Stick Figure Ornaments

An afternoon of making ornaments is a great way to get kids into the holiday spirit. These make wonderful package toppers, especially for a gift going to a grandparent or a special teacher.


An adult should do the cutting described in Step 1. Apply paint to the back and side edges of each stick as well as to the front. Use any color felt you like for the penguin's hat and scarf.

What You Need:
Enlarge Image From left to right: Perky Penguin, Merry Reindeer, Natty Nutcracker.
  • Scissors or sharp pruning shears
  • 2 wooden crafts sticks: 1 narrow (3/8 inch wide) and 1 jumbo (3/4 inch wide)
  • Orange crafts foam or orange felt
  • Blue felt
  • 2 beady eyes, 3/16-inch
  • 2 beady eyes, 3/16-inch
  • Thick white crafts glue or a low-temperature glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Acrylic crafts paint in black and white
  • 1/2 inch flat paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • 3-inch length of 1/8 inch white ribbon
  • 8-inch length of 1/8-inch white ribbon
Instructions:

1. Cut 1-1/2 inches from each end of the narrow crafts stick for the wings. Discard the rest of the narrow stick.

2. Paint the jumbo crafts stick white and let it dry. Paint the wings black. Paint a narrow line of black along the edges of the white jumbo stick.

3. Cut beak and feet from orange crafts foam or orange felt. To shape feet, draw 2 teardrop shapes approximately 3/4 inch long. Make 3 toes by making 2 small V-shaped indents in the larger end, and rounding edges after cuts.

4. Glue the eyes, beak, and feet to the body. Glue the feet to the back of the body, at the bottom.

5. Glue the wings to the body. Glue them onto the back, about 2 inches from the top.

6. Add hat. Cut a 1 x 4-inch strip of blue felt. Fold it in half (to form a 1 x 2-inch doubled piece) and tie the 3-inch length of ribbon 1/2 inch from the fold to gather the top of the hat. Clip the fold, then cut the felt to fringe it. Glue the top of the penguin's head inside the open ends of the hat.

7. Add scarf. Cut a long, narrow strip of matching felt (about 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide) for the scarf. Fringe the ends and glue scarf in place.

8. Add hanging loop. Glue both ends of the 8-inch length of ribbon to the back of the ornament, just below the hat. Let glue dry.

An adult should do the cutting described in Step 1. Apply paint to the back and side edges of each stick as well as to the front.

What You Need:
Enlarge Image From left to right: Perky Penguin, Merry Reindeer, Natty Nutcracker.
  • Scissors or sharp pruning shears
  • 1 wooden crafts stick, jumbo (3/4 inch wide)
  • Small piece of brown crafts foam (about 4 inches)
  • 2 beady eyes, 5/16-inch size
  • 1 red mini pompom
  • 1 small jingle bell
  • Thick white crafts glue or a low-temperature glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Acrylic crafts paint in brown
  • 1/2 inch flat paintbrush
  • Black dimensional paint
  • Ruler
  • 6-inch length of 1/8 inch red ribbon
  • 8-inch length of jute (or red 1/8 inch ribbon)
Instructions:

1. Cut the crafts stick in half so it's about 3 inches long. Paint the stick brown. Let paint dry.

2. Add antlers. Draw two antlers onto craft foam and cut out. (Or draw a pattern on lightweight cardboard, cut it out, then trace and cut two shapes from foam.) Glue the antlers to the back of the head.

3. Add facial features. Glue the eyes about 1 inch from the top of the crafts stick. Use black dimensional paint to draw the nose and mouth line, then glue the red pompom in place as shown in photo. Let dry.

4. Add hanging loop. Glue both ends of the 8-inch length of jute or ribbon to the back of the ornament at the top. Let glue dry.

5. Tie the jingle bell to the hanger with shorter length of ribbon.Trim ends of ribbon to desired length.

An adult should do the cutting described in Step 1. Apply paint to the back and side edges of each stick as well as to the front.

What You Need:
Enlarge Image From left to right: Perky Penguin, Merry Reindeer, Natty Nutcracker.
  • Scissors or sharp pruning shears
  • 3 wooden crafts sticks: 2 narrow (3/8 inch wide) and 1 jumbo (3/4 inch wide)
  • Ruler
  • 1 small star sticker
  • Thick white crafts glue or a low-temperature glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Acrylic crafts paint in red, dark blue, black, and desired flesh tone
  • 1/2 inch flat paintbrush
  • Opaque paint markers in yellow, white, and black
  • 8-inch length of 1/8 inch red ribbon
Instructions:

1. Cut one narrow stick in half for the arms. Cut a 1-inch piece from each end of the second narrow stick for the boots.

2. Measure from the top of the jumbo stick and make tiny marks at 1 inch, 2 inches, and 3-3/4 inches.

3. Paint as follows: Apply flesh-tone paint between the 1-inch and 2-inch marks and to the rounded ends of the arm sticks. Apply red paint from the 2-inch mark to the 3-3/4 inch mark. Paint the remaining sections of the arm sticks red. Paint the remaining areas of the jumbo stick blue. Paint the boots black. Let paint dry.

4. Add details. Paint the face and uniform details as shown in photo, using paint markers. Adhere a star sticker to the hat.

5. Glue the arms to the body. Align the top with the top of the red paint on body, and allow arms to extend beyond the body about 1/4 inch on either side.

6. Glue the boots to the bottom of the body, allowing the ends to extend slightly beyond the bottom of the body stick. Let glue dry.

7. Add hanging loop. Glue both ends of the ribbon to the back of the ornament at the top.


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