out my Hub on how to make Chrismas angels from lace ribbon? Thanks for sharing this.

moonlake (author) from America on December 20, 2011:

Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thank you,

Yes those are our dogs Reno and Doc. They weren't real happy about their snowflake headbands.

Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 20, 2011:

Interesting and useful. Just love those dogs. Are they yours and what are those two adorable decorated dogs called? The angels are super and I love Santa.

moonlake (author) from America on December 19, 2011:


Thank you, glad you liked them. Thanks, so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 19, 2011:

Great hub. I particularly love the angels made from clothespins. I can see why you sold a lot at craft shows. The details you put in their clothing, hair and hair ornaments were very well done.

Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

moonlake (author) from America on December 19, 2011:


Thank you, they were fun to make. I could work on them for hours.

Thanks, for stopping by my hub.

instantlyfamily on December 19, 2011:

I absolutely LOVE your angels! Nice hub!

moonlake (author) from America on December 19, 2011:


I did ceramics for years. Still have some of it. A nativity set left.

Thank you for the vote and thanks for stopping by.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on December 19, 2011:

Love the santa's you make and all your descriptions. I used to make ceramics I still have two Santa's standing and waving to me. Voted up and awesome

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