[UPDATED in 2020]
Hi everyone! I hope your holiday season is going well. I love to craft a new Christmas ornament or two every year, and this year is no exception. I’m excited to share the details for making darling burlap Christmas tree ornaments with you today.
The beauty of this project is that they are easy enough for children to make, but can be easily upgraded for adults by using creative embellishments.
Each year as my children were growing up, I would design a different ornament that we could work on together. We’d make a couple dozen of them to give to teachers, friends, and family.
I always set one aside for each of them to keep, so now they have a different homemade ornament for about ten years of their childhood.
UPDATE: I’m thrilled to report that Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine featured this ornament in their Christmas 2020 edition!
I saw this idea on Pinterest and checked out the website, Honey Girl’s Studio, where the pin originated. I just loved Melissa’s idea of burlap and I thought they looked terrific, so I gave them a try.
Hers look a bit more steam punky and neutral, which I love, but when I found the green burlap on sale, I decided to go a slightly different route, hence the above results. They’re pretty easy to make, but I’ll walk you through it.
Materials for Making Burlap Christmas Tree Ornaments
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- Scrap cardboard
- Tacky glue
- Buttons (or other embellishments, like sequins, gems, etc.)
- Birch bark
- Gold thread or fine cord
Making Burlap Christmas Tree Ornaments
Step 1: First I cut out cardboard triangles; mine are about 4″ high. I just eyeballed it; I like imperfect(!).
Step 2: Then I glued the cardboard to the burlap using white glue and let it dry. Once dry, I cut around the triangles.
Step 3: I had some birch bark, so I used that for the trunks, although I love Melissa’s use of folding ruler pieces.
Other trunk alternatives:
- a tree branch cut in half length-wise
- a large popcycle stick
- a piece of heavy black or brown cardboard
- a piece of a ruler or folding ruler
- a piece of cardboard covered with scrapbook paper
Step 4: After attaching the trunks with hot glue, I just started decorating, using items I already had on hand: buttons, lace, foil trim, die cut stars, gold thread, and small gems.
Step 5: Last step, glue on some fine cord for a hanger and you’re all set. (Note: I glued a button over the spot on the back where I glued the cord, just to give it a cleaner look. Happy Christmas!
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