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Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments: Hot Glue Gun Crafts

Y’all, I just made the cutest DIY Ornaments for Christmas, and I know you will love them. They are a hot glue gun craft that’s super easy to make. The options are unlimited.

These cute Angel and Cross Christmas Ornaments are made using a hot glue gun and hand-painted with gold and white accents. They can be made in various sizes and used for gift tags as well as tree ornaments.

Even if you’re not a big crafter and shy away from DIY projects, I think you will love how easy these are to make.

In addition, this would be a great kids’ project with adult supervision because of the hot glue.

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How To Make Christmas Ornaments

This is a fun and easy Christmas ornament project, and there are various ways to do this craft. Today, I’m sharing Angel and Cross ornaments with white and gold accents applied to thin wood board ornaments. However, you can be creative with other designs and colors.


Prepare your Boards

First, you want to prepare your unfinished wooden boards. I used two sizes for my ornaments: those with scalloped edges and these rectangle boards.

Begin by using a cordless drill to drill a hole in the top center of each board.

Drill a hole in the precut wooden boards.

Then, you will want to sand or use a rotary tool to smooth the edges of the holes. Ryobi makes this easy-to-use cordless rotary tool that is convenient for small projects like this.

Finally, the last step in preparing your boards is to paint them with white chalk paint.

Draw with Hot Glue

Next, we will draw our design onto the prepared wooden boards with our Ryobi Hot Glue Gun.

I’m starting with the angel, beginning with a round circle and then filling in with the glue.

Creating an angel's face on a wooden board using hot glue for DIY Christmas Ornament.

Then I added a body and wings.

This is all freehand, without a pattern. I also made some with crosses.

If you feel you need a pattern, you can trace one onto the wood with a pencil.

The random lines of the design is what I love about the ornaments because no two are alike.

Angel and Cross Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments made from Hot Glue for Farmhouse Christmas.

Paint Ornaments

After the hot glue is dry, you will want to remove any excess hot glue, such as glue hairs.

Then, add a second coat of white paint over the entire surface and design.

Angel design made with hot glue and painted white can be used as Christmas ornaments or gift tags.

Once the white paint is dry, begin applying the metallic gold paint. You can apply as much or as little as you desire.

I like to define the hair and halo specifically with a light touch along the other raised areas of the design.

In addition, I use a dry brush technique to add touches of gold to the background of the board.

Add Wax To DIY Christmas Ornaments

To age the DIY Christmas ornaments, I added Annie Sloan Wax.

Begin by rubbing over the entire surface with clear wax. This will prevent the dark wax from grabbing and making the design darker than you want.

After the entire surface is covered with clear wax, immediately add dark wax and wipe away any excess.

Finally, buff the waxed surface with a fresh rag until the ornament is smooth.

To finish, you may want to add additional gold paint to highlight the main areas of your design. This is optional, but the extra gold helps give the color more dimension and contrast.

You can see the gold areas under the wax versus the extra swipes added afterward on this closeup view.

Cross Christmas Ornament with white and gold accents

The Christmas Ornaments will look great on a gift package and on a Christmas tree.

Easy DIY Christmas Ornament is perfect for a neutral Christmas theme.

See the Video Tutorial Here

The options are endless regarding the different designs and colors you can use.

DIY Christmas Ornament on Frosted Christmas Tree

These are working well with my neutral colors in the loft this year.

Hot Glue Painted Wood Ornaments in a bowl of Christmas decor.

Easy DIY Christmas Crafts

Here are some additional DIY Christmas Crafts that are easy.


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Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!

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Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments made with a hot glue gun craft ideas
Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments made with a hot glue gun craft ideas

Jan Hebert

Friday 24th of November 2023

These are beautiful, Rachel. Simple and rustically (is that a word?!) elegant. They will fit right in with our Christmas decor. I'm wondering if you tea dyed your twill tape?


Friday 24th of November 2023

Jan, I'm glad you liked them. No it's a gold ribbon.


Wednesday 26th of July 2023

Love the angel! 😇 What a sweet present that would make!! Thanks for the idea!


Wednesday 26th of July 2023

Jenn, Thank you! I'm glad you like it.


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Not sure my hot glue skills are as good as yours but I'm willing to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this. LOVE THEM!!!


Thursday 3rd of November 2022

Cindy, You are so welcome.

Brendt Blanks

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Rachel, I am in love with these ornaments and cannot wait to try them. Thank you so much for sharing...pinned! xoxo, Brendt


Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Brendt, I really appreciate this. Let me know how they turn out.


Tuesday 1st of November 2022

What a cool idea! I want to make this one. pinned!


Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Stacy, I'm so glad you liked it.