DIY, Holidays & Celebrations

Dime Store Decor: DIY Rustic Ornaments

Looking for a quick and easy holiday project to work on while you watch your favorite Hallmark movies by the fire? Look no further! For just a few dollars and an hour or two of your time, you can have a pile of ornaments to decorate your tree, embellish packages or give as gifts. Grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa and keep reading to find out how easy it is to transform a package of clothespins into gorgeous snowflakes and stars. We’ll also show you how to add texture to your tree with simple twine wrapped ornaments.


This has to be one of the more satisfying projects we’ve done in a while. The supplies needed are incredibly simple and the final effect is lovely!

  • wooden clothespins
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • twine
Taking apart wooden clothespins to make star ornaments.
Start by taking the clothespins apart…just twist them and the metal spring will pop out. Then arrange your wooden halves in a star arrangement. Use the glue gun to glue all the pieces together. See how many star shapes you can make!
Making stars from clothespin springs.
When you’re done glueing the wooden stars, you can link up the springs to make even more stars…just clip the open ends through the spring end to make a chain. Use the hammer to even them out as needed. Then fold the chain into a star shape. Each star takes 10 springs. We got 5 stars out of one package of clothespins.
Finished clothespin spring stars.
Secure your star shapes by wrapping twine tightly around the center to help the star keep it’s shape. Leave the ends long, so you have something to hang them with.
Clothespin snowflakes and stars on the tree.
Clothespin snowflake on the tree.
Clothespin snowflakes on the tree.
We opted to just rest the stars on the branches, but you could add ribbon or twine to hang these. They would also be easy to paint or glitter if you want to add a little color or shine.


These ornaments are a little more fussy to make, but the end result is worth the effort. Supplies needed include:

  • Twine
  • Styrofoam balls (or other round ornaments that you want to cover)
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
Starting a wrapped twine ornament.
Unravel a good long length of twine from your roll, but don’t cut it. Making a 2-3″ loop at the end of the twine and tie a knot. Glue the knot to the center of your styrofoam ball, leaving the loop sticking up for hanging.

Wrapped twine ornament in progress.
Wrap and glue the twine around the knot to cover the entire ball. When you get to the bottom, just glue end in place and trim the twine.
Finished twine ornament on the tree.
The end result is a perfect rustic ornament. You can leave it “naked” as we did, or embellish the top with some ribbon, a sprig of greenery or some berries…whatever you like. This project can be adapted to use different sizes and textures of twine, yarn, string or cord.

Handmade ornaments are a wonderful way to personalize your tree and they make great gifts and package toppers. We hope you’ll give them a try and share your projects with us on Facebook or Instagram. Tag them #DimeStoreDecor or #National510, so we can find them. 🙂