Handmade Charlotte

handmadecharlotte.com · Dec 15, 2014

Make A Set Of Wooden Animal Ornaments

With simple ears, eyes, and a nose, you will see a critter face instantly appear on these wooden baubles for your tree. They’re inspired by the heads in a vintage craft kit called Pixie Puppets, but with a modern feel. Decorate them in one or two colors, or make them your own with extra felt elements and paint!

What You Need

  • 1/8 inch wooden balls or dowel caps
  • Felt
  • Paint
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Craft and/or hot glue
  • Paint brush
  • Critter Pattern Piece PDF


Step 1

Cut a felt circle for a collar and two ear pieces for each animal.

Step 2

Glue the collar to the base of the wooden ball. If you’re using dowel caps, the felt will cover the hole.

Step 3

Glue the ears to the top of the wooden ball. Hold them in place as the glue dries for a minute or two.

Step 4

Paint a simple face on the front of the critter. A nose and two dots for eyes is all you need! But of course, you can add as much as you or your child wants. On one of mine, I painted polka dots all around!

Step 5

When everything is dry, cut a 7-inch piece of embroidery thread. Fold it in half and tie an overhand knot. Glue the knotted thread to the top of the critter head. Hot glue with the help of a parent is faster and easier than craft glue, but with patience craft glue should work. You could also screw a metal eye into the top of the head to hold the hanger.

Make one animal or a whole menagerie! Try the critters I’ve made, then create some of your own designs!

Hang them on your tree or add them to gifts for something special. It’s a great way to share your favorite animal pal or create a friend’s pet. Happy crafting!

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