African Christmas Ornaments
Decorate Your Tree with Unique Ornaments from Africa
If you've traveled to Africa or have African ancestry, you'll love these Christmas ornaments. Many of them are suitable for display all year. Just hang your favorite one in a window where it will catch your eye and bring you enjoyment no matter what the season.
Maybe you put up a Kwanza tree in December. Whether it's for Christmas, Kwanza or another occasion, these ornaments make your tree unique.
They look great when you decorate a whole Christmas tree in an African theme. I've saved you some work by searching out a quite varied selection of these ornaments for you to preview.
If you are an international traveler, you might find some of these as you jaunt around. For the rest of us, the Internet saves us a lot of time and also avoids jet lag. Enjoy looking at the decorations shown here.
(photo courtesy of my neighbor, JVR)
Glass African Animals Christmas Ornaments - Set of 4
You can make your tree honor the animals of Africa. You can go with realistic figures or something fanciful like these delightful glass pieces.
Safari Animal Head Glass Ornaments
Aren't these lovely! You get a zebra, a cheetah, a lion, an elephant, a giraffe and a leopard. Truly exquisite glass ornaments for your African themed tree.
Handmade Ornaments from Africa
African Djembe Drum Ornament
This drum is traditional in West Africa. Learn more about the Djembe drum on Wikipedia.
Small Djembe Drum
Hand carved from wood. This is a work of art. This is small enough to hang on the tree.
You can find slightly bigger ones, 4 inches, on Amazon too, if you want varied sizes.
Here's How a Djembe Drum Is Played
Thanks to Jim and Janet
My friends Jim and Janet have really traveled the world. Jim's job takes him to Africa for months at a time. He's spent time in Ghana, Congo, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and many others. Janet usually flies over to be there for part of his assignment.
They get a chance to learn about each country from actually living in a town, interacting with the locals and eating the foods. This is far beyond what someone would see in a packaged tour.
Since they are my neighbors, I enjoyed seeing how they decked their Christmas tree with mementos from these trips. I've shared some photos of those here.
Cheetah Christmas Ornaments - for the African Christmas tree
The swift and beautifully spotted cheetah certainly deserves a spot on your holiday tree.
African Ornaments on My Neighbor's Tree - and some international ones
Wildlife Ornament - The Cheetah
Such a sweet cheetah with a red bow. Made of porcelain. The cheetah is one of the fastest animals on the planet. Display it proudly on your African themed Christmas tree.
A Lovely African Christmas Song and Christmas Tree - You can watch it or just listen while browsing this webpage
Be Creative in Finding African Ornaments for the Christmas Tree
Look for some by the country name.
If you'd like to make the fabric balls like these from Rwanda, I found a tutorial for a similar craft. You use cotton fabric torn into strips and wrap it around a styrofoam ball.
A nice textile ball would look great on a tree decorated with other natural elements.
Decorate the Tree with Flags of Different African Countries
You can get miniature flags online or look for flag designs on ornaments. You can find the flags on Wikipedia and print them out to place on your African themed tree.
I found some on the Zazzle site if you want to order some. Here's an example below.
Flag Ornaments for African Countries
African Animal Ornaments for the Tree
Budget Safari Animals for the Tree
These are a good size, but hollow so not too heavy for the tree. Place them as they are in the branches of the tree or tie them to the branches with gold or red ribbons.
For a different look, you can spray paint the animals with gold paint.
Rhino Ornament for the Tree with the Sparkle of Rhinestones
Rhino and rhinestones, of course they go together. Boom, sparkle, boom.
The figure is hand-painted.
Giraffe Ornaments for the African Themed Christmas Tree
Place a variety of giraffe figures around the tree. Make it a safari.
Baby Giraffe Ornament for Your Tree
Who doesn't like baby giraffes? They are so sweet with their long necks and gangly legs. This one is special, being made of blown glass.
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Baby Elephant Ornament for Christmas
This will remind you of a Christmas from long ago. It's a beautiful ornament. Everyone loves baby elephants. Seeing this blown glass ornament with the delicate painting and details will brighten your day each time you glimpse it on your tree.
Leopard Ornaments for the African Christmas Tree
As lifelike as can be and still be tame enough for your tree.
Mouth-blown glass for the old-fashioned look.
More Handmade African Ornaments
African Christmas Ornaments to Buy on eBay - Get your bid in early
Who knows what unique or handcrafted ornaments might show up on eBay. This selection changes regularly.
One Last Thing...
Finish the Tree with an African Themed Tree Skirt
Red velveteen and a wide border of gold leopard print make a stunning tree skirt for your Christmas tree.
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Map added Oct. 23, 2012