My Earthy Boho Christmas Tree with DIY Ornaments
When Stephanie invited me to participate in her Christmas Tree hop this week, I initially said, “Oh, there’s no way I will have a tree up and ready to share in time!” The universe replied with, “Hold my eggnog,” and here I am. Seriously though, I had no plans to have a tree up, but then a Home Depot gift card from my talented friend Stacy-Anne landed in my inbox, and that was all the push I needed. Armed with a limited budget, and a desire to craft my own earthy boho Christmas look, I made my own ornaments and put together this tree and it’s making our house feel cozy and smell like cinnamon. Today I am going to share with you some ideas so that you can create your own version. At the bottom of this post, you will also find links to all of the talented bloggers sharing their Christmas tree style this week, so be sure to check that out. (This post contains affiliate links through which I earn a small commission. Grateful for your support!) I really wanted a tree in our dining room, so when that Home Depot gift card came my way, I jumped at the chance to grab one. Because this room is mostly neutral with earthy modern vibes and a terra cotta toned rug, and sits adjacent to our pink living room, the tree had to fit the warm colors and feel of the space. For years I’ve gravitated towards vintage ornaments, but with a toddler running around, I needed ornaments that would not only suit the warmer less traditional colors, but also be mostly safe from breaking. With all of those caveats in mind, this earthy boho Christmas tree with DIY ornaments was created! I am going to walk you through how to create this look.
- flocked tree (I used this one, and chose unlit because it’s more affordable, and will never go out on you.)
- DIY tassel ornaments or buy similar here (For the DIY version, I used Shelley’s tutorial here and this yarn and these beads.)
- DIY orange slice ornaments (tutorial coming Wednesday!)
- DIY cinnamon ornaments (I used this tutorial, and used my dehydrator. I used moons, stars, and woodland animals, similar to these.)
- twinkle lights (I bought these this year and LOVE them- super long and the light is perfect.)
- DIY wooden banner (I made mine several years ago and shared the tutorial here. You can get the unfinished pieces here.)
- Mexican blanket similar to this one
Putting the Tree Together
Obviously, the first step is literally putting your tree together if you have an artificial one like we do here. If you opt for a flocked tree such as this one, be prepared that it will make a mess, a flocking mess, as I like to call it. (By the way, I mentioned this earlier, but I love an unlit Christmas tree. I’ve had trees that go out on me, and then I can’t repair them. I prefer not to have that happen, and an added bonus is that unlit trees are much less expensive. This one is 6.5 feet tall and only $110!) DO NOT put a tree skirt in place until you have decorated your tree for this reason. Wait until you are finished so you can vacuum and then place your skirt, or blanket as I have used for many years now. Once you have your tree up, string the lights if needed. I like to go round and round, but I know others like to go up and down… tomato tom-ah-to, no matter what this tree is getting lit. Next, start placing your homemade ornaments. We placed all of the tassels first, spreading them here and there. We did this because we had the least amount of these and wanted to make sure they were evenly distributed. After that we placed the DIY dried floral and orange slice ornaments (check back Wednesday for how to make these!) and again evenly distributed them. The last ornaments to go up were our DIY cinnamon ornaments. Again, I used this tutorial, and used my dehydrator. For cutting them into shapes, I used cookie cutters in moons, stars, and woodland animals. If you don’t feel like making your own, these cinnamon forest friends are adorable. Wilder adores squirrels, so I had to hang these guys. And if I was going to add squirrels, I needed at least one more animal, so opted for bears. Finally, moons and stars seemed to fit with my home (hello, there’s a giant sun on the wall!), as well as the animal friends. Lastly, I thought I was done, but the tree felt like it was missing something. I happened to go through all of my Christmas decor a few days later and came across this oversized wooden banner I made 4 years ago, and it was just the thing!!! I threaded it so that I could zig zag it on a tree and it would read “Peace, Love, Joy.” It felt like the perfect finishing touch, and a message that is much needed in 2020 at this moment. Peace, love… … and joy. The very last piece was adding the “skirt.” For many years, I’ve opted to use fun, cozy, colorful blankets. I love using them because I always have several on hand, and it prevents me from feeling the need to buy a new skirt. I chose this particular skirt because the colors complement the tree and space perfectly. And there you have it… a crafty and inexpensive take on a modern bohemian Christmas tree. I should also add that our dining room smells absolutely incredible with this tree in the corner… cinnamon and citrus! If you are looking for anything from this tree, find it below, and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email me or drop me a comment.
Now be sure to visit all of the other inspiring Christmas trees filled with unique style throughout this hop. Find those links here: