DIY Moss Christmas Tree Ornaments

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.

DIY Moss Christmas Tree Ornament | StownadTellU

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 – fast drying if possible

Moss – I used loose, preserved moss like this product.

Craft paint and foam brush (Use a paint color that is bark or mossy in color)



Twine, raffia or string

Single hole puncher (optional)

DIY Christmas tree ornament stencil free printable | StowandTellU

Download your free printable here.

1 – Cut out Christmas tree shapes from the free printable.

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2 – Trace the Christmas tree shapes onto the card board with a pencil.

3 – Cut out card board Christmas trees.

How to make rustic moss Christmas ornaments

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.

card board and moss Christmas tree ornaments | StowandTellU

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.

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11 – Re-poke hole for hanging with a scissors or pencil.  Insert string, twine or raffia to make an ornament hanger.

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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.

PS – Being a kitten mom has been a lot of work!!!!  Chewy and Scout are about 14 weeks old now, into everything and keeping me busy. I have a few more Christmas projects to pull together, kittens willing.

Hope you are having a great week ~ Amy

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5 Responses to DIY Moss Christmas Tree Ornaments

  1. Anne December 8, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    These are adorable!!! So cute Amy! Have a wonderful weekend xox

  2. Donna Harvey December 8, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Amy Great idea! I’m making an Old Fashioned Christmas Tree that little Tree will work great Thanks

    • Amy December 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      And have fun making your Old Fashioned Christmas Trees, Donna. Sounds fun!!

  3. chris aka monkey December 8, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    amy very cute and easy, but I’ve got you beat with two kids 3 and 4 lol and 3 dogs these would have to be put on the top of the tree with the crystal ornaments xx merry Christmas

  4. Sharleen December 9, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    so cute Amy. you are always so creative.. I just wish i could find some of that moss where i live.. 😀 I love nature crafts..

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