Modern DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

DIY clay and wood modern christmas tree ornaments

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, How lovely are thy branches. It’s the common Christmas question, do you decorate a real tree or fake tree at Christmas time? We are team fake*. We grew up with a fake tree. It’s prettier (more full), easier and less messy. Plus it actually holds ornaments.

 

Our team fake comes with an asterisk now, because Jessica has had a real tree for 11 years; approximately the exact time frame she’s been married. We all know that marriage is about compromise, and Jessica just didn’t win that battle. So, every year her hubby treks (with the kids) to find and cut down the tree. Sometimes it’s pretty, other times it’s Charlie Brown-ish. The tradition has been established now, and we’re a sucker for a good tradition. Even Jessica has taken a little liking to it, now, and joined the adventure this year.

Their excursion to find this year’s tree inspired this DIY craft. No, our actual tree doesn’t look like these modern DIY tree ornaments, but Christmas trees are so magical and so symbolic, we wanted to create a “tree” of our own. With a little clay and wood tree shaped ornaments, this tree is a pretty ornament to hang from any Christmas tree.

Take time to appreciate the tree in your house, the traditions you have, and the memories made around it each and every year. And if you want, take time to make these mini ornament trees, too. You can make a day of it – craft cool trees with clay like we did, or use acrylic paint, glitter, mini pom poms or whatever you want. Get the kids involved, too! They take pride is making ornaments they can display on the tree, and see year after year.

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DIY Modern Christmas Tree Ornament 

Materials:

  • Wooden tree cutouts (you can make 50 ornaments for under $25)
  • Polymer Clay (white, a small Sculpey set, or these colors for a marbled look)
  • Gorilla glue, the non-foaming kind (it makes a world of difference to not have to deal with the foam)
  • Card stock paper
  • Sharp cheese-cutting knife or plastic clay knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper and baking sheet to bake the clay
  • Chip clamps (or something to clamp the clay to the ornament for a couple hours)

Directions: 

Step 1: For marbled trees, first roll out thin lines of clay (like worms). Combine the worms together, and fold them into one another. Roll out the clay. This should be thin, no thicker than the thickness of the wooden tree. If you want just white or one color, you do not need to roll them into thin lines or “worms.”

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clay crafts-diy marbled clay-DIY christmas clay ornaments

 

clay crafts-diy marbled clay-DIY christmas clay ornaments

 

Step 3: Trace the wooden tree on card stock paper, and cut it out. Now, add a fun curve in the middle of it. Cut along the curve. You should have two trees. In fact, it would be fun to make this be a BFF ornament for best friends and split the tree in the middle – one friend gets to keep one half, and the other gets to keep the other half.

Back to the craft; add the traced paper tree, on top of the rolled out clay, and use a sharp knife, edge or Xacto knife to cut it along all the edges. Once you have the shape, carefully move it to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them according to directions. We baked them at 325 for 10 minutes. If you used non-bake clay, no need to bake then. If you want to make sure the shape fits perfectly, you can set the non-baked clay on the tree before you bake them to cut any additional edges for a clean look.

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clay crafts-diy marbled clay-DIY christmas clay ornaments

clay crafts-diy marbled clay-DIY christmas clay ornaments

clay crafts-diy marbled clay-DIY christmas clay ornaments

Step 4: Dampen half of the wooden tree with water (the part you are going to glue the clay on), and add Gorilla glue to the back of the clay. Press it gently but firmly into place. Add two chip clamps so the edges are pressed into place and there are no gaps. The directions say to do this for 14 hours. We waited about 5-10 hours for each one to set.

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clay crafts-diy marbled clay-DIY christmas clay ornaments

 

Step 5: Add the twine, and hang. We made a grinch-themed Christmas tree with a red heart, and added the famous Grinch quote on the back with a wood burner. You can add any note on the back of the tree with a wood burning tool (available here for $15) or a marker paint pen.

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diy grinch christmas tree ornament

 

Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope you find joy this season.

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The Cutest DIY Beanie Ornaments Ever

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We love to sport beanies all winter. They keep us warm in chilly Colorado, and they are a fantastic winter accessory. Although we wish knitting and crocheting was in our repertoire, it’s not. So, while we can’t knit ourselves a beanie, we did find another way to make DIY beanies to add to other areas of our lives. Good news, no skills required, and minimal supplies needed (hint: everyone stocked up on it in 2020).

We love our DIY mini beanies so much that we made two versions. First, we started with DIY beanie wine toppers. Next, we have a version for kids – a DIY mini beanie ornament. These are so adorable, beyond easy to make and a great craft to keep the kids busy indoors. We are obsessed.

We shared all the details at Momtastic here.

