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Easy Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

If you want unique ornaments for your Christmas tree, you need to make these decoupage Christmas Ornaments made using napkins.

I added the napkins to these inexpensive ornaments from The Dollar Tree and ta-da; I have one-of-a-kind ornaments.

I’ve done several napkin decoupage DIY projects, and when I saw these Cardinal napkins, I decided to try them on ornaments.

I use red birds on my screened porch and always look for additional decorations for that area.

I can’t wait for you to see how they turn out.

Cardinal Napkins for DIY Christmas Project.

How To Make Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

First, you need to find a napkin that will work with your Christmas Decor. There are so many options, so your decorating can be as creative as you wish.

Next, you need old ball ornaments or pick up inexpensive ones at The Dollar Tree or online like these. You may also find some cheap used ornaments at Thrift Stores this time of year.

Note: I used clear ornaments. If you use old ornaments, choose carefully because the color may seep through. The napkin is very thin, and once you apply it, you can see the original color.

This time of year, I love to look for thrift store Christmas decor, and here are some tips for what to look for.

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Supplies for Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Craft Ideas and DIY Projects for Christmas Tree Decorating.

Prepare Napkins

First, you need to separate the layers of the napkin.

Most are 3 plies, and you only want the one-ply with the design.

The easiest way to separate the napkin is to use tape to pull the layers apart. Just attach a small piece of tape to the napkin’s underside, then pull the tape while gently holding the top layer.

Next, cut the napkin into four separate pieces. You will want to trim the pieces to fit and achieve the desired design for your ornament.

Red Bird Napkins for Decoupage DIY Project

Apply Napkin to Ornaments

Begin by removing the ornament hanger and applying a coat of Mod Podge to the ornament with a brush.

apply mod podge to glass ornament

Add the first piece of napkin at the top of the ornament and press it onto the ball. You may need to cut or fold some areas, but that’s okay!

Red Bird napkins make great Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Use more Mod Podge and brush the napkin into place.

Use mod podge to create unique Christmas Tree ornaments for the holidays.

Continue to add pieces of the napkins until your ornament is covered completely.

It is okay to overlap and fold where needed.

Apply napkin to glass ornament for unique one of a kind tree ornaments

Allow the ornament to dry thoroughly before reattaching the hanger.

Cardinal Red Bird Decoupage Christmas Ornaments - Easy Tutorial for One-of-a-kind Holiday Ornaments
Yield: 4

Easy Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

Easy Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments
Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 16 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 4 Glass Ornaments
  • 4 Napkins
  • Mod Podge


  • Small Paint Brush


  1. Separate the napkin leaving only 1 ply with the design
  2. Remove the hanger from the ornaments
  3. Cut the Napkin into 4 pieces
  4. Paint mod podge over the ornament
  5. Apply napkin pieces to the ornament, smoothing and folding to apply.
  6. Brush an additional mod podge over the surface of the napkin to get it to lie flat.
  7. Repeat until the ornament is covered. Over lapping and folded areas are okay.
  8. Allow the mod podge to dry for a few hours.
  9. Reattach the hangers and decorate your tree.

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Unique One-of-a-kind Decoupage Christmas Ornaments

The unique one-of-a-kind decoupage Christmas ornaments look great on the tree.

Cardinal Red Bird Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments - Easy Tutorial for One-of-a-kind Holiday Ornaments

Let your imagination sour, and create ornaments to match your aesthetics this Christmas.

Cardinal Red Bird Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornaments - Easy Tutorial for One-of-a-kind Holiday Ornaments.

If you want a more opaque ornament, use white ornaments or paint them white before applying the napkin. Here is one I painted, and you can see there is a noticeable difference.

I also painted the ornament cap with gold metallic paint.

Opaque REd Bird Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornament with red ribbon on iron banister railing.

Other Napkin Decoupage Tutorials

Here are a few of my previous Napkin Decoupage Tutorials that you might enjoy.

Napkin Decoupage Tutorials


Below are the items used for this project, plus some other napkins that would be lovely for this project.

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Friday 3rd of November 2023

beautiful ornaments. Good idea with napkins


Friday 3rd of November 2023

Yolande, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.


Friday 3rd of November 2023

These are so pretty, Rachel. Great idea.


Friday 3rd of November 2023

Thanks Renae!

Wendy McMonigle

Friday 3rd of November 2023

Love all your decoupage projects


Friday 3rd of November 2023

Wendy, It's so much fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday 20th of November 2022

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Sunday 20th of November 2022

Jen, Thanks so much.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 19th of November 2022

I'm so excited to do this myself this season. I have all my supplies. It's just a matter of sitting down and doing it. Love how these turned out Rachel.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Kim They are so easy to make.

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