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DIY Christmas Ornaments Snowman Stars

Snowman DIY Christmas Ornaments for the Tree

Sharing Christmas ornaments is such a simple way to create memories.  When a girlfriend comes to our home she is invited to pick out an ornament from our tree (except my family sentimental ones).  So when Shirley from Intelligent Domestications told me about the DIY Christmas Ornaments Exchange I  wrote Erlene begging for an invite way back in July.

My partner is Maureen from Red Cottage Chronicles.  We are both Canadians, so I instantly thought of snow and created this sparkly snowman star ornament. 

This DIY ornament can be hung on the tree, a door, or even in a window.   He/she is about six inches long and sparkles from a dusting of glitter.

DIY Christmas ornament

To make one you will need 1/8″thick fibreboard, from the dollar store, Lowes, or Homedepot in quarter sheet panels

Supplies for your DIY Christmas Ornaments

  • Fibreboard “1/8” thick
  • Scroll saw or jigsaw and sandpaper
  • White chalk paint
  • Carbon paper and pencil
  • Snowman star templates
  • Acrylic craft paints in orange, blue, soft pink, black
  • Tiny paintbrush and a dabber or cotton ball
  • Wire and/or red spray paint
  • Spray on adhesive and fine iridescent glitter (optional)
  • Hot glue and beads, berries, buttons, rags.
  • Drill with small bit

As we don’t have a scroll saw, Hubs used a jigsaw to cut out the little star shapes.  Once cut use 60 grit sandpaper to round the corners.   Stacked the little stars together and drill two small holes for the wires. The placement is on the snowman template.

Paint the stars with two coats of white chalk paint front and back.  Let the paint dry between coats.   You may need to use  120 grit sandpaper along the edges to remove paint drips.

Cutting and Painting DIY ornaments for the tree.

Print out the snowman face patterns,  cut each face template out, and the carbon paper into the shape of the head.  This makes it easier to line up the template to the wood star. There are a total of five different faces on the snowman star templates so you can pick your favorites.

DIY Ornaments snowman stars with templated faces

Place the cut carbon paper on top of the star then the template and trace lightly with a pencil.  Make sure to do it lightly.

Christmas DIY snowman ornaments with template.

Your pattern will transfer making them super easy to paint with a tiny artist’s brush.

Christmas DIY ornament with transferred patterned face.

Don’t worry if you have any smudges,  just remove the carbon using a good white plastic eraser.  Make sure the end is clear by rubbing the eraser onto a rag.

Painting the Snowman Face

Give your little snowman soft rosy cheeks.    Using a dabber or a piece of cotton ball dab it into soft pink craft paint.  Dab off most of the paint onto a paper towel before applying to the snowman.  I used the dabber and found the edges of the dabber made distinct round markings on the edge.  If this happens dry brush a little bit of white paint on top to soften it.

Paint the facial features on using a tiny artists brush.

Spray the snowman with spray-on adhesive, and dust him with iridescent glitter.

I considered softly sanding the top to smudge the snowman, you can try that technique if you don’t like the glitter.

Add Embellishments

As you can tell from the blog my theme is black and white buffalo check, so I used some buffalo check scraps to make scarves.  I tried to crochet some red scarves, but the wool was too heavy.   The buttons are berries from faux Christmas branches, but you can paint them on, or use buttons, or sparkly embellishments.

If you like it.  Please Pin for Later

DIY Christmas Ornament a wooden snowman star.

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    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      They sparkle more in real life than they do in the photos. I am sure you will have fun making them.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, I was going to make simple stars, but decided to glam them up a bit. Thank you for commenting.

  1. So adorable! Love how you used the star shape to make these holiday snowman ornaments. Pinned.

  2. What lil cutie pies!! I love your tradition too and how you’ve added some glitter to make them sparkle! So sweet!

  3. This is such an adorable ornament, absolutely beautiful well done!! #2018ornamentexchange

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you. This little guy took some thought to come up with, but I love the final result.

  4. The little snowman is so sweet. I love a tree filled with handcrafted and special ornaments.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Debra. I hope I have time to some more handmade ornaments this year. Glad you like these little ones.

  5. Snowman are the cutest and stars at Christmas time are just special. It looks beautiful on the tree.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Jenny I had not seen a star ornament done as a snowman before so I wanted to send my friend something unique.

  6. Mother of 3 says:

    He (she!) is adorable! I just love snowmen. PInned.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much. I had fun tweaking the faces with eyelashes to make them look feminine.

  7. Awe, these are super sweet Leanna! Pinned 🙂 I love that you welcome guests to pick an ornament from your tree to take home!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I have done that for a long time, and its always been an affordable way to give some love at the holidays. Glad you like it.

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