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DIY Holiday Gift: Christmas Ornament with Popsicle Sticks

December 23, 2016

 

Everyone loves a sentimental gift.  What's a better way to gift a holiday present to your loved ones than by crafting a DIY project?

 

I’ve put together this easy tutorial to show all craftsy individuals how to make Christmas Tree Ornaments--it’s fun, easy, and only takes about 5 minutes! 

 

You can also watch our Chopsticks Alley Live - Episode 10 for a video tutorial.  (Fast forward video to 13:30 minutes)

 

These arts and crafts materials can be bought at your local art stores such as Michaels, Target or Walmart. If you want to save some big bucks, you can also find them on Amazon.

 

Materials:

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Pom pom balls

  • Small jingle bells

  • Yarn

  • Brown construction paper

  • Elmer’s glue

  • Optional: markers, paint, glitter
     

 

Feel free to use any color that you’d like for these materials. Be creative!

 

Step 1:

  • Cut about 5 inches of yarn. You can make it shorter or longer, depending on how short/long you’d like to hang the ornament on your Christmas tree. Double knot the ends so that it’s secure. This is the loop where you will use to hang the ornament.

  • Next, cut a small rectangle out of the brown construction paper. This will serve as the Christmas tree trunk.

 

Step 2:

  • You will need 3 popsicle sticks.

  • Use Elmer’s glue to glue both ends of all 3 sticks together to form a triangle.

  • Glue the log that you cut out in Step 1 to the bottom of the triangle. (Glue on the backside of your ornament).

  • Glue the knotted yarn from Step 1 to the top point of the triangle. This is the loop you will use to hang the ornament. (Remember to only put glue on the backsides of your ornaments.)

 

Step 3:

  • Time to decorate! Feel free to get as creative as you’d like. Here, I decided to wrap some yarn around the popsicle sticks to act as garlands. Additionally, I strung some jingle bells through the yarn, and wrapped the yarn around the popsicle sticks. If you are going for a simpler, minimalist look, you can just glue some pom poms around the triangle.

 

To make this more personable and sentimental, you can cut and glue photos to the backside of your ornament and use the triangle as a frame around the photo.

 

Voila! You have a dangling Christmas tree frame for your Christmas tree and loved ones. Markers, paint, and glitters can be used to decorate the Christmas tree frame however you like.

 

 

 

 

 

Jullianne Pham

Contributor

With her driving passion of health sciences, Jullianne aims to provide service, research, and education towards Asian-American communities in order to close the gap of health disparities that people of color face. She has worked alongside physicians and surgeons in the San Joaquin County as a Decision Medicine Intern, and has worked closely with the Vietnamese-American community in the Bay Area to raise awareness about unspoken diseases as a Community Health Outreach Intern at the Asian Liver Center of Stanford University. As an aspiring Physician Assistant with a concentrated service within the Asian-American community, Jullianne hopes to discuss and expose the unspoken diseases and health issues that do not create dialogue within the Vietnamese household and community.

 

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