diy: simple christmas tree craft

It seems that every year we end up spending money on decorations for our tree. Now there is nothing wrong with that- getting into the holiday spirit is fun and infectious. Plus, having a few new ornaments gives you something to look forward to.

However, like the rest of the world we have spent even more time than usual at home this year. I, for one, have noticed how we were able to save more and spend less in doing such. So, in keeping with this year’s theme of saving some money and getting creative, I decided that any new ornaments to go on our tree would be made from our hands and hearts.

Inspired by the cutest snowman ornament that I came across on Instagram, the kids and I set about one evening collecting pinecones and twigs.

The following morning I grabbed the remaining supplies from our craft room. This included:

– a hot glue gun
– google eyes
– red, orange, and black pipe cleaners
– twine
– white paint

The first thing I did was paint half of the pinecones white. I chose ones whose tops fit together nicely. Then I set those aside.

Next, we set about making the reindeer. We glued the eyes on, followed by the red nose and antlers. Finally, we topped them off with twine.

For the snowmen, we glued their tops together. Then we fitted them with eyes, a nose, and a scarf. Lastly, the twine for the tree.

Remy and Wilder loved making them and hanging them on the tree. Over and over again (they keep rearranging the ornaments). Most of all, they cost nothing and provided us with an evening and entire morning of entertainment, and lifetime of memories. Best. Craft. Ever.

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Emory

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burlap tree ornaments diy

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 6The trend for natural and rustic appearing Christmas trees are becoming ever more popular. However, while these types of ornaments may not look as expensive as glass baubles or decorative lights, than can still be quite costly. Making them from scratch, on the other hand, is only consuming with your time. Here is one version of a quick and rustic ornament tutorial that will help you attain that more traditional tree.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 1What you will need: 

Burlap cloth
Styrofoam balls
Thread
Twine
Needle
Scissors

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 2Steps:

1. Place a foam ball on the burlap cloth. Tentatively wrap the ornament in the cloth until it is completely covered. Cut the material needed to cover one ornament.

2. Place the material that has just been removed on the remaining burlap. Cut out enough sheets of burlap to equal the number of ornaments that you will ultimately have.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 33. Once enough material has been cut, you may begin sewing your ornaments. Cover one foam ball with the burlap, gathering the excess material at the top. Sew the top shut. Repeat for each ornament.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 54. Once the burlap is securely sewn, twist the excess burlap and pull it in a downward motion, wrapping it around the top of the ornament so that it resembles the cap on a glass or plastic bauble. Sew it into place.

5. Now that each ornament has a faux cap, one of the last steps is to create a hanging mechanism. Thread the needle through the centre of the top cap so that it makes a loop. Tie a knot so that it stays in place.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 76. Lastly, tie a piece of twine around the hanging apparatus to finish off the look.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 8That’s all that is needed to make rustic tree decorations! Only 7 more days until Christmas!

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