Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DIY Christmas Woodland Ornament

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

I know Thanksgiving hasn't passed yet but since Christmas season is on its way,  I'm happy to share with you a Christmas craft project I've been working on for a fun ornament exchange I'm participating in with a fellow blogger for the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures partnered 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments and we want to share our creations or special finds with you! Over the next 14 days, a group of ladies will be sharing our ornament tutorials or shopping trips to give you lots of holiday inspiration.  I'm so excited to share this DIY ornament.  You can find the full tutorial to make your own below and check out more ornaments created by several talented bloggers in the links at the bottom of this post.

Holiday Decorations, Rustic, DIY Ornaments

I partnered with Rachel over at Craving Some Creativity.  Rachel has a beautiful blog with lots of inspiring crafts and projects that you'll want to check out!  Rachel let me know that she hosts Christmas in her home and has two trees set up for the holidays. I love that and wish I could put up two trees in  my own home...but space is limited and two cats running around is already a bad idea for one tree!  One of her trees will be decorated with birds and other woodland animals combined with rustic pieces and some gold and pearl accents.  I can just imagine how beautiful that tree will be! 

See all of the ornaments in the 2015 Ornament Exchange here.

I am a huge fan of the rustic theme and pearls, as well, so I was super excited to create an ornament to go along with Rachel's Christmas theme.

I decided to make an ornament that captures the outdoor woodland concept she has by placing a gold bird sitting in a small pot surrounded by some Christmas nature.  Hopefully, it fits with the rest of her Christmas tree decor!

How to Make a Christmas Bird Woodland Ornament

Crafts, HOlidays, Rustic Decor

You can find many of these items at the dollar store and crafts stores.  

  • Tiny garden pot, preferably light weight so it doesn't weigh down the Christmas tree
  • Christmas bird
  • Plastic Christmas floral arrangement (take it apart to use the leaves, pine cones and berries)
  • Styrofoam to place as a filler in the pot
  • Toothpicks to hold leaves and stick into Styrofoam
  • Small faux pearl beads
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Small Christmas bow

Rustic Christmas Tree, Holiday Decor, Crafts


I used this round Styrofoam for the pot filler but you can use a small Styrofoam ball.  Trace around the pot to get the correct measurement for the Styrofoam to fill inside.  For this Styrofoam filler, I cut out two of these round shapes.

Garden Pot, Crafts, Holiday Decor

Secure the Styrofoam inside the pot using hot glue.  I stuck a toothpick in the middle to add more security to keep them together.

Craft Garden Pot, Holiday Decor

Wrap twine around the pot, securing the ends with hot glue.  I preferred the twine to be thicker around the pot so I double wrapped it and it helped to cover all the spaces.  

Holiday Craft, Rustic Tree Decor

Add the pearls by measuring around the pot and using hot glue to secure them. 

Garden Pot, Pearl Crafts, Holiday Crafts

Take apart the Christmas floral stem.  Use toothpicks to place the leaves on and then stick through the Styrofoam.

Garden Pot, Rustic Tree Decor

Garden Pot Craft, Holiday Rustic Decor

Add the bird and other embellishments, securing with hot glue if necessary.

Rustic Decor, Christmas Tree Ornament

I added an extra piece of twine around the middle to help attach another long piece of twine around the sides to hang the ornament.  Tie knots at each side of the pot to secure the twine that with be hanging.

Christmas Ornament, Holiday Crafts

If you like, attach a small, red Christmas bow to the top of the center of the twine that will hang on the tree.

Rustic Holiday Decor, Christmas Tree Ornament

This ornament is very light and won't weigh down the stem of the tree.  

Rustic Christmas Tree, Holiday Crafts

Have you started any Christmas projects like crafts, shopping or decorating?  

For more holiday inspiration, visit the other bloggers below in today's group to see the ornaments they are sharing!

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Love My Messy Messy Mess
Lexi Michelle Blog
Made in a Day
Home on the Corner
Where the Smiles Have Been

The ornament exchange is now open for you to join the party and link up your favorite ornament!

The Holidays are here and it's time to celebrate!
Ornament Exchange Link Party 

Welcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!
Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?
We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!
Let's all get inspired this season!
The Hosts of the Exchange~
Ornament Exchange hosts
We want to say a huge "Thank You" to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! 

 Ornament Exchange Helpers

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange!
DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Cupcakes & Crowbars | Mary and Martha's House | Casa Watkins | Random Bits of Happiness | Ariel Louise | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Second Chances Girl | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama's Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | Gypsy Heart & Soul | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | I'm Just Queenin | simple.pretty.life | The Chilly Dog | Try it - Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

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