Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain3
Cleverly Cute Stick Ornaments
Popsicle, or craft, whatever you’d like to call this sticks, they are fun to work with. I will warn you, even though I am not obsessed, I have created a bunch of different ornaments using craft sticks and I will be sharing another post beyond this one. That makes three posts using craft sticks to make ornaments. A little much? You decide.
I’ve done a couple with candy canes, and love that I was able to change it up so that they looked different. I think the same thing applies with these cleverly cute stick ornaments. There are several ways to cut, shape, glue them to create ornaments and I wanted to explore it.
Today I am sharing my shaped ornaments that are more ‘people’ objects then shapes. For these, you will need regular sticks- like popsicles, and the larger sticks, tongue depressors.
I love a hot glue gun, because the glue sticks so much better then any liquid glue, and will keep for years. I also used beads for the heads of the angels, pre-cut wooden stars as well. Everything else can be cut with a razor knife or clipped off if you have tools available, I used a pair of nippers that easily cut through the wood. I use an old nail file to smooth some of the wood. You’ll need paint, markers, glue, glitter, garland, pipe cleaners as well.
For the angel. I used three large sticks, layering the third on the top in the center for the body. I added two cut sticks for the arms, and two for the legs, they can be cut once from the same two sticks. Then I added the star.
For the head, I added a center support to help give more glue room so that the bead wouldn’t just pop off.
For the nutcracker. I cut the tips of a large stick off, then added two smaller sticks with the tips cut off, braced in the back. I added a small strip for this hat, and then two more sticks for his legs.
Santa was made with two pieces of large stick and two small sticks braced with more small sticks , then small sticks glued for his hair and beard. two sticks at a point form his hat, and then I trimmed a large stick for the hat brim.
A quick sanding with a little sandpaper or old nail file will help get rid of any pointy parts and you can begin painting.
Here is what the ornaments look like with most of their painting. Flesh color and whatever color you’d like for your designs. I also cut out angel wings using some chipboard. You can use cereal boxes for this.
When finished painting, you can go ahead and add glitter to them. I used gold paint and then glittered that.
Just sprinkle the gold glitter over the wet paint.
The angel needs a bit more glitter since her wings and star are glittered.
Once they are dry, hot glue twine hangers on the tops of them, glue on wiggle eyes or draw them with a marker, the same for the belt and eyebrows on the nutcrackers. I touched them with a hint of pink chalk, or you can use cheap blush for the same results.
I didn’t forget about the Santa
Once he is painted. Flesh face, red hat, white beard. then take some dimensional paint and make swirls all over him.
Then add some pretty glitter to his beard.
Once he is totally done, you can add all the glitter, don’t forget to give him eyebrows.
He will be a very sparkly addition to your tree.