DIY Tree Ornaments Using Natural Materials

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This holiday season, we're taking inspiration from nature with these on-trend rustic tree ornaments. With their earthy palettes and unrefined charm, we guarantee these decorations will add warmth and sweet appeal to your Christmas tree. For this easy-to-make project, we opted to use dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, and branches. Who knew that raiding your pantry or backyard could be so rewarding?

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Dried Orange Ornaments

Using scissors, cut a small hole approximately 1/2 inch from the top of each orange segment. Thread a piece of jute twine through the hold and then tie the ends together to hang.

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To dry your own orange slices, place slices of orange on a baking rack or shelf in a cool oven (around 250 degrees Fahrenheit) for around three hours or until dry to the touch.

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Cinnamon Bundles

Take three of four cinnamon sticks and tie them together with ribbon or raffia to secure.

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Cut off a small section of the jute twine, and then use a hot glue gun to secure the ends of the twine to the bundle.

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You can slip a fresh tree cutting (or even a piece of rosemary) through the raffia to disguise the glue. These bundles smell great and look so pretty hanging on a tree!

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Pine Cone Ornaments

This is a really simple but effective decoration. We're using plain pine cones, but you can frost them with some snow spray if you'd like a more decorative finish.

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Cut off a piece of twine and secure the ends to the pine cone with a dab of hot glue. Done!

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Twig Ornaments

Gather some small branches and twigs and snap off a bunch of 3-inch pieces. Place three pieces into a basic tree shape and secure them together with a small dab of glue.

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Snap some smaller pieces of the twigs to create a simple tree trunk shape. Secure into place with the glue gun.

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Thread some twine through the top of the tree to hang it.

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You can also make other simple shapes like stars in the same way!

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All that's left is to adorn your tree with your collection of handmade ornaments.

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