DIY Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments

Need an idea to involve your family in your Christmas tree decoration? You will love these cute and simple Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments

So… It’s finally my turn to share my Handmade ornament for our 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop. I know it’s crazy as it’s just October but I’m super excited to share with you my project and to be part of such an amazing team of crafters to start preparing for the holiday season!!!

Cute and Easy DIY Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments Cover

I wanted to dive into the Rustic-farmhouse style so I made these Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Custom Ornaments. One for each one of us {E, C, and J} and one {M} for our family name. Here I’ll be showing you only 2 of them but the other two are almost ready.

Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

I must admit it was my first time distressing and at first, I was a little unsure and even a bit scared. So I tried first with one letter to see if I would make it right and then started the tutorial. It’s fun and so super easy since it doesn’t require perfection of any kind.

I love how these ornaments turned out and can’t wait to decorate my own rustic Christmas tree for this year. Just in case you wonder the tree you see in the photos is not actually a tree is a branch I borrowed from a friend LOL {wink!}

You can do pretty much anything here. I preferred distressing and then glittering the bottom of each letter to add some spark LOL. Using burlap ribbon I made a bow and decorated it with mistletoe.

You can have quite some of these rustic monogram Christmas ornaments in one afternoon and if you involve your kids will be fun and even faster. Each one can add their own personal touch to it. It would be so much fun.

These cuties can make a great personal one-of-a-kind thoughtful gift too as they are such a personalized ornament that will last for years!

How to make these Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments!


  • Wooden letter
  • Sanding sanding paper. I used a fine one.
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Christmas mistletoe
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • Gold glitter
  • Brush
  • Needle and thread.
  • Scissors
  • Screw eye Pins {really tiny}
general view os supplies


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Prepping and Decorating the Monograms

The first thing we are going to do here is sanding the wooden letter. In this case, the letter came already painted but if yours is not then first paint your letter, let it dry and then start the sanding.

wooden letter and sandpaper

I tore a piece of sanding paper (medium grit) and started sanding the letter especially on the edges and then I would sand in both directions {vertical and horizontally} on specific spots to make the wood show up.

As I was sanding the letter it started to look old and damaged which I guess is the whole point of distressing, right?

sanding the wodden letter
view of the letter after having been sanded

If you have more than one letter to make then sand them all, so you have to clean only once LOL.

Clean well your surface and your letter{s} and let’s move on to the next step.

Secondly, with a ruler measure about an inch {I did 2 cm} from the bottom of the letter and up. If the letter has different bottom parts then measure the first and the last so you get a straight line.

marking the measurement with a ruler and pencil

Draw a line from one edge to the other on both sides.

view of the line drawn on the letter

Apply masking tape above the line from and back.

applying the masking tape over the letter

Then apply your glue all over the bottom of your letters with a brush.

applying the glue on the letter

Now, the fun part, spread some glitter all over the glue and remove all the excess.

 spreading some glitter over the glue

Set it aside and let it dry.

front view of letter

Because we have to wait while the glue dries, in the meantime let’s work on the decoration.

Making the cure rustic Bow

I bought some mistletoes in a craft store but it was too big so I got rid of some parts and put them together again in smaller pieces. These would make the perfect touch!

front view of mistletoes

Then for the bow, I cut 3 pieces of burlap ribbon. Since I was aiming for rustic decor I thought burlap would do the work wonderfully. But you can use your favorite ribbon style.

The sizes are relative since it will depend on your letter size and how big you want your bows to be. I made them relatively small so it was 18 cm, 15 cm and 3 cm.

view of 3 pieces of burlap ribbon

Fold the larger piece so both ends overlap in the center as shown.

folding burlap ribbon

Ruffle it in the center

ruffling the burlap ribbon

Using a needle with thread pinch through the center of the bow. Go back and forth a couple of times so it’s secured. Do not cut the thread yet.

sewing the burlap ribbon
general view of burlap ribbon result

Take the next piece and without folding to ruffle in the center and with the same thread pinch in the middle through the ruffle again and push until it reaches the bow and make a couple the stitches again through the whole bow and then make a couple of loops around the bows.

