Easy DIY Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments you need to make this year

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At a time when we should all be trying to conserve our plastic consumption, I walk down the Christmas decoration aisle and cringe.  Have you considered the carbon footprint to your holiday decorating?  Here is a handful of natural Christmas tree decoration ideas.

Sure, some of these still use plastics and such, but making and reusing is still better than buying.  And, some of these ornaments could even be composted instead of thrown out.  How cool is that!

A collage of natural Christmas ornaments made form pine cones, bark, and oranges

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General supplies for crafting natural Christmas ornaments:

A Roundup Collection of DIY Natural Christmas Decorations


Bark Ornaments

These bark ornaments by Rain or Shine Mama are a unique idea that all different ages of kids can do.  Just remember not to pull bark from standing trees.  Try looking around wood piles if you can’t find a fallen tree.

natural bark christmas ornaments
By Rain or Shine Mama


Reindeer Leaf Ornaments

Aren’t these sweet?  I think you could probably use little red pompoms for the reindeer’s noses too!  visit Little Fish to see how these reindeer ornaments are made.

dried leaf reindeer ornaments
By Little Fish


Bark, Feather, and Mossy Ornaments

This is a quick video tutorial on how to make a few different ornaments using natural materials.  These look great!

And you should watch the video – there’s a cute little visitor half way through!


Pine Cone Ornaments

Seeing this pine cone angel craft brought me back to a Monday evening way too many years ago where a tiny version of myself in an itchy brown dress sat with a group of other little tiny women in matching itchy brown dresses.  In this memory; however, the little pine cone angels we were making had milk weed pods wings that Tawny Owl had painted gold for us.

pine cone angel ornaments
By Fireflies and Mud Pies


Or if Fairies are more your style, check out these pine cone fairies by Maggie at Red Ted Art.

pinecone fairies
By Red Ted Art


Here’s one last pine cone ornament idea.  These look so easy that my weeny one could get in on the fun… and the lovely thing about that is that even if a 2 year old made them, I’m sure they’d still look just as elegant!

Hop over to see how Angela at Projects with Kids made these elegant yarn-wrapped pine cone ornaments.

yarn wrapped pine cone ornaments
by Art Projects with Kids

Craftify My Love also has her own version of yarn wrapped pine cones.


Ornaments made from Oranges

I wonder how long these orange slice ornaments hold onto their sweet smell?  I might have to make a few of these this year to find out for myself.  I love that these can be thrown into the compost when they break… not into the landfill!

Head over to Thimble and Twig to find out how these particular orange slice decorations were made.

Dried orange slice ornaments
by Thimble and Twig


Those orange slice ornaments got me thinking about pomanders… which got me surfing on you tube.  Then, when I found this, I just couldn’t resist sharing it!

I think I made pomanders once when I was probably as young as she is… but I don’t remember mine looking as nice;)

Wood slice ornaments

Connect 3 wood slices to make a wood slice snowman.  Genius!  Wouldn’t your kids love these?  They’re so cute and just look at those pom pom earmuffs!

The complete instructions for making these wood slice snowmen are found here at In the Kid’s Kitchen.

wood slice snowman ornaments
by the Kid’s Kitchen


Looking for more unique wood slice ornaments?  Angela at the Inspiration Edit has some very cute deer faces on wood slices that she’s made with felt.  You should go check these out too!


How could you go through this list of natural decorations and not find one perfect for your own Christmas Tree?  These would also make great DIY Christmas Gifts for the kids to give the grandparents, as teacher gifts, or even as sweet embellishments to tie onto your gift wrapping.


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A collection of natural ornaments to hang on your chrismtas tree


various natural ornaments made from pine cones, bark, and oranges

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  1. Thank you for the feature, my friend! I’ll be pinning your carefully curated list of great Christmas ornaments. If it is not too much to ask, could you fix my blogs name in your post? It is spelled with all capital letters for each word: Craftify My Love

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