Today I’m sharing how to make something special for the holidays: 3-D Christmas Scene Ornaments.
They’re a cute way to add the real spirit of Christmas to the tree and share the message of the season that young and old alike can enjoy:
These can be used in many more ways than as ornaments too….DIY snow globes, on wreathes, table top decorations and anywhere else that needs a little seasonal sprucing. The built-in backgrounds and 3-dimensional effect make them really charming:
– Cardstock, sandpaper and/or craft foam sheets
– Craft wood circles
– Foam floor mat (or 1/2inch thick foam/wood/cardboard)
– Hot glue gun
– Fishing line/filament thread
I started with tracing the wooden circles onto the paper or foam that would make up the bases. I did 3 since I was doing 3 ornaments. I used some flocked paper that was sand colored:
I cut 3 of the wood circles to make a straight end (about 1/3 off a circle). I traced that shape onto the paper or foam that will be the background. Then hot glued the colored pieces onto the wood:
I ran a line of hot glue under the flat end of the cut wood and attach it to the base circle like this:
Now for the decorating! To do the Three Kings theme, I had a few foam craft stickers from a dinosaur set of my kids that worked perfectly (you could also hand-cut or use a cutting machine to make some). I used the palm trees as-is and trimmed down a dinosaur to make a sand dune:
I then attached those onto the background:
For the Good Shepherds, I cut a few pieces of flocked card stock, one for the backdrop and another smaller one that I folded under to add dimension.
Hot glued those into place and added the Christmas star and angel to the background:
For the Nativity theme, I cut some burlap into a stable shape, cut up a yellow grass piece of foam and grabbed to star shaped beads I could layer into a star with glue:
I added the button figures with more hot glue:
To build up the bottoms for trimming with my 5/8in ribbon, I cut up an old foam floor mat to make a circular base for each ornament. This works ideally, but thick cardboard or layers of thinner foam would work too since it all gets covered.
I added a bunch of hot glue to attach them to the wood bottoms:
Once cool, it was time to trim them with ribbon!
I cut 7 inch long pieces of ribbon and heat sealed the ends with a lighter:
Centering the text on the front of each ornament, then attached the ribbon with line of glue around the foam base.
Last, I cut a piece of filament thread, made a loop and put a dab of glue over the ends on the back of the ornaments.
Then they were ready to hang on the tree!
I really love how these turned out and having a full set of them as an “in-the-tree Nativity” is so nice too. The kids have fun looking at them and it’s been a fun DIY project for Christmas this year:)