Boho Christmas Tree and DIY Macrame Feather Ornaments: black and white Boho Christmas Tree full of DIY ornaments, plus a full tutorial for macrame feathers.
Today I’m sharing our Boho Christmas Tree for our Boho Christmas series. The tree was really the first thing I thought of doing when we decided to go with a black and white boho theme for our Christmas decor in our basement family room this year. So I’m so excited to share the Boho Christmas Tree with you today all decorated, as well as a fun and easy DIY Macrame Feather Ornament.
I love boho home decor and thought that the boho style would be perfect for a different theme for our Christmas decorations this year. Our color scheme is simple black and white, with lots of earthy tones and natural wood for a rustic feel to our neutral Christmas decor.
This beautiful tree is perfect for the space. Our last tree was a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down. Our new Green Spruce is a major upgrade! This tree is pre-lit with 400 pretty sparkly twinkly lights. I’ve never had a pre-lit tree before and I don’t think I’ll ever want to go back to stringing lights after this. And the tree itself is so beautiful and real looking. The boho look always includes lots of plants and things from nature, so this real looking tree is perfect. It gives all the beauty of a real tree, without having your living room full of falling pine needles.
We added a fun macrame basket to hold it in, and I think it looks great. It’s such a great alternative to a traditional tree skirt. Around the tree we tucked a few sheepskin rugs -very a very boho feel.
The Boho Christmas Ornaments
There are an assortment of DIY boho Christmas ornaments on this tree. I actually love the idea of having a few little easy projects to work on for those cold winter evenings by the fire and these ornaments are perfect little December evening projects. I usually make sets of 4-6 of each kind and try to spread them around the tree.
Let’s start with some of the simplest decorations. When you think boho vibe, you think feathers -so I tucked real large feathers into the tree everywhere. They’re easy to find at the craft store. I love the look of them just tucked into the tree branches here and there.
I made these book page feathers a few years ago -you can find a full tutorial here. They’re very simple to make, just an old book. some wire, glitter, and a few snips. I love how the little bit of gold glitter adds a little sparkle. The neutral colors of the book pages worked well with our black and white look.
I also made these pinecone ornaments a few years ago. The long ones have some acrylic paint dry brushed onto the tips to look like snow, and shorter ones are all painted. To hang them I just added a little eye hook to the tops. This is such an inexpensive and easy way to add some natural elements to your boho Christmas look.
Another easy homemade addition are these wooden ball ornaments.
I started with wooden balls, and then painted them, and added eye hooks to hang. Find the whole wooden ball ornament tutorial here.
Boho often includes lots of texture and natural elements, so the feathers, pinecones, and real wood tick all those boxes.
I also added a few little vintage keys to the tree. I tied them with a little twine. The boho look tends to feel very eclectic and collected over time and travels so the keys are a great way to add that element to the Bohemian Christmas tree. Vintage ornaments are a favourite of mine, and this was the perfect boho version.
DIY Macrame Christmas Ornaments
I also made some really beautiful macrame ornaments for this tree. You can find the full tutorial for the mini macrame ornaments here. Even if you’ve never done macrame, these are really simple to make if you want to make your own ornaments. Boho often has that 1970’s feel to it, so macrame is a great addition. And they’re so cute.
Today I want to show you these beautiful macrame feather ornaments with a step by step tutorial.
These are also really simple to make, even for a beginner who’s never done macrame projects before, and they are a really sweet Christmas craft idea.
DIY Macrame Feather
I used three-ply rope from the dollar store, so I started by un-twisting it into single pieces of rope. You will need one longer centerpiece of your feather, and then around 40 pieces coming off from it, 20 on each side. You can make the side pieces slightly shorter, but remember if they’re too short they’re hard to work with, so easier to make them a little longer and trim the edges later.
The First Knot
1. The first step is to start by lying down the centre piece of the feather, folding it in half, with the fold at the top. This will become the top of the ornament for hanging it on the tree.
2. Then the next step was to lie the first side piece underneath of the centre one, also folded in half.
3. Next, bring another side piece folded in half, up through the loop of the other side piece.
4. Now, put the end of the first piece through the loop of the second piece.
Finishing The Feather
5. Pull the ends to tighten up the knot.
6. You’ve made your first knot.
7. Next, lie your side cord under the centre one again, but from the opposite side.
8. Thread a second side piece through the loop, and put the other ends through its loop, just like you did the first time, and tighten into your second knot.
9. Continue all the way down the centre, alternating each side. Pushing the knots up from the bottom of the centre piece to tighten them.
Trimming The Feather
10. Trim the edges to make your feather shape.
11. Brush out the ends of the cords with a comb to create the fringe effect.
- macrame cording
- Start by lying down your centre piece folding it in half, with the fold at the top. This will become the top of the ornament for hanging it on the tree.
- Then lie the first side piece underneath of the centre one, also folded in half.
- Next, bring another side piece folded in half, up through the loop of the other side piece.
- Now, put the end of the first piece through the loop of the second piece.
- Pull the ends to tighten up the knot.
- You've made your first knot.
- Next, lie your side cord under the centre one again, but from the opposite side.
- Thread a second side piece through the loop, and put the other ends through its loop, just like you did the first time, and tighten into your second knot.
- Continue all the way down the centre, alternating each side. Pushing the knots up from the bottom of the centre piece to tighten them.
- Finally, trim the edges to make your feather shape.
- Brush out the rope with a comb to create the fringe effect, and retrim any spots that need it.
To finish the tree off, there are some pretty black ball ornaments with little x’s on them I picked up last holiday season, and some little silver mushrooms. I kind of have a thing for mushrooms -and they’re so 70’s they feel boho to me. They’re a great idea to incorporate into your boho Christmas decorating.
You can also see here this fun garland. It’s made out of some old white wool sweaters that I felted by washing in really hot water, then cut into little circles and stitched into a garland on the sewing machine. Find the felted circle garland tutorial here -one of my very oldest posts from when I first started blogging with terrible photos, but good instructions. 😉 I like the way the garland is kind of like pom poms, but a little different. You could create a similar look with a felted ball garland. Look for felted balls at your local craft store.
I also added a garland made with wooden beads to the tree. The wood beads add some more great texture, and a natural element. Garland is always a great way to finish off a tree.
Lastly, on the top of the boho tree I added a little stuffed owl. It felt kind of perfect to finish things off.
I hope this inspires you to DIY a few of your ornaments this year, and try a boho look for your holiday decorating this year.
You can see the reveal of the whole room here, and you can see how all our best boho Christmas decor ideas came together. The decorated living room feels so beautifully cozy, and warm. I can’t wait to spend lots of December nights here in front of the fire with my family watching Christmas movies, wrapping presents, and reading.
With a beautiful Boho Christmas Tree to enjoy, life really is a party! Merry Christmas
More Christmas Inspiration
You might also like our Wood Feather Ornaments here.
Also check our our Mini Macrame Christmas Ornaments here.
You might also enjoy our Modern Boho Christmas Wreath here.
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