Acanthus Rosette Christmas Ornament

How to make a Christmas tree ornament using a piece of molding from the home improvement store.

Christmas is coming which for me means time to make some festive decorations and a Christmas ornament or two.

It would not be Christmas for me and my family without all the handmade ornaments happily hanging from the tree that my mom, daughters, or I made.

Handmade Christmas-ornament acanthus-rosette

Some are quite simple, others a bit more skill was needed to make them, but they are cherished equally when we bring them out of their storage boxes every December.

I made was able to semi-hand-make this ornament using a poly foam Acanthus rosette that I bought in the decorative molding aisle at the home improvement store. Rosettes are usually used for furniture pieces and moulding corners.

To transform the rosette, I used two different formulas of Mod Podge by Plaid.  It comes in many formulas, but I used the new pearl formula that gives decoupage or paint projects a pearlescent mother-of-pearl effect.

I topped it with the Sparkle formula to get a glittery finish. Both formulas are a all-in-one sealer, glue, and finish. I just chose to use both to create a pearly & sparkly finish for my ornament.

How to Make a Christmas Ornament Using an Acanthus Rosette Block

DIY mod podge Christmas ornament

supplies needed:

  • Acanthus Leaf Polyfoam Rosette – Bought at Lowes: SKU# 366758
  • Small screw eye hook
  • Rhinestone button
  • Glue – I used hot glue, but tacky glue would be best
  • FolkArt Multi-Surface paint in Charcoal Black and  White Pearl
  • Pearl Mod Podge
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Small paint brush
  • Paper towel
  • 28″ length of ribbon
  • Small spray of pine and berries
Semi handmade Christmas Ornament

1. Find center on top of rosette and screw a small screw-eye hook into the rosette.

2. Apply 2 coats of Charcoal Black FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint, let first coat dry, before adding the second. When dry, flip over and paint the back. Let dry.

Mod Podge Christmas crafts

3. Paint one coat of FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint in White Pearl over rosette. Do not let dry. Apply one coat of Pearl Mod Podge over white paint, do not let dry.

4. Rub just applied paint and Pearl Mod Podge with a paper towel or rag to remove some of the paint.  You want to leave it in the recessed areas only. Let dry.

5. Apply one or two coats of Sparkle Mod Podge over painted surface, let dry.


6. Glue button to center of rosette.


7. To attach ribbon:  Find center of 28″ length of ribbon and glue to the center of the bottom edge of the rosette.


8. Bring the ends of the ribbon up along the sides and then to the top of the rosette right up against the screw eye. Place a dab of glue under ribbon on each side to hold in place.

How to make an Acanthus Rosette Christmas ornamet

9. Thread one end of ribbon through screw-eye and pull through. Repeat for the other end of ribbon, but thread through opposite side of  screw-eye.  Tie excess ribbon into bow.

DIY Christmas tree ornament using an acanthus rosette

10. Use hot glue to attach a small spray of faux pine and berries.

11. Hang with ornament hook.

Blogger of DIY Decorating blog Diane Henkler of In My Own Style

Helpful Tip:

No Christmas ornament hook?  Repurpose a paperclip…simply bend it into an “S” shape with a hook on each end. Volia…an instant ornament hook. Or use a garland tie.

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  1. Amy Anderson says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! Definitely classy and elegant like Heather said. Pinning!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Amy! Working with Mod Podge is always fun. As you know it is one very versatile product. :-) Thanks for pinning!

  2. Lisa from Life with Lisa says:

    Nice job on the ornament, it’s very elegant.

  3. Beautiful!
    Can you tell me where to purchase the polyfoam rossette?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Shelle – I bought it at Lowes about 2 weeks ago. It was in the decorative molding aisle and cost $2.72 the SKU#: 366758

  4. Diane, this ornament is so creative and Christmas-y! Your painting skill is brilliant. The finish is lovely. Such a nice departure this is from the run of the mill Christmas ornament.

  5. What a great idea for an ornament! Using the rosette I can see these in many festive colors all over the Christmas tree. They would be lovely hung from the corner as well. Thanks for the idea Diane! Vikki in VA

  6. Oh my goodness…this is gorgeous. I love your use of non-traditional materials. The finished ornament is classy and elegant. Thanks for sharing your process!