Simple and Modern DIY Scandinavian Christmas Decor

There’s something almost tangible about the warm, homey feel of Scandinavian Christmas décor. Its simple, organic nature just seems to exude the feeling we all want during the holiday season. What luck, then, that we can DIY some of that natural Scandinavian sweetness into our own Christmas tree ornaments.

Scandinavian Christmas Decor
DIY Homemade Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments

This article will demonstrate how to make four different kinds of modern Scandinavian Christmas tree ornaments. The first two are similar and involve wooden balls. One incorporates wooden beads to make ornament wreaths. And the last uses string and chipboard to make Christmas tree ornaments.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments Craft

We sincerely hope you enjoy slowing down and enjoying the simpler things this Christmas season. Perhaps these ornaments will help to that end.

Creating Scandinavian Christmas Ornaments

Scandinavian White + Wooden Ball Ornaments

Scandinavian White + Wooden Ball Ornaments - materials

Materials you’ll need for Christmas wooden balls decor:

  • 1” wooden balls (not beads; beads include pre-drilled holes, and you don’t want those)
  • Tiny screw eyes
  • White acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • String/thread for hanging ornaments
  • Drill w/ tiny drill bit, thumbtack, and small disposable dipping bowl

How to make these Scandinavian Wooden Ball Ornaments

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - drilling a small hole

Begin by drilling a small hole into your wooden ball. My smallest drill bit was slightly too big for the screw eyes, so I went just deep enough to give the screw eye a good start.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornament - thick thumb tack

Within that drilled start, I placed a thick thumbtack to puncture the rest of the hole for the screw eye. (You might find it easier to simply purchase a tiny drill bit. But if you’re too lazy to change out of your pajamas to run to the hardware store, the drill bit/thumbtack route might be the way for you to go, too.)

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - Gently grip the screw eye

Gently grip the screw eye with some pliers, and screw it into the hole you’ve prepared. I emphasize “gently,” because these tiny screw eyes can separate from their screw bases if torqued too hard with the pliers.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - Screw

Screw the screw eye all the way down so the bottom of the eye touches the surface of the wooden ball.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - repeating process

Repeat for as many ornaments as you’re planning on making.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - dip paint

Now it’s time to color block the ornaments. Pour some white acrylic paint into a small, narrow disposable container. Make sure the paint is deep enough that you can get as much color blocking onto your ornament as you want. Grab the ornament and dip it however you want.

create as clean of a circumference

The object is to create as clean of a circumference line as you can. In other words, the edge of the white part should be as straight and even as possible.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - let it dry

Place your ornament, paint side up, on some old papers.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - hang them fro drying

Another way you can dry these is to hang them on a wire…or even your drill bit. Just try not to let the white paint touch anything and smear.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - process for all your wooden ornaments

Repeat the process for all your wooden ornaments. If you pull the ornament up out of the paint and find too much paint, use your foam brush to wipe any excess drips away. Just be sure to avoid the circumference paint line if at all possible.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - add string

When they’re all completely dry, cut 5”-6” of string, thread, yarn, or whatever you want, thread it through the screw eyes, and tie.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - hang

All done! They look so sweet.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - Hang in Tree

I just love these wooden and white ornaments in all their Scandinavian simplicity.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - with copper

Copper, White, & Wooden Ball Ornaments

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - prepare the copper paint

Before you add the threads, take some of your wooden + white ball ornaments and set them aside. We’re going to add a gorgeous copper element to them. The only thing you’ll need for this tutorial that’s different than the previous tutorial is, of course, copper acrylic paint.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - add in a plastic mug the copper paint

Pour some copper paint into your small, narrow, disposable plastic container. (Tip: I recommend narrow containers because it wastes less paint; ideally, your container would be just millimeters wider than your ball, so there’s not tons of excess around the sides each time you dip a ball.)

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - start painting with copper

Taking into account where the white color block is (and even where any unevenness or smudges along the white paint circumference might be, so you can hide them), dip your wooden ornaments again, this time into the copper paint.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - let them dry

Set them aside, and let the copper paint dry completely.

