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?
Here are the Teddy Bear Ornaments I shared earlier this week.
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.
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.
And, don’t forget a few extra gloves to make these Penguin Ornaments.
These Skiing Penguins are the easiest of all, and a fun Christmas ornaments for the kids to DIY.
Who has plans to make the Teddy Bear or Panda Bear Ornaments? Or are you crafting something else this weekend?