Melt-your-heart Handmade Christmas gift idea: DIY an adorable Panda Bear Ornament

If Tuesday’s Teddy Bear Ornaments didn’t melt your heart, then surely this DIY Panda Bear Ornament will! I don’t know which one is cuter, and there’s no reason to pick – make the Teddy Bear and the Panda Bear Ornaments! Handmade ornaments are perfect for gift giving, too, and many of you shared that you’re making ornaments this year. Who on your list wouldn’t want a Panda Bear Ornament?

Panda Bear Ornament! So cute, and made with socks and a Styrofoam ball.

Panda Bear Ornament by Kathleen George.

Here are the Teddy Bear Ornaments I shared earlier this week.

Too cute! DIY with fuzzy socks over on

Teddy Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

To make a Panda Bear Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Knit glove in white
  • Fuzzy sock, adult size in black, or a black glove
  • Patterned sock for scarf and hat
  • Felt, black scrap
  • Googly eyes, ¼”
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8” (hanger)
  • Blush or chalk in pink
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; tape measure; rubber band; table knife with thin edge; tapestry needle

To make a Panda Bear Ornament:

1. Mark the center top of the 3” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using a pencil. Measure 2” down from the center top, and place a rubber band around the ball. Be sure the rubber band is evenly placed all the way around. Using a sharp pencil, score a deep line along the rubber band. You will use this line to tuck the fabric into the ball.

2. Cut a 4” circle from the white sock and a 6” circle from the black glove or sock. (Note: See “Hint” in Step 4 if your sock is not large enough to cut out a 6” circle.)

3. Center the white fabric circle over the top of the ball, and pin it in place at the top. Gently stretch fabric down over the ball, and ¼” past the scored line. Using the thin edge of a table knife, tuck the ¼” seam allowance into the scored line around the ball. Stretch the fabric as you go, so that it’s smooth.

4. Repeat, using the black circle to cover the lower half of the ball. Hint: If your sock was not large enough to cut out a 6” circle, push the ball down into the toe of sock and cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra ¼” for your seam. Tuck the seam allowance into the scored line.

5. Add ears:

  • Using the pattern, cut out four ears.
  • With right sides together, sew the pairs together with a ¼” seam.
  • Trim seam and turn right side out.
  • Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge, and glue to the side of the panda bear’s head (see photo).
  • Secure with pins while glue dries.
Adorbs! DIY Panda Bear Ornament on

Older children can make these cuties, but be sure an adult handles the knife used to tuck the fabric into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

6. Add the face:

  • Cut from black felt two, ¾” long ovals from black felt.
  • Glue ovals to panda’s face for eyes, and then glue a googly eye onto each oval.
  • Cut from black felt a tiny triangle for a nose and a V shape for the mouth, and a small strip to connect the two.
  • Glue features to face.

7. Make the scarf:

  • Cut a 1-3/4” x 12” strip from the decorative sock.
  • Fold strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.
  • Stitch a very small seam along the long edge.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Tie scarf around the bear, covering the seam line.

8. Blush cheeks and ears with blush or pink chalk.

9. Thread tapestry needle with ¼” ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the fabric at the center top of head, and knot ends.

While you’re shopping for supplies, pick up a few more white socks to DIY these Sock Penguins.

This Penguin Ornament is too cute, and made from socks. Tutorial on

Penguin Sock Ornament by Kathleen George.

And, don’t forget a few extra gloves to make these Penguin Ornaments.

DIY Penguin Ornaments on

These Skiing Penguins are the easiest of all, and a fun Christmas ornaments for the kids to DIY.

Skiing Penguin Ornaments on

Skiing Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Who has plans to make the Teddy Bear or Panda Bear Ornaments? Or are you crafting something else this weekend?

Happy crafting!


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15 Responses to Melt-your-heart Handmade Christmas gift idea: DIY an adorable Panda Bear Ornament

  1. Audrey Smith says:

    Love these ornaments. Can’t wait to make them!

  2. CraftyB says:

    The teddy might be my fave, but the penguins and panda are very close runners up. All kinds of roly poly cuteness!!

    • Sharon says:

      I know — they are the cutest ornaments! And fun gift ideas, too. When do you plan to decorate your tree — do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving? Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    With this sudden cold snap we are having, it feels like we should all be creating Christmas ornaments and Christmas gifts. Aren’t these adorable bears, penguins, and big bears! It is always good to have a couple of extra gifts like these on hand when friends drop by. They would be precious adding on top a plate of homemade Christmas cookies. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sharon says:

      We just had our first snow of the season, too, Angie. The grass is covered, but it may all melt in a day or two. I love your holiday strategy — it’s a great idea to keep a couple of “just in case” gifts on hand, and lots of cookies, too, of course! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  4. kelleysdiy says:

    Oh..these are so adorable Sharon!! So creative!

  5. Anne Haun says:

    Cute projects!!

  6. Soooo sweet!! I love both the panda and the penguin! We may have a whole zoo of ornaments by the time I am done this year! LOL It’ll be a jungle at my house! Have a great weekend and Jenna says HELLO Friend!

    • Sharon says:

      Love that — a “jungle”! What fun! I think these are super cute, too, and Kathleen George has a remarkable talent! Be sure to share photos of your “zoo” — I’d love to see them! Happy crafting. Sharon

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