DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments – Easy to Make & So Festive for Christmas

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These DIY embroidery hoop Christmas ornaments are the perfect addition to your tree.

DIY embroidery hoop ornament

Love making your own Christmas ornaments?

Consider making these beautiful and simple DIY embroidery hoop Christmas ornaments! They’re so darned cute using a trendy Buffalo Plaid print, but feel free to customize them to your liking.

This would be such a fun craft night idea to create with friends, especially if you used monograms or names as the vinyl cut out!

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

I try to make a homemade ornament 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 DIY decor pieces I’ve ever made. 🤩

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments – working with the cricut appliques

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

You can make similar embroidery ornaments using the same fabric but different appliques. You could glue pre-cut felt or white paper embellishments to the front, glue white buttons, or even stencil a design using white craft paint. You could also order pre-cut vinyl shapes and words from an Etsy shop.

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 – Hoops, ribbons, and plaid

Embroidery Hoop Ornaments




Cut designs and/or words using heat transfer vinyl. Make sure to size them a little smaller than the embroidery hoop youโ€™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 — do not iron directly on the vinyl.


Press the iron down over the cloth using medium pressure for about 30-40 seconds. Youโ€™ll know itโ€™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, but how you embellish is up to you. Add a loop of yarn or ribbon to the top of the backside 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. Last year, I displayed all my ornaments together on a mini Christmas tree in my kitchen!

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 – large hoop on the mantel

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

I bought a beautifully 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 designs. So pretty!

Here’s another simple Christmas craft using oranges and cloves to make pomander balls!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 29

  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.

    • 5pink1blue

      What is waste canvas? Thanks!

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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. 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?

  11. Ruben

    Love this idea. I canโ€™t wait to try it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! Yes this is a fun craft!

  12. Melissa Slifer

    Is the fabric cotton?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, great question thanks!

  13. bobbi-4

    I made some of these as gifts last year, and they came out great! I love how you can customize it for each person. I made one with the Mandalorian, one with Among Us, etc.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how fun! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Paula

    super cute ! I would go to the next step and paint the hoops first
    can’t wait to try this

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea, Paula! Glad you loved this idea! Happy crafting! ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ„

  15. Laurie

    I made these last year as a cute addition to Christmas gifts! Everyone loved them and they were so easy and super cute. Thanks, Lina, for the great craft!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay!! I love to hear that Laurie! Thanks for coming back to tell me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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