My Handmade Ornament Christmas Tree

My Handmade Ornament Christmas Tree


This post was written in collaboration with Puleo, International, Inc.


Just when I thought I couldn’t adore you anymore.

You went and inspired me again.

If you are into a handmade Christmas or want a few ideas on handmade gifts or cry a little with joy over these amazing ornament stories.  You have to read the comments on this post and this post.

So when Puleo, a maker of great Christmas trees and garlands and wreaths sold to stores here and internationally, asked me to decorate one of their trees and photograph to be used in social media promotion–I knew that I knew that I knew….

….I was totally going vintage and handmade.


Here’s just a few of the ornaments from the tree.

My sister made the wood block photo ornament for me years ago when the twins were little.  I clipped vintage bingo cards to the tree along with vintage numbers and letters from long ago Christmas projects.

I bought the chalkboard ornaments and scrapbook paper ornaments a while ago, but they are easy to make yourself.

Here’s the DIY for the spring snowflake and my sister just made the yarn and snowflake garland this year.



Here’s the finished tree.

It found its home in the living room in front of the chalkboard.

The twins helped me decorated it and work on the chalkboard decorating.  There are wood snowflakes tucked into the days of the week and the occasional chalk snowflake drawn by an elf.



This book paper garland is so easy to make.

You can find the DIY tutorial here.

The vintage Noel garland was purchased years ago and the DIY for the joyful birds that clip on the branches can be found here.



The star at the top of the tree?

It’s made from my father’s old maps and was a gift from my sister for Christmas last year.

You can read the story here.



The tree has a tree skirt, but I also added a vintage tool box in front of it for a little more texture.

It’s the perfect place to stack packages.

And handmade ornaments like this one that my other sister made this Christmas.



My cup is overflowing and I’m so grateful for so many things.

I’m grateful for incredible companies like Puleo who provide me with a beautiful tree that sparkle and shines, brimming over with branches of evergreens that look so real you’d think you could smell Christmas in the air.

I’m grateful for all of you for reading and inspiring and creating and believing and making this world a better place.

But most of all?

I’m grateful for healthy elves and hand-drawn snowflakes and handmade ornaments and sweet smiles and hot chocolate moustaches.

And wonderful, incredible, amazing Christmas miracles. 🙂

disclaimer:  This post was written in collaboration with Puleo.

All opinions on trees and elves and handmade ornaments are completely my own.

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  1. Your tree is an inspiration. For several years now I have wanted to do a tree with all hand made ornaments. Maybe this is the year I will get to it. Thank you for sharing your tree.

  2. It’s beautiful Karianne!

  3. Such beautiful inspiation Karianne! You come from a very talented group of elves!

  4. This tree is beautiful!!!

  5. LOVE,LOVE, LOVE this gorgeous tree!! The handmade ornaments are spectacular and I couldn’t choose just one as the best! The perfect crowning touch is your sister’s handmade star from your Father’s maps- that is a treasure!!! The vintage tool box is a splendid addition and the living room is beautiful. Thank-you for sharing. I’m jealous of all of your elf helpers, I could sure use them at my house.

  6. Loose the tree, and it fits your woodsy, farmhouse style perfectly. Yes, handmade is the best. I would love to know how your sister made the photo block ornament. Can you pass along her tips? I’ve never heard of Puleo, but I will definitely do some research. Thanks so much!

  7. Everything is so me!! I love it all! I would really love to know where you got that rug….
    I’m looking for a new one and love this!

  8. That is beautiful Karianne! Totally from the heart!

  9. Teresa Gonzales :

    You are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing! It is beautiful!

  10. Amazing. I don’t know how you do it. Seriously. I want to make some ornaments now!

  11. Love the tree but especially how you and your precious little elves decorated it! It’s so beautiful put together and the ornaments are each full of beautiful stories of their own. It’s no wonder they asked you to decorate their tree 😉

  12. Rowena Philbeck :

    That is a beautiful tree and I love the star from your grandfathers map. Very cool. Have a Wonderful Holiday Season. I work in an Architecture library and old building drawings would be a fun to use for the star. Copies of course.

