If you’ve been visiting my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m quite mad about Christmas! I’ve been watching seasonal movies for nearly a month now and have been hard at work on holiday plans. We even went to see the CP Holiday Train when it pulled into London a couple nights ago. So, of course, when I saw a 12 Days of Christmas blog hop, I knew that I had to join in. What fun to come up with and share 12 Christmas ideas as this festive season kicks off!
Today, to get things started, we are all sharing DIY ornament tutorials. Mine is a super quick and easy dollar store snowman ornament. It’s perfect for the kids to make!
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How To Make a Dollar Store Snowman Ornament:
This project really couldn’t get much easier. To make this snowman ornament, you will need:
- 1 – 1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter white pompom
- 2 – 1/4 to 1/3 inch diameter blue pompoms
- 2 googly eyes
- 1 piece of silver tinsel chenille stem – about 1 1/2 inches long
- 1 blue craft foam heart (or cut your own)- inches in diameter
- craft foam scraps in orange, pink, and black (note: you can often buy bags of craft foam shapes in assorted sizes and colours – that’s what I used)
- scissors (for cutting orange carrot nose and other shapes as needed), hole punches (if you’re going to punch out your own black and pink circles)
- white glue – I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue (my preferred brand) but you can use any white glue or a hot glue gun (Use the cool touch kind if using this with kids).
Note: It’s not difficult to adjust the sizing of the materials you use – just be sure to keep them proportional. You can obviously also use any colours you want.
I found it simplest to glue the face on first. Begin by placing the eyes and the nose first. This makes it easier to then place the mouth in the appropriate position. Glue on the two pink circles for the blush of his cheeks first and then add the black dots for the smile. I let this dry briefly before moving on.
Next, bend the chenille stem into a semi-circle. This could be the trickiest part if you are making this with children. I put a dab of glue on each end of the chenille stem and then put it in place on the large white pompom. I found that a second white pompom served well as a “prop” under the stem to hold it steady while it could dry thoroughly. You might want to hot glue the stem on yourself to speed things along so the kids can move on to the next step.
Now you’re ready for the blue pompoms to finish off the earmuffs on Ms. (or Mr.) Snowman. This is another step where I found it a good idea to let it dry quite well before finishing the assembly of the snowman ornament. If your little one is making a tree full of these or crafting up a bunch as gifts, you might get them to work on it assembly line style so they can keep busy with additional ornaments while the first ones dry.
Glue your snowman onto the heart to form the feet and you’re all finished!
Now I just nestle my little snowmen in among the branches of my tree but you can certainly add an ornament hook or some string to hang them with if you prefer. Because they will stand up, these make adorable little table favors too! Leave off the feet and you can hot glue these onto pencils as cute holiday pencil toppers, making them fun stocking stuffers.
Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!