Are your store-bought ornaments clashing with your tree this year? Maybe they’re starting to look a bit too flashy and you’re looking for some ways to bring some earthy vibes to your home. Are you looking to bring a bit of nature indoors this Christmas season? You know, in addition to the living tree that’s already taken over the family room! Or maybe you can’t have a real tree but want to somehow still have some natural elements this Christmas. Well, this compilation of homemade natured themed Christmas ornaments is perfect for you!
For these Christmas decorations from natural materials, you can use ingredients from your own backyard to create beautiful and fun decor. Not everyone keeps miniature trees, jars of buttons, and swaths of felt on hand for just such an occasion as once-a-year ornament-making. So using cheap, easy-to-find natural materials as bases, I’ve put together a list of ideas for really cool DIY Christmas ornaments from nature. These nature Christmas ornaments project ideas will supply your kids with a craft for later and get them outside for some fresh, crisp air too!
DIY Christmas Ornaments from Nature’s Supplies
Every year I decorate our family’s Christmas tree. For the past five years or so, I’ve done it almost single-handedly, except for the lights, which my dad always helps with. It’s quite a feat, since we tend to chop down trees of about six feet, and with five kids who have forgotten to take their ornaments with them when they moved out, our boxes of ornaments are stuffed full.
Every year I go through our ornaments, deciding which ones to put on, and which ones to keep as fillers if there is any space left over (there never is). I always decide to put on our personal ornaments first, the ones we were gifted with growing up, or we bought matching ones for the whole family, or those that the craftier of us kids made during those few years where crafting was still an interesting activity. Those fraying or unglued ornaments made with tiny kid-fingers always make me smile, and are the first on the tree, hanging proudly as a declaration of our childhood time well spent.
Looking through the nature Christmas ornament ideas of today, I found a lot of cool ideas, many that outstripped the simple ornaments we used to make. I love how glitter and paint can turn practically anything into an ornament! Since our own crafting years were few, we rarely had a surplus of crafting supplies and mostly had to make do with what we could find. What was always readily available were things we could find in the yard, if there wasn’t already a foot of snow of course. Twigs, acorns, pine cones and the like were all readily available, and still can be turned into a fun craft activity for those chilly days stuck inside. I love our Christmas ornaments made from natural materials because they are extra special since we gathered the materials ourselves.
*Warning, before making these ornaments, you’ll want to consider investing in some glitter. It’ll be worth it.
10 Christmas Decorations From Natural Materials
Let’s start off this list of Christmas ornaments made from natural materials with sticks!
This project for homemade Christmas ornaments made from nature uses twine and twigs together in the shape of a star. These stick stars make cute ornaments or can also be strung on a banner and used as decorations for the mantle. They turn out pretty neat. Get the full tutorial at AllenDesigns
These twiggy stars are along the same line as the Stick stars but they use hot glue and colorful natural raffia paper ribbons. If you have bits of ribbon or lace too small for presents, let your kids wrap them around the star ornaments for extra glamour! You can get the whole tutorial at happyhooligans.ca
Stick Letter Ornaments
Or instead of stars, have your kids glue sticks together in the shape of a letter, and then wrap them with twine, string, or yarn! Simple, cheap, and neat, these natural wood Christmas tree ornaments can even be given as gifts! See the full tutorial at 3squeezes
Glittery Pine Cone Ornaments
I never before knew the power of glitter until I saw these pine cones making some of the coolest ornaments ever. With just some glitter and ribbon your child can make a pretty ornament! Now to find some pine cones…I’m going to have some of these on my tree this year! Get the full instructions at MomSpotted.
Pine Cone Owl Ornament
This project is a combination of nature’s findings to make a cute owl ornament. There’s probably quite a few different creatures you can make from just some pine cones, leaves, and acorn shells. How many Christmas ornaments made out of nature can you come up with?
Glittery Acorn Ornament
This acorn project is as simple and classy as the pine cones. Just ad some holiday string and glitter and you’ve got nature made Christmas ornaments, for free! Or you can order them on Etsy.
Pine Cone Acorn Ornaments
These homemade Christmas ornaments from nature melds acorns and pine cones for a new look. Of course, there is also glitter. They’re super pretty and the supplies are free in nature.
Maple Dragonfly Ornament
This project for DIY Christmas ornaments from nature uses just twigs, maple tree seed pods, and paint to make a nice dragonfly ornament. Using the same ingredients, there are multiple animals and insects to be created from sticks and helicopter pods. Read about how they made theirs at filthwizardy.com
If your backyard is closer to a beach than a forest, check out these homemade nature themed shell Christmas ornaments. I’ve always wondered what else collected shells could be used for. Here are two ideas that turn out pretty neat. Again, the creative powers of glitter and paint!
Glitter Shell Ornaments
With just glue and glitter you can make some beautiful glitter shell ornaments and then use string and an optional pearl bead for hanging. Get more ideas at marthastewart.com
Santa Shell Ornaments
These crafty santa shells take a bit more work and quite a bit spruced up. You can find them here on Etsy.
What are your favorite natural materials to make Christmas ornament crafts with? Do you have any favorite DIY ornaments from nature that you made growing up?
Let us know what you and your kids think of these DIY ornaments from nature!