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Wood Stick Christmas Tree Ornament - An Upcycled Project

Christmas tree decor
Old holiday decor was used to create a bunch of cute little wooden Christmas tree ornaments. Let's use, reuse, and upcycle our old decor this Christmas! 

Hello there!

Are you in decor mode already? 

Well, the time is almost here.

I finally gave the green light to this year's holiday decor. The tree was the first to go up, but it looked empty.

Ha, not for too long.

In the middle of the chaos in my basement, when I opened all those storage bins, I spotted a wooden stick garland I bought a few years ago. Hard to miss because that thing was super bulky. 

Can you believe I've never used it after buying and storing it for over three years?!

It was an after-season sale, and its price was around five bucks. I tried to use it once, but it didn't make the cut.

It's about time to use it. Let's take a look at how those little trees were created! I even made a short video. 
How to repurpose a wood stick garland
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Don't have a wood stick garland in your stash? 

No problem!

You can recreate this Christmas tree ornament very easily using wood dowels. I'm listing the materials you might need if you go that route.

These are the dimensions of the little trees I made:
Base: 3-3/4"
Height of sticks: 3"
Total height with base & topper: 4-1/4"

The Materials & Tools You'll Need:


The garland was tied with twine, and I cut it into sections of 7 sticks using scissors.
How to repurpose a wood stick garland

Now, if you're using dowels to recreate these little trees, you might need to open 1/8" holes in the middle of each dowel, then thread a piece of rope to tie all dowels together, securing them with hot glue on both ends as I did with mine.

wooden dowel bunches


In each section, I first drew the triangular/tree shape from each base corner up to the top center, being careful not to touch the twine securing the sticks together.
Drawing the tree shape

Then, using my Dremel oscillating tool, I followed those lines to cut out the tree shapes.

You're dealing with a power tool, use caution, and remember to always use safety gear! 

Hold the section of wood sticks firmly and let the tool do its job. Go slowly. 

You have to do a few passes until the blade can go through.

Dremel oscillating tool to cut through wood

A dot of hot glue was applied at the top and bottom to secure the twine to the logs. 
log tree


I used small sections of the same wooden stick and wooden beads to give the little trees a trunk/base.

For the tree toppers, I used a 1/2" jingle bell and an 8" length of wire. You can also use ribbon or thread to jazz them up further. I used the thin wire I had in my crafty box.

Both tree trunks and toppers were attached to the tree forms with hot glue.

Tree ornaments trunks and toppers

Christmas tree ornaments

The texture and dimension they sport are fantastic! 

If you use wooden dowels, add Modge Podge/glue and your choice of fine glitter to match your decor. 
Christmas tree decor

What have you repurposed or upcycled lately? I would love to hear about it. 

For more Christmas Ornaments ideas check these out:


Christmas tree ornaments


handmade Christmas ornaments


Handmade Christmas snowflake ornament

Enjoy what you read today? 



  1. You are so crafty...I had to make ornaments for my black and white Christmas tree...meh!

  2. Awww, these Christmas trees are so cute! I think adding some seqiunes should be better!

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