DIY TREE SHAPED ORNAMENT || SIMPLE RUSTIC CHARM IN MINUTES

It’s so easy to make a diy tree shaped ornament for your Christmas tree. A few basic craft supplies, and 15 minutes or so, and you’ll have a cute little tree to decorate your tree.

three diy tree shaped ornaments on a table with a dish of small metal stars

This is a great project for a family night. Anyone who can handle a hot glue gun can put this ornament together.

And those who are too little to work with the hot glue gun can still have fun with this project. They’ll just need a little help with the glue.

What Is A DIY Tree Shaped Ornament?

This diy tree shaped ornament is nothing more than some cord wrapped around a tree shaped cardboard template.

It’s really a very simple design. And yet, it is loaded with rustic charm. A piece that anyone would love to have to for their home on the holidays.

Supplies Needed To Make This Project

There’s a good chance that you won’t have to go any further than your craft totes to scare up the supplies you need to make this diy tree shaped ornament.

supplies to make a diy tree shaped ornament on a table

Here’s a list for you to reference while you’re foraging through them for supplies …

  • CARDBOARD – Any cardboard will work for this project.
  • RULER – You’ll need a ruler to create the tree shape for the cardboard template for this project.
  • PEN – You’ll need a pen to draw the tree shape for the cardboard template for this project.
  • SCISSORS – An old pair of craft scissors that are suitable for cutting cardboard is needed to complete this project.
  • TWINE/CORD – Twine or cord in two different colors will be needed to make this ornament. One color for the trunk and the hanger. And another for the body of the tree.
  • DECORATIVE CORD/RIBBON – A cord that is suitable to make a garland to decorate the tree ornament will be needed to complete this project.
  • HOT GLUE GUN – A hot glue gun is necessary to make this ornament.
  • GLUE STICKS – Be sure to have plenty of glue sticks on hand for this project.
  • SMALL METAL STAR OR WOODEN BUTTON – This will be used as a tree topper for this ornament.

How To Make A DIY Tree Shaped Ornament

The instructions for making this diy tree shaped ornament are pretty simple. I’ll outline them here. And there is also a complete instruction card available at the end of this post, for your convenience.

First, you’ll need to draw a tree shape onto cardboard and cut it out. You will need one tree shaped cardboard template for each ornament that you are making.

cardboard tree cutouts for a craft project on a table

Then you’ll wrap the trunk of the tree with twine/cord. Glue the twine/cord on the back of the template at both the start and the end of the wrap.

wrapping twine around a cardboard cutout

Cut a 6″ length of twine/cord and use it to create a loop to attach to the back of the template. This loop will be used to hang the ornament.

Glue the loop to the back of the ornament.

gluing a loop to a cardboard cutout for a project

Hot glue a length of twine/cord to the back of the template. Wrap the template fully in the twine/cord. Be sure to cover all of the surface area and the edges.

wrapping cord around a cardboard cutout for a project

Securely glue the end of the twine/cord to the back of the ornament once it is completely wrapped.

gluing cord to a homemade ornament

Glue a length of decorative cord or ribbon to the back of the ornament. Wrap it around the ornament as you would a garland on a Christmas tree.

Securely glue the end of the cord/ribbon to the back of the ornament once it is completely wrapped.

wrapping decorative gold cord around a homemade christmas ornament

Secure a small metal star or wooden button, to the front of the ornament at the top of the tree, with hot glue. This will serve as the topper for the tree.

gluing a star to the top of a diy tree shaped ornament

Variations For This Project

One of the great things about this diy tree shaped ornament project is that there are so many ways that you can make it your very own.

a diy tree shaped ornament on a table

You can use any type of twine/cord for both the trunk and the body of the tree.

There are too many choices to list here. But here are just a few suggestions for you; jute twine, baker’s twine, butcher’s twine, macrame cord, satin cord, hemp cord, sisal cord, leather cord, ribbon or yarn.

There are a lot of options for garland as well. I used a gold cording that I found in one of my craft totes. I chose it over a thin, deep red, velvet ribbon. But the choice was difficult to make.

Use any decorative ribbon, cord, or string that you like. Perhaps, use a different type on each ornament that you make. I may have to make a few more with the thin, deep red, velvet ribbon next year.

You can choose a tree topper that fits your own personal style too. The only limit here is your own imagination.

And, finally, if you’d like to embellish this ornament with a bit more adornment, you can add beads, small balls, or any bauble you like to act as ornaments for this project.

How To Use A DIY Tree Shaped Ornament

The most common use for this diy tree shaped ornament is as an ornament for a Christmas tree. And that is where I’ll be using the ones I created for this post.

diy tree shaped ornaments laying on a counter

But there are many other great ways to use this ornament. It makes a really great adornment for a holiday wreath.

It can be used to make a beautiful decorative garland. And it works really well as a gift topper too.

It addsa bit of eye appeal to any Christmas gift it tops. Not to mention that it serves as an additional little gift for the recipient. So nice!

How To Store This Ornament

Wrap this diy tree shaped ornament in a little tissue paper and put it in the box that you store your other Christmas ornaments in.

diy tree shaped ornament hanging in pine branches

Take a little care to place it where it won’t get squished. In other words, don’t put it on the bottom of the box. And it will do just fine until next year.

It’s not incredibly delicate. It’s just lightweight and should be handled with that in mind.

pinnable image for diy tree shaped ornament

If you try this project and love it, please give it 5 stars! It supports my work more than you may realize, and I appreciate that a great deal!

You can also show your support by tagging me on Facebook and/or Instagram @sustainableslowliving when you post a pic of your finished piece.

three diy tree shaped ornaments on a table with a dish of small metal stars
Yield: 1 ORNAMENT

DIY TREE SHAPED ORNAMENT

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$2

Make a rustic, charming diy tree shaped ornament in just minutes. It's easy to do. And everyone can join in on the fun.

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Jute Twine
  • Macrame Cord
  • Decorative Cord or Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Small Metal Star or Small Wooden Button

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  1. Use the ruler and pen to draw a tree template on the cardboard.
  2. Cut the template out.
  3. Hot glue a piece of jute twine to the back of the template, at the top of the trunk of the tree.
  4. Wrap the trunk of the tree in the jute twine. And secure the end to the back with hot glue.
  5. Cut a 6" length of jute twine and glue both ends of it to the back of the template, at the top of the tree, to create a loop shape. This will be used to hang the ornament.
  6. Hot glue the end of a piece of macrame cord to the back of the tree template.
  7. Wrap the template with the cord. Covering the entire body of the tree.
  8. Secure the end of the macrame cord to the back of the ornament with hot glue.
  9. Hot glue the end of a piece of decorative cord/ribbon to the back of the ornament.
  10. Wrap the tree ornament with the cord/ribbon so that it looks like garland adorning the tree.
  11. Secure the end of the cord/ribbon to the back of the ornament with glue.
  12. Glue the small metal star or small wooden button to the front of the ornament, at the top of the tree.

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