How to Make a Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament

This rustic scrap fabric tree ornament is easy enough for any age crafter to make to give or to keep this holiday season. This super cute DIY uses scrap fabrics and ribbons to create the branches of a Christmas tree. These are fun, last minute ornaments to make with the kids. Learn how easy it truly is…fabric Christmas tree ornament PIN

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Supplies needed for tree ornament

  • scrap fabrics (I used a section from an old pillowcase with leopard print)
  • 2-3 different scrap ribbons (any leftover pieces you have from making bows or wrapping gifts)
  • small 4-6″ stick from the yard or a cinnamon stick
  • embellishment for the star (I used some bling, but you can also use buttons, or old jewelry pieces–get creative and have fun with it)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors

steps for making rustic tree ornament

  1. Cut out a small square section of the fabric.Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament cut out square
  2. Snip small 1/2-1″ sections and rip into approximately ten 5-6″ strips.Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament cutting strips
  3. Cut approximately six equal pieces of each of the scrap ribbons.Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament fabric stripScrap Fabric Tree Ornament multi colored strips
  4. Tie the fabric strips and the ribbons in a single knot around the stick or trunk of the “tree” alternating colors between each one.Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament tying fabric strips
  5. Lay the tree down and flatten out the fabrics and ribbon until they’re fairly flat.
  6. Using scissors trim the scrap fabrics and ribbons at an angle up each side of the stick until it resembles the shape of a tree.Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament trimming tree shape
  7. Add the embellishment to the top with a little hot glue.Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament gluing embellishment
  8. String an additional ribbon or twine through the embellishment for hanging.

scrap fabric Christmas tree ornament

Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament close up

Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament bling

scrap fabric ideas

  • Use an old pillow case or sheet that has a cute pattern or a fun color
  • Search for remnant fabrics at a thrift shop or garage sale
  • Repurpose an old plaid flannel shirt or handkerchief from a loved one
  • Vintage tablecloths and cloth napkins make great scrap fabric

The key is to use what you have. This DIY project should be inexpensive and easy to throw together at the last minute. 

scrap fabric christmas tree variations

  • Make a monochromatic colored tree in all white or red or green.
  • Create an ombre look by using scraps of the same color in varying shades from dark to light going up the tree.
  • Alternate between polka dots and stripes for a fun look.
  • Add a fabric or ribbon that has a shimmery tone for extra glam.
  • Use nautical rope or thick jute for a more rustic look or beach theme with a seashell on top as the star.

The possiblities are endless with this easy, fun craft. Get creative and make it a tradition to add a new scrap fabric tree ornament each year!

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How to Make a Scrap Fabric Tree Ornament

This rustic scrap fabric tree ornament is easy enough for any age crafter to make to give or to keep this holiday season. These are fun, last minute ornaments to make with the kids. Learn how easy it truly is...
Total Time5 mins

Equipment

  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors

Materials

  • 3-4 scrap fabrics I used a section from an old pillowcase with leopard print
  • 2-3 different scrap ribbons any leftover pieces you have from making bows or wrapping gifts
  • 1 small 4-6" stick from the yard or a cinnamon stick
  • 1 embellishment for the star I used some bling, but you can also use buttons, or old jewelry pieces--get creative and have fun with it

Instructions

  • Cut out a small square section of the fabric.
  • Snip small 1/2-1" sections and rip into approximately ten 5-6" strips.
  • Cut approximately six equal pieces of each of the scrap ribbons.
  • Tie the fabric strips and the ribbons in a single knot around the stick or trunk of the "tree" alternating colors between each one.
  • Lay the tree down and flatten out the fabrics and ribbon until they're fairly flat.
  • Using scissors trim the scrap fabrics and ribbons at an angle up each side of the stick until it resembles the shape of a tree.
  • Add the embellishment to the top with a little hot glue.
  • String an additional ribbon or twine through the embellishment for hanging.

 

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