Are you looking for fun and easy decoupage ornaments to make for Christmas? These are so fun and sparkly – any age can try them!
Skills Required: None: Grab a bottle of Mod Podge and some scissors. This is one of the most simple projects you’ll ever do.
I know that right now many of you have little ones at home – they are out of school, it’s cold outside and they are bored. They might need some fun kids Christmas crafts! Kids love making Christmas ornaments!
Good news – Mod Podge is here to help. Since many of you are also setting up trees this weekend, you can set your kids at a table with these fabric scrap Christmas ornaments and let them go to town.
You know – adults actually love making these too. They are perfect for leftover fabric scraps if you’re a seamstress, and you can make some pretty pleasing color combinations with your scraps. Once you are done, slap them on the tree (okay, not so much slapping as placing).
These Mod Podge ornaments are so easy and inexpensive, you probably have everything you need already, and your kids are going to have a great time.
(learn how to make a Christmas wreath for kids here!)
Gather These Supplies
- Mod Podge – your choice of flavors. I used Glitter Gold, Glitter Silver, and Gloss. Glitter Mod Podge is no longer available so I recommend either Sparkle or Extreme Glitter
- Paper mache ornaments – as many as you want to make
- Fabric scraps – I didn’t have any holiday ones specifically so I bought 1/8 yard pieces from JoAnn. They were only around $.30 a piece with the sales right now
- Embellishments – whatever you have laying around; I used ribbon and buttons
- Flat paintbrush – one for everyone!
- Craft Glue
Here are the goods to make the kids Christmas ornaments. A couple of paper balls and some fabric. Oh, styrofoam works too, but I liked these because the hanger was attached. I have little patience when it comes to hanger-ing.
Cut your fabric into manageable bits – circles, squares, octahedrons – whatever! Parents, you obviously might want to do this part depending on the child’s age.
Kids love to get messy, and so do I! Work one or two shapes at a time, putting Mod Podge down on the ball and then placing the fabric squares. Tell the kids not to do too big of an area at once – we don’t want crying when the Mod Podge dries and nothing sticks!
Kids should keep coating and adding fabric. I had a great time! I fully believe adults should join in on kids Christmas crafts. Do you?
Cover the entire ball.
Use your Glitter decoupage medium to coat the outsides. It’s so fun and it really sparkles. Add as many coats as you like!
Set the decoupage ornaments aside to dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Use your craft glue to add embellishments. I added buttons, ribbon, etc – whatever floats your boat!
Again, make sure your glue is child safe if the little ones are going to be attaching embellishments. Set to dry for at least a few hours before hanging on the tree.
Your kids had a great time making these Mod Podge fabric ornaments, didn’t they? You probably did as well! This Christmas craft might be good for them to make as gifts for family members. You can even have them decoupage pictures of themselves or names on top.
And as I said, you can use Christmas fabrics for your decoupage ornaments, but it would also be fun to use any fabrics and embellishments you have lying around. I’d love to know what you would do in the comments!
Learn how to make these Mod Podge fabric ornaments with cute scraps! Perfect for your Christmas tree.
- Mod Podge - any formula
- Fabric scraps
- Embellishments - ribbons, buttons
- Craft glue
- Cut your fabric into manageable bits using the scissors.
- Add Mod Podge to the paper mache ornament - place a piece of fabric down and then brush over it to smooth it down.
- Repeat, continuing to add Mod Podge and place more fabric squares. As you cover one side of the ball, let it dry.
- Once the ball is dry, flip it over and complete the other side until the entire ornament is covered in fabric. Allow to dry.
- Use the craft glue to add embellishments to the ornaments. You can also cut a length of ribbon with scissors and tie around the middle.
- Set to dry for at least a few hours before hanging on the Christmas tree.
Did you and your kids love making these Mod Podge ornaments? I hope so! Let me know in the comments. I’d also love for you to check out these other ideas:
Mel the Crafty Scientist
Tuesday 10th of December 2013
Love this project - so pretty and so many possibilities! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )
-Mel the Crafty Scientist
Friday 21st of December 2012
Could you use clear glass ornaments? Thanks!
Friday 21st of December 2012
You definitely could but obviously they are breakable - and with kids I don't know if you'd want to do that. But definitely it would work!
Saturday 1st of December 2012
Help! I tried these and the fabric wouldn't stick. My Mod Podge was old - does that make any difference? I used styrofoam balls, and the fabric just fell off. I wondered if it was the balls (you used paper balls) or the ModPodge?.... or just me?
Sunday 2nd of December 2012
Styrofoam does take Mod Podge, but you have to use a BOATLOAD because the styro soaks it up. And Mod Podge shelf life is only 2 years - so I'd get new Mod Podge and paper balls ;D
Monday 5th of November 2012
I made these years and years (40+) ago BEFORE H.P. But H.P. makes much easier work out of them as a glue, coating AND embellishing (glitter). Can't wait to try it again with the grands!
Wednesday 10th of November 2010
These are so fun amy! I featured them :) https://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/mod-podge-fabric-ornaments/