It might have been because of my love of all things King Arthur that I developed a fascination with unicorns. Whatever caused it, this recent trend towards all things unicorn has certainly not gone unnoticed. So this, year, I thought why not a DIY Unicorn Christmas Ornament tutorial?
This is a simple gift idea for any unicorn fan on your list. Or how about gathering up the kids and letting them each make their own? The only thing that may need a bit of advance planning is the horn – it will need some baking or drying time, depending on whether you’re using air dry or baking clay.
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DIY Unicorn Christmas Ornament
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Plain white Christmas ornament (or you can use the clear ones and swirl white paint inside to color them appropriately). You can also use a white Styrofoam craft ball instead.
Glue – Glue gun with glue and a glue stick or white glue
Clay – I used Sculpey but you could use another brand or an air dry clay instead
A bamboo skewer
Metallic paint in your choice of color – I’m using gold
Black permanent ink marker
Low tack tape
Felt – white and other colors like pink and purple (scraps will work!)
Embellishments – sequins, rhinestones, beads, flowers, glitter
Thread or yarn for a hanger
Products I recommend:
Sleetly Christmas Ball Ornaments, White Snowball, 2.36 inch, Set of 18DIY Christmas Tree Decorative Ball Ornaments – 2¼FloraCraft Foam 6 Piece Ball 2.8 Inch WhiteAdTech 0453 2-Temp Dual Temperature Hot Glue Gun Full Size, WhiteAd-Tech 14ZIP50 Multi Temp Glue Stick (4 x 0.44-Inch), Pack of 50Dritz 401 Fabric Glue Stick, 0.28-OunceI Love To Create Aleene’s Always Ready TurboPolyform Sculpey III Polymer Clay 8 Oz: WhiteCrayola Air Dry Clay Bucket, White, 2.5 PoundDecoArt DASK268 Dazzling Metallics Sample PackCrayola Big Paint Brushes (4 Count Round), Great for KidsSharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine Points, Black, 4 Pack (32175PP)Fiskars 12-94518697WJ The Original Orange Handled Scissors, 8 Inch, Orange3M 3051/WI07536 Scotch 3051 Low Tack Paper Tape: 3/4
Embellishments you might want to choose from:
Outus Flat Back Pearl Self-Adhesive Back Pearl Sticker Sheets Assorted Size, 700 Pieces25 Sheet Assorted Acrylic Craft FeltCOATS & CLARK Metallic Thread, 125-Yard, Silver7mm Cup Sequins Boxed 7500PCS Rainbow Loose Sequin Bulk Iridescent Spangles Craft Mixed 15 Color Assorted for DIY Arts Crafts Making by CCINEEFake flower heads in bulk wholesale for Crafts Artificial Silk Flowers Head Peony Daisy Decor DIY Flower Decoration for Home Wedding Party Car Corsage Decoration Fake Flowers 50PCS 4cm (Colorful)JPSOR 600pcs Gems Acrylic Flatback Rhinestones Gemstone Embellishments, 6 Shapes, 6-13mm, with Tweezers and BagSlime Supplies Glitter Powder Sequins for Slime,Arts Crafts Extra Solvent Resistant Glitter Powder Shakers,Bulk Acrylic Polyester Craft Supplies Glitter Loose Eyeshadow,Assorted Colors,12 Pack Glitter
PRO TIP FROM CYN: Grab some old jar/bottle lids or hair elastics or something like that to use as a temporary base for the ornaments. You can sit them in these bases while painting and gluing without them rolling around.
Let’s start by making the horn.
It will need time to dry (if air dry clay) or to bake and cool. Roll out a piece of clay – like a snake. You need a little more than double the length of the finished size you want your unicorn horn to be. Remember that there might be a bit of shrinkage after drying/baking.
Fold the snake in half and twist the two pieces together as shown in the photo above.
PRO TIP FROM CYN: Before baking/drying, I like to insert a bamboo skewer into the bottom of the horn. This makes it so much easier to paint as it provides you with a “handle” to hold onto. After it’s dry, you can simply break or cut off the skewer. If you’re using a foam ball, you can leave a bit sticking out and use this, along with some glue, to secure the horn to the ball.
Once the horn is dry or baked and cooled, paint it and put it to one side to dry.
Adding eyes to your ornament:
You can certainly freehand some simple semi-circles and lashes on your ornament to make the eyes for your unicorn. If you want to be a bit more precise, check out my tip below.
PRO TIP FROM CYN: Draw the eye shapes along the edge of a piece of tape. Cut along the lines to leave an eye shaped opening. Wrap the piece of tape around your ornament and use the cutouts as your guide for drawing the eyes in place.
Embellishing the unicorn ornament
Next, you’re going to want to attach the horn. This will help with placement of the ears and other embellishments. Glue the horn on. If using a foam ball, cut the skewer off leaving about an inch. Add glue to the end of the skewer and push into the foam ball.
Cut out some ears from the white felt. Make smaller ears from your colored felt and attach it to the white felt as the inner part of the ears. I find it best to use a glue stick (the extra tacky kind or the kind for fabric) or white glue for this part.
PRO TIP FROM CYN: Give the ears a little pinch at the bottom and glue together. This gives them a bit of dimension.
Continuing embellishing until you are satisfied with your unicorn design! Don’t forget to add some thread or yard as a hanger if needed.
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