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Merry Schittsmas: FREE Schitt’s Creek Inspired Holiday Gift Tags

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It’s been a year! The one thing we could really count on to make us laugh out loud every night (with the exception of our children and hubbies) was Schitt’s Creek. David, Johnny, Moira and Alexis kept the mood light and funny when the world was spinning with COVID chaos. Let’s keep the tradition of laughter (and fun conversation starters) going with Schitt’s Creek gift tags under our trees this Christmas. Your friends and family who are fans of the show will appreciate the special holiday touch, including David’s lightning bolt sweater paired with You’re Simply the Best, and their always funny coined phrases including Ewe, which Alexis says best.

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We’ve had a real Schitt’s-inspired Christmas. First it was our gift guide. Now, it’s free printable gift tags. Next, it may or may not have to do with wine?!

Download the FREE file here (6 gift tags; the first page of the free file), cut and hang with a ribbon. You can add a to: and from: on the back, or top and bottom.

That’s it. Best wishes and warm regards from us!

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Holiday DIY: How To Dress Up Boxed Wine for The Holidays

DIY Boxed Wine Gingerbread Boxes

Last time, we got cozy and cute with DIY beanie wine bottle toppers. Today, we’re dressing up boxed wine. In fact, we made a DIY boxed wine gingerbread village we lovingly call Vinoville. Let’s get one thing clear, there’s nothing wrong with boxed wine. If your a wino, it may not be your thing, and that’s cool. We love a smooth bottle of Brunello di Montalcino as must as anyone, and if we had the budget, we would splurge all the time.

But, we love to sip wine, whether it’s in a bottle or box. Wine, even when it’s presented from a box, tastes good, and helps us get our chill on. Plus, we’re getting more bang for our buck, and gotta love that! As a college student or 20-something who is hanging with girlfriends – a boxed wine on the table or bar is ALL good. As grown women who like to host (sometimes), a box of wine is not the prettiest addition to the bar. Again, absolutely nothing wrong with it, but dressing it up just a bit can make all the difference for a more ‘grown-up’ look, especially during the holidays. You can do it for very little money, and get creative with it! You can use the wrapping paper you have on-hand, so you don’t even have to go to the store. We love to wrap with Kraft paper, so we had some on hand, and used it to create Gingerbread Houses. But, imagine how cute this would be with plaid paper, or pretty metallic paper with a big bow!

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DIY Boxed Wine Makeover: Gingerbread Houses 

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Remove the cardboard circle, where the spout comes out. Next, trace that circle  on the wrapping paper. Make sure you do it in the middle, like your wrapping a gift, so you have enough paper on all sides (basically don’t trace it on the edge of the wrapping paper). Cut the circle out with scissors or an X-acto knife. You can make it slightly larger so it doesn’t rip when you pull the spout through, or if you rip it like we did on one of them, you can add a black paper door (or even a mini wreath) around it and no one will ever know.

Step 2: Wrap the wine boxes. We didn’t get a good photo of that, but put the wine box upside down (you can take the bag out if it’s too heavy and crinkles the paper), and line up the cut out circle with the spout. You can pull the spout through it at this point if you didn’t already in step one. Wrap it like a gift, so do the back first, then “cut-in” on the sides for the bottom just like you would for a gift. See step 3 for the roof.

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diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

 

Step 3: Cut in the sides just like you did for the bottom, but just tape one of the sides, not the final “corner” – that peak is the roof. Kraft paper stays nice and straight. If you use flimsy wrapping paper, you can either find something to prop it up, have a flat roof or keep open up and glue two of the sides of the wine box together before wrapping it, so it creates a peak (we did that for the white-roof one before we created a ruffle roof with a crepe paper roll).

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diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

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Step 4: Now, it’s time to make gingerbread house lines, swirls, doors, snowflakes, etc. Make each house your own. We used a marker pen for the white decorations, and added ribbon, pins and mini Santa hats, and a bell to accessorize. They can be as simple or as complex as you want. How fun would it be to make the Grinch house, Whoville, or even ugly Christmas sweaters?! If you want the labels, we can email them to you for free. Email us at hello@jsorelle.com or IM us on IG here and tell us you want the boxed gingerbread house wine printables. We have one for Merlot, Pinot and Chardonnay!

diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

Step 5: Let the wine flow. Cheers!

