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Hey guys!  Sorry for being away for so long!  We traveled back to see my Dad for an early Christmas.  It was a lot of fun – but I didn’t have near the time I wanted to be able to get online.  Also – I know I owe a ton of you emails and and such.  I just switched over to a new computer and I don’t have everything transitioned – including all my software for email and such.  So I am running a little slow right now!  Don’t worry!  I will get around to everyone soon!! 

I know I had a ton of you ask how I made the little ornament tree that was in front of my NOEL sign on my mantel. 

Well it was really easy!  So I wanted to show you guys how to do it too.  First, I got a bunch of these mini ornaments from Target.  I think they also have them at the dollar store too.  I took off the little silver tops that you would normally put the ornament hangers through – they just twist right off.


Next I used a foam tree from the floral section of a craft store.  All you have to do is then is put a thin ring of hot glue around the pointy end of your lil ornament and then stick it into the foam.  The glue will hold it in pretty good.  I started from the bottom and went around until I got to the top.  DSC07047

I was going to do it all silver but I ended up having too few lil ornaments to do a full silver tree – it will take between 4-5 packages of ornaments.  So I added in the little touches of red.  In retrospect – this looks WAY better!! 

So what do you think?  Did you pick up any of those little ornaments?  If so – what did you make out of them??  I have another project that I used them in that I will also share with you guys later this week! 

Linking this to

Made it for Monday with Cindy @ Cottage Instincts
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays with Linda @ Coastal Charm
Boardwalk Bragfest with Jan @ Bobbypins Boardwalk

Creative Christmas Countdown with Rachel @ Rachel Cotterill

Make it Yours Day with Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden
Also linking this up to The CSI Project’s Handmade Holidays Challenge

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25 frugal friends said ...

Unknown said... @ December 6, 2010 at 6:33 AM

This looks great! I want to make one now

Karen said... @ December 6, 2010 at 6:57 AM

It looks beautiful Jess. I agree, the all silver tree would be pretty, but the addition of the red ornaments makes it really special.

Erin said... @ December 6, 2010 at 7:46 AM

Love it Jess, it's Buckeye colors, lol!!!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said... @ December 6, 2010 at 8:10 AM

I wanted one of these trees but they were too expensive! Now I can make one! I am bookmarking this to make after Christmas when everything is on clearance!! Thank you for sharing!

Sarah @ ImSimplySarah said... @ December 6, 2010 at 8:29 AM

I'm visiting from Cottage Instincts. I think your little tree looks fab! I picked up a bunch of those little ornaments too from Target. I've been debating on what to do with them. It will either be something like this or a Charlie Brown type tree for my kitchen. Thanks for Sharing!

Melissa Moore said... @ December 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Oh I love it!!! So simple and pretty...Oh how I love Christmas!!

Erin @ Domestic Adventure said... @ December 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Love this, especially because you only have to do it once and then you have it year after year! Something like this never goes out of style.

René said... @ December 6, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Your tree looks great Jess!


Thrifty Decor Chick said... @ December 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Love this!! I put it on my Facebook page -- too cute!

Anonymous said... @ December 6, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Very cute! Love this idea!

Heather said... @ December 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I love this idea! In fact, I think I'll make a Hob Lob trip tonight for supplies so I can make my own! For the tree, how many tubes of ornaments did it take to cover the form? I want to make sure I get enough!

Anonymous said... @ December 7, 2010 at 6:00 PM

And it is the perfect adornment to your "NOEL", which I am totally loving! You are amazing, Jess! Thank you so much for sharing another one of your amazing creations on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

Unknown said... @ December 8, 2010 at 5:51 AM

I love the dollar store ornaments, too! Use them all the time. Love your little tree. Looks perfect there.

Cara said... @ December 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Love your ornament ball tree! It would go perfectly with the ornament ball wreath I just created. You even used the same colors as me! :) Adding this to my list of Christmas crafts for next year...as soon as I can find more silver and red ornaments.

The Single Nester said... @ December 8, 2010 at 9:57 AM

The tree looks great! I never find the forms at my local Dollar Tree and they are so expensive at Michaels and JoAnns, especially without a coupon.

Throw Open the Windows said... @ December 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Super cute!!! Thanks for sharing this.
Rebecca (visiting from The CSI Project)

michelle@somedaycrafts said... @ December 12, 2010 at 2:16 AM

Love this. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

Rachel Cotterill said... @ December 12, 2010 at 4:05 AM

I think the red works perfectly :)

deb said... @ December 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Really pretty!! Easy too ;)

L.A. said... @ December 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

So funny-I bought those same ornaments for my mini tree on my mantle. But I made a similar beaded tree. Check it out here http://westcoastleslie.blogspot.com/2010/11/beaded-christmas-trees.html Pictures of my tree with Target ornaments are there too!

Crystal said... @ December 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I tried doing this yesterday but unfortunately my glue wouldn't hold the ornaments on. I was using a white styrofoam tree from Dollar Tree and just super glue so maybe that's why. :( I might have to invest in a glue gun and try getting the green styrofoam from wal-mart.

Mike and Katrina @HA said... @ December 28, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Love it! I'm hoping to make a bunch of DIY trees for next Christmas so now I'm adding yours to the list. This year I did use some old and new mini ornaments in decorating. We put some in a shadow box frame, hung some from a wire tree, put a few in a star dish, and hung some on a small tree in the foyer.


Anonymous said... @ April 5, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I used my minis on the tips of some bare branches I've been keeping for a couple of years. If they are kept bare, you can reuse them multiple times in so many different ways!!

Unknown said... @ October 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

So glad I found your ornament on Pinterest! I tried it with my residents (who are all over 85) and we had a great time! Check it out... http://sandsunglassesandsunscreen.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said... @ November 18, 2022 at 10:16 AM

Do you have to use hot glue?

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