DIY Rustic Christmas Ornament

Create a DIY rustic Christmas ornament with sticks from your own yard.

A few weeks ago I got the itch to make my own ornament. Getting the itch is always easy, coming up with the actual project is not. Anyway, I’m walking around Hobby Lobby trying to come up with something cheap, easy and cute and inspiration hit while I was in the craft paint aisle.

So my project has nothing to do with craft paint, I just happen to be in that aisle when my idea came. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I quickly figured out what I might need and went home to begin.

So what was my great idea? It was an ornament made from different size stick pieces. It sounded easy enough and was really cheap, I only had to buy a pack of styrofoam balls, so I got busy making my ornament.

How to make an easy DIY rustic ornament with sticks from your backyard.

I was going to paint the ball but decided to wrap it with jute twine instead. So far so good.

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Next came the sticks. I simply cut some sticks from my yard into different lengths, about 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. When I had a good pile I started hot gluing them to my twine covered ball. About 15 minutes in I realized that this was not going to be a quick project, but I kept going. My husband told me to give it up, many times, but I’m no quitter and no stinkin’ stick ornament was gonna break me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

stick ornament 3I sanded the ends of some of the sticks in the beginning but once I realized how long it was going to take me to do this, I stopped. I’ll call it my “rustick” ornament. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It took me longer than I thought it would but I finally finished. Needless to say, I only ended up making one.

A simple, fun and totally free Christmas craft. A DIY rustic ornament using sticks, jute twine and glue.

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Have you ever had an idea for a project that ended up taking more time than you thought it would? Please tell me I’m not the only one.


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  1. Friday,December 19, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    It turned out nice! And, of course, “rustick” is a lovely name xD It will certainly be one of the ornaments you will remember for a while, though, from this story!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Kristi
      Friday,December 19, 2014 / 6:59 pm

      You’re right, I will always remember it.

      Thank you so much for stopping in and leaving such nice comments every week. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. MaryJean
    Saturday,December 20, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    You know, K, I thought just the jute wrapped around it looked great! With a little red ribbon I would call it done. The final ornament came out great too! Make sure you put the year on it so you can remember, “oh yeah, that’s when I had that “great” idea for this ornament.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I do that all the time. I have all these great ideas and then I end up having to have my hubby bail me out. He is very talented and determined. Sometimes my ideas work out great, but not all the time!
    I’m going to send you photos of my hutch decorated for Christmas. I also am having a problem with the handles. It turns out the drawers are curved so the handles that were on it were curved too. The new ones are not. I switched out to just single knobs. I know you can’t see it in the photo but the knobs screwed in at an angle. I think I will have to plug the holes and drill a hole on each side where it is not curved. This is getting to be quite a project and I haven’t even started the table and chairs!
    A Christmas photo of my granddaughter dressed as a Christmas elf. She looks so cute!
    Enjoy your time with your daughters! Merry Christmas to you and your family, dear friend!

  3. Monday,December 22, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    Very cool! I bought a little porcupine ornament like this several years ago and wondered how to make one like it. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 23, 2014 / 3:53 am

      Thanks so much Zenda. Easy to make…just very time consuming.


  4. Tuesday,December 23, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    “Have you ever had an idea for a project that ended up taking more time than you thought it would to finish? Please tell me Iโ€™m not the only one.”

    LOL!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas and you are not the only one and I just love real blogs ๐Ÿ™‚ As you probably know by now ๐Ÿ™‚

    And this JUST ONE is JUST ENOUGH for one Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,December 25, 2014 / 2:12 am

      Thanks so much Deb, you are too kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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