DIY: Recycled Christmas Tree Ornament


I’m so excited to share this fun DIY with you. It actually stemmed from a previous DIY I was doing. I had thrown a little get-together with some family this past week and we made Christmas tree ornaments using twigs and ribbon. It was meant to be really simple, but it turned out to be a little more challenging than we had originally thought.

After finishing my first ribbon Christmas tree ornament, I had a sudden idea to use old catalogs and magazines to create another style of ornament. It ended up being my favorite ornament, and I loved the way it turned out. The best part is, they’re super quick and easy to make, and you get to recycle and repurpose those holiday catalogs or old newspapers.

Supplies List

To create these recycled tree ornaments,
you’ll need these ingredients:

1. Hot Glue Gun
2. Catalogs, Magazines, or Newspapers, or Old Books
3. Twigs, Sticks, or Cinnamon Sticks
4. Jute/Twine


Step 1 : First, you’ll want to get out your recycled paper of choice. I’m using an Anthropologie catalog because I love the paper and colors they use. You’ll want to start tearing vertical shreds of paper.

Step 2 : Heat Up Your Glue Gun

Warm up that hot glue, baby. It’s time to get stickin’. Once your glue gun is ready to go, you’ll want to leave an inch or so of the bottom of the twig, then drag a line of glue to the top of the stick.

Step 3: Construction Time

Start placing your paper scraps along the glue, leaving an equal amount of length on each side. Repeat this process on the backside of stick as well.

Step 4: Snip Snip Time!

Cut at an upward diagonal to form a tree/triangle shape out of the paper.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Cut 4 small pieces of ribbon to criss-cross into a star shape. Glue the pieces together and adhere to the top of the tree. Then, loop a small piece of jute and hot glue to the top.

Article and images by Daryn Mae. You can view more content by Daryn on her blog and on her Instagram here

Meet Daryn

Hey There! I’m Daryn Mae. I’m a blogger, graphic designer, artist, and interior stylist. I’m an Arizona baby, born and raised. I live here with my sweet husband, and our two fluffy golden babies. I love wine tasting, coffee tasting, and pretty much anything that involves food. I’m a sucker for the simple pleasures in life and really savoring the small moments. I’m obsessed with thrifting, antique shopping, my family and big hair.

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