DIY Holiday Ornaments

’Tis the season to decorate your Christmas tree with some simple and festive DIY ornaments great for the whole family to make together. These crafts make perfect additions to any tree or home all season long and are also a wonderful gift idea. Best of all, you can cherish the memories for years to come.

Here are a few of our favorite DIY ornaments. Share yours with us on social media using #Publix.

Cinnamon-Scented Tree

You’ll need:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig of pine
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decorations, such as rhinestones


  1. Glue the two cinnamon sticks together using hot glue.
  2. Cut the pine sprig into pieces. Make each piece smaller than the previous piece.
  3. Attach the pieces of pine to the cinnamon sticks with hot glue to create a tree shape.
  4. Bend the wire into a circle.
  5. Hot glue the wire to the top of the cinnamon sticks to create a loop to hang your ornament.
  6. Decorate with your choice of rhinestones.

Hot Chocolate Bulb

You’ll need:

  • 1 clear, round ornament
  • 1 packet of hot cocoa mix
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Small funnel to pour ingredients into ornament bulb


  1. Remove the top of the ornament and set it aside.
  2. Place the funnel inside the open hole at the top of the ornament.
  3. Use the funnel to pour the bag of hot cocoa power into the ornament until it is about half full.
  4. Add crushed candy cane.
  5. Add mini marshmallows.
  6. Place the top back on the ornament.

Dried Citrus Garland and Ornaments

You’ll need:

  • Dried oranges, sliced*
  • Twine

*(If you’re making a 6-foot garland, you’ll need 4 whole oranges).


  1. For garland, string dried orange onto the twine, leaving some space between the pieces of orange.

Tip: Tie a knot between the orange slices so they don’t move around. You can also add pinecones between the pieces of orange to keep them in place.

  1. For ornaments, tie twine onto the dried orange to create a hook for hanging.
  2. Place onto your tree.


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Jackie J.

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Jackie J. became a Publix associate in 2017 after deciding to take her love of food to the next level. She began working with the Social Media team at that time and she immediately fell in love with life at Publix. In her spare time, she bakes to relax and creates yummy morsels for friends and family to munch on. When she isn’t working, you can probably find her playing with her cat and dog (Nila and Oreo), at a theme park or watching a Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

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