Making a Jesse Tree

There are a variety of ways to make a Jesse Tree.

1. Choose a tree branch without leaves, two to three feet high, that has a main branch with lots of smaller branches attached to it. Place the branch in a bucket of dirt or rocks and cover the bucket with green fabric, felt, or paper.

2. Cut a tree with branches from brown felt. Glue it to a piece of green felt, 24" x 36". Glue on small wooden pegs to hang the ornaments. Or attach Velcro® to the backs of the ornaments for attaching to the felt Jesse Tree.

3. Make a mobile using a tree branch. Use fishing line to hang the branch from the ceiling. You'll need to make sure the symbols are balanced when you hang them on the branch so that the branch will remain level.

4. Just use a Christmas tree. A small tabletop or standing tree can make for a great Jesse Tree. You may even have one in your storage room already!

Other Jesse Tree resources online: a plan for an intergenerational event for celebrating the beginning of Advent, family devotions, and Advent devotions.

Making Jesse Tree Ornaments

There are several ways that you can make the Jesse Tree ornaments. In our Jesse Tree toolkit, we provide you with both printable ornament sets you can color yourself and pre-colored sets in 3-inch and 5-inch sizes. You can keep it simple and just color these with markers or get creative with totally DIY ornaments (there's ideas for DIY ornaments in the toolkit, too).