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Create Alphabet Block Christmas Tree Ornaments

Updated on December 10, 2014

How To Create Wooden Alphabet Block Christmas Tree Ornaments

Create these charming nostalgic Wooden Block Christmas Tree Ornaments in just 3 easy steps.

I love all things retro, vintage and antique. So it's no surprise that when it comes to decorating for the holidays that I lean towards fond childhood memories to make my Christmas decorating special.

One of the things that makes Christmas special with my family is the practice of creating new Christmas Tree Ornaments every year for gifting and decorating. I created these little wooden ornaments using old children's wooden alphabet blocks. They are most definitely the easiest and yet most charming Christmas Tree Ornaments I've ever made. They take me down memory lane.

What you'll Need To Make These Ornaments Are:

  • Old Wooden Alphabet Blocks
  • Screw eye hangers (selesct a size to fit your block size)
  • Red ribbon
  • Hammer, awl and scissors

Yup it's just that easy.

Creating unique handmade Christmas tree ornaments doesn't have to be hard. These adorable little wooden block ornaments take only minutes to do and are a wonderful way to enjoy the simpler times of yesteryear,


Our Christmas Tree Sporting These Handmade Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments - Look close and you can see these block ornaments.

Our Christmas Tree With Wooden Block Ornaments On It.
Our Christmas Tree With Wooden Block Ornaments On It.

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The History of The Wooden Alphabet Block

Vintage Ornaments Bring A Bit Of History To Your Christmas Tree.

According to wikipedia

1693: Alphabet Nursery Blocks were originally developed in 17th century England. The philosopher John Locke, in 1693, made the statement that "dice and playthings, with letters on them to teach children the alphabet by playing" would make learning to read a more enjoyable experience.

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How To Make These Christmas Tree Ornaments

Make These Alphabet Blocks In 3 Easy Steps

Step 1. Hold wooden alphabet block at an angle and create hole.

You can use a drill but frankly it's a little overkill for the job at hand. I used a hammer and an awl but using a nail to create your start hole for the screw eyes works just as well.

Step 2. Screw in screw eye

Pretty self explanatory. Put screw eye in bore hole and twist in until tight to the wooden block.

Step 3. Apply ribbon hanger.

Cut length of red ribbon, run through screw eye and tie off.

NOTE: The blocks I used were quite small in size, about 1 inch tall, which made them perfect for use as ornaments for hanging on the Christmas Tree. Be aware that the larger the block, the heavier it will be and may affect it's hanging placement on the tree.

The Supplies You Need To Create These Ornaments

Red Ribbon For Hanging Your Wooden Block Christmas Tree Ornaments - Narrow ribbon for hanging your ornament.

I like to use narrow red ribbon because it just feels Christmasy to me. But any color would work as well especially white or gold.

Screw Eye Hangers For Hanging Your Wooden Block Christmas Tree Ornaments

Get Your Wooden Alphabet Blocks On eBay

I really prefer to use vintage blocks for this. They have that old memory kind of charm that I was going for. There's just something about a well worn srface that is yellowed with age over the bright and shiny new block. These can be hard to find though but rummage sales, second hand stores and even eBay can help you get exactly that. And of course if you prefer the shiny new ones, well they got those too.

Some of my block ornaments.
Some of my block ornaments.

About The Author Of This Christmas Tree Ornament Page

Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery

My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years in ate art and framing industry both as a business owner and as a working artist.

I maintain a blog called Fur In The Paint, as well as write a regular column for the equestrian magazine Apples 'N Oats about painting horses.

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Actually now is the ideal time for starting on Christmas crafts in order to have plenty in the cupboard for adding to gifts come the holiday season. My daughter is planning on adding another child to her group so these would be lovely for her next xmas.

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      damoiselle 5 years ago

      This is something I'm going to have to try. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea for using old toys and creating something new! These look wonderful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea for using old toys and creating something new! These look wonderful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea for using old toys and creating something new! These look wonderful!

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Wow you have so many Christmas articles. There are wonderful though ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this creative idea. Never thought of using those old blocks as ornaments. Very cute!

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      oldiesmusicnut 6 years ago

      What a great idea! Your tree looks grand :-) I didn't know alphabet blocks went back so far. Thanks for a neat-o lens!

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      MuskyJim LM 6 years ago

      very cool Idea, I like the 3 steps =D..short and sweet...the history behind the blocks was cool. so much for me to learn...so little time....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now that is an old fashioned tree. Beautiful and it sure brings back a lot of wonderful memories of Christmas past.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now that is an old fashioned tree. Beautiful and it sure brings back a lot of wonderful memories of Christmas past.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      these are adorable...and I have a few that I've been holding onto waiting for the right project...thanks! I even have the eye screws! (it pays to be crafty) LOL These would make great little teacher gifts!! Will have to see if the kids are interested in a craft today...thanks for sharing...and thank you for visiting my new Tangled - Rapunzel costumes lens...I appreciate your comments!

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Nice idea. I just might make a few of these at my preschool this year. We have the blocks. Blessed

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Super cute idea!

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Cleaver and easy. Great job.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Love these blocks. Great, simple Christmas decorating idea.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Delightful. Those blocks would make lovely ornaments.

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Cool idea, and a good way to recycle old blocks too!