Cottage Christmas Tree DIY

Welcome to the Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Hop hosted by Our Crafty Mom. If you’re here from Jenron Designs, welcome. At the end of this post, you’ll find links to 20 other bloggers who are all sharing their Christmas trees for 2021. It’s a great way to get inspiration if you need ideas or just want to get in the spirit.

Do you like to reuse Christmas ornaments every year? For years I have used the ornaments that were handed down from my mom every year. You can see my tree here. But last year I wanted to do something drastically different since it was such a weird year. I made a bunch of hand-made ornaments, all with a Star Wars theme.

I enjoyed making the ornaments so much that I decided to do a different theme this year using all plaid ribbons. I also made a garland out of salt dough. I don’t have a giant tree, but it’s just the right size and it’s a Balsam Hill. These trees are a little pricy, but they last year after year. I’m on year five with mine.

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Ornaments

I decided to use only ribbons this year. I combined five different plaids and tied bows on most of the branches. There are some great plaid ribbons online this year.

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You can get a similar look without spending much. Here is an assortment of plaid ribbons. I love this tartan ribbon and this black watch plaid ribbon. It takes a bit longer to tie bows than it does to hang ornaments, but I like the simplicity of it.

I decided to make a tree topper using a combination of the ribbon. Here are the steps to make a bow for the top of your tree. All you need is ribbon, scissors and a zip tie.

  1. Loop the ribbon around in an “O”. I stacked two ribbons on top of each other and looped them around.
  2. Make as many loops as you want there to be loops on each side of your bow.
  1. Cut two triangles in the center of your stack
  2. Secure the loops together with a zip tie
  3. Start to fan out your loops.
  1. Add a piece of ribbon around the middle and secure at the back with another zip tie. This piece is just a knot with two sides that will drape down from the bow.
  2. Hang.

Now it’s time to visit all of the other beautiful trees.

Before you go check you might like to check out these other posts: A Cottage Christmas, An Ornament for Music Lovers, Decorating for Christmas on a budget.

Christmas tree Hop

Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for decorating inspiration for your Christmas tree…

Our Crafty Mom | Red Cottage Chronicles | From House to Home | Simple Nature Decor

Virginia Sweet Pea | 2 Bees in a Pod | First Day of Home | Across the Boulevard

Simply Beautiful by Angela | Happily Ever After, etc. | Madness and Method | Zucchini Sisters

Purple Hues and Me | Tribe of Burton | My Pinterventures | Modern on Monticello

Jenron Designs | Design Morsels (you are here) | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee | Redneck Rhapsody

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  1. Thanks for the easy bow tying tutorial, Andrea! I’m always trying to make bows for my Christmas tree and they never turn out looking right. So I’ll have to try out your method 🙂

  2. I am a fan of using ribbon for just about any and everything and love that you used ribbon to decorate your tree! Looks quite lovely, Andrea!

  3. The bow tutorial is great to show how to make a bow with the notching technique, bravo! I know people are going to love that for the holidays! That is the number thing I get asked to make all the time.

  4. I’m loving plaid this year too, Andrea! Your tree looks so sweet with the variety of plaid bows and that tree topper. I always love a good bow tutorial too. I learned a lot seeing yours, like the zip ties and notches. Brilliant! It was fun hopping with you today!

  5. One of these years I’m going to make a tree full of ribbons…so many pretty ribbons. Also, my mom taught me how to tie a notched bow and this reminded me of her.

  6. This is a great bow making tutorial. I like the simplicity of using just bows for your tree.

  7. Such a cute idea! There are soooo many adorable ribbons so I love the idea of using only ribbons for your tree. So sweet!

  8. I love your tree Andrea – the garland is adorable! And thanks for the ribbon tutorial. Hope you’re having a lovely holiday down there!

  9. Andrea, thank you for joining in this fun hop. I love the plaid ribbon you chose and your tutorial for a bow topper was very helpful. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and blessed new year.

  10. Hello
    I am so interested in seeing all your Star Wars Ornaments ! I just love your baby Yoda tree topper. I haven’t found a link to see the tree and get more of your great ideas. Can you send it to me. Thank you somuch

  11. Thanks for sharing how you made the bows. Your tree is beautiful. Glad you have had some creative fun with your trees for the past couple of years.

  12. Making a great simple bow is a great thing to know. Bows are always great on any tree.

  13. Andrea, I’m mad for plaid, so I’m loving your tree full of plaid bows! It’s simple and elegant! Thanks for sharing the tree topper bow tutorial. I’m going to have to try this technique! It was nice hopping with you. Merry Christmas! Pinned 🙂

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