Easy Country Ornaments

Amid the hustle and bustle of city life, the call of the countryside is always enticing. Reflect a simpler lifestyle with country ornaments like the ones explained in this section. We'll show you how to create country ornaments that are easy to make, yet will look beautiful on your tree.

Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath

Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath.
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Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath.

You'll Need:
  • 8 inches eggshell satin ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 4-inch grapevine wreath
  • 12 inches eggshell eyelet, 1-inch wide
  • 5 white buttons, 5/8 inch each
  • 20 white buttons, 3/8 inch each
  • Craft glue
To Make Buttons 'n' Eyelet Wreath Ornaments:
  1. Fold 1/8-inch ribbon in half.

  2. Tie an overhand knot 1/2-inch from open ends. Hot glue folded end to back of wreath.

  3. Hot glue eyelet to back of wreath, overlapping ends.

    Overlap the ends of the eyelet onto the Christmas wreath ornament.
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    Overlap the ends of the eyelet.

  4. Arrange 5/8-inch buttons around wreath in a random arrangement.

    Arrange buttons around wreath.
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    Arrange buttons around wreath.

  5. Arrange 3/8-inch buttons randomly around wreath. Glue buttons in place with craft glue.

    Ornament Tip!
    • You don't need to buy new buttons; the ones you have collected over the years will be fine.

    • For variety, use colored buttons and a complementary color eyelet.

Old-Fashioned Buttermold

Old-Fashioned Buttermold.
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Old-Fashioned Buttermold.

You'll Need:
  • 12 inches blue-checked fabric ribbon, 1/2-inch wide
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Heart-shape tin butter mold
  • 3-leaved glazed holly pick with berries, 1/2-inch leaves
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 inches blue-checked fabric ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
  • 8 inches gold elastic cord
To Make Old-Fashioned Buttermold Ornaments:
  1. Make a 21/2-inch bow from 1/2-inch ribbon. Glue bow to top of butter mold.

  2. Take apart holly pick, and clip stems.

  3. Glue leaves in knot of bow. Do the same with 2 berries.

  4. Make a 3/4-inch bow from 1/8-inch ribbon. Glue to bottom of butter mold.

    Glue bow to butter mold ornament.
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    Glue bow to butter mold ornament.


  5. To make a hanger, fold elastic cord in half. Tie an overhand knot 1/2 inch from open ends. Glue folded end of cord to back of 21/2-inch bow.

    Ornament Tip!
    • You can find tin butter molds in cake decorating or candy supply stores. Try a variety of shapes to make a whole series of ornaments.

In the next section, we'll give you easy step-by-step instructions on how to create beautiful Victorian-themed ornaments.