DIY Christmas Ornament Tree

By on 14 December, 2012 in DIY, Fun, Holidays, Sarah Churchman with 1 Comment

I can only assume some of you have already seen this on Pinterest this year, as I did. When I saw this, I just had to try it because it looked so easy and with such a pretty pay-off. Well, easy isn’t exactly what I would call it, but yes the pay-off is quite delightful.

Supplies Needed:

  • cone-shaped Styrofoam form
  • bunches and bunches of shatterproof Christmas ornaments
  • tinsel
  • hot glue gun

First things first, you need to gather your supplies. This alone took me a couple of trips. (I wish I had remembered how awesome Hobby Lobby on Atlanta Hwy is. I would have saved time and money.)

Now that your supplies have been gathered, find yourself a couple of hours and get to it!

Take the hanger part off all the ornaments and then proceed to stick the ornaments into the form one “ring” at a time. You need to do this step before hot-gluing them into place to make sure they fit correctly. Next remove the ring of ornaments, put a good amount of hot glue on the end and place it back into the form.

You will do this about 100,000 times and end up with a nice Christmas Ornament Tree…. except for those gaps! Those horrible, ugly gaps between the ornaments…

The article on Pinterest talked about using bead garland to fill in the holes. This is not fun, so after thinking about it for a day, I decided to nix the bead garland and use tinsel garland. This is way easier and looks really cute!

Cut sections of the tinsel and stuff it into the gaps between the balls. You can hot glue it in, which might be good if you have kids or animals that would fool with it, but since my cats are well behaved and I don’t have any youngin’s at this point, I just stuffed the tinsel in, making sure it would stay put.

If you have several gaps next to each other, cut a longer piece of tinsel and stuff it in a gap, wrap it around part of an ornament and stuff the end into the other gap. It makes the whole thing a little more cohesive.

Feel free to experiment with different sized ornaments, different colors, and/or different types of garland. This project a little more advanced than it sounds, but if you take your time and do a little planning ahead, you’ll have a great new Christmas decoration that will last for years. The only thing I could think that might need replacing after a few years would be the tinsel because it might get yucky being in a hot attic all year or something along those lines, but that is easily switched out for shiny new tinsel.

Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

PS: We get to start seeds for the garden next month!!

Sarah Churchman is a full-time web designer+developer, a Board Member for AAF-Montgomery and Montgomery Trees, a cook, gardener, and somewhere in there fits in time to be a DIY’er.  She also is a huge Rush fan and lives in the Garden District.  You can find her on Google+ , Pinterest and occasionally on her food blog, Water Chestnuts Are Gross.

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  1. Lauree says:

    you could also use fake greenery in the gaps. an inexpensive garland could be cut up and hot-glued in.

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