Monday, November 12, 2012

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree... DIY Ornament

I say this a lot, but it's true...

"sometimes the things that live inside my head just need to be made no matter what."
{even if they are weird... or no one "gets it" but me}

This was one of those things. I had the idea, and really there was nothing else I could do until I got it finished!
{please tell me I am not the only one this happens to}

I bought a box of glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby a few days ago {half price!!} and I was just hoping inspiration would strike...
So while I was starring out into the back yard, thinking about what these ornaments could turn into, I spotted our Cedar tree...hmmmmm......that got me to thinking. 

So I gathered up my supplies:

Glass ornament
E-6000 glue
Cedar trimmings
small tree branch, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
red glass beads {for Charlie's ornament}
Jewelry head pin {or florist wire would work too}
Epsom Salt

I started by {carefully} cutting a slit or groove into the end of the tree branch. Careful now, we don't want any ER trips for the sake of  a craft ;)

Then added some of the E-6000 glue in the groove, set my "tree" in and held it until it was sturdy. {about 5 minutes should do the trick}

To add the lone "ornament" I went to my never ending bead supply and picked out a pretty red...just like Charlie's. I used a head pin from my jewelry supplies and ran it down the center of the bead, and then, using my wire twisters made a curve in the wire to create a hook.

I hooked the ornament onto a branch and then carefully closed the hook tightly around the branch to secure it.

I added a good amount of E-6000 glue to the bottom of the tree and carefully sent it down into the glass ornament.
I used a cooking skewer to press it firmly in place. Once it was set, I poured in a little snow! {Epsom salt} and it was all finished.

I sure hope it would make little Charlie Brown proud ;)

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  1. I love the Charlie Brown Tree, so this definitely speaks to me.

  2. Oh my, that is so cute! My son loves Charlie Brown & has his own Charlie Brown tree in his room. This is such a genius idea Carmella!

  3. I think it's ingenious. You did a great job turning your vision into a unique ornament. Thanks for sharing it with us. Reia from

  4. i am making this, i am making this, i am making this!!!!! i love charlie brown Christmas trees!!! ;)

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  6. I love this idea! I had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree years ago. I think this will be fun for craft night for the kiddos and me very soon. Just a really cute idea! Can't wait to make this. Thanks for another great idea.

  7. Carmella that is flippin adorable!

  8. LOVE this! I have clear ornaments that I would love to do something similar with but it always ends up getting left till last then never happens. That is just too adorable though I may have to give it a try!

  9. What a sweet idea!! I just passed up some of those empty ornaments at Michael's. Darnit! Now I'm kicking myself because I need a Charlie Brown tree!!

  10. That is so adorable!!! We heart Charlie Brown around here!

  11. Lucy & Peppermint Patty would love this!

  12. I am soooo making this..Love it !
    Thanks for sharing:)

  13. You did a beautiful job on the tutorial! I love the tree. You really captured Charlie's spirit!

  14. Hi Carmella! I absolutely LOVE this ornament that you've created! I made my own last night and then was wondering how long before the poor Charlie Brown tree is bare? Do you have any suggestions to preserve the pine needles for longer? Happy Holidays!!!

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Maybe use an artificial cedar tree sprig.

  15. I am glad to know I am not the only one possessed . Guess who is going in pursuit of supplies. Thanks for the idea.

  16. How did you get it inside the glass ornament ? Did you stick the skewer into the slot of tree ?

  17. Too adorable to keep locked away in your head... thanks for sharing!! Love it!!💖

  18. I love this ornament!! I will be making one! Thanks!

  19. Great idea, such a beautiful ornament

  20. Where can I buy one? I love it! You have a wonderful idea there. Seriously, you should market that lovely little ornament so people can have that lovely Christmas spirit on their tree. Blessings~


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