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Primitive Christmas DIY’s

Four beautiful handmade primitive Christmas DIY’s using fabric and twine.

Primitive Christmas DIY's

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While I have not started decorating my home for Christmas yet (I do that after Thanksgiving) I have started working on a few Christmas DIY’s. I have a ton of scrap fabric pieces left over from past projects so I thought I should use them up. Since I don’t sew, but I love fabric, I always have a ton of scraps.

I’m keeping this short and sweet for you today because I have 4 different projects to show you. Most of my Christmas decorations are primitive themed so I have made these beautiful primitive Christmas decorations out of fabric scraps and twine.

All you need for these primitive Christmas DIY’s is fabric scraps, twine or ribbon, hot glue gun, small Styrofoam balls, and some plastic candy canes from Dollar Tree.

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Primitive Christmas Project #1

Primitive Christmas Ornaments #1

Primitive Christmas Ornaments #1

These ornaments are so easy to make! All you have to do is cut some fabric scraps into strips and glue them around the styrofoam balls. I didn’t really measure the strips, I just cut them somewhat skinny. You can either cut them or rip them. I chose to rip mine because I love the primitive look of the ragged fabric.

Cut strips of fabric

Wrap the fabric strip around the ball and hot glue it into place.

Glue fabric to ball

Glue another piece of fabric around the ball the same way. Just place it beside your first piece so the edges overlap a tiny bit.

Glue another piece of fabric

After you have all of your fabric strips glued on, add a piece of twine to the top of your primitive Christmas ornament for hanging. You can also use ribbon if you choose.

Glue twine for hanging
Beautiful handmade primitive Christmas ornament made from fabric scraps, twine and styrofoam.
Primitive Christmas ornament
Primitive Christmas ornament

Project #2

Primitive Christmas Ornaments #2

For these ornaments, you just use more fabric scraps, plastic candy canes, and hot glue.

Plastic candy canes from Dollar Tree

This is so simple and works up so quickly. For these primitive Christmas ornaments, you just add a small bit of hot glue to the bottom of the candy cane, add your fabric to it, then wrap the fabric all the way around the candy cane. Easy!

Primitive candy cane
primitive candy cane

Project #3

The Tree

The tree that I used for these primitive Christmas decorations came from a church bizarre sale a couple of years ago. It was so cute that I just couldn’t leave it there! (You can find a similar tree at Walmart here.)

Thrifted tree

All I did for the tree was to wrap some scrap fabric around the bottom and tie a piece of twice around the top to hold it in place.

Wrap fabric around tree

The fabric for this little tree was leftover from my farmhouse footstool makeover.

Project #4

Primitive Wood Christmas Tree

For this last primitive Christmas DIY, I used an unfinished wood Christmas tree that I found at A.C. Moore, fabric, jute string, and Mod Podge. (Similar one here.)

The wood tree has holes so you can poke Christmas lights through. I didn’t leave any holes in my fabric for the lights, but I may go back and add them later on.

Wood Christmas Tree

For this project, I laid the tree down on a piece of fabric and traced around it. I cut the pattern out and used Mod Podge to glue it on. After the Mod Podge dried I added another layer of Mod Podge, focusing more on the edges to seal in the fabric.

Mod Podge fabric to tree

For the decorations on the tree, I just tied fabric scraps to jute string and hot glued the string ends to the back of the tree.

twine and fabric scraps

While walking through a local primitive shop one afternoon, I came across this small barn star. Of course, I had to get it so I could add it to the top of my primitive Christmas tree!

barn star primitive Christmas tree topper
Primitive Christmas Trees

That’s it! Four easy primitive Christmas projects using mostly items I already had around the house. The unfinished wood tree was only $5 and that’s all I spent on these cute little projects!

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet or do you wait? What is your Christmas decorating theme?

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Primitive Christmas DIY's

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Love the candy cane!!

    1. Thank you! Those are my favorite to make, too. πŸ™‚

  2. So cute! I especially like the Christmas tree!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  3. These are so cute! And good to do with kids, too!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, kids would really enjoy making these, too.

  4. Adorable! Very creative : )

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  5. Those are all great! Our kids would love making those. πŸ™‚ I gave my Mom the link to your website too. She loves making crafts. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes they would! Aww, thank you so much! I’d love to see her crafts, too. πŸ˜€

  6. Oh my goodness, Michelle these are all SUPER cute! I think the tree is my favorite though! I’m a sucker for those mini trees! Love your choices of fabric!

    1. Thank you so much! I love mini trees, too. I have to stop myself from buying them all when I see them at sales. πŸ˜€

  7. Michelle I just love this blog post. I think it all looks amazing. So easy to follow your tutorial and easy DIY to do. I am going to make something like this for my office this holiday season. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you share photos of your office! I’d love to see how you decorate it. πŸ˜€

  8. I love handmade ornaments. These look easy and fun Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much! I think the ornaments mean so much more when they’re handmade. πŸ™‚

  9. These turned out quite nicely! It all came together and what a beautiful addition to your home for Christmas.

    1. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas! πŸ™‚

  10. They are all lovely Michelle.

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  11. I particularly liked project 3 – so cute!

