DIY : Creating Ornaments from Three Classic Book Characters

These Christmas ornaments, based on three of our favorite Christmas books, are the perfect craft project to make with kids this holiday season.


  • Clear glass ornaments (preferred — if you choose plastic then please make sure your spray paint will adhere to plastic, too)
  • Spray paint
  • Foam sheets — preferably sticky-backed as it’s a lot less messy and kids can work with it easier than using hot glue
  • Foam block
  • Wood dowel rods
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  1. The easiest way to spray paint ornaments is to remove the top, place them over a wood dowel rod, and then spray them. You’ll need to apply 2 light coats of paint. Don’t spray the paint too thick or it will run off the ornament leaving drip marks. As you can see from the photos we used a combination of matte, metallic, and gloss on each of these so that you can see how each will look. Place the wood dowel into a foam block until the ornament is completely dry.

2. Place the ornament on a sticky-backed foam sheet and sketch the ears for your animal. Cut these out, and then spray paint them to match the ornament. You’ll need 2 for each side that are a mirror image of each other.

3. Once dry, peel off the back and press the ears together. Use hot glue to attach the ears to the top of the ornament.

4. Cut out the remaining facial features (eyes, whiskers, nose etc.) from foam sheets and attach those to the ornament too. If you do not have sticky-backed foam, then use hot glue to attach them.

5. Pop the top back into your ornament.

6. And ta-da! Just tie on a ribbon for hanging on the tree.

Inspiration Behind These Book Character Ornaments

Want to read the picture books that inspired these adorable Christmas ornaments? Read more about them here!

Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas

Pete and his friends are rockin’ and groovin’ while counting down the days to Christmas! Who needs five golden rings, when you can have five onion rings?

Join Pete and the gang for one-of-a-kind holiday cheer. He adds a cool-cat spin on a well-known Christmas carol, bringing a hip and energetic spirit to the season.

Goodnight Moon

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room — to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one — the little bunny says goodnight.

One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

Merry Christmas, Mouse!

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates his Christmas tree in a holiday counting adventure.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for toddlers, who will enjoy this simple introduction to numbers. Mouse adds ornaments to his tree, one by one. A great opportunity for the littlest ones to practice counting along with the ever-popular Mouse.


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