Creative Christmas with Sherrie

Decoupage Your Own Old Town Warrenton Tree Ornament

For printable directions and cut-out template, click here.

Sherrie Carter of Sherrie’s Stuff in Old Town Warrenton is a well-known artist in our community. Her distinctive handmade style of rustic and folky that characterizes her work and everything in her shop is very popular with customers. For our holiday issue, Sherrie has shared with us her expertise with decoupage and has provided us with directions and a template for a DIY tree ornament featuring the Old Town Warrenton Courthouse.

Decoupage, or mixed media art, is all the rage right now, and the beauty of it is that anyone can do it! This easy art form involves decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects and other decorative elements added with a variety of art supplies. There is no right or wrong way to create with decoupage, and you can’t possibly do it wrong. Sherrie says, “Everyone’s creative; you can’t mess up. You can always add another layer, a little more paint, another design, until you’re happy with the result. The more whimsical, the better!” Your creation may not look exactly like the photos, but it will be even better because it’s a creation of your own. Let your imagination take over…get creative!


  • A few sheets of a variety of designs of scrapbook paper
  • Paper Mache ornament flat round, 4 inch, from a craft store
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Colored pencils
  • Ultra fine point sharpie
  • Glitter glue or Stickles
  • Basic craft brushes
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper, 120 grit or coarser


  1. Using the templates provided, trace the shapes onto your choice of craft paper and cut out.
  2. Glue the shapes to the ornament with mod podge in the order shown, adding the central Christmas tree shape last. Tip: be sure to check the orientation of the ornament before gluing to be sure the ribbon hanger is at the top. Don’t worry if the pieces of paper hang off the edge of the ornament a little, since you’re going to be sanding the edges to make them smooth.
  3. After every layer added, use something with a straight edge (a credit card, for example) to smooth the paper and release air bubbles.
  4. Use colored pencils, a fine tipped sharpie, and/or acrylic paint to add accents, architectural details, and trees to your design. Don’t forget to add a few ornaments and a star to the Christmas tree!
  5. Use bright white acrylic paint to add the “snow” to the ground and eaves of the buildings
  6. Add dots of glitter glue or stickles for extra bling.
  7. Rub the rough edges of the ornament with sandpaper to smooth.
  8. Paint the edges of the ornament with acrylic paint and decorate with designs as desired.
  9. Paint a coat of mod podge over the entire ornament to seal it when you’ve finished your masterpiece!

For printable directions and cut-out template, click here.

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