Are you looking for a DIY ornament that you or the kids can make in bulk? I’ll show you how easy it is to make bottlebrush tree ornaments this holiday season.
You can make dozens of them at a time if you want to create a bunch of handmade gifts for friends and neighbors.
Materials Needed to Make a Bottlebrush Tree Ornament
The great thing about these bottlebrush tree ornaments is that they don’t require many supplies. If you usually stay away from making ornaments with your kids because you don’t feel particularly crafty, this ornament is perfect for you. Kids as young as four or five years old can help make these. If you have a bunch of kids, set up an assembly line and work together making these as gifts for friends, neighbors, or family. These would also make cute gift toppers.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Small glass bottles with cork lids – $7.99 for 24 bottles
- Mini bottle brush trees – $9.99 for 24 trees
- Epsom salt – 16 ounces for $5.94 (there are probably cheaper options locally and you don’t need very much)
- Baker’s twine, string, or jute for hanging
If you order the supplies in bulk, you’ll be able to make about 24 ornaments. That will cost about $20-24 in total, or about $1 per ornament. I haven’t checked my local dollar stores, but if you can get some supplies there, you will be able to make these for far less.
This craft is so simple that even your younger kids will be able to do it with minimal supervision.
First, open a glass bottle and fill the bottom with a small amount of Epsom salt to look like snow. Next, pull the wood base off a bottlebrush tree so that it fits in the bottle. Now nestle it down in the “snow.”
Finally, replace your bottle lid and tie a small amount of baker’s twine or string around the top for hanging.
Additional DIY Ornament Ideas
If you don’t want to use all your trees up in this one design, then you could create a cute retro snow globe with the bottlebrush tree and the only other items you’ll need would be a fillable ornament and a small toy car or truck.
Check out this ornament that uses an embroidery hoop to frame a bottlebrush tree.
If you need some table decor for Christmas, these bottle brush place cards are a great idea!
Finally, if you want a way to use up the glass jars, then consider saving some sand from your next family beach vacation. You can write the year and location on a little slip of paper and put it in the jar. Then when you hang that ornament the following Christmas, you’ll remember your trip.
More Christmas Crafts
If you’re looking for a few more Christmas craft ideas, then check out this list:
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.