I have another peppermint-theme Christmas craft today. This Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament is a cutie, and he will look adorable on the Christmas tree. Kids will love this sweet, Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament, but they will need some help with the DIY. If you are crafting with kids, be sure you cut the foam for them. If you’d like to see more red, & white, peppermint theme Christmas crafts, be sure to take a peek at the roundup I shared last week.
To make a Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls, one 2″ and six 1-1/2″
- Disc, 4″ x 1″
- Acrylic craft paint in red
- Grosgrain ribbon, red & white striped, ½” x 18”
- Twist ties in red/white, two (or substitute 1/8” wide ribbon)
- Half-round beads in black, 5mm, two
- Clear cellophane
- Pink chalk or cosmetic blush
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife* and old candle or bar of soap; sharp pencil; ruler; wood skewer; toothpicks; small round and liner paintbrushes
*If crafting with children, use a plastic knife.
To make a Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament:
1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut thin slices from the bottom and front of the 2″ foam ball (head).
2. Cut two, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half. Twist one half-ball (muzzle) against the flat front of the head, creating a snug joint. Glue muzzle to head.
3. Ears: Cut 1/3 from the bottom of two of the half balls. Glue ears to head with rounded sides facing the back. Save remaining half ball for another project.
4. Cut a thin slice from one side on each of the four remaining 1-1/2″ foam balls. These will be the arms and legs.
5. Using a sharp pencil, lightly score a peppermint stripe pattern on the front and back of the 4” foam disc. Paint alternating stripes red, and let dry. Turn disc over and paint the reverse side.
6. Insert skewers into the arms and legs and use the skewers as a handle. Paint each ball red, and let dry.
7. Paint a red, half-circle on the front of each ear. Using the liner brush, print nose and mouth on the bear’s face.
8. Wrap the peppermint disc in a square of cellophane; secure the ends with twist ties or 1/8” ribbon.
9. Cut three toothpicks in half. Push one half-toothpick into the cut side of each arm and leg and one into the bottom of the head, leaving 1/2″ of each toothpick exposed. Apply glue to end of each toothpick and push into peppermint disc. Refer to the photo for placement.
10. Glue beads to head for eyes. Blush cheeks with chalk using small brush.
11. Knot together ends of an 8″ length of ribbon. Glue knot to top of head.
12. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to neck.
How are your Christmas plans coming along? Is your tree up and decorated, gifts wrapped and cookies baked? Or are you like me and wondering when it will all get done? (I have four batches of cookie dough in the fridge, but not one cookie baked . . .)
I’ll have another easy ornament for the kids to DIY on Friday, so I’ll see you then!