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Revamp your holiday decor with simple upcycled jute ornaments! These DIY ornaments are inexpensive to make and even kid-friendly.
DIY Upcycled Jute Ornaments
It's almost Christmas! (I'm fairly certain there isn't a blog post out there right now that doesn't start with a variation of that sentence. Not that I'm complaining - because seriously guys, IT IS ALMOST CHRISTMAS.)
For me, it's the anticipation and lead up to Christmas that make this holiday so incredibly special. The changing weather, the comfy sweaters, the delicious treats, seeing family and friends...and of course, the decor!
I'll be honest, I started decorating for Christmas during the first week of November. There seems to be a war going on between the people who decorate early for Christmas and the people who are annoyed at the people who decorate early for Christmas. I am proudly the former!
The mesmerizing lights and charismatic holiday characters like gingerbread men make my heart happy. It's also incredibly adorable watching my son dash right up to our Christmas trees every single morning, plug them in, and exclaim, "so pwitty wights!" (That's "pretty lights" if you're not fluent in toddlerish.)
Revamping Our Christmas Decor with Upcycled Ornaments
This year, as much as I love our tree ornaments since many of them are associated with magical memories, the basic round ornament bulbs were kind of boring me. Plus, they're old and starting to become rusted and/or discolored (thanks humid southern air!)
I contemplated tossing them out but I hate throwing things away if I can find another use for them. After some thought and digging through my craft bin, I decided to wrap them in jute twine!
Jute is one of those items nearly every crafter has - and for good reason. It's so versatile, durable, and especially decorative around the holidays. Jute and burlap are my favorite supplies for holiday crafting!
Making these simple upcycled jute ornaments is an inexpensive way to change up your decor. They will add a cozy and rustic feel to your Christmas tree. (Plus, they are eco-friendly because you are repurposing something!)
With three materials and 10 minutes of your time, you can craft this lovely Christmas tree ornament!
How to Make Upcycled Jute Ornaments:
- Add a glob of tacky glue at the top of the ornament, press and hold the end of the jute strand until it is secure and stays put. It should be right up against the edge of the metal piece.
- Cover about ¼ of the ornament with tacky glue and start wrapping the jute around the ornament. Stop, hold, and press the jute into the tacky glue as you are working it around. This will ensure you don't have any gaps. (Note: You will probably notice some white glue peaking through, but don't worry, it will dry clear.)
- Cover an additional ¼ of the ornament with glue and continue wrapping. Applying the tacky glue in quarter sections will prevent your fingers from being caked in glue and making a mess.
- Once you've wrapped half of the ornament, flip it around and hold it by the metal piece. This just makes it easier to handle and securely wrap.
- Cover another ¼ of the ornament with glue and wrap. At this point, you really want to make sure you are pressing the jute into the glue so that it is secure. I find that as I get closer to the bottom, the jute moves around more and it's easier to form gaps.
- Fill in the remainder of the surface with tacky glue and continue wrapping.
- When you have about a pea-sized space left to cover, cut the jute off of the roll, leaving enough to fill in the space. Add another dollop of glue and press firmly to secure the end to the ornament.
- This is optional: If your jute twine has excessive fraying, take some scissors and trim it off.
- Make a few more of these upcycled jute ornaments, hang them up on your tree and admire your beautiful handy work! You can also get creative and hand paint your initials on them or decorate them with festive stamps.