Papier Mache’ Ornaments

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

We loved their simplicity and cheeriness so much that we had to do to a variation for the holidays. The little sculpted faces were too cute to pass up!

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

For our holiday ornaments, we settled on Santa, Mrs. Claus and a pair of elves, but you can decide for yourself who you want to create. Instead of stringing them into a garland like before, we kept the integrity of the ornament ball, leaving the string loop so they could hang individually.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

Again, to keep the mess to a minimum, the base of these ornaments are store bought papier maché ornament balls. With a little air-dry clay for facial features and some paint to give it color, these ornaments are much simpler than they appear. Seriously. You can make these.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

Just think how darling these would be peeking out from the boughs of the Christmas tree! Or you could made a set as a fun gift. I break it down step-by-step below. Let’s get to making!

 

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

Supplies:

-papier maché ornament balls -air-dry clay -paint -paint pens or permanent markers (for fine details) -felt, optional

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

This project starts out with sculpting facial features. Noses, cheeks, pointy ears for the elves, facial hair, eye brows and chins.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

The next step is paint and specifically, layering the paint to get the best results. The first layer was the skin tone followed by the hair colors.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

That step was followed by cheeks, lips and eyes. Regarding the eyes, I like to put down white first to make the color I chose for the eyes really pop.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

I did go back to Mrs. Claus and amped up her hair by adding clay to her hairline.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

To finish, I used a marker to add fine details around the eyes and lips.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

To give the Claus’s a more festive look, I added a scalloped circle at the base of Mrs. Claus’s face and a simple felt hat to Santa.

DIY Papier Maché Ornaments. Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves!   |   Design Mom

Then hang them on the tree!

Crafty Villain and my peeps.

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Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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