I LOVE DIY (Do it yourself) projects! They are fun, affordable, and they come directly from the heart. I especially love DIY projects around Christmas. Since my last post on DIY placemats for kids was so popular, I thought I would share another project I was working on for my nephews, DIY Christmas ornaments. Not only are they cute, but they are light weight which is awesome. Lugging heavy ornaments up and down from an attic or basement every year gets taxing!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Character image. I drew mine with colored pencils and ink, because that is my specialty, but you can purchase an imagine, draw your own, print an image, etc. Ours happened to be Batman and Robin, but you can do anything. Reindeer, Santa, Cardsock paper craft, princess, you name it.
- 100lb Cardstock paper. This adds weight and strength to your image. I recommend, drawing, printing, etc your original image out on this cardstock paper.
- Modge podge and a foam brush. For if you do not follow the advise above.
- Sticky Backed Felt. I purchased mine from Michaels Arts and Crafts, but you should be able to find this from your local craft store with the 8″ x 11″ felt swatches.
- Thin Ribbon- any color.
- Yarn Needle
HOW YOU MAKE IT
- Select an image. Be sure that the image is not larger than 5″ tall or it will be a bit to big for the tree.
- Print or draw image onto 100lb white cardstock.
- If you ignore or are unable to print onto 100lb cardstock, cut out your image from standard paper. Lightly modge podge the back of your image and place it onto 100lb cardstock. Once dry, cut it out. The stability of the cardstock is crucial.
- Once cut, peel back the protective paper on your sticky backed felt.
- Place image, on to the adhesive felt. Press and hold. Smooth out so there are no bubbles.
- Cut out image.
- Cut a piece of thin ribbon the size you wish for the ornament ribbon to be. Be sure to leave extra so you can tie the knot. Mine was about 4″
- String the ribbon through the yarn needle.
- Pierce the ornament with the yarn needle. I placed the ribbon hole directly top center of each of my ornaments. Pull the needle through, leaving one end of the ribbon on each side.
- Remove needle being sure to put it back someplace up and away from being harmful and tie the two ends together in a tight double knot. Remove excess and you know have a cut DIY paper ornament!
As always, if you love what see check out our Etsy Shop. We do not sell licensed characters such as Batman and Robin, but this is an awesome example of what we can create with a pen and pencil. You will love our one of a kind hand-drawn magnetic paper doll sets! CLICK HERE for more information. Happy ornament making!