Get the kids involved with this fun Christmas ornament craft. Use their artwork to create a fantastic keepsake that you can hang on the tree every year. This is a great way to capture a precious moment in time.
White paper and colored markers for your Mini-Monet artist to work their magic!
A scanner, color printer, and heat transfer paper
Minimal picture editing know-how to add text to the art
Wooden embroidery hoop (mine was 3″)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
A piece of white or natural colored muslin, cotton, or linen- to transfer image
A piece of Christmas-y fabric for backing to image (Note- I used an assortment of polka dots and stripes from my local fabric shop, plus some Moda Figgy Pudding)
A piece of felt to finish the back of your hoop
Embroidery thread or Perle 8 thread in a coordinating color
A piece of coordinating ribbon
Some jute, yarn or raffia for hanging
1.) Have your little artist create a holidaythemed picture.
2.) Scan the picture and save to your computer.
3.) Use your computer’s editing program to add text as desired (note- I used bold “teen light” font). I suggest a name for the art, the name and age of your little artist, and the date.
4.) Open Microsoft Word (or equivalent). Click “insert” and then “picture” and “picture from file”. Select your saved
image. Scale this image by clicking and dragging on the corner until it prints out about 2″ square. Make sure your text is still large
enough to be readable!
5.) Print onto transfer paper- be sure to select “print mirror image”.
Note- you may want to print a test-run on regular paper first to be sure of scale/size.
6.) Transfer image to white fabric using iron according to transfer paper instructions.
7.) Use a circle cutter or scissors and a steady hand to cut around the image in approximately a 2.25″ circle.
8.) Cut the backing fabric in a 5″ circle. Center on hoop and tighten screw of hoop in place.
Use hot glue gun to fold over on back side and secure in place.
9.) Hand stitch image white fabric with image onto backing fabric using embroidery thread or Perle 8 thread.
10.) Cut felt or other back material in circle measuring 3.2″ in diameter. You may want to add a tag like mine before attaching. Glue in place using glue gun, and use scissors to trim any excess.
11.) Tie on a piece of ribbon to the screw of the hoop. Add a string for hanging.