Cut and thread your hanging string

Cut and thread your hanging string (or whatever you’re using) through the screw eye, and tie.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - Copper touch

All done!

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments ready to hang

I really love the boost that copper gives, in a lovely organic way, to these simple ornaments.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - mini wreath

Scandinavian Wooden Bead Wreath Ornaments

Scandinavian Wooden Bead Wreath Ornaments

For this simple DIY ornament project, you’ll need some bracelet memory wire (which is wire that’s coiled, so it retains its round shape). This example uses 0.025” (or 0.655mm) round “large bracelet” memory wire. Use wire cutters to cut a full circle with about 1/2″ overlap. You can err on cutting it too long, if you’d like, because you can always trim it down later.

Using some roundnose jewelry pliers

Using some roundnose jewelry pliers, twist one end of your wreath into a tight circle.

Thread your wooden beads

Thread your wooden beads (this example uses 16mm beads) onto the other side of your memory wire.

Add as many beads as you want

Add as many beads as you want until you have enough on the wire to make a tight wreath. Leave at least 1/2″ on the end of your wire so you can create the second loop.

use your round nose pliers

For this second loop, use your round nose pliers to create a circle, but create this one perpendicular to the first loop. Here is where you’ll trim off any excess memory wire.

This photo illustrates the different loop

This photo illustrates the different loop directions. If it helps, think of one as vertical and the other as horizontal.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - Loop

You should have two loops ready to hook together.

Hook the loops together

Hook the loops together, then pinch down on them with needle nose pliers.

simple wooden wreath ornament

Viola! A beautifully simple wooden wreath ornament.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments For a Beautiful Decor

These ornaments are lovely. They are a little more visual, simply because they’re bigger, than the wooden ball ornaments we did previously.

Decorating the Christmas with a Swedish Flair

Their raw wooden Scandinavian appeal is a perfect complement to almost any Christmas tree decoration.

DIY Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments - mini wreath on tree

Who doesn’t love a mini wooden wreath?!

Scandinavian String Tree Ornaments

Scandinavian String Tree Ornaments

Scandinavian String Tree Ornaments Materials

Materials you’ll need for string tree ornaments:

  • Light cardboard (such as chipboard or cereal box cardboard)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Embroidery floss
  • Glue dots
  • Double sided permanent tape (such as photo tape)
  • White acrylic paint + foam brush
cutting your chipboard

Begin by cutting your chipboard to the height of tree you want. This example shows trees that are 5-1/2” tall and 1-3/4” along the bottom. Because my chipboard was the size of standard paper (8-1/2”x11”), I simply cut a piece of chipboard in half.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - measure and paint

Next, measure and mark every 1-3/4” along one long side of your chipboard (as shown by the top of this photo). Then, starting from the same end, measure and mark 7/8” in from the other long side of the chipboard, then 1-3/4” after that. If you don’t have a paper cutter, use a ruler to draw lines for diagonals (as shown by the dotted lines).

DIY String Tree Ornaments - cutting the board

Slide your chipboard into your paper cutter, line up the markings to create diagonals for the triangular tree shape, and cut.

minimalist modern triangular Christmas

Turn the paper to align the tip marking with the other base marking, then cut. You should have a minimalist modern triangular Christmas tree shape. (Feel free to tweak the dimensions however you want, to suit what you like.)

many chipboard Christmas trees

Continue cutting in this way until you have as many chipboard Christmas trees cut out as you want. Or double the number you want. Because you’re indecisive like that.

many chipboard Christmas trees shaped lay

Lay your triangles out onto some old papers that can be painted on. (Hello, Ikea catalog. You continue to be good to me.) Throw some white acrylic paint onto a disposable surface, grab your foam brush, and lightly paint the tree triangles.

Scandinavian String Tree Ornaments - acrylic paint

You don’t want to use so much paint that it starts to warp or wrinkle your chipboard. Let the paint dry completely, then flip over all the tree triangles and paint the backs. Let these dry completely as well.

