Hi guys! With Christmas only a few weeks away (and the WDW Radio ornament exchange going on), I thought I’d teach you how to make some cool DIY Disney ornaments! My family and I craft a lot, and we’ve been coing up with some new gift ideas. I hope this post gives you some insperation for your own gifts!
1. Framed Disney Character Ornament
-1 Picture of desired Disney character
-Paint (any color you want)
-Wooden frame ornament
-Sparkle Mod Podge or glitter
-Embellishments (sequins, gems, glitter paint etc.) Also optional.
Step 1 : Find the image you want. You can copy it from a storybook, print it from the internet, use Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards, or even cut it out from a magazine. If you’d like you can spread the Mod Podge on the picture for extra sparkle (it dries clear)!
Step 2: Before you start painting your ornament, cut off the string it came with. Usually, it gets in the way of painting, and it doesn’t look that pretty. Then take your wooden frame ornament and paint both sides. (The color should highlight or match the colors in the image you’re using.) After that, you can either paint the sparkly Mod Podge on the frame, or while one of the sides is still a little wet, sprinkle some glitter on it. You could use glitter paint also.
Step 3: Cut out the picture to fit the opening of the frame, then glue to a slightly bigger piece of card stock. Then hot glue to the back of the frame.
Step 4: Now here comes the creative part! Use your embellishments to decorate the frame! Find gems to paste on it, write the date, a message or anything else you think of! (But, sometimes the glitter is enough, and you won’t need anymore than that.) Then add ribbon through the hole, and you’re done!
I made two versions of these. One Maleficent one, where I used the Mod Podge on the frame, and then, a Cinderella one where I used gold glitter paint on the frame. Both turned out very good! The great part about this project is that it works in stages, so you could spend a few days on this ornament if you wanted to.
2. Sticker Collage Ornament
-Any Disney sticker sheet(s)
-Wood ornament (any shape)
-Paint for base color
-Sparkle Mod Podge
Step 1: Pick your wood ornament (my sister picked out a heart shaped one). If it comes with a string already in it, cut it off (like in step 2 of the first ornament). Paint both sides any color you’d like. Remember, it should look nice with the colors in the stickers you’ll be using. Let it dry completely before the next step.
Step 2: Next pick out any Disney stickers! (My sister used Frozen ones.) Now just start collaging the stickers! Make sure to smooth all the bumps and to wrap them over the sides. Have a plan of what you want to do before you start sticking because you don’t want a sticker getting covered if you want it to show.
Step 3: Next take your sparkly Mod Podge, and spread it on. Don’t glob it, make sure it’s smooth. It may cover some of the pictures a little while it’s wet, but don’t worry. It will dry clear, and only the sparkles will show.
Step 4: After it’s dried, tie ribbon through the hole. If the stickers or Mod Podge cover the hole up, just take a toothpick and pierce through it.
My sister came up with this craft, so lot’s of credit to her! All the pictures of this craft were of her doing it. 😉
3. Baymax Perler Bead Ornament
– White or glow in the dark Perler Beads
-Black Perler Beads
-Circle Perler Bead template
– Wax paper
– An iron
Step 1: Take your template and find the center. Then start making the shape of Baymax’s eyes. Now, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers fill in the rest of the template with white or glow in the dark beads. Remember to leave out a bead in one of the top rows for a hole.
Step 2: Place the wax paper on the top of your creations, and follow the package directions on how to melt the beads with your iron.
Step 3: Put some ribbon through the hole you made and viola! You have a Baymax ornament!
I used the glow in the dark beads for this, and it looked great! You can find all the things you need for this craft in a Perler Bead kit.
That’s it for today guys, I hope you liked it! All of these are great and simple projects. People will love the thoughtfulness and time you put into these. You can come up with your own projects using things around your house! For example, Disney park maps, extra images of you and your family at the parks, scrapbook paper and stickers, whatever you want! I love Christmas because I get to make things, so I’m glad I could share this with you. For more inspiration, whether it’s for gifts or the WDW Radio Ornament Exchange, go onto Pinterest or Google. You could even just search Christmas crafts in the search bar of this website or just push one of the tags linked to this post.
What’s your favorite Disney Holiday craft? Which of the ones I showed you do you like best? Has anyone ever given you a hand made Disney gift? Any other thoughts, questions or ideas? Tell me in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading and have a magical holiday season! – Ruby 8:)
Ruby is a twelve year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!