I went to a Montessori school from pre-school to third grade, and every year, we’d DIY Christmas ornaments to bring home to our parents. There was a little red sleigh made of popsicle sticks; a paint-dipped pinecone COVERED in multi-colored glitter, an old-fashioned clothespin painted to look like a toy soldier; and a reindeer made of popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and pom-poms. I remember because my mom still hangs them on the Christmas tree year after year 🙂 Because of the lovely and wonderful memories these ornaments have made, we decided to carry-on the tradition and craft a few of our own ornaments this year, including this cute little winter hat with jingle bells!!
- Glossy red spray paint (we used Rust-Oleum)
- White Sharpie paint pen
- Sparkly Pom-Pom (we found a silver/white and red Christmas pack at Michaels)
- 2 Mini Jingle Bells (we got this red and green set from Pier One)
- Red Bakers Twine (or embroidery floss)
- Mini clay pot (can’t remember where we got these, might have been Walmart or Michaels)
- Long straight needle
- You’ll need to first spray paint the little clay pot, a couple of coats inside and out. It should have a nice, glossy red finish when it’s completely dry. (Please do this in a well-ventilated area. We don’t want anyone getting sick or passing out.)
- Next, thread the needle with the bakers twine. Poke through the hole in the bottom of the clay pot, then through the middle of the pom-pom, then back down through both again to create a loop (for hanging on the Christmas tree).
- You should now have two strands hanging from the hole on the inside of the pot. Tie one of the mini jingle bells to each strand.
- With your white Sharpie paint pen, make your design. We did a simple, little zigzag. But you can do whatever floats your boat. Don’t forget to put the year to date on it!!
Now, you can totally make these hats in any color you want!! Red, white, green, blue, silver, gold, etc. Hand them out to friends as a favor from your Christmas cookie swap or party, or keep bunches of them for yourself!! Either way, they’re cute and fun!! Kids will love to make them too 🙂
More from our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and Crafts blog series:
- Mrs Fields Eggnog Cookies
- Sharpie Paint Pens: Christmas Glasses
- DIY Holiday Hostess Gifts
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
- Glitter Heart Ornaments
- Tuxedo Brownie Bites Recipe
- Noodle Bake Recipe
- Christmas Cocktails: Cranberry, Pomegranate & Prosecco
- DIY Gold Glitter Mason Jars