Homespun Christmas Tree



I am so in love with my Christmas tree this year, it is like nothing I have ever done before.

Now that I am officially an “Empty Nester” I figured I could really go all out with

a themed tree. I decided I wanted something subdued, with natural materials.

Subdued and Natural are not usually words used to describe me….

I started by making a garland with burlap and tulle.

 With that as my base to build upon, I went to Michaels to see what I could find

in the way of ornaments. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but figured I would recognize it

when I saw it -and I did! I found a section of DIY ornaments, and I chose some

of these unpainted wooden ones.

I thought the natural finish went quite well with the look of the burlap.

Then, in the same section of Michaels, I found some unfinished ceramic ornaments.

They were also meant to be painted, but I loved the simple white look they had.


All of these ornaments were 60% off clearance, so they were all around 40 cents apiece!

I filled the tree with them, and then put some white silk poinsettias in here and there.

When it came to the tree topper, I just took an unfinished wooden horse

and glued it onto a dowel, then put it on top.

I don’t believe I have ever seen a horse on top of a Christmas tree

before, but it seemed to work well on mine!

So here is my “natural” Christmas tree.

Made with unfinished, rough materials – and not terribly colorful..

But it suits me and our home this year quite well!


It makes the whole room look so pretty!

And it goes so well with my mantel – which you can find here.

Homespun Christmas Mantel

Photo Garland Tutorial

Thank you so much for stopping by – I hope you are enjoying your holiday season!

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  1. gina
    5 years ago

    Your tree looks just wonderful; how creative to use burlalp and tulle. It does make the whole room look pretty, but it already looked so before!

  2. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    5 years ago

    It’s very pretty, Sharyl! I love how you used the burlap and tulle for your garland.

    Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse Reply:

    Thank you so much! I loved the way it turned out – but I sneezed alot while making it!!

  3. Emily
    5 years ago

    I have always loved seeing what you come up with. Your style is so pretty, and I love a good clearance deal too!

  4. Debra @ Bungalow
    5 years ago

    It’s perfect and I love it. Sometimes less glitz is better, it fits your decor beautifully. Love the table too!

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  5. Lisa~The SweetTalk Shop
    5 years ago

    I love the decorations, and too bad the horse isn’t a donkey. The donkey that carried a pregnant Mary needs lots of kudos for keeping her safe and rested during her travel with The Savior ~ Jesus Christ!

  6. Kathy
    5 years ago

    Your house looks beautiful.

  7. SheilaG
    5 years ago

    So pretty- I love the combination of burlap and tulle. Great idea to use the unfinished ornaments as is. :)

  8. Deanne
    5 years ago

    Great job, your house looks beautiful, I love the garland you made!

  9. Stephanie
    5 years ago

    Your LBH looks just gorgeous! I bet it makes you smile when you walk in the room. :)

  10. Brandi
    5 years ago

    Love it! It so fits your decor and all hand put together by you. You should be proud :)

  11. Linda @ it all started with paint
    5 years ago

    Very pretty. Love the horse topper!

  12. Chrissy Floyd
    5 years ago

    So lovely! I wanted to do a natural themed tree this year, but didn’t want to spend the extra money. I didn’t even think to look at the craft store for unfinished diy ornaments! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Becki
    5 years ago

    The tree is perfect for your home! Love it!

  14. Reanna
    5 years ago

    LOVE that tree and the whole house! What a great idea to put a horse on top. Seriously lovely.

  15. Amanda M.
    5 years ago

    Beautiful! Next year I’ve giving up the traditional gold and burgandy and going all nautural. I’m going to start working on stuff this summer so I won’t be in crunch mode when I pull the decorations next christmas and remember I wanted to change it up.

  16. Leslie
    5 years ago

    Stunning!!! Love it all!

  17. Kathy t
    5 years ago

    Your tree is beautiful -I love the garland you made -I’m impressed :-)
    The horse is neat on top of the tree- We could pretend it is a donkey-your photos are lovely esp the photo of your table all set for dinner and your tree included in the pic -beautiful.

  18. Cindy Conner
    5 years ago

    I love burlap! The tree turned out really cute!