Day 12: Make a Christmas Tree with Ornaments

Use a bulletin board to create a Christmas tree entirely from ornaments

In our 12 Days of Decorating series, we’re sharing 12 easy ways to add festive cheer to your home. Tackle one of these small tasks each day, and by December 12th, your home will be ready for Santa!

Turn Christmas ornaments into a tree shape on a bulletin board

Ornaments are one of the most versatile holiday accents — you can do almost anything with them! Turn them into a wreath, fill a container, hang on your tree, tie to a gift, and we love turning them into a tree shape on a bulletin board.

Turn Christmas ornaments into a tree shape on a bulletin board

See the rest of this series here, and of course check back tomorrow for another easy holiday decorating task to tackle!

Find more holiday decorating and entertaining ideas, or visit our Pinterest Holiday board.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    December 18, 2016

    Like Joanne, I am unable to comprehend where the straight and T pins attach. Would you please further elaborate or show where the pins go, and if there is a specific type of ornament needed? This is a beautiful idea!

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      Caroline McDonald

      December 19, 2016

      The top of each ornament typically has a metal loop with a small silver thread through it. We simply placed the T pin through the metal loop at the top of the ornament and pinned it onto the board. The T on the pin is typically larger than the metal loop which is why it stays tacked to the board. Does that make sense?

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    Joanne B.

    December 12, 2016

    Love this when I spotted it in your holiday catalog! When I saw this post today I thought, “Great! This will show me how to do this!” To my surprise- no ideas or suggestions as to HOW to attach ornaments to the bulletin board! I consider myself quite a crafty person, but can’t think of an easy way to attach the ornaments and not see the hooks or destroy the burlap backing. My best idea is to actually hot glue unbreakable ornaments to burlap I put in an inexpensive frame – certainly too expensive a project to do with your beautiful but pricey burlap bulletin board just for holiday use. Can you please share how you did this?

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      Caroline McDonald

      December 13, 2016

      I’m so sorry you didn’t find what you were looking for! We didn’t plan to do a How To post because it was so simple. We simply hung the ornaments on the bulletin board using straight pins and T-pins and the small bits of string already attached to the ornaments (the silver kind that comes with them). First, we did the outline of the tree in one size ornament. Then, we filled in that outline with a mix of sizes and colors. That’s all!
      I hope that helps and sorry again if we disappointed you!