Want to add color and vintage style to your home this Christmas? Today I’m showing you how to make this fun and festive DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Decor Tree.

If you’ve been a follower of IBC for some time, you know I can’t get enough of vintage Christmas decor. Inspired by my stash of vintage ornaments, I made this DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Tree. Check it out!

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How to Make a DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Decor Tree:

I wish I could take credit for this genius idea, but I can’t. It’s my understanding that the concept originated when someone hung ornaments on a screen. If you’ve seen trees like this, you’re probably familiar with that method. You just hook the ornaments on an old wood window screen in the shape of a tree or any design you prefer. Simple!

I love that look, and it was my first thought when I decided to make one for my home. However, since I’d be hanging the ornament tree in my dining room, I realized I needed something a little more refined. I continued searching online and saw that folks had made similar versions on bulletin boards using straight pins. I loved that idea and thought it would be perfect in my space. (If you’d like you can get a full look at my Christmas dining room here.) 

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I searched a few stores for just-the-right bulletin board and found a winner at HomeGoods. I had a feeling HomeGoods wouldn’t let me down. It took me a couple of weeks of hunting and going to a few different stores, but I finally found THE board for my project.

While I did pick up a few new ornaments to make this wall tree, I had a pretty good collection to start. I used about 65 small- and medium-size ornaments for this project. I also ordered a set of these 1 1/4-inch pearl top straight pins. They turned out to be the ideal length.

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With all my supplies on hand, I got started on my project!

If you like DIY and vintage ornaments, you will also want to check out the DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath that I made last year. It’s one of my favorite holiday creations! You can find it here.

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How to Make a DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Decor Tree:

You will need:
-bulletin board (Mine is 18×30-inches.)
-ornaments (I used about 65 small- and medium-size ornaments.)
pearl top straight pins

Begin by hanging your bulletin board on the wall.

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Next, start at the bottom of your tree shape. (Don’t forget to leave room for a “trunk”.) Add an ornament and secure it in place with a pin. Continue across the bottom row, adding ornaments to fill the entire row.

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Move up to the next row and continue adding ornaments to fit. Continue this method, going up the bulletin board. As you move up, your rows should get shorter and shorter to form a tree shape. (You can make this a more permanent decor project by hot gluing the ornaments to the bulletin board.)

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If you’re using a variety of sizes and shapes of ornaments, it may take a bit of trial and error to figure out which ornaments fit best where.

Finish off the top of the tree with a star ornament and use one or more uniquely shaped ornaments for the trunk.

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And with that, your DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Tree is complete!

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Other than the time it took to go through my ornament collection and hunt down some additional ornaments at a local antique store, this project came together quickly!

I did end up using a few new ornaments, but I think they fit in with the look. I also stuck with all glass ornaments for a more cohesive look.

Like this project? See more of my holiday DIYs here:

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Isn’t this a great piece for this space? I love that it adds a little sparkle and a bold pop of color. Plus, since it’s mostly comprised of vintage ornaments, there’s a touch of nostalgia.

I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Tree. With a few simple modifications, this would even be a fun craft activity for a holiday get-together with friends.

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  • Deborah P at

    Oh my great granny! This is so neat. I love it even better that it’s done with pins as opposed to hot gluing because it can be redone countless ways for different effects. I’m also thinking that a sheet of thick foam core covered with a sumptuous fabric would be a good backdop as well. Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes. That’s why I chose not to glue. And you could totally DIY your bulletin board.

      xo Michael

  • Cindi at

    Michael this is amazing! I love everything!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Amy at

    How cute is that deer tree trunk! I’ve seen similar projects but none so simple to make and impactful because of the lovely frame. Another great Christmas idea.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Amy!!

      xo Michael

  • Landrie at

    Love it!! Thanks for the great idea! Now I know what to do with all the ornaments I inherited.

  • Sharon Zambanini at

    Stunning!

  • Annabel Faught at

    Beautiful, but I think it needs a bit more space between the tree and the frame. It looks a little crowded and a bigger frame would work well on that wall.

  • Cathy Claus at

    wowzers! and i thought the wreath was gorgeous …this tree is by far one of the prettiest DIY projects! and those ornaments! throws me back to all my mom’s vintage ornaments —- LOVE THIS SO MUCH! your dining room is complete for the holidays! I hope you are entertaining so everyone gets to enjoy all you have done this year on your gorgeous house! FA LA LA LA!!!

  • Debbie at

    This is beautiful! It has set my mind to thinking about maybe creating other shapes like either round or vintage ornament shape. Or how about all one color (like green!) still in the tree shape. Or ombre (ode to your ombre tree)! Thank you for all the inspiration!

  • Eliane at

    I love the fullness of your tree – how it just fits in the frame. The placement of the ornaments looks bountiful and not too precise or over-planned – like a real Christmas tree. What an eye-catching piece!

  • Debbie at

    It is so perfect for the space! All the colors pop with the white background, I love your collection of antique ornaments, such a wonderful way to display them. Thank you for the step by step tutorial once again, sharing your unique talents of the season with us!

  • Marla at

    That is a crazy cute tree!! Love the trunk. I usually read then re-read your posts at another time because I’m so busy. That’s turned into several great “more detail” adventures for me! I think I need an Inspired By Charm Pinterest board.

  • Rikki at

    This is a darling idea! Michael you are such an inspiration!

  • Sandy at

    Love this! It turned out so cute… Idea for next year. Now to remember after x-mas to go looking for some ornaments like this.

    Merry Christmas Michael!
    Sandy

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