Festive and Frugal Christmas Idea – Decoupage Ornaments

Today is Day 4 of The Budget Diet’s 12 Days of Festive and Frugal Christmas Ideas, and today is craft day!

Each year, I host a Mother-Daughter cookie exchange, and I plan a simple craft for the girls to make. When we started this tradition 10 years ago, the girls were only 4 years old, and they made peanut butter pine cone bird feeders! Now they’re teenagers, and they love to socialize, so I needed a simple craft that allows them to create and chat!

This year’s super simple craft?

Decoupage Ornaments!

If you’ve never attempted decoupage, it’s my favorite craft because no Martha Stewart skills are involved!

How to Make Decoupage Ornaments


  • Paper Mache Ball Ornaments
  • Mod Podge Matte Finish – available at craft stores
  • 1″ wide sponge brushes – available at craft stores
  • Iridescent or Silver Superfine Glitter – available at craft stores
  • Old Books or sheet music with thin pages – if you don’t have any around the house, there always available at garage sales and thrift stores.
  • Cardstock to make tags
  • Markers or Rubber Stamps for tags
  • Ribbon to tie tags onto the ornament


  • Pour Mod Podge into a bowl.
  • Tear book pages into small 1/2″ to 3/4″ pieces.
  • Using Mod Podge, spread a thin layer onto the ornament and top with a piece of the book page.
  • Continue this process, working in small areas and overlapping the book pages until the ornament is covered.
  • Apply 3 – 4 more coats of Mod Podge to the book pages, letting it dry briefly in between each coat.
  • After applying the final coat of Mod Podge, sprinkle with glitter.
  • Let dry.
  • Use rubber stamps or markers to make the tag.
  • Attach the tag with a piece of ribbon.

There you have it, a festive and frugal Christmas ornament that’s fun and easy to make! Consider decoupage ornaments if you’re looking for a craft for a group or if you’re looking for something simple to make for neighbor gifts or hostess gifts.

Don’t miss any of The Budget Diet’s 12 Days of Festive and Frugal Christmas ideas!

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  1. Thanks for letting me know, and the Dollar Tree is a great resource for inexpensive ornaments!

  2. Noelle /

    Glass and shatterproof ornaments work just fine. I did them with my students using dollar tree ornaments and thinned out Elmer’s glue.

  3. Kristl /

    I don’t think it would stick, sorry!

  4. Could I do this using just a golden ball ornaments instead of the paper mache?

  5. Michael’s.

  6. Love these ornaments! Where did you purchase your noel stamp from?

  7. It’s actually just a piece of ribbon that we tied to the tiny little gold loop that was on the paper mache ornament. Good luck with your project!

  8. Nice ornament! How did you get the nice pretty silver attachment on the top of the bulb? Can those be bought separately?


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