    1. Thank you so much! I love simple and quick DIY’s. πŸ˜€

  12. They are all super cute, but I love the little tree! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  13. All these are cute especially 3rd ! 😊

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  14. Wonderful ideas that are so adorable and easy! Thank you for sharing! πŸŽ„

    1. Thank you! I love simple and easy crafts that don’t take very long to make. πŸ™‚

  15. These are so cute. I love the primitive style, and the way you used these very doable techniques to such great effect. Love…
    All the Best,

    1. Thank you so much! I was hoping I explained everything well, since they’re so easy to make. πŸ™‚

  16. christinafayerepurposed says:

    These are all wonderful ideas! I love the shabby chic fabric ornaments! And the tree from the church bizarre is adorable❀️

    1. Thank you so much! I have tons of fabric that I need to use up because it’s taking over my house! haha

  17. They are all so cute!!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  18. All are lovely but Christmas tree is my favourite one!!

    1. Thank you so much! I love the Christmas tree, too. πŸ™‚

  19. Every Single one of them looks amazing Michelle, however, I loved the Candy can!

    1. Thank you so much! The candy canes are so fun to make! πŸ™‚

  20. So adorable, I really like that Christmas tree, and I imagine you can put some glitter on the ornaments, and on the tree if you wanted to, love this. Thank you

    1. Thank you! The glitter would be really pretty! Great idea! πŸ™‚

  21. Simplicity with its loveliness.

    It was very detailed. πŸ’―
    Kudos ma’am. πŸ€—

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

      1. You are welcome ma’am. ❀

  22. The simplest and more “primitive” decorations always seem to have the most charm. Love these!

    1. I think so, too! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  23. Oh, I’m so doing these with my kids this weekend! Love the Christmas tree!!! Thanks for getting this curmudgeon excited about Christmas decorating again!

    1. The kids will have so much fun with these! They’re so easy. You’re very welcome! I think I enjoy Christmas crafting more than I do decorating. πŸ˜€

  24. I loved the candy canes! So cute😊

    1. Thank you so much! I enjoyed making them the most. πŸ™‚

  25. MELODY JACOBS says:

    There are always items for diy..which increases our creativity.

    Thanks for sharing.
    New post:

    1. Yes, I agree! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!

  26. These are so pretty Michelle. My favorites are the candy canes and banner you draped over the tree. I also love how you used up fabric scraps, I sure have a lot of those around my house. You and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you so much! I love using up my fabric scraps and not having to spend money on more fabric. It’s expensive! Thank you and I hope you and your family have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

  27. Thanks for the following dear.

    1. You’re very welcome. Thank you as well! πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™β€οΈ

  28. Lellalee says:

    We started to plan our Christmas decorations making today. You’ve got so many beautiful creations here Michelle, I’ve bookmarked this page. Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas xxx

    1. Thank you so much! I love making my own decorations. I think handmade has more meaning. πŸ™‚

  29. These are great projects Michelle! I will be trying out a couple of them for sure. It even gave me a couple more ideas to try. I like an old fashioned country style decorating for Christmas. This fits in so well with my theme, thanks for sharing them! I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked them. I hope you get to try them! I love the primitive stuff, too. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week!

  30. May be primitive but are so so cute! I love that candy canes!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  31. Very nice crafts, and I especially like the two trees. I remember when I was little, I would string popcorn, cranberries, and buttons. Good memories. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! What a wonderful memory of Christmas. I tried the popcorn garland one year and made a mess so I’ve never done it again. LOL πŸ˜€

  32. They are so cute! I can’t wait to start decorating mine next week, πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ’“

    1. Thank you so much! I’ll start decorating this weekend hopefully. Have fun decorating! πŸ˜€

  33. We do not start decorating for Christmas until December 1st. Sometimes, the tree has a theme and sometimes it just has the ornaments that the family really love to display.

    I love the old-fashioned DIY tree ornaments. I love the big DIY candy cane. The tree would also look nice with popcorn garland.

    1. I try to start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving, but I start crafting before to get things done. My big tree has ornaments collected from over the years plus some my daughter made when she was little. It’s fun to have those memories on the tree. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much! You’re right – the popcorn garland would look really cute on that tree.

  34. How. Cute. Are. Those. ORNAMENTS!

    And they’re easy. This is something I can actually DO!

    1. Thank you so much! They are really easy to make. And fun, too! Just don’t continuously burn yourself with the hot glue gun as I seem to do. πŸ˜€

  35. How fun! I love those and love how simple they are!!

    1. Thank you! They are a lot of fun to make. And easy, too! πŸ™‚

  36. These are the cutest ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  37. These are super cute!

    1. Thank you! I love the primitive look. πŸ™‚

  38. Cute, n good for children activist πŸ™‚πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ƒ

    1. Thank you!

  39. acraftymix says:

    I love Prim anything. It always reminds me of a time when things weren’t so rushed and complicated. Adore what you’ve done Michelle. Pinning for next Christmas

    1. Me, too! I miss when things were slower and more relaxed. Thank you so much for pinning!

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