Making Christmas ornaments with our kids to hang on the tree is one of our very favourite parts of Christmas! Having recently moved to a new place that’s closer to the countryside, however, everything we’ve made lately has had a bit of a natural influence. That’s why we’ve been looking up different, exciting ways to put a sort of unique, nature themed spin on this year’s DIY ornament projects! We can’t wait for how fitting these will look on our Christmas tree.
Just in case you love the idea of creating your very own homemade Christmas ornaments with the help of nature just as much as we did, if not more, here are 15 of the best ideas, designs, and tutorials we’ve come across in our search so far!
1. Rock and branch glass balls
Plain, empty glass sphere ornaments, like the kind you can find at just about any local craft store, are one of the best things you can get your hands on this time of year because the options for customizing them are practically endless! We can’t get over how much we love the way
2. Frosted twig ornament
So long as you’ve got some hot glue, some glitter, and access to some twigs, you’ve got just about everything you need to make this next idea!
3. Acorn cap and marble ornament
Like us, have you always loved the idea of combining modern and natural elements in one place? Well, we can scarcely think of an aesthetic we love more, particularly when there’s colour involved. That’s why we adored this acorn cap and colourful marble ornament idea featured in detail on
4. Birch bead wreath ornament
Working with wooden beads might not be something that lets you go out scavenging in the forest for supplies, but we still like choosing to work with as natural tools and products as we can, even when we go out shopping for them in stores. That’s why we liked the idea of working with sanded birchwood beads so much! See how
5. Pine cone penguins
As if lightly painting the tips of a pine cone white as though they’ve been dusted with snow wasn’t already a cute enough Christmas ornament idea,
6. Pine cone, acorn, and leaf owls
Were you very intrigued indeed by the idea of working with pine cones in your natural DIY ornament process but you already have something penguin shaped so you’re looking for an alternative? In that case, we definitely think you’ll appreciate the way
7. Rustic string wrapped ornaments
Perhaps you have some rather plain looking rounded ornaments that you’d really like to jazz up a little because you’re underwhelmed with how they currently look but they’re not the kind that you can fill? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at how
8. Embellished bark ornaments
This particular ornament idea, outlined step by step on
9. Twig and urchin Christmas tree nest
This tutorial from
10. Pine cone Christmas stars
Perhaps you were actually a huge fan of the idea of using pine cones to create Christmas ornaments but, rather than making a project that’s aimed at kids, you’d prefer to do something slightly more handcrafted and delicate? In that case, we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with something like this fantastic wire mounted pine cone star concept featured on
11. Pine cone and mini pom pom door wreath
Just in case you had a bigger ornament in mind that just something little that you’d hang directly on the branches of your Christmas tree, here’s a whole door wreath concept that also puts the pine cones that are scattered around your backyard to good use! Check out how
12. Bead, branch, and feather angels
Just in case you’ve actually been scrolling through our list hoping for something angel themed to come up, your patience has finally paid off! Here’s a lovely little angel ornament design from
13. Pretty pistachio Christmas ornament
We’re not really sure what it is about the holiday season that always has us munching on pistachios, but it’s always been a family tradition and we have no intention of breaking it! While we’re snacking, we think we might actually save the shells so we can try our hand at making this lovely layered pistachio holiday ornament outlined step by step on
14. DIY rustic log candle holder
Have you actually been hoping to find a project that’s a little more challenging and hands on, or maybe even one that will let you get your tools out? Well, even if you’re a beginner, then we think we might have found just the project for you! Take a look at how
15. Old fashioned fruit and cookie holiday garland
Do you come from the kind of family who likes to get crafty and likes to get creative in the kitchen? Well, particularly if you also love seasonal aromas, here’s a set of instructions from
Have you made other kinds of nature based Christmas ornaments and decor pieces before that you were very happy with indeed and enjoyed creating but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!