Every year, some ladies in my area get together to exchange home made ornaments. Last year, I painted some wood slices with some hand lettered Christmas words, so I couldn’t do that again. I started to think through what I could do and since I love illustrating, I wanted to somehow incorporate that into my ornament. A brainstorming session with my husband resulted in these DIY Little Town Ornaments!
The ornament depicts a night winter scene, with sparkling snow along the bottom.
I wanted to make sure to include some Wintertime/Christmas basics, like trees in windows, wreaths on doors, and also the scenes of a church…
Fancy houses and apartment buildings…
As well as the local bakery and of course a toy store to buy Christmas presents!
I didn’t take photos as I went because this was an “after kids are asleep” craft (hello, glitter! Paint! Glue!), but I’ll give you the rundown!
- 2″ Wooden blocks (I bought mine here) I suggest Pine because they are lighter weight
- Fine Grit sandpaper
- Cardstock and Printer for Little Town File: DIY Little Town Ornaments
- Sponge Craft Brush
- White Craft Paint
- Mod Podge
- Super Fine White Glitter
- Twine or Ribbon
- Drill, drill bits
- Hot Glue gun, glue sticks
- Sand the edges of your blocks to smooth them.
- Paint the blocks with the white craft paint, and let dry completely.
- Print the town file on Cardstock, and cut out each scene. Each block with have 4 different house/shop scenes and a sky piece.
- Cover the block sides with Mod Podge, and adhere the town scene. Then cover the top with Mod Podge, and add the final sky piece to the top side.
- Allow to dry, then cover the top and sides with a final layer of Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Apply Mod Podge generously to the bottom and snow section of the Little Town scene. Dip in the Super Fine Glitter. Let dry.
- Drill hole in the top of the block to fit the twine.
- Cut twine to desired length, and loop. Add some glue into the drilled hole, and insert twine. Let dry.
That’s it! We did it assembly-line style and whipped out 9 ornaments in about 3 hours, including dry time (we set the blocks in front of a fan, ha!). They look sooooo cute, we love them! I can’t wait to share these ornaments with my friends!