An update to a vintage ornament I used to make with my Gran every year at Christmas. Quick and easy Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments are the perfect addition to any tree to create a Jolly Christmas! Updated with fuzzy chenille stems, loopy trim, and my favorite Americana Acrylics from DecoArt.
Quick and Easy Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments
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Here's what you need to make Cinnamon Stick Santas:
- Cinnamon Sticks – 6″ to 8” long
- Wooden Plugs – 1/4″ wide
- Chenille Fringe Trim – I love this chenille yarn!
- Chenille Stem – Red
- Americana Acrylic Craft Paint by DecoArt – Country Red, Bubblegum Pink, Flesh Tone (of your choice)
- Paintbrushes and Stencil Brushes
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- MONOTWIN Permanent Marker – Fine Tip
- White Pen, Fine Tip – Opaque
- Tape – Painter’s or Masking
Here's how to create a Santa Ornament from a Cinnamon Stick:
To begin Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments, gather all supplies. Paint the top two inches of the cinnamon stick with Americana Country Red acrylic craft paint. Apply a second coat, if necessary, and then set aside to dry.
Paint a one-inch section of the cinnamon stick with light peach acrylic craft paint or flesh tone of your choice. Attach a piece of painter’s tape to your work surface sticky side up. Apply the small wooden plugs to the sticky side of the tape and paint with Americana Flesh Tone acrylic craft paint. Apply second coats, if necessary, and then set aside to dry.
Paint two rosy cheeks on either side of Santa’s face with Americana Bubblegum Pink acrylic craft paint and a small stencil brush. Set aside to dry. If you don't have a stencil brush, use a cotton swab.
Attach the wooden plug noses to the center of Santa’s face with a glue gun and glue sticks. I am an impatient crafter, so I prefer a Hot Glue Gun for this type of project, but liquid craft glue would work as well.
Using the fine tip of the MONOTWIN Permanent Marker, draw on two ovals for eyes and two lines for eyebrows. Add highlight dots to each eye with a white pen. If you don’t have a white opaque pen, use white acrylic craft paint and superfine paintbrush.
Attach chenille fringe trim around the cinnamon stick at the base of the painted red section, secure with a glue gun and glue sticks. Measure and cut three lengths of chenille fringe trim that are four inches long each. Glue under Santa’s nose to create his mustache and beard. You can also use fur trim, chenille trim, or even lace trim.
To finish the Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments, cut a red chenille stem in half with scissors. Roll into a swirl shape with your fingers, leaving a one-inch section straight. Apply a small amount of hot glue and insert it into the top end of the cinnamon stick to create an ornament hanger.
Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments for a Jolly Christmas
The perfect hostess, teacher, or neighbor gift for this holiday season. Extra-long cinnamon sticks and a few simple supplies make this a quick and easy Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments craft project.
Santa Cinnamon Stick Ornaments are perfect to use as a gift tag on all your holiday presents. A great craft project for tweens and teens to create on their own or with the younger kiddos.
More Christmas inspiration can be found on my blog. The kids will enjoy creating Tree Branch Snowmen ornaments OR decoupaged Holiday Gift Buckets with hand-lettered tags OR easy Polymer Clay Candy Ornaments for Christmas.
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