  13. I love this … especially the tree topper!
    You are Santa’s elf named Miss Creativity:)

  14. Your tree and decorating are beautiful. I follow a few blogs, and some just over decorate. Your touches are just right! Where did you get the two little white trees on the table?

  15. Our handmade ornaments are the most precious to me. I remember making some with my mom, who was VERY into crafts and DIY, while the delicate snowflakes were crocheted by my grandma. You hold them in your hand, and it’s an instant trip through time.

  16. What a beautiful tree! I love all of the handmade decorations…such a fun idea! So nice you did the project with your girls, too…memory-making times! The whole room is wonderful! Always inspiring, KariAnne!

  17. Thanks for sharing… it’s a beautiful tree, and very inspiring!

  18. The tree is gorgeous! It is soooo you! Beautiful! Crafty! Unique! Your living room is so cozy! *sigh* I haven’t done a thing. I better get to shopping. Sending sunshine and hugs!

  19. I love it and I know the love that went into each and every ornament – I wasn’t feeling so Christmasy and this did it – thank you for sharing. Love you

  20. Absolutely gorgeous tree! But then, YOU could make a stick tree look awesome!

  21. I have that same “NEST JOY” paper garland! I just adore it! Your tree, as always, is gorgeous, as is everything you touch! Merry Christmas!

  22. Fabulous!!

  23. Where oh where did you get the whit trees on the ottoman??

  24. Truly beauty full!! : )

  25. Oh so beautiful! Funny when you get a close up to see all the small details:-)

  26. Love love this tree!! Now I must get crafting.

  27. I love everything about this tree. You have very talented sisters also! Creativity must run in the family. I loved the star on top of the tree and the jingle bell and your name ornament. Very cool. This whole tree looks so much like you and something you would just “throw together” ~ Very awe inspiring!!!

  28. Beautiful, as is everything you touch, KariAnne … I love using handmade in my Christmas decor! Creating “one of a kind” treasures is also really fulfilling to me, personally. They are often very unique and inspiring, they possibly have stories behind them ~ whether gifted or made “yourself” ~ and they are yet another way for everyone to share their “talents” with others!
    Can’t wait for more of your upcoming Christmas Holiday posts … you are truly an inspiration … !

  29. Beautiful tree! Where are the large snowflakes from? Thanks!

  30. Such a beautiful tree, Karianne!

  31. It’s beautiful, KariAnne! And I’m so glad the elves are healthy!

  32. I LOVE this tree, the colors, the decorations! Super great ideas!!


    So beautiful, KariAnne! Love all the handmade ornaments! “Handmade” ornaments are the best! Our tree has only handmade ornaments and we treasure each and everyone of them.

    Such a pretty and unique star, wonderful history and a beautiful sister who made it for her dear and precious sister! You will enjoy this special gift for years!

    Bless you for being so special!

  34. A beautiful tree filled with the love of family and memories. There are no better presents than one made by a loved one to another!!

  35. Just beautiful Karianne, and it looks perfect in that room. Rock Star Decorator!

  36. Love it! The tree, the ornaments, the white on white scene, it is magic.

  37. It looks magical!

  38. Tell me about the big snowflakes on the tree!
    They’re gorgeous❤️

  39. Such a “quiet” beauty…

  40. “We’re not worthy!”

    The tree is STUNNING! The box platform-genius (that will go viral). The fact that your family had a part, priceless. This is one of the prettiest trees I’ve ever seen, Karianne!

  41. What a beautiful tree!

  42. I could stare at your tree all day it is so lovely! But alas reality pulls me away but I will be back often to drink of its beauty! Happy Christmas Season!

  43. This is such a beautifully decorated tree. The amount of detail in the ornaments is astounding. I am taking notes here Karianne! Now I’m off to figure out how your sister made that star. Btw, your family is a wealth of talent! Merry Christmas!

  44. Your tree is wonderful and your stories are the best!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family! karen…


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