DIY Rustic Christmas Ornament Crafts

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If you like a rustic, country style in your home and on your Christmas tree, add to the fun by making decorations yourself. With simple materials like pinecones, burlap, jingle bells and common craft supplies, you can spend an enjoyable afternoon making rustic ornaments to decorate your own tree, or give as gifts to friends and family.

Burlap Balls Christmas Ornaments

Here’s an easy craft that even young kids can manage.

You will need:

  • Inexpensive, 2-inch plastic ornaments
  • 8-inch squares of burlap, either natural or colored
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbon and/or twine
  • Tiny jingle bells
  1. Pull two threads off the side of one burlap square.
  2. Tie one thread through the ornament’s loop to function as a hanger.
  3. Set the ornament in the center of the burlap square, with the ornament hanger at the top.
  4. Gather up the burlap around the ball so it is even and tight, then use a rubber band to fasten it in place.
  5. Cover the rubber band with a length of ribbon or twine tied into a bow.
  6. Use the remaining burlap thread to tie one or two jingle bells over the bow.
  7. Repeat until you have made as many ornaments as you want!

Dried Orange Slices

Not only do dried orange slices look festive on your tree, but they also will make your whole house smell good! This craft uses a sharp knife, so you will definitely want to assist your kids.

You will need:

  • A large navel orange
  • Sharp serrated knife
  • Baking tray
  • Whole cloves
  • Ribbon
  1. Preheat your oven to the lowest setting, usually around 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the orange across the sections into slices around 1/8 inch thick. Discard the end slices.
  3. Lightly blot the orange slices with paper towels, then lay them directly on the oven rack.
  4. Set the baking tray on the rack below the oranges to catch any drips.
  5. Bake the slices for two or three hours, until they are almost entirely dry. Turn them every 30 minutes, and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  6. When the oranges are done, press whole cloves around the orange peel.
  7. Once the slices are dry and cool, cut a small slit into each slice, then thread a length of ribbon through the slit, and tie for use as a hanger.

DIY Bird Wreath Ornaments

Little nesting birds bring the outdoors into your Christmas tree. Supervise your children when using a hot glue gun, as it can cause burns.

You will need:

  • Miniature grapevine wreaths, 3 – 4 inches across
  • Miniature bird figures
  • Craft moss
  • Raffia ribbon
  • Small faux flowers
  • Hot glue
  1. With hot glue, create a little nest of craft moss at the inner curve of the wreath.
  2. Position the bird on or next to the nest, and glue in place.
  3. Tuck a few flowers around the nest, pushing the stems through the grapevine to fasten the flowers securely.
  4. Tie a short section of raffia ribbon to make a hanger at the wreath top.
  5. Use more raffia to fashion a bow, and use hot glue to attach it to the top edge of the wreath.

DIY Glitter Pinecones

Painted pinecones are a rustic staple for decorating Christmas trees.

You will need:

  • Large pinecones
  • Yarn
  • White or silver spray paint
  • Glitter
  • Large fabric ribbon bow
  • Wire
  1. Using a piece of yarn, tie the pinecones to a branch or clothesline outside for painting. You’ll be able to easily access all sides of the pinecone, and avoid mess.
  2. Lightly spray the pinecones with white or silver spray paint.
  3. Sprinkle glitter over the wet paint, then let the pinecone dry completely.
  4. Remove the yarn, and use a short piece of wire to fasten the fabric bow to the top of the pinecone. Pull one loop up to use as a hanger.

DIY Jingle Bell Wreath

Give inexpensive jingle bells an aged appearance, then use them to make a super-easy wreath.

You will need:

  • Small jingle bells
  • Brown and green spray paint
  • Long brown pipe cleaners
  • Raffia or fabric bow
  • Fishing line or clear thread
  1. Spread the jingle bells on a sheet of newspaper outdoors, then lightly spray with green paint. Don’t worry about complete coverage; you want a distressed finish. Let bells dry.
  2. Turn the bells over, and then spray a second coat with the brown paint. Let dry.
  3. Thread bells onto the pipe cleaner, turning them at angles so you can fit as many bells as possible.
  4. When there is just a little bit of pipe cleaner left bare, twist the ends together, and form the wreath into a circle.
  5. Use fishing line to attach the bow so it covers the twisted pipe cleaner ends.
  6. On the opposite side of the wreath, use fishing line to loop a small hanger.

When it comes to the holidays, some of the most treasured decorations are the ones you or your children make yourselves. Rustic styled ornaments look great on any tree, and with their primitive appearance, don’t require exceptional neatness or crafting skill.

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Last Updated: December 6, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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