Do you like making your own ornaments? I usually try to do one handmade ornament per year. One of my favorites was the rustic twig Christmas tree, so this year I decided to try a variation. Instead of twigs, I went with moss, but kept the card board base because left over cereal boxes are virtually free. For a bag of natural moss and some glue, I think these ornaments turned out pretty darn cute.
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DIY moss Chirstmas tree ornament
I’ve included a free downloadable Christmas tree printable. I think these would be really easy to do as a group craft or bulk gift project.
Card board from cereal boxes or similar
Christmas tree stencil – see free printable below.
Clear craft glue – This fast drying glue is my one of my favorites.
Moss – I used loose, preserved moss
Craft paint and foam brush (Use a paint color that is bark or mossy in color)
Twine, raffia or string
Single hole puncher (optional)
1 – Cut out Christmas tree shapes from the free printable.
2 – Trace the Christmas tree shapes onto the card board with a pencil.
3 – Cut out card board Christmas trees.
Note: I used a green/ gray paint mix and only painted one side. After making my first batch, I recommend painting both sides of the card board and using either a bark colored brown or mossy green craft paint instead of the color shown in these photos.
4- Paint both sides of card board trees, let dry.
5 – Use single hole punch to make hole for twine hanger. Don’t make hole too close to edges. If you don’t have a hole puncher, use a pencil, as shown here.
6 – Pull some moss out of the bag and pull it apart into smaller clumps.
7 – Apply glue to one side of the card board, then place clumps of the moss on top of the glue.
8 – Press down on the moss to squish in place.
Note: If you paint the card board a bark or moss toned color, you won’t have to be as heavy handed with the moss as I was with these. Because I used loose type moss, some of the moss will shed off. A moss mat or sheet could also be used, but I really like the look of the loose moss, personally.
9 – Turn ornament face down to dry. Card board should straighten out when dry.
10 – Once completely dry, trim off excess moss with scissors by following the shape of the card board trees.
11 – Re-poke hole for hanging with a scissors or pencil. Insert string, twine or raffia to make an ornament hanger.
It’s a simple, rustic handmade holiday gift idea, and I think it would make for a fun group-craft project because it’s easy, inexpensive and doesn’t require a lot of materials.
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