DIY Christmas Ornament Title

A Playful Kitty Tutorial

Want a Christmas ornament featuring your kitty? You’re in luck! I’m going to show you how I made the adorable ornament featuring Cinco that you see above. This design is easy and totally customizable to fit your Christmas tree decoration scheme. Even better yet – it isn’t a breakable ornament! Your cat can knock it off the tree as many times as he/she wants to and it will remain intact.

What You Will Need

DIY Christmas Ornament Supplies

These supplies can be found at any craft store.

  • A photo of your cat on regular printing paper.
  • A smooth Styrofoam ball with a hole in one end.
  • White embroidery lace
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic paint
    • White
    • Whatever other colors you like (I used red and brown)
  • Quick dry tacky glue
  • A clear sealer (I used Modge Podge Puzzle Saver)
  • Glitter glue
  • A twist tie
  • A Christmas ornament hook
  • Scissors

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 1

Time to do a little bit of cutting. Cut the cat out of the photo and hold it against the styrofoam ball to make sure it will fit the way you want it to fit. You may need to print it a few times to get it to the right size. When you have found a position that you like that cat in (with the hole on the styrofoam ball facing up) mark the outline of the cat with a pencil on the ball. This is just for your own reference in the next step. These pencil marks will not show when you are finished.

Also, cut out the designs from the embroidery lace. You will need these in the next step.

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 1

Cut outs from the lace and the photo of Cinco.

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 2

Use the quick dry tacky glue to glue the designs from the embroidery lace all over the ball. Make sure not to place them within the outline you drew of your cat. I placed my lace flowers in a fairly random order. Allow the glue time to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 2

Helpful hint – Using a paintbrush to spread the glue will make the process less messy.

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 3

It’s time to paint! This will cover up the pencil outline of your kitty, so you may want to make mental notes of where it goes in comparison to your lace cutouts. First, put a white layer of paint over the whole styrofoam ball (lace designs included). This will help more of your colored paint to show up rather than getting stuck in holes. Once the white paint has completely dried, go over the styrofoam ball again with the other color(s) you have chosen. If you don’t like the color you chose, don’t panic, just go over the ball again in white. Allow your paint to dry completely before going on to the next step.

I wanted an antique sort of look for my ornament, so I chose a faded red (pinkish). I mixed together red and white to achieve this color. Then with a very wet brush, I went over the ball again with a chestnut brown and immediately dabbed off the moisture with paper towel. This leaves just a tint of the brown and a bit of an antique look.

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 3

I made a mistake on my first attempt. I used black paint and didn’t like it. You can see some of it left over. Art is knowing which mistakes to keep 🙂

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 4

Let’s add the kitty! Use a thin layer of your quick dry tacky glue to place your cat picture onto the styrofoam ball. Allow that glue to dry completely. Fix everything in place by brushing a coat of sealer over the top of the whole ball (photo included). Allow this to dry completely as well.

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 4

Cinco looking nice and shiny.

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 5

Use glitter glue (and any other embellishments) to finish up your decorating. Allow the glitter glue to dry. I used a silver glitter glue and outlined the photo of Cinco and all of the flowers. It smudged a bit as I handled the ball giving the ornament a glowing look.

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 5

I had a little too much fun with the glitter glue. Totally worth it!

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 6

Now that hole on the top of the ornament will come in handy. Take the twist tie and make a small loop at the top. Twist the rest of the twist tie together. Fill the hole in the top of the ornament with quick dry glue and put the twisted end of the twist tie into it. Leave a little steam sticking out with the twist tie loop. Allow the glue to dry completely.

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 6

Finally that drawer full of twist ties is coming in handy.

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Cat Lovers: Step 7

Last step! Tie your ribbon around the twist tie and glue the knot down to the ornament. This will hide the twist tie and help to hold it in place. Allow the glue to dry completely. Finally, add an ornament hook and hang it on your tree!

DIY Christmas Ornament Step 7

Don’t add a ribbon if you think it will be a problem for your cat.

 

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The end result!