I’m a big fan of primitive style ornaments and decor. I love the simplicity. I wanted to add some to our Christmas decor, so I stitched up a Primitive Tree Ornament.
- Pine Oly*Fun
- red embroidery floss
- green embroidery floss
- Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice
- baker’s twine
I cut two basic tree shapes. You can freehand the shape or download a piece of clipart from the internet.
Using the red embroidery thread, I made little cross stitches. I did them randomly all over the tree. Oly*Fun is perfect for cross stitching. Just use the little dots as a guide!
When you’re finished stitching, turn the tree over and fold one side of the tree under.
Do the same to the second tree so that the folded sides match up back to back. Stitch them together using the green embroidery thread.
Keep stitching around the tree until you get to the final side. Before you stitch it closed, stuff a little Poly-Fil inside.
Fold the sides under and stitch the last side closed. At the very top, stick a piece of baker’s twine through before you completely close it.
Close up the tree with a simple knot. Use scissors to snip off any excess thread. Tie the baker’s twine in a bow or knot.
Your Primitive Tree Ornament is ready for hanging! And because both sides have the red stitching, there’s no proper back and you don’t need to worry about it twisting on the tree. It’s a fun and simple addition to our tree this year.
Small hand made ornaments also make great package toppers and look great hanging off of gift bags too. You could also make a bunch of them and use as a garland for a mantle or wall decorations. If you are feeling super adventurous you could make enough to form a garland for your tree.