Tiered Trees — DIY Ornament #3

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Tiered Trees

Welcome to Day #3 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments.

30 Days of Designer DIY Ornaments at HomeWorkshop

Our ornament today blends trend and tradition. It’s simple to make too.

In fashion and interiors this year, ruffles and layered tiers are everywhere. And you deserve a special tree-shaped ornament, don’t you think?

Tiered Trees DIY Christimas Ornament

My inspiration was a tiered linen lampshade created by a U.K. designer, in shades of cream and blue. I loved the random lengths of the tiers, and the ragged-edged, torn linen.

Materials for DIY Ornaments - Tiered Trees

Materials and Tools:

  • Assorted linen and cotton fabric remnants in your color scheme
  • Craft glue (I used Tacky Glue)
  • Small paint brush for glueing
  • White card stock or poster board
  • White stiff felt (you can find this at the craft store)
  • Small pkg. of large sequins
  • Paper & fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread or thin wire or ornament hanger

1. For each ornament, cut a small, tall triangle from the card stock, and a matching one from the stiff felt.

2. Tear or cut thin strips of each of your fabrics, in varied widths from 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide.

3. Cut the strips to approximately 1 1/2 – 2 inches long.

Small Strips of Linen and Cotton

4. Brush craft glue all over the front of the card stock triangle.

Apply Glue to the Card Stock TriangleApply the First Row of Strips

5. Glue on your first tier of fabric, allowing about one-third of the strips to extend beyond the bottom of the poster board, varying the lengths.

Note: Place the strips vertically and allow the excess fabric on the outside strips to extend beyond the edges of the triangle.

6. Brush a little glue over the tops of your glued fabric strips, and place the second row of strips. Alternate the colors to your liking and offset the placement. Again, vary the lengths.

A Little Glue over the Top of StripsSecond Row of Strips

7. Continue on to the top of your tree. I used 3 – 4 rows.

8. Once you have covered the front of the tree, brush glue on around the edges of the back and fold over and glue the excess fabric on the sides only. Trim the excess fabric at the top.

Leave the bottom edge of the tree alone , with the strips hanging freely below the bottom of the cardboard.

9. After the glue dries on the fabric, brush glue all over the back side of the stiff felt and press it in place on the back of your ornament.

Apply Glue to the Felt

Put the Felt on the BackFelt is in Place

10. Flip the ornament over and glue a large sequin to the top of your tree.

Glue on the Sequin

11. I planned to add a wire hanger to these, but chose instead to sew a thread loop to the back.

Thanks for your company on Day #3 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments! Enjoy the chilly weather and please share your photos of your completed ornaments & tree with us!

Tomorrow, join us for Day #4 for a fun and easy ornament that the kids will love crafting along with you….

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