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DIY Mini Ornaments are Darling for Christmas

You’ll love this project in which I turned mini plaques into DIY mini ornaments for Christmas. Use Mod Podge and holiday scrapbook paper.

Mini DIY Christmas ornaments

Check out my holiday minis – aka, DIY Christmas ornaments! Remember when I did the Halloween ones? Well they are back – like a bad penny – this time in perfect holiday shades.

Am I the only one who likes brights this time of year? Colors that are non-typical? I know my readers by now, and you do! Here’s what you’ll need to make this cute wood Christmas craft.

DIY Mini Ornaments

Gather These Supplies

  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Bright Baby Pink, Magenta, Teal
  • FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Hologram
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Wood mini plaques – I got these shapes from Michaels, each were $1
  • Wood shape – I chose a gingerbread man, $.29 at Michaels
  • Scrapbook paper – grab something Christmas themed
  • Embellishments – all were from my stash: ribbon, self-adhesive rhinestones, buttons, paper flowers, small letters
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Spare sheets of plain paper
Tracing the edge of a plaque with a marker

I always trace the shapes for my finished project first. Why? Because if pencil/pen marks get on my surface, then I can paint over them.

Start by tracing the top of the minis onto your spare sheets of plain paper. These will be your templates for cutting out the scrapbook papers later on.

Tracing a gingerbread shape on paper with a pen

At this time you should also trace any wood shapes you are going to use (like my gingerbread man). Set those sheets aside – you’ll cut them while the paint is drying on your project.

Painted wood plaques

Choose what papers you want to use from your pretty scrapbook papers – figure out which paper goes on which mini and then choose corresponding paint colors. Paint the minis accordingly. You will have to paint several coats of all colors.

Allow to dry. Don’t forget to paint the edges of any wood pieces you use! I painted my gingerbread man Magenta on the edge to match the plaque it was going on.

Painting the edge of the painted plaques with Extreme Glitter

At this point I used FolkArt Extreme Glitter in Hologram to *really* make my plaques sparkle. I painted 3 coats around the edges of all my minis, letting dry about 15 minutes between coats. Allow to dry after the last coat.

Using a circle cutter on a piece of paper

You are now going to cut the paper(s). Grab your templates and place them down onto the scrapbooking paper. Cut out the shapes of the plaques and of the gingerbread man. The circle plaque is nice because you can just use a circle cutter on that one.

Apply Mod Podge to the top of the plaque with a paintbrush

When your plaques are dry, adhere these paper pieces to the fronts of the plaques and wood piece(s) using the Mod Podge. Try not to get any on the edges of the minis because it will cause the glitter to dull.

Smoothing paper down on the top of a wood plaque

Completely smooth out all air bubbles and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Applying Mod Podge to the top of the wood plaques

Coat the fronts of the minis again with at least two coats of Mod Podge. Allow to dry completely.

Gluing buttons around the edge of the plaque

Here’s the fun part – go crazy with embellishments! Check out my picture to see what I did. Use your craft glue to glue any wood pieces down, then add embellishments as desired. Try to use items in your stash; it’s fun!

Allow your Mod Podge ornaments to dry for at least 24 hours before using.

Mini DIY Christmas ornaments

What do you think of these DIY mini ornaments? Would you make them for Christmas? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to visit the following projects:

By Deva

Friday 18th of December 2009

Wow so beautiful!!!


Sunday 13th of December 2009

these are downright adorable! love the papers you chose too!


Saturday 12th of December 2009

Darling! Darling! Darling!Anyone who knows me expects hot pink, lime, turquoise, and yellow for Christmas colors!I love this medium! My K-1 class(private art/ craft) calls it Hodge Podge!


Friday 11th of December 2009

*Squeal* SO CUTE!!!!


Friday 11th of December 2009

Yeah, me too.....digging the teal and pink!