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Gift Guide To Shop Small This Holiday Season

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Small businesses are the heartbeat of what we believe in – living the American dream, courage to step outside the box, creativity to run a business how you want, generations of Americans continuing the tradition of their parents and grandparents, families working together to bring their dreams to fruition, and less government (more freedom). They are the soul of this country. This support may look one way for some, and different for others. You can buy goods, or services. Some ideas are to order food to-go from a local restaurant, buy gift cards at local restaurants and stores, get that photography session of your family with a good local photographer, or buy from a local maker. Let’s support them (if your means allow), because they need us more than ever! If you have any other favorite small shops, let us know about them and we can feature on our Instagram. Below are some faves. Support Small Business Gift Guide shop small cancer gift guide

  1. Sunday Candle Co.: This company is woman-owned and based in our hometown in Denver, Colorado. Her packaging is so pretty, candles look beautiful and we can smell them now. Give the gift of warm and cozy.
  2. LA Antler Co.: Addie had me hooked on antlers years ago when she helped me with this fun photo shoot for Real Simple. She lives in the Rocky Mountains, and not only is she fun and amazing, her antlers are special, too. They are as authentic as you can get. You can buy them for chic mountain home decor, or as a necklace, keychain and ornament. I have a necklace, and this year I want the twine-wrapped antlers for my home.
  3. Shop Gage Huntley: There is no censorship to the custom jewelry you can buy at this shop. They make us laugh, and some products are things we want to say, but never do. We will let the pieces speak for themselves.
  4. Copper Fox Company: These personalized wood cutting boards make a lovely gift for families, newlyweds, parents, grandparents and even those who love to play hostess. Charcuterie boards are hot as ever, and it would be fun to have a beautiful board to display those meats and cheeses on.
  5. Made by Mary, Faith Over Fear Necklace: THIS is amazing. I asked for this for my birthday. All the worries and fears cloud my head way too often, and I just need to breathe, and remember to have faith in God, in the people I love, and in myself!
  6. Oxford Pennant: We love a good pennant, and Oxford has something for everyone. We love so many, it was hard to choose, but this forever mistletoe brings us so much cheer this holiday season! Gimme Some Sugar on Christmas, and everyday after.
  7. Olivia Care: Jenna loves this hand sanitizer spray. It’s made in Cali and smells amazing. Plus it softens your hands and does not dry them out.
  8. Harper Made: We bought this mountain necklace as a gift, and wanted to keep for ourselves. This is a beautiful gift for the mountain loving girls in your life, and a good price point, too! The mountains are calling…we must go!
  9. AVYN, bras for the modern mom: I am not breastfeeding, and wear this bra all the time – I love it (Jess). If you are breastfeeding, or know a new mother in your life, get her this! These women are awesome, and their bras are comfortable and cute. We SO wish we had this when we were moms of babies, and breastfeeding.
  10. Cole and Dainer: We love Nicole, the owner of this shop, and her products are so cozy and beautifully made! The prints are our favorite! Whether your shopping for a baby blanket, home throw, burp cloths or even masks, her products made a lovely gift for a friend (or yourself).
  11. G Michelle Designs: This is a local Colorado girl who can make custom signs, anything for weddings, personalized mugs, and ornaments for Christmas. She’s dang good at calligraphy and barre, too! These ornaments are totally customizable (color background, no color background, names, shape, etc.) and the gnome ornament are new and our favorite! Prices are $12-$15. Gnomes are hot again this year – spread gnome cheer to everyone on your list! Email her at gmichelledesigns@gmail.com to order!
  12. Ski Town All-Stars: This cool company designs and customizes hats in Vail, Colorado. You can get hats made for your company, or maybe a funny phrase you’ve always wanted on a hat for friends or family. They have some already made, like this Corona one, or you can make your own. Check them out.
  13. Aksels: This company has really fun hats for kids and adults, especially if your in CO. We love their printed socks, too. My son loves the feel of their masks. You can pick up at their warehouse, find their products in stores, or ship from their website. If you’ve ever been to a concert at Red Rocks, you need these socks. One of the best concert venues ever! Yes, please.
  14. Not pictured, but on our IG is this adorable CIAO bag we can’t get enough of from the ever-so stylish Brooke at Antlers & Rose.

Favorite Locals Shops We live in Colorado, and there are a few shops we just love. They have gifts for everyone, and well, they are the cutest!! Stop in to say hi, and keep them busy (and open)!

  • Fleur de Lis, a paperie: Jenna can create Christmas cards, invites for baby showers, parties, and wedding invitations is really her thang! Show her some love with all your paper and invite needs!
  • Andiamo Oils: We LOVE ourselves some doTERRA essential oils! Seriously, we use them daily. Jodi has the knowledge to help you if you want to add (or diffuse) oils. We love some of the other face and vitamins products, too. You can set up an account for $35 and get 25% oils for the year, or just order through her to see if you like them. No minimum purchase every month, which we love. SOOOO good!
  • Patterns and Pops: These girls are the cutest. They have try on shopping parties on IG, which are really hard to not shop because it’s so easy and the items are so cute. Shop in person, IG or online. IG is our favorite!
  • Valleygirl Boutique/Ruby Jane: They have several locations throughout Colorado, so wherever you are, you can find them. If you’re not in CO, you can shop online! We love the Edwards store, and the Highlands one. They have great, affordable fashion at all price points, and home and gift items, too!

Happy gifting!