DIY Christmas Tree Decorations


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This post is sponsored by JOANN. It may contain affiliate links but all words, reviews, and opinions are mine.

I have decorated a lot of Christmas trees. But I don’t think I have ever had this much fun decorating a tree! I am so excited to share with you my DIY Christmas tree that was inspired by my partnership with JOANN

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I can’t wait to share my hand painted ornaments, paper cut garland and air dry clay ornaments. I also made handmade stenciled Christmas wrapping paper. All of these DIY’s can be done with kids and I hope you will try as many of them as you can.

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I love that I decorated this tree outside on our back porch. Tonight we lit the fire and sat out here for at least an hour. We enjoyed the fresh air and the twinkle lights on the tree. I chose a red and white theme because I love the pop that red adds to the neutral palette of my home.

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Custom Painted Christmas Bulbs

I know what you are thinking. “Leslie, you can buy red bulbs. You don’t need to paint your own.” 

But here is the thing. I haven’t been able to find red bulbs that are a pink shade of red. So why not paint my own?

I am an artist and color is something I am obsessed with. After looking at tons of (orange) red ornaments I decided to mix my own paint and paint my own. 

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JOANN sells a lot of clear ornaments that are perfect for this project. I used the Maker’s Holiday 25pc Plastic Clear Ornaments.

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I made a few multi-colored and solid red bulbs. And it’s so easy because all you do is pour paint inside the bulbs. And any of the acrylic paint sold at JOANN will work.

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It’s incredible how easy it is to cover the inside of the ornament.

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Once they are dry all you need to do is replace the tops and hang them on the tree. For a complete DIY, head to the JOANN app here.

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Paper Garland

I have never made a tree garland and I thought it would be fun to make one out of scrapbook paper. It’s very inexpensive and easy to do.

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What You Will Need

Fiskars Two inch Circle Punch or Cricut Cutting Machine

Scrapbook Paper

Bakers twine 

Hot glue gun

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I recently got a Fiskars DIY 2″ Circle Punch at JOANN and can I just say, it made the cutting of the circles a breeze. The punch cuts quickly and easily. It even cut the thick glitter paper.

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I cut circles out of six sheets of scrapbook paper. Next, I measured 8″ on a ruler and attached the paper circles to the Bakers twine with a hot glue gun. I used a glue gun because I wanted the twine to be strong. I am so glad I did because the garland needs to be very secure while you are hanging it as it can get caught in the branches.

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I made the garland circles two sided and randomly paired the different papers together. I love how they came out.

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How to Decorate the Tree

I thought it might be fun if I shared how I decorated my tree. Knowing the order of how I decorated the tree and all of the elements I used should be really helpful. 

Step #1 – Add the Lights

Putting the lights on (and taking them off) is by far my least favorite step to decorating a tree. I highly suggest you invest in new lights every few years. Tree lights are very inexpensive (and don’t last too long) so a fresh string of lights is a good investment. When you add the lights just be sure to hide the wires as best as you can.

decorated christmas trees how toNext, I added 5″ wide burlap ribbon. I started at the top and worked my way down and used both of these rolls for the entire tree. I didn’t put the ribbon in the back so you will need more if you decorate all sides of the tree.

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Next, I added lots of JOANN Christmas greens and berries to the tree. I used Blooming Holiday Christmas 18″ Glitter Berry Bush – Red, Blooming Holiday Christmas Red Berry & Dusty Miller Bush, and Blooming Holiday Christmas 18” Frosted Red Berry & Holly Leaf Spray All I did was place them on top of the branches throughout the tree.

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I purchased the glitter berries in the photo below at our JOANN store.

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Next I added the painted red bulbs. And the paper circle garland.

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Then I added the white air dry clay ornaments that I made. You can find the DIY to make them here.

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I also purchased some ornaments at JOANN. These are the Maker’s Holiday Craft Metal 3D Ornament – Snowflake

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And that’s it. The tree is done!

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Head on over to your local JOANN where you can find all of this (and more) decor for Christmas.

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  1. Beautiful! I’ve been looking for “cranberry” chargers and ornaments since your suggestion! This is the exact color I have in my head….which often leads to me not being able to find what I want. What colors did you mix? I may be painting chargers as well! 😂

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