Rustic Christmas Ornaments
Easy on the budget and fun to make decorations
Today’s DIY project – rustic Christmas ornaments – can easily be combined with a relaxing walk. Walking outside is regenerating enough on it’s own. However, you can double that by collecting little treasures of nature. Just before the trees and plants go to sleep for a few months, there is still so much beauty left to enjoy. The rustic Christmas ornaments we’ll be making are all made from natural elements. You will almost definitely find majority of them laying around where you live.
Finding the supplies
Collecting the natural supplies felt truly restoring. All my mind focused on was what to pick from the ground and what I might make from it later. Simple crafts are a wonderful ways to refresh your mood and keep the blues away. The days are getting shorter and darker but that only gives you more reasons to find a quiet moment in the day to be creative. And why not make some unique Christmas ornaments for decoration? It may not make much sense to decorate an evergreen Christmas tree with yet more branches with needle-shaped leaves. However, you may want to make a garland instead? Or find some affordable and easy to make wreath or gift wrapping decorations. Or perhaps your Christmas tree isn’t a typical one! Maybe it’s made of wood or hanging on a wall. And maybe it’s a large indoor fiddle leaf fig tree!
Rustic Christmas Ornaments
- various kinds of evergreen branches (choose only non-toxic trees and bushes, especially if you have pets)
- wild berries (again, do make sure that none of these come from poisonous trees particularly because of small children)
- pine cones
- some long brown tree needles
- large leaves
- round white stones of various sizes
- small wooden branches
- thin craft wire
- a pair of scissors
- glue gun
We were able to make a variety of rustic Christmas ornaments from the supplies we collected outside. Small wooden branches can be broken into four smaller pieces and turned into a little Christmas tree. Simply tie them together on each side with a piece of twine or you can use a piece of soft wire instead.
Evergreen branches and old long-ish tree needles look beautiful in a bunch tied together with a twine or a bit of wire. With the pine cones, it is best to use a glue gun to attach the twine.
You can make a little snowman out of stones by gluing them on top of each other, including a little hat. Add a small piece of the wire and paint eyes, the carrot nose and some buttons with colouring pens.
Cut Christmas-inspired shapes into the large leaves and embellish them further with smaller leaves using the glue.
For extra fun we’ve also collected some chestnuts, a beautiful sign of late autumn. With some wooden skewers or matches you can turn them into all kinds of fun animals! This one is particularly fun for the kiddos!