I have loved coming up with homemade ornaments over the years. This simple idea popped into my head the other day, and I couldn't wait to make them. You can see my initial idea in the drawing below. I had really hoped to find some brown beads in my stash of supplies to have dangling down from the center of the tree, but alas... I had none! Perhaps I'll find some for the next time I make these.
Make these with the kids. I suggest making the basic tree ornament and letting them decorate them as they like. Using a sturdier paper, like card stock, will give you an ornament that could be a great keepsake.
- Green Card Stock
- White Glue
- Ribbon or String
- Green Glitter OR Green Tissue Paper (two different ways to decorate)
- Star-Shaped Beads
- Craft Gems or Gem Stickers
1. Make a Template
I used a small bowl to draw a circle on a piece of cardboard from a cereal box to create my template. To get the shape of cone I used, I cut the circle in half, leaving a little extra flap that I could use to glue the two sides of my cone together.
2. Cut Your Trees
For my trees, I used what I had... I used a glue stick to glue a lighter green construction paper to a piece of dark green card stock. This gave me a nice, sturdy paper to work with. I used my template and traced my semi-circles and cut them out. (You can see them in the photo above with my template.)
3. Build Your Ornament
I fount it helpful to first form my tree cut-outs into the shape I wanted them. This helps to curl the paper so it is easier when you are ready to glue them together. Though you can't see in the photo below, I also added a slight bend to my extra flap for gluing the tree together to help make a nice cone shape.
After shaping the tree cut-outs, cut lengths of ribbon to hang the ornaments by, and add a knot to form a loop.
Next, place the loop inside of your tree cut-out, so that the knot rests just below the top/center of your cut-out. Here you can see my some-what folded flap. (See image below)
I chose to hot glue my tree together, though that is only because I am a huge fan of instant gratification and quickly moving crafts! If you are doing this step with children, you can use regular white glue... you will just want to make sure to have them hold the cone in place for a while to allow the glue to take hold.
Add your glue to the flap and form your cone... making sure to keep the knot of your ribbon inside the cone.
Your tree should now look like this...
My 5 year old helped me by adding star-shaped beads to the top of each tree, by threading them onto the ribbon.
We had a nice little forest of trees ready to be decorated.
4. Dress the Tree
I tried two different ideas for decorating these little trees, though I am sure the ideas are endless! Let the kids be creative here!
To create a glittered tree, I painted the outside with a nice layer of white glue, placed in a small bowl, and poured a fine glitter over top until it was nice and covered. Set aside until dry.
Now a forest of glittered trees!
I had a bunch of little gems in my supplies that I thought would make the perfect "ornaments" on our glittered trees. I used my other favorite craft glue, E6000 Multi-Purpose Adhesive, with a toothpick, to attach the gems to the tree. I also used some sticky gems that I had on hand.
The beautiful, finished results!
They are so sparkly on the tree! I love them!
To create a ruffled tree, cut strips of green tissue paper about an inch thick. Scissors with a scalloped edge work perfectly if you have them. In order to cut through the tissue paper with these scissors I had to add a piece of paper underneath the tissue and cut the two together.
Beginning with the bottom of the tree, use glue to attach the tissue strips in a ruffle around the tree. Repeat this process with a middle layer, and one last layer on the top.
You can now add gems to decorate your tree as with the glittered tree above.
Another simple ornament project to add to your tree!
You can also find a tutorial for my Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments HERE.
Happy Holiday Crafting!