DIY Ornaments

Last Christmas I decided to do something special for the Grandparents.  Using a salt dough recipe , I found on Pinterest, my son (with help from me) made hand and foot print ornaments as gifts for them. The Grandparents loved them! I decided we’d make them another one this year. Instead of salt dough, we would put his hand prints on round ornaments and turn them into little snowmen.

I’m not going to lie, this diy craft was a pain.  Not because it’s difficult but because I lack patience. This ended up creating problems and more work but luckily in the end they still turned out precious. Today I’m going to show you how to make these adorable ornaments and tell you how to avoid all the mistakes I made. IMG_9767

Here’s what you’ll need:

6 pack of Ornaments

White Paint

Black Paint

Variety Pack of Paint (or Paint Pens)

Paint Brush

Writer Paint Bottles (or Sharpies)


First you’ll want to apply the white paint to your little ones had and have them grab the ball to make the imprint. {If I had to do this over again I would put the white paint on a paper plate and let my son place his hand in it. Regardless they are going to get messy, so be sure to dress them in old clothes} IMG_9774


Next you’ll want to allow your ornament to dry. Here is one of those things I made more difficult, than it needed to be. I made a little clothes line to hang the ornaments on. It was a total waste of time and completely  unnecessary.  Just save the plastic container the ornaments come in and use it to hold the them steady while they dry. IMG_9778

Once they are dry use the Writer Paint Bottles, Sharpies, or paint pens to draw on the buttons, eyes, nose and scarves of the snowmen/women.  If you are using the writer paint bottles  or the paint pens, you’ll have to do this in phases. (First the buttons, then hats and nose etc.) It’ll take about 45 minutes to an hour for them to dry each phase. I kept smearing the paint because I didn’t wait long enough for them to dry. I think that a sharpie would have worked just as well, taken a fraction of the time and would have made it much more fun.

After you’ve put the finishing touches on your snowmen/women let them dry and then add your child’s name to the back of the ornament. Then tie the ribbon on the loop and there you have it.  Remember these aren’t going to be perfect, so don’t over think it. I can assure you that the Grandparent’s will love them and don’t forget to keep one for yourself.  IMG_9791


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