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DIY Christmas Ornaments – Crinkle Paper Character Ornaments

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I love this time of the year! There are so many fun crafts and delicious foods to make, I rarely know where to start! I had so much fun making these two Grinch Christmas Ornaments, I just had to make some more! It’s hard to pick which of the two is my favorite, so today I decided to make some using the crinkled shredded paper, and later this week, I’ll do some more using candy. And you know what I love best about these DIY Christmas ornaments? They are quick, easy and inexpensive! 

Made with colored crinkle paper shreds, these DIY Christmas Ornaments are not only fun, they are inexpensive and so easy the whole family can help!

Made with colored crinkle paper shreds, these DIY Christmas Ornaments are not only fun, they are inexpensive and so easy the whole family can help!

Although I used my Cricut Explore Air, these ornaments will turn out just as cute using craft paint, markers and even buttons, pom-poms and wiggly eyes! If you are using a die cutting machine, I let you know below where you can find the SVG files I used. So, are you ready to see how to make these incredibly cute DIY Christmas Ornaments?

How to Make DIY Christmas Ornaments

Each of these DIY Christmas Ornaments are made pretty much the same way. The only thing that differs is the colors, facial features and extras. All of them will look great on the tree, and they also make a wonderfully unique gift! Best of all, they are so easy to make the whole family can help. It’s a great way to make special holiday memories together!


Here’s What You Will Need to Make the DIY Christmas Ornaments

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Snowman svg file (I found mine on Etsy)
Reindeer svg file (also from Etsy)

Santa Belt svg file (this one I made, and you can get it HERE)
Cricut or other die cutting machine
Vinyl such as Oracle 651 in red, orange, cream, brown, black and silver
12 x 12 Cutting mat
Transfer tape
Clear, plastic disc ornaments
Clear, plastic round ornaments 
Red crinkle cut paper shreds (like those you find in Easter baskets)
Brown crinkle cut paper shreds

White crinkle cut paper shreds
Red craft paint
Brown craft paint
Metallic Silver craft cord to make the loops for hanging the ornaments
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

For the Reindeer
Brown pipe cleaners for antlers

For the Snowmen
Mini black felt top hat for the snowmen (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Tiny holly and berry charms/embellishments (Hobby Lobby) Similar to these
Black Glitter Trim Ribbon 
3/8″ (Hobby Lobby) Similar to this 

If you like to shop on Amazon, you can purchase many of these supplies by clicking them in the above list. These are affiliate links so if you make a purchase using them, I’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can also find many of these supplies at any craft store, and even some at dollar stores.

Here’s How You Make the DIY Christmas Ornaments

Before getting started, wash the outside of both ornaments to remove any fingerprints, oil or other dirt.

Next, remove the silver caps from your ornaments and paint them brown for the reindeer, and red for the Santa’s. There’s no need to paint the Snowman lids since the hats will cover them. Tip: I like to use a paperclip to hold them while I paint them and while they dry!


While the lids are drying, fill each ornament with the crinkle paper shreds using brown for the reindeer, white for the snowmen and red for the Santa’s.


Next, if you are using a die cutting machine, open your svg files in Design Space or whatever program your machine uses. Size the files to make sure the faces will fit the ornaments. To give you a general idea of sizes, here are mine:

  • for the round Snowman ornament, I sized mine to 1.79″ wide by 1.6″ high then ungrouped them. 
  • the round Reindeer ornament I sized to 2.28″ wide by 3.32″ high then ungrouped and removed the antlers
  • for the disc Reindeer ornament I sized to 2.48″ wide by 3.62″ high
  • for Santa’s belt, I seized the belt 10″ wide by 0.5″ high, and the buckle 0.9″ wide by 0.5″ high

Next, apply the vinyl to the mat, set your machine to the ‘vinyl’ setting, and let it do its thing. Once everything is cut, weed the vinyl, then use transfer tape to apply the vinyl to the ornaments. Tip: slightly bend the transfer paper and apply the middle part first. Then work your way smoothing to one side and then the side. 


If you are not using a die cutting machine, use craft paint or markers along with black buttons for the snowmen, and wiggly eyes and red pom poms for the reindeer. 

Below are more specific instructions for each ornament.

Santa’s Belt

Simply add the vinyl belt around the middle of the ornament, and then place the silver buckle on top of the belt. You could also paint the belt and buckle, or use construction paper.



First, add the ears, eyes and nose. Next, make the antlers by taking 3 pipe cleaners (about 4-5″ long) and make sure they are even on one end. Begin twisting them together starting from the middle and working outwards. Make sure you leave enough untwisted pipe cleaner at both ends to form the actual antlers.
Once you have them made, wrap the twisted part around the back side of the ornament’s neck, and hot glue in place. Lastly, fold the antler’s upward and out.



Using hot glue, attach a length of black ribbon around the bottom of the part of the hat. Next, hot glue the holly and berry charm on one side slightly above the ribbon.
Then, using a razor knife, carefully cut a small slit in the very top of the hat to thread the silver string through. Now thread the string through the loop on the ornament’s lid, pull the 2 ends of the thread up through the slit in the hat, and tie it off to form a loop.

Finally, glue the hat to the ornament to help it stay secure.

DIY Christmas Ornaments-snowman

And there you have it, three super cute DIY Christmas Ornaments to bring a smile to everyone’s face!


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Do you have a favorite handmade Christmas Ornament? Share with us in the comments below!

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Lindsey Sauls

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

How much filler paper do you need to make 150 ornaments

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Hi Lindsey, I haven't made that many, but I can tell you that each one took about 1 cup worth of filler paper. So I would think you could get at least 10-12 per bag if not more. Sorry I couldn't be more exact.

Cassandra J. Robinson

Friday 23rd of December 2016

I love your idea of DIY Christmas ornaments here. So beautiful and creative. I will make it for the next Christmas decorations in our house. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your creative ideas. Surely, many of your readers follow this created DIY Christmas ornaments. Happy Holidays everyone!

xoxo, Cassandra

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