DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments

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Love homemade ornaments?

Consider making these beautiful and simple Christmas ornaments using small embroidery hoops! They’re so darned cute using a trendy Buffalo Plaid print, but feel free to customize for your tree and decor.

This would be such a fun craft night idea to create with friends!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments – finished and in a group of 11

I try to make a homemade ornament idea each year because I LOVE personalizing my tree, and they make such fun present toppers or small gift ideas. These embroidery hoop ornaments are some of my favorite I’ve ever made – so FUN!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments – Hoops, ribbons, and plaid

DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments




Cut designs and/or words using heat transfer vinyl. Make sure to size them a little smaller than the embroidery hoop you’ll be using. Weed out and remove excess vinyl for each shape/design.


Cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the embroidery hoop. On the highest setting, iron the decal to the middle of the fabric. Use a scrap piece of the fabric on top of the design as a press cloth. Press the iron down over the cloth using medium pressure for about 30-40 seconds. You’ll know it’s ironed on correctly when you can pull up on the clear film and the decal remains on the fabric.


Open the embroidery hoop and place the fabric inside of it, centered. Secure the hoop back together.


Turn the ornament over and hot glue the remaining fabric to the back of the embroidery hoop.


Hot glue greenery and faux berries to the top of the hoop (you can also use ribbon and glue a bow to the top). I started using ribbon but then switched to greenery. How you embellish is up to you. Also, add a loop of yarn or ribbon to the top of the back side of the ornament to hang it on the tree.

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments – a small tree decorated with the ornaments

Embroidery hoop cuteness overload!

Oh… my… these are ADORABLE! I’m obsessed with plaid, so these are right up my alley and I loved making them. I am currently displaying all my ornaments together on a mini tree in my kitchen! So fun. I love that you can completely customize this craft idea for your taste and use your favorite fabric pattern and desired shapes or wording. So fun!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments – working with the cricut appliques

Don’t have a vinyl cutting machine? No worries!

I still think you can make similar embroidery ornaments using fabric and maybe glue pre-cut felt or white paper embellishments to the front, glue white buttons, or even stencil a design using white craft paint.

Look around your local craft store for some fun ideas, or here are some alternatives I found online to consider:

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments – large hoop on the mantel

This craft can also be done on a much larger scale!

I actually bought this beautify made embroidery hoop Christmas decor item at a craft fair this year and am using it on my holiday decorated mantel. It was made basically using the same technique as these smaller ornaments except with a large 12-inch embroidery hoop and different design. Isn’t that pretty!?

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 28

  1. Jennifer

    These are beautiful can you make me some nice

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Jennifer!!

      • Jennifer

        Seriously would love to have some

  2. brindhaG

    Very pretty and creative Lina. Doesnt look hard for a beginner.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good! And thanks so much!!

  3. Thao

    Oh. My GOODNESS. These are absolutely adorable. Love your creative ideas, Lina!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thank you so much Thao!!

  4. Marisela

    Love the fabric! Where can I get it?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Joann – thanks and great question!

  5. Leslie S.

    Cute! For those without a Cricut, you can get a slightly more rustic (but equally cute) look by cross-stitching on waste canvas. You cut the waste canvas away from the material after you’ve completed stitching. There are tons of free holiday cross-stitch patterns online. Make it easy by stitching the entire in one color as shown here.

  6. Marisela

    Thank you

  7. Deborah

    These are super cute!! I’m actually hosting a group of ladies TONIGHT and decided to make these for our craft time!! YAY!!! However, I don’t have the iron on decals…. I did buy some stencils and sponge brushes, but I wasn’t sure what kind of paint would work…. do you have any suggestions? Have you ever painted on flannel before? I have some left over chalk paints that was kinda thinking of using…. but I started thinking last night that it may be way too thin!! Any advice would be welcome! I can run by the store on my way home! 🙂

    • MaryLou Todd

      Did u ever get/use any paint? If so, what type was it ?

  8. Charli

    These are so cute! I’m in love with the red pickup truck with the tree … STILL! I know it’s been around now for a couple maybe three or more! years but I cannot get enough of it!!

  9. Mother of 3

    I’m ordering some hoops and fabric from Amazon– If I order 4″ hoops what size fabric squares would I need? Do you think a 5″ square is large enough? I love this tutorial!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm..maybe so or a little bigger just in case. I just cut mine myself from a larger piece of fabric.

      • Mother of 3

        Thank you!

  10. Jennifer

    Curious what color you used for the “Merry and Bright” on the 12″. It doesn’t look bright white. What did you use? I really love the color

  11. Sarah

    Hi, Love these designs. I’ve never used a cutting machine but am considering. Can I design individual designs, would like to personalise these with names?

  12. Ruben

    Love this idea. I can’t wait to try it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! Yes this is a fun craft!

  13. Melissa Slifer

    Is the fabric cotton?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, great question thanks!

  14. ColleenB.~Tx.

    Love the ornaments but what if a person doesn’t have a vinyl cutting machine and I also don’t cross stitch.
    What’s a person to do

    • Teresa

      I think I’m going to print out pictures on white paper and laminate it then glue it to fabric. It won’t last past this year but I love this idea!

  15. Sbhart

    I cannot figure out how to save the free form and open it on design space?

  16. Ang

    Where do you get the greenery?

  17. Cyndy

    Love this ornament. I’m kind of new to cricut and was wondering how you got the truck to cut like this from the file you mentioned. It looks so neat and clean but wasn’t sure how to get to that point. Thanks for any help you can give.

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