Christmas Ornament + Printable Template

I love handmade ornaments. I would cover my whole Christmas tree in pipe cleaner candy canes and popsicle stick snowflakes if I could! Nothing is quite as sweet as child’s handmade decoration. Here’s an ornament you can make this holiday season. This craft is best suited for elementary aged children because of the scissor and glue work. Enjoy!

Supplies:

  • 2 sheets of kids craft foam in different colors (found in the children’s aisle in craft stores)
  • Child’s photo
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1 Pipe cleaner
  • 6″ piece of thin ribbon

 

  1. Using the template provided here, trace the shapes onto the craft foam (the easiest way to do this is by cutting out the shapes, laying them onto the craft foam, and tracing around them with a pen). Trace the large heart and small circle on one color of foam (this will be the body of the angel). Trace the two smaller hearts onto the other color of craft foam (these will be the wings). Cut out the foam shapes and set aside.
    Ornament Shapes
  2. Trace the small circle onto your child’s photo. Make sure the circle is covering your child’s face, as this will become the face of the angel. (Note: a photo printed on cardstock or regular printer paper works well.)
  3. Make the angel’s body by gluing the large heart and small circle together as shown in the photo below.
    Angel Body
  4. Next, attach the angel’s wings by gluing the small hearts onto the body as shown in the photo below.
    Ornament Wings
  5. Set aside to dry completely.
  6. Take 1/2 of a pipe cleaner (about 5″) and form a small circle at one end with a twist. This is your angel’s halo and should be about the size of a quarter.
    Halo
  7. Using glue, sandwich the halo’s stem between your photo and the circular foam piece. This part is a little tricky and it may be helpful to gently crease your photo down the middle to make room for the pipe cleaner. If your photo or pipe cleaner does not cooperate for whatever reason, skip this step. Your ornament will be just as cute without a halo!
    Placing Halo
  8. Once everything is fully dry, take a 6″ piece of ribbon and form a loop. Glue the loop to the back of your angel as shown in the photo below. Let dry and then hang on your tree!

Placing Ribbon

Feel free to decorate with glitter, stickers, markers, or more glitter!

Angel Ornament

 

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Jennifer Potter is a Smyrna-based artist who deeply believes art empowers and enriches the child in all of us. You can follow her work at facebook.com/thiswingedheart.