Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Ornaments - My Nearest And Dearest

Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Ornaments

Little Bear woke, and the world was white. “Where have all the colours gone?”, he cried.

– The Snow Tree, by Caroline Repchuk

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Last winter I bought the beautifully illustrated and embossed book, The Snow Tree, for Peanut (now 4.5).  The Snow Tree tells the story of Little Bear and his forest friends decorating a snow-covered tree with the colours of nature. With its gentle story and focus on friendship, nature, and the magic of the Christmas season, the book quickly became a favourite.

Peanut (4.5) and I love stories about woodland animals and making nature crafts, so when Mama Miss was looking for contributors to her series about Christmas ornaments inspired by books, I knew immediately that we could create some lovely natural ornaments based on The Snow Tree.


A nature Christmas ornament for kids inspired by the beautiful book The Snow Tree.


The animals in The Snow Tree each find the most colourful things they can to decorate their tree.  In our neck of the woods, finding colour in nature right now is a bit of a challenge. However, we do have one plant growing in our backyard that is colourful and that I had already had success making ornaments with: red twig dogwood. And we have something in our fridge that, although store-bought, is also entirely natural: whole cranberries. All set!

Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Ornaments


Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Christmas Ornaments. A beautiful Christmas craft for kids or adults.



Fresh red twig dogwood (choose thin twigs, 10 – 14 inches long, with no offshoots)

Whole cranberries (this craft is easiest to do with large and soft (but not squishy) ripe cranberries.)

Twine or ribbon


cranberries and red twig dogwood for Christmas ornaments



This is a very easy craft that is great for preschoolers on up.

1. Thread cranberries onto the red twig dogwood by pushing the twig through the end of each cranberry.


Cranberry Ornaments. Kid-Made Christmas.


How many cranberries you use is up to you (or your child, of course).


Cranberry and Twig Ornaments. Kid-Made Christmas.


2. Bend the twig into a circle so that the ends cross (fresh red twig dogwood is very flexible. The dried variety is not).  Pinch the ends together with one hand while using your other hand to wrap twine around the place where the ends meet. Young children will need this step done for them. Older kids may be able to do it themselves.


Making red twig dogwood and cranberry Christmas ornaments.


3. Hang them on your tree! I should note here that I have no clue how long these ornaments will stay fresh. I’ll update this post once ours have gone past their prime. I plan on giving them to Peanut to hang outside once they do.


Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Christmas Ornaments.


10 Days of Kid Made Christmas


Be sure to visit Mama Miss’ landing page for her 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments Inspired by Books series. There you’ll find links to all 70+ kid-made ornaments.

This is the final day for the series. The other blogs sharing ornaments today are:

Lovely Commotion, Great Googa Moogas, Mosswood Connections, Mommy Loves Trees, Mom Inspired Life, Fireflies and Mud Pies, The Life of Jennifer Dawn, Simply Vicki, My Bright Fire FlyMama Miss,

Share your own kid-made ornaments here:

  1. Elsa
  2. Melissa
  3. Mae @ Mommy Loves Trees
    • Ann
  4. Ana
    • Ann
  5. Melissa

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