Here's my latest handmade ornament. And one of the best parts about these is that the materials were 100% free... so nothing came out of my $20 budget.
I started with a coupon for a free dozen eggs. And blew them all out so I was left with just the empty shells.
Then I colored them using some leftover dye tablets I kept from an easter egg kit.
I often buy more than one easter egg kit to get the perfect combo of colors. I keep the leftovers because you never know when you might need something to dye eggs with - case in point Christmas ornaments. I had three tablets leftover- emerald green, dark blue (almost navy), and pink. I really wanted a nice teal blue so I played around with mixing different amounts of blue and green until I got the right shade.
Since the eggs were blown out I needed to weigh them down with a small glass while dyeing them.
Once the eggs were dry I punched snowflakes out of scrap paper, glittery holiday cards, and tin foil. Then decoupaged the flakes onto the eggs.
Last but not least I glued some loops of scrap yarn into the eggs for hangers.
And since these ornaments were 100% free (yippee) they took $0 from my budget and I still have $10.27.