DIY Christmas Tree {Poinsettia Flowers}


Hello there! Can you believe there are only FIVEmore days until Christmas?! My kids are beyond excited and SO AM I!! :)

Since there are only five days left, I thought now would be a good time to share  my Christmas decor. ;)  Sorry it took me SO long!

Here are these fun flowers I made for my DIY Christmas tree. I LOVE how they turned out! They remind me of poinsettias, which I love!



I wanted to create something for my tree this year that would make a statement but not have the high price tags of the large ornaments. I was inspired by my cute friend Destiny from A Place for Us and her brown paper bag flowers. I thought these would look awesome on my tree! :) So want to  see how I made them?

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • brown paper bags (8 per flower)
  • scissors and hot glue
  • metallic spray paint
  • red berries
  • twine or string

  1. The first thing you’ll do is cut off the bottom of your bag. Make sure to save those for later (see the banner at the bottom of the post).
  2. Cut out a leaf shape from your bag.
  3. Peel apart the bag and keep the little leaves that fall out for the top layer.
  4. Glue your leaves together creating your poinsettia.

  1. Glue your smaller leaves on top, creating a full flower.
  2. Spray paint your flower with a  LIGHT coat.
  3. Add red berries to the center of your flowers.
  4. Thread a piece of string through the middle of the flower so you can attach it to the tree.
 These flowers are very simple to make and I love how they look on my tree.
I wanted something unique for my tree topper and I think this turned out perfect!! I love it!


I also used the bottoms of my bags to create a banner. First I cut out a triangle from the bottom. Then I spray painted the pennants, cut out ‘JOY’ with my cutting machine and then attached it with ribbon.


Can you believe that all of the poinsettias and the banner cost me less than FIVE bucks?! The most expensive part was the spray paint. These flowers could really be used for any holiday, and would be super cute as party decor!!

Thanks for reading. Hope YOU have a great day!


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Carol posted on December 20, 2011 at 8:28 am (#

    What a gorgeous idea! Totally pinning for next year! Or maybe if there’s still time this year!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 20, 2011 at 11:09 am (#

      Thank you! I know, it’s terrible I’m so late posting these. I blame it on my broken camera. ;) Thank goodness for pinterest. Hope you have a happy Christmas!

  2. Kara posted on December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm (#

    I love both the flowers and the Joy banner Jamielyn! Totally pinning them for next year. :)

  3. Kara posted on December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm (#

    I love both of these Jamielyn! Totally pinning them for next year. :)

  4. Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life posted on December 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm (#

    I just love the poinsettia’s they turned out so cute…I need to remember this one…I better go pin it!!!

  5. Stephanie Jennings posted on December 21, 2011 at 5:44 am (#

    This is such a cute idea! It will be great for a project next year.

  6. Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY Life posted on December 21, 2011 at 5:56 am (#

    These are just gorgeous!! I can’t believe you made them from paper bags!! I would love it if you shared them at my party!!
    Happy Holidays!

  7. Carrie @ Crafty Moms Share posted on December 21, 2011 at 7:20 am (#

    Beautiful! I pinned it for next year.

  8. Ashley Bunn posted on December 21, 2011 at 9:54 am (#

    Those are beautiful. I think they would look great as fabric flowers too for hair, Kaylee is in the I want a flower in my hair stage. I wish I was able to decorate my house this year for Christmas.

  9. Amy Melendez posted on December 22, 2011 at 6:53 am (#

    These are really cute flowers. I love anything DIY.

  10. Chessa Moore posted on December 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm (#

    These are SO adorable! I think I may have to craft them up before next year. They look so great on your tree! TFS

  11. mandy miles australia posted on February 8, 2012 at 3:36 am (#

    I would love to have a pattern for the poinestta brown pattern leaves,Iwould ove to make them in the old peopls home where I work.
    Thank you

  12. Lis posted on September 27, 2012 at 1:01 am (#

    Here in Greece we don’t have Kraft paper bags so for all my needs, I just use the heavy Kraft paper that IKEA has by the roll (meant to be used by customers wrapping breakable items!). Each time I go to IKEA, I make sure a roll up a few meters to take home!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm (#

      I love those rolls from Ikea. They would work great too!

  13. *Em posted on November 28, 2016 at 12:23 am (#

    I know I am SUPER late to this game but HOW did you make the Joy banner. In particular what did you use to cut out the letters so easily?

    Thank you for your time!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on November 28, 2016 at 7:47 am (#

      I used my Silhoutte to cut those out – it came pre-loaded with lots of great letters and shapes!