DIY Christmas Ornaments

Did you know that there are only 5 more Fridays until Christmas? It’s fast approaching so I figured it was time get going on some of my holiday crafts. I’ve been into succulents this year, because they seem to be the only plant that I can keep alive in my house, so I thought my first craft of the season would be to make live Christmas ornaments for the tree.

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DIY Christmas ornaments with succulents |

I had a lot of fun making these and I even got to use my clean dining table, which I haven’t been able to do in 11 months. So, let’s get started! The supplies I used to make this super easy craft were:

Christmas ornament glass ball | chatfieldcourt.comDIY Christmas ornaments supplies |

I began by adding a small amount of sand to the glass ball,to give the succulent a base.

DIY Christmas ornaments sand in glass ball |

Next, I removed the petite succulent from its pot, carefully removed all of the loose soil and placed it in the sand in the glass ball.

DIY Christmas ornaments using a petite succulent | chafieldcourt.comDIY Christmas ornaments sand and succulent in glass ball |

I took a few pieces of the sheet moss and lightly sprayed it with water, to soften it up. Then I carefully placed the pieces around the succulent. I used sheet moss to add more green (for Christmas) to the ornament but you could add some stones or other filler.

DIY Christmas ornaments spritzing sheet moss| chafieldcourt.comChristmas ornaments succulent and moss in glass ball |

After the moss was in place, I took my faux berry stem, clipped a few bunches off and placed them around the succulent. To finish it off, I added a ribbon and my first live Christmas ornament was complete.

DIY Christmas ornaments complete with faux berries and ribbon|

So, I would have liked to show a picture of them hanging on our tree, but I’m not ready to put it up yet (as a blogger, is it ok to admit that?). Anyway, I arranged them on my marble pedestal with some greens that smelled like Christmas, and called it a day. They’re all ready to hang when I do decide to put the tree up.

DIY Christmas ornaments made with succulents|

I made these about a week ago and I’m happy to report that they are still alive and well.

DIY Christmas ornaments |

How about you? Are you ready to start decorating for the holidays or is it way too early?



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  1. Kim
    Friday,November 13, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Very sweet and unique!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much Kim! 🙂

  2. MaryJean
    Friday,November 13, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Oh Kristy! No, no, no! Not yet! I know bloggers are ahead of the season sooo, I’ll cut you some slack. 🙁 I’m not ready yet. I have one rule, no Christmas decorations until after my birthday. My birthday is the first week of December and I just never liked seeing Christmas decor that early.

    Your Christmas ornament is very cute and I love the way you displayed it!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Oh well, that’s the life of a blogger. We start early so that we can share our ideas before readers start decorating. I haven’t even begun decorating yet but I’m having some fun doing a few Christmas crafts (takes my mind off of my unfinished kitchen 😉 ) Hobby Lobby by me started displaying their holiday merchandise in July, just crazy.

  3. Saturday,November 14, 2015 / 9:16 am

    These are marvelous Kristi! They would make lovely gifts as well!!!!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Yes they would Vel, thanks!

  4. Saturday,November 14, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Those ornaments are really beautiful.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks Sandra, I appreciate it. 🙂

  5. Saturday,November 14, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Maybe I could keep succulents alive. I might have to try. I do not decorate for Christmas any more. It is just me and no little ones to enjoy the decorations. I like live trees and I can’t manage putting it any a stand anyway. I do burn a pine scented candle though and I was thinking of cutting some pine branches to place in a vase, I can’t believe only 5 Fridays until Christmas! I have been making some Christmas decorations and table runners for my Etsy shop and the reminder has made me realize I need to sew faster. 😉 Enjoy your weekend. Debbie

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      I know, I can’t believe that we are so close to Christmas.

      I’m having some luck with succulents lately, maybe they would work for you too. You don’t have to have a tree, I think that putting some pine branches in a vase would be great, and would make your house smell good. You can usually get clippings for free from Lowe’s or Home Depot when they start selling trees.

      Thanks for visiting Debbie. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Theresa
    Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 6:01 am

    Such a cool idea. Do the ornaments are they already cut out like that?

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 15, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks Theresa. Yes, they are already like that. I got mine at World Market.

  7. Monday,November 16, 2015 / 7:46 am

    Very pretty! I am a plant-murderer, but hope springs eternal. Maybe I could try these. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 17, 2015 / 12:30 am

      Oh no Sheila! LOL I’m usually pretty good with plants but the lighting in this house has proven to be a challenge and succulents have been my only survivors. Maybe they could work for you too.

  8. Nancy
    Tuesday,November 17, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Oh, I love these! They’re mini terrariums! So pretty and “natural”. I’m imagining something like these on a larger scale. Like a terrarium centerpiece. I’m feeling inspired, Kristi.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 18, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      I’m so glad that they inspired you Nancy. There’s so many cool containers out there now to do a really nice, and in my case easy, terrarium. Something like mine, on a larger scale, would look fabulous on your beautiful kitchen window ledge.

  9. Tuesday,November 17, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    I love them so much! Such a great idea. I’m sure when you are ready they are going to look just as pretty hanging from your Christmas tree.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 18, 2015 / 3:53 am

      Thanks Julie, I love them too! 🙂

  10. Tuesday,November 17, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    Such a fun idea! Pinning and I hope to try and make one this Christmas. It would make such a sweet Christmas gift too:).

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 18, 2015 / 3:54 am

      Thanks so much Tara, I appreciate it. I totally agree, they would make great gifts.

  11. Terri
    Thursday,December 3, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    I so love this, planning on gifts this year, Thanks

    • Kristi
      Friday,December 4, 2015 / 3:07 am

      Thanks Terri! That’s an awesome idea! 🙂

  12. Karen Howard
    Monday,November 28, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Hi Ktisti. I just stopped by via Second Chance to Dream I love your Christmas Ideas- & I made a Plant gift similar to yours last yr. I did an Air Plant instead of a succulent. Very Nice-no watering -just misting .

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 30, 2016 / 3:37 am

      Hi Karen. An air plant is a great idea! Thanks for sharing that and for stopping by.

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