Creating homemade Christmas ornaments is something that anyone can do whether they are 5 or 55. It creates a unique lasting memento, that can be passed down through the generations and when children are ready to move out on their own, they will have plenty of ornaments for their own Christmas tree.
The supplies needed to create this Rustic Snowman Ornament are items you most likely already have on hand. If you need to pick up materials like Modge Podge, jute, ribbon, craft paints, or similar items, visit one of these independent crafts stores in northern California.
- Scrapper’s Edge in Eureka
- Bay Craft in San Francisco (415-824-8250)
- Legacy in Sebastapool (707-823-7520)
- Crafters Mall – The Sewing Room in Redding (530-246-2056)
- Discount Fabrics in San Francisco
The steps to making this hand-crafted Christmas ornament almost need no explanation, but photos can be viewed in the slideshow to the left of this article.
- brown grocery bags and/or empty cereal box
- white craft paint
- orange, brown, black craft paint OR fine-tip Sharpie
- fine paint brush
- spools or other circular objects in graduated sizes
- Modge Podge or Elmer’s glue
Steps to create your ornament
- Determine the size and shape of the ornament. These are 3″ x 3″ squares.
- Glue 2 layers of brown bag together OR glue a layer of brown grocery bag to the colored side of the cereal box.
- Using a small amount of white paint, make a snowman on one side of your paper.
- When white paint is dry, add eyes and buttons with black paint/black Sharpie
- Add carrot nose with orange paint/orange Sharpie
- Add twig arms with brown paint/brown Sharpie
- Cut ribbon or jute to size and glue around edge of ornament.
- Attach ribbon loop to top for hanging.
- Embellish with glitter, stickers, etc. These ornaments have ‘snowflakes’ created with the lid of a Sharpie dipped in paint. A red dot was then added to the center of each ‘flake.’
Create these ornaments for the tree, as gift tags, or make several and create a garland. Set up an assembly line and have each child in the family do a different step. This is a great way to get the entire family involved and they can be given to family members and friends. When the ornament is hung on the tree from year to year, it’s a way to remember the joys of seasons past.
Do you have a tradition of making ornaments for your tree every year? What is the most difficult or fun ornament you have created? Feel free to leave a comment!