Christmas ornament exchange- DIY wood Christmas tree

I warned you all, I am Christmas crazy this year! I was asked to take part in a ornament exchange that is being organized by Erlene from My Pintereventures. You can go and see the whole big group of ornament’s being made and shared.
I will still be sharing lovely fall things this month too, I have not gone Christmas insane. This though will help anyone who is maybe thinking about making an ornament as a gift to someone. My Mother in law gives us a ornament every year and has done it since my husband was a baby. So lots of people like to do ornaments as gifts. Those little suckers can get pricey though. We all know I can be cheap budget conscious, so making a ornament is the way I went.


The fun thing about this ornament exchange is that it is a gift exchange as well! I am sending this ornament to Sydney who has a wonderful blog called Tastefully frugal. Her only request for this ornament was not glass. She has little ones and wanted to have this last to Christmas. I am right there with her.

I turned to my good ‘ole friend, wood! I have lots of it  in my garage. I cut a few smaller pieces out.

Lined them up, and using a straight line source drew two angled lines.
A wooden Christmas tree!
I cut out the traced tree.
Cut another small piece, put some wood glue on it and attached it to the back to the wooden tree.
I brought it in once the glue had set and painted the tree a perfectly evergreen color.
I put a small hole in the back of the tree, where the long piece was added to the back. I wrote this fun phrase on the tree itself. My plan was to leave it as is. But I needed to make it shine a little more.


Silver and stars made the sparkle perfect!
It was difficult to figure out what would work for someone else. I know Sydney (you can see her blog here), we are blogging friends. But, I have never met her in real life. We blogging people are hermits or maybe we are just catfishing each other. Either way, I know her but do not “know” her. I do know she is super nice and I love her blog. I figured who does not love a small wooden Christmas tree?!
The exciting part about this is she will be giving me an ornament too! Yay for gifts in the mail! I have no clue what she is going to be making for me. I told her we decorate traditional, with elements of nature and woodland creatures. We may or may not be getting a live squirrel in the mail… I will share with you all what I get in the mail when it comes. Be sure to go here to see what everyone else came up with!
To see some other great ornaments –


29 Comment

  1. Darby says: Reply

    This is an adorable idea! I wish I had the proper tools to make it. An ornament exchange sounds incredibly fun!! How did you sign up, so that I can keep my eyes peeled for next year!

    1. Thank you! This was actually my first time making an ornament and it was so fun! Erlene from My Pinterventures organized it all and got the group together.

  2. Love this!! What a great idea! Two things I love, homemade and ornaments!!

    1. Thank you!

  3. Leslie says: Reply

    I love it! Simple but charming.

    1. Thanks!

  4. I love your ornament! So cute and creative. Nothing better than homemade ornaments. This could be something fun to do with the kiddos and let them each decorate their own!

    1. Thanks! I agree about nothing being better, I loved making this and plan to make three more and let my kids decorate them. Good idea!

  5. So cute! And I love the idea of an ornament exchange.

    1. Thanks! It is a lot of fun to do!

    1. That is a really sweet idea!

  6. Cute idea! And something I think anyone would love to get.

    1. I hope so! This is going to a blogging friend.

  7. Very cute DIY Christmas Ornament, I love it! Pinned.

    1. Thank you for the support!

  8. These are so cute. I love the idea of making my own ornaments. I may have to try this.

    1. Thanks!

  9. Hello I am a fellow ornament exchange participant popping by. Your ornament is so clever and cute!
    Have a wonderful day.

    1. Hi! This is such a big group of bloggers it is nice to meet a new fellow ornament exchange person!

  10. I love homemade ornaments. These are great!!

    1. Thank you!

  11. What an adorable, rustic design! And yes, we blogging people are definitely hermits 😉

    1. Thank you so much! We all are very outgoing on the computer at least!

  12. These ornaments are just adorable!

    1. Thanks!

  13. wow you are so crafty. love the ornament. – Mamas Journey

    1. EmilyBurmeister says: Reply

      Thank you! I really enjoy getting craft and making things!

  14. Erlene says: Reply

    At first I thought this was made from popsicle sticks. Love that this ornament is so substantial and sturdy. Looks like a fun project to use up wood pieces.

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