DIY Whimsical Woodland Ornaments {aka, my dream come true}

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These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

I’ve always loved miniatures, so when I saw woodland ornaments at West Elm recently I WANTED THEM. My West Elm allowance has been blown this month however (new coffee table, woot woot!) so I knew I had to knock them off. So that I could save for another West Elm splurge that’s a little bigger. 😉  Getting to play with teeny bottle brush trees and mini-deer in the name of Christmas crafting made me all kinds of happy! Keeping with my natural woodland Christmas theme (Glam Scandi, I call it) I couldn’t resist the chance to hot glue adorable little pieces into bulbs and add some whimsy to our tree. My sidekick and I found these deers, trees, buckets, and houses in the Christmas aisle and GAME ON. I mean, WHO COULD RESIST THEM?!

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

You’ll need the following:

plastic ornaments that snap in half so you can fill them

faux snow

glue gun

miniatures (check your local crafts store, we got all these supplies at Michaels)

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

The ornaments were fairly easy to put together, with some caveats.  First of all, since the bulbs are plastic they pick up the hot glue strands and don’t let go (the strands are warm and kinda melts them in place). So be wary of those evil glue strings when making this project. Also, since the bulbs are clear you can see everything (including your clear glue!) so be careful of that as you add in your items. My advice? Don’t aim for perfection or this project will drive you crazy. Go for adorable, and remember you can turn them so no one can see their backsides in your tree. (that’s what she said)

To begin, hot glue some faux snow into the bulbs. Make sure your glue dot is facing the bottom where no one will see it.

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

Then, arrange your items inside. When satisfied they’ll fit, glue them in place. For the most part I only needed to add glue to the bottom but a few times put a teeeeeeny dab at the top of an item to help it stay straight inside the bulb.

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

That’s it. Really! Now get creative!

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

Oh, deer.

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

Makes me want to walk in a winter wonderland. ALMOST.

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

Does anyone else’s heart skip a beat when they see miniatures? Or am I permanently damaged from years as a child rearranging my dollhouse for days on end? (I have the decorating bug even back then).

DIY WHIMSICAL WOODLAND ORNAMENTS—->

do you have a favorite? What would you put inside these little scenes?

These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

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9 Comments

  1. Oh so cute! And yes, I always look at them in the craft store and just stare at the cuteness trying to come up with craft ideas!!

  2. Oh I love these! I would love to make some for the kids’ teachers …one with beavers because that was Zoe’s project, and for Amelia…chinchilla – if I could find one – because that’s her class pet …and his name is Snowflake!

  3. What a cute idea! Thank you. Need one more thing to add to my Little’s teachers gifts. These are perfect and he can help me make them! Thanks!

  4. Ohhh – I love these and had no idea how to make them. Thank you! Will copy them to put next to the tea towel art idea you gave us!

  5. I’m waiting for my order of clear balls from Amazon, then anxious to plunge ahead with this. I’m also fixated on tiny things too and have lots of vintage minis that I want to use. I won’t glue those, but might use that blue tack stuff to affix them to the bottom.

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