Rustic Christmas Ornaments

Putting an Aussie twist on this project, we substituted hard-to-find pinecones for good old gum nuts.


  • Gum nuts
  • gold and silver paint (acrylic or spray paint)
  • eyelet screws (from your local hardware store)
  • power drill
  • bar or craft clamps 9to safely hold the nut while drilling)
  • natural twine


Step 1: Wash and dry the gum nuts
Step 2: Secure a gum nut with a bar or raft clamp (pictured below) and carefully drill small holes in the top of the gumnut.  Be sure you have a level surface to work on – we’ve used a wooden pallet on our deck.

Step 3: Screw the eyelet screws into the gum nuts. You can leave the gumnuts in their natural finish, or follow the next steps to paint them.

Step 4: Get creative with decorating! We broke out the gold spray paint, but you could use brightly coloured acrylic paints and glitter!

Step 5: String the ornaments with natural twine through the eyelets, and hang from your Christmas tree.  We’ve teamed some of our ornaments with store-bought jingle bells, but they’re also lovely just as they are!

Be sure to share your nature-based Christmas crafts with us by tagging us in your social media – #natureplaywa and #natureplaywachristmas !

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