making the second piece

Do not cut the thread yet either.

sewing the two pieces

The last piece of burlap will need to be folded again in three as shown.

showing the third burlap piece folded

Place the center of the piece on top of the bow with an opening facing the bow, bow around the bow to the back until both ends meet, and stitch. You could use glue too, now that I think about it.

putting the three burlap pieces together
closing the center piece at the back of the bow

Finally, place the mistletoe there while stitching in the back making sure the decor goes above the bow. make some more stitches to secure it.

seweing the mistletoe at the back of the bow

Now you can cut the thread LOL.

showing the finished bow

Ok, back to the letter.

Assembling the rustic monogram Christmas ornament

Your letter should be dry by now so you can remove the masking tape and have a pretty glittery bottom of the letter!

glitter letter view

Get your screw eye pin and screw it close to an edge on the top of the letter. Do it really carefully so you don’t crack the wood.

closeup of screw eye screwed into letter
geral view of screw eye screwed into letter

Using twine thread or a piece of burlap ribbon make a knot to make your hanger.

twine knot made on the screw eye of the wooden letter

I preferred securing the bow to the hoot itself so it would be stronger. So using my needle and thread I stitched it well in place. I didn’t want to use glue because later on I could change the bow and didn’t want the glue to damage the wooden letter.

stitching the bow to the screw eye

There you Go!!! All done! We got some really pretty and Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments.

closer view of the finished ornament
general view of the finished ornament

Now it’s time to hang them on the tree or wrap them up as Christmas gifts!

I so love how it turned out and can’t wait to finish the other two.

Here you have the “M”

What do you think? Doesn’t it scream holiday spirit?

Like these DIY Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Tree Ornaments? Hope you do…

wodden letter E finished ornament on the tree
closeup of the glittered base of wodden letter E
closeup of the bow of wodden letter E
wodden letter M finished ornament on the tree

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Need some more ideas? keep scrolling and you will have a blast!!!

Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 – The Silly Pearl :: Day 2 –Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – The How-To Home :: Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Knick of Time :: Day 6 – Pet Scribbles :: Day 7 – Simply Kelly Designs
Day 8 – Town and Country Living :: Day 9 – Petticoat JUNKtion
Day 10 – The Everyday Home :: Day 11 – Up on Tippy Toes
Day 12 – Remodelando la Casa :: Day 13 – DIY 180 :: Day 14 – 504 Main
Day 15 – Sum of their Stories :: Day 16 – At Home with Jemma
Day 17 – The Kim Six Fix :: Day 18 – Shabby Art Boutique
Day 19 – Morena’s Corner :: Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Day 21 – Our Southern Home :: Day 22 – Domestically Speaking
Day 23 – The Crafting Nook :: Day 24 – Sweet Pea
Day 25 – Dukes and Duchesses :: Day 26 – Heathered Nest
Day 27 – Lovely Etc. Day 28 – Stone Gable Blog :: Day 29 – Mod Podge Rocks
Day 30 – Running with a Glue Gun :: Day 31 – All Things Heart and Home

And wanna a sneak peek of their Handmade Christmas projects???? Check these out!!!

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    1. Hi Bonny,

      Thanks for your sweet visit, You can find wood letter in different places, crafts stores is one option, I’ve seen them at Walmart too. I can’t really say an exact place because I don’t live in the USA but since I go there often I know I’ve seen them at those places. Hope This helps


    1. Hi Hannah! Thank you so much, so glad you like these ornaments! I used mdf letters about 11 cm {4.5 Inches} tall. The width vary depending on each letter. Hope this helps.


  1. Such a lovely idea, one for each family member, these would make a lovely family gift too. (for those people who have everything!)
    I love the glitter, a really modern touch.

    1. That a really great thinking! Some people are so hard to make gifts to. Giving them a detail like this coulee a make a great gift! Thank you for your idea!

  2. These monogram ornaments are absolutely gorgeous!! Love all the elements… burlap…. glitter… distress… I love it all!!