Jesse Tree Ornament ~ Moses


Moses led the Israelites, the Chosen people, out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Later, he received the Ten Commandments from the hand of God on Mount Sinai.

The Law of Moses as symbolized in the tablets which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai, was fulfilled in Christ who brings a law of love.


I created this ornament for the Jesse Tree Swap hosted by Karen

10 Commandments

inspired from here

Moses (Symbol: Tablets of Commandments)
Exodus 20:1-4, 7, 8, 12-17 – RSV

And God spoke all these words, saying, “ am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. ... You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. ... Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. ... Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s. 


Jese Tree Ornaments 


  • Tablet shape/template (I used a wood block found in the toy stash. It measured 3.25inx1.75in.)

  • Gray paper (Staples – $10.73/500)

  • Printer/printable 10 Commandments

  • Cardboard (I used recycled cardboard from the All Saints’ Catacombs)

  • Scissors

  • Glue Stick

  • Hot Glue gun

  • Ribbon/Suede Cord ($0.99/25 ties - $4/60 ties)

  • Skewer or mini screwdriver (to punch hole through cardboard)

  • Stamp pad


10 Commandments cutout

  • Trace a tablet shape onto the cardboard (Trace the cutouts so that that each shape shares a side.  This will reduce the number of cuts needed.  You will thank me if you are cutting 50+ cutouts like I did.)

  • Cut-out cardboard tablets

10 Commands pic tutorial

  1. print Ten Commandments onto gray paper

  2. cut the commandments

  3. crinkle the cut-out commandments to give an aged look

  4. adhere glue to the cut-out cardboard

  5. position the cut-out commandments

  6. glue the back of the cut-out cardboard

  7. wrap the paper around the back of the cardboard

  8. cut out a backing from paper or cardstock (I used paint a paint chip)

  9. adhere the backing to the back of the cardboard tablet to secure the wrapped paper

  10. repeat step 9 with the other cardboard tablet

  11. pierce a hole into one of the completed tablets  (I initially used a skewer but found that a mini screwdriver worked best)

  12. embellish with distressed ink, as desired

  13. attach the two tablets with a small amount of hot glue

  14. secure the back of the attached tablets with another backing that unites the two tablets

  15. tie the hanging ribbon/cord


Additional Meditation for this Reflection

found at Presentation Ministries

"I, the Lord, am your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides Me." —Exodus 20:2-3

The first commandment of the Ten Commandments is the one most emphasized. It is explained in greater detail, and it is further commented on after the list of the other commandments. Focus on the first commandment.

Prayer: Father, may no person or thing ever take more of my time, energy, or money than You do.


Exodus, Chapters 7-14, 19, 32


  1. Wow! Your ornaments look great! I'm amazed at how creative everyone has been with these ornaments.

  2. What a great tutorial!!
    The ornaments look fantastic!

  3. BTW, I was at a wedding last Friday and I met someone who could have been your twin sister! You don't happen to have a twin sister who lives near DFW do you? :)

  4. I love these Lena! Can't wait to see it in person! :)

  5. Wonderful, Lena! Thanks for posting this!



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