With your white chipboard trees

With your white chipboard trees dry, it’s time to start stringing your ornaments. Grab your double sided permanent photo tape, and stick it on your trees.

apply it on the edge

Because you don’t need a ton of tape, you can apply it on the edge so half will go on one side of the triangle, and half will go on the other after folding it over.

folding the tape over the sides

You can lay out your tape however you want, but I found it most effective to do all the edges (folding the tape over the sides) and down the middle. (Shown in a highly visually effective diagram in red on this photo.)

Christmas tree string add rope

Next, cut about 2” worth of white string, clear fishing line, or whatever you are planning on using for the ornament hook. Fold the string in half, and stick the ends onto the tape on the tip of your tree so a loop sticks out the top.

Scandinavian String Tree Ornaments - start wrapping

Next, apply a glue dot on one side of your tree at the point where you want the base color of your tree to transition to the white snowy tip. Stick the end of your white floss onto part of the glue dot (try not to cover the whole thing up, because you’ll need to stick two other ends of floss onto this piece as well), then start wrapping parallel to your tree base.

Scandinavian String Tree Ornaments - wrapping the string

Wrap around and around, taking care to check both sides to make sure your floss is aligned, even, and straight. Try not to touch any exposed tape on the base of the tree if you can. Periodically, every four or five wraps, press the wrapped floss onto the tape beneath it to secure it in place.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - White String

You can wrap the floss quite tightly together here, or you can leave spaces. With the white floss, I found it more efficient (and equally pretty) to leave the slightest gaps between floss wraps.

DIY String Tree Ornaments With a Swedish Flair

When you get near the tip of your tree, continue wrapping and maintaining your flat, even lines. Wrap all the way up to the tip of the tree, even though it might be hard to see because it’s painted white, and your floss is white, and you’ve attached white string/floss there in a loop already.

DIY String Tree Ornaments Project

Once you hit the tip, begin backtracking in your wrapping down the tree. Only go about an inch or so down, then pause for a second.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - second layer of string

You’ll want to secure this second layer of floss. Do this by attaching a length of your photo tape down the tree, over your floss, and onto the bare base of the tree. Flip your triangle over, and apply tape down this side of your triangle as well.


DIY String Tree Ornaments top

With your two new pieces of tape attached to your first layer of floss, continue wrapping downward toward the base of your tree.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - attach your floss to the glue dot and cut it

When you get to your starting point (e.g., the glue dot), attach your floss to the glue dot and cut it.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - Tree design

You’re done with the top of your tree. Looks good!

DIY String Tree Ornaments - green

I hope you still have a little stickiness left on your glue dot, because this is where you’re going to attach the start of your tree’s base color of floss. Attach it, then wrap in the same way toward the base of your tree.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - add green rope

When you reach the base of your tree, pause for a minute. Again, you’ll want to secure the second layer of floss with some photo tape. Lay two pieces of photo tape from the very top of your base color (press the end of the tape underneath the last white floss wrap, if you can), around the base of the tree, and up the opposite side to the top of the base color on that side. Do this two or three times along your base color.

DIY String Tree Ornaments -wrapping your base color

Then continue wrapping your base color, this time from the very bottom of your tree upward toward the transition point.

DIY String Tree Ornaments Craft

When you get to the transition point, you should have a bit of base tape exposed. Cut your floss to end ever so slightly after the far side of this tape.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - Attach the end of your floss to the tape

Attach the end of your floss to the tape (each of the six strands, if possible), and press any ends underneath the wrapped floss.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - prepare to display

Done! It looks wonderful.

Cute DIY String Tree Ornaments

These simple string trees are awesome because they are so inherently minimalist-modern, with their slim triangular shape and color blocking.

DIY String Tree Ornaments - Decorating with mini trees

They look Scandinavian as well, due to the coloring and simple style.

Colorful Scandinavian mini Trees

I love the white tree tops combined with other “earthy” colors at the base. This is a nice way to vary the natural colors of other Scandinavian style ornaments without going too crazy.

DIY String Tree Ornaments Homemade

These would make a great homemade Christmas gift idea, too.

DIY String Tree Ornaments for Holiday

Here are some of the DIY Scandinavian ornaments, hanging in their natural habitat.

Swedish Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

I can’t get enough of their modern, homey simplicity.

Merry Christmas.