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5 DIY Christmas Ornaments Made from Your Tree

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When you buy a fresh Christmas tree, you end up with some extras, from the wood slices from the trunk to the twigs and branches cut from the bottom.

These pieces can be used to create inexpensive, natural Christmas decorations for your home!

Snow Covered Pine Cones

While your Christmas tree won’t come with pine cones still attached, if you gather a few ahead of time, you can easily create these snowy pine cone ornaments to give your tree a natural look or incorporate into your holiday garland.

pinecones_copyPhoto from Ella Claire.

Supplies

  • Pinecones
  • Glue
  • Fake snow
  • Paper plates
  • Ribbon

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Wood Photo Transfer Ornaments

Family pictures are the perfect way to personalize your Christmas tree. With photo transfers, you can create your own ornaments which look professional.

photoPhoto from The Homesteady.

Supplies

  • Wood slices
  • Matte Gel Medium
  • Mod Podge
  • Images printed on a laser printer
  • Ribbon

Tools

  • Drill
  • Foam brushes

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree

This project lets you use up those old ribbon remnants. For a realistic look, you can use mostly green ribbon, but you're also free to get creative with other color combinations.

scrap-ribbonPhoto from Fireflies & Mud Pies.

Supplies

  • Pine twigs (6" in length)
  • Ribbon
  • Twine

Tools

  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Pine Spray Glass Ornaments

These ornaments are beautiful and elegant, but so simple and easy to make.

forest-ornamentPhoto from The Thrifty Crafter.

Supplies

  • Glass or plastic clear ornaments
  • Tree trimmings
  • Twine

Tools

  • Long tweezers

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Twiggy Christmas Trees

You can make these ornaments natural and earthy or colorful and funky. They require a bit more carpentry than the other projects, but once everything is cut and ready to go, you can bring in the whole family to help paint and assemble.

twiggy-treePhoto from Michele Made Me.

Supplies

  • Pine twigs of various sizes
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic paints

Tools

  • Handsaw
  • Drill with small bit
  • Scissors
  • Large needle
  • Sandpaper

Step-by-Step Tutorial


Are you planning to make any of these ornaments? We want to hear about it! Comment below with how your project went, or message us on Facebook with a photo of the finished ornaments.


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