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Tiny Santa Hat Christmas Ornament Craft (made with Dollar Tree items!)

Tiny Santa Hat Christmas Ornament Craft (made with Dollar Tree items!)

Are you looking for a cute and easy homemade Christmas tree ornament that you and your kids can together?

Well, look no further. Not only does this craft take about 15 minutes to make, but it’s made with several items that we found at Dollar Tree. (See the links below.)

We chose to put our tiny Santa hat on a plastic toy dinosaur, but of course you can use any animal or figurine you’d like.

 

Know someone who loves dinosaurs? Then check out these posts:

 

Craft Materials Needed

Santa craft supplies

 

Directions

  1. Place the bottle of tacky glue on the edge of the red cardstock, with half the bottle on, and half off. Trace the semi-circle shape onto the cardstock with a pencil. (You could also trace any other circular shape that is approximately 1 ½” in diameter.)

    Trace semicircle on red cardstock

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  3. Use scissors to cut out the red semi-circle.
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  5. Place the red semi-circle onto the white cardstock, and trace the semi-circle again.

    Trace white semicircle

     

    Drawn white semicircle

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  7. Cut out the white semi-circle, and then cut another semi-circle within the white, leaving you with an approximately ¼” rainbow shape.

    Cutting white semicircle

     

    White and red pieces cut out

     

  8. Fold the red semi-circle into a cone shape, and apply tacky glue to the seam to seal.

    Red cone with tacky glue

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  10. Apply tacky glue to the bottom border of the cone, and wrap the white rainbow shaped strip around.

    White bottom wrapped around red cone

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  12. Hot glue one small white pom pom to the top of the cone to complete your Santa hat.

    Hot glue on top of red cone

     

    Pompom on top of red cone to make santa hat

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  14. Hot glue the Santa hat to the dinosaur’s head.

    Hot glue dino head

     

    Santa hat on dinosaur head

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  16. Next, hot glue the mini tree to the inside of the ornament lid …

    Christmas tree on lid

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  18. … and hot glue the dinosaur’s feet diagonal to the tree.

    Christmas tree on lid

     

    Dino in lid

  19.  

  20. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner approximately 1 ½” long.

    Cut pipe cleaner

  21.  

  22. Bend into a slight curve, and hot glue pom poms to the pipe cleaner in alternating colors of red, green, and white.

    Green pompom on pipe cleaner

     

    3 pompoms on pipe cleaner

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  24. Apply hot glue to the ends of the pipe cleaner, and attach to the inside top of the ornament. (We found it easiest to hold the pipe cleaner between my pointer and middle finger to slide into the ornament.

    Pipe cleaner in ornament

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  26. Turn the ornament upside down, and pour in faux snow. Screw the lid onto the ornament.

    Pour in fake snow

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  28. Cut a piece of green and red ribbon approximately 12” long.

    Cut red and green ribbon

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  30. Thread through the ornament hook, and tie in a bow.

    Ribbon tied on top of ornament

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  32. Enjoy your ornament!

    Santa hat Christmas ornament

 

Santa hat Christmas ornament

Dollar Tree Santa Hat Ornament

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Sheet of red cardstock
  • Sheet of white cardstock
  • Small white pom-pom
  • Small plastic dinosaur (or other animal)
  • Sparkly pipe cleaner
  • Four small craft pom-poms
  • Mason jar-shaped DIY ornament
  • Package of faux snow
  • Red and green satin ribbon

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

  1. Place the bottle of tacky glue on the edge of the red cardstock, with half the bottle on, and half off. Trace the semi-circle shape onto the cardstock with a pencil.
  2. Use scissors to cut out the red semi-circle.
  3. Place the red semi-circle onto the white cardstock, and trace the semi-circle again.
  4. Cut out the white semi-circle, and then cut another semi-circle within the white, leaving you with an approximately ¼” rainbow shape.
  5. Fold the red semi-circle into a cone shape, and apply tacky glue to the seam to seal. Apply tacky glue to the bottom border of the cone, and wrap the white rainbow shaped strip around. Hot glue one small white pom pom to the top of the cone to complete your Santa hat, then glue the hat to the top of the dinosaur's head.
  6. Glue the mini tree to the inside of the ornament lid and hot glue the dinosaur’s feet diagonal to the tree.
  7. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner approximately 1 ½” long. Bend into a slight curve, and hot glue pom poms to the pipe cleaner in alternating colors of red, green, and white.
  8. Apply hot glue to the ends of the pipe cleaner, and attach to the inside top of the ornament.Turn the ornament upside down, and pour in faux snow. Screw the lid onto the ornament.
  9. Cut a piece of green and red ribbon approximately 12” long. Thread through the ornament hook, and tie in a bow.
  10. Enjoy your ornament!

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In addition to being available on Amazon, you can also buy Voss bottles at Kroger, Wal-Mart, or Whole Foods, or Target.

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