Just hanging out

12 Dec

It’s the time of the year for warm crafty nights by the fire, so make your Christmas decorations extra special this year by adding some cute characters to the mix.

All you need is some polystyrene balls and a mix of paper and paint to create animal friends to hang on your Christmas tree.

Christmas decorations

What we used:

  • Polystyrene balls (we used 6cm-8cm, but the choice is yours)
  • A selection of plain paper/ card
  • A selection of patterned craft paper
  • Posca acrylic markers for the little details
  • Felt to make warm scarves
  • Wire for hanging
  • Christmassy ribbon for the red bauble
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft knife (to carve the mushroom)
  • Googly eyes
  • (red) drawing pins for noses (alternatively use buttons or just paint)
  • Cork lid for snowman’s hat
  • Craft glue/ hot glue gun


Paint the polystyrene balls to your choice of colours, and glue them together (2 for each animal).

Cut the shapes for ears, beaks, arms and legs from paper and glue them on. Then create craft paper cones to give them party hats for all the festivities.

Stick on the googly eyes (or draw on eyes) and draw on mouths and whiskers using the Posca acrylic markers. To make scarves, cut out a strip of felt and tie around the neck.

To add the wire hanger; cut the wire to desired length and pierce it into the top of the animal decoration (far enough that it stays put).

For the red bauble, we painted the ball using acrylic paint and glued a ribbon around as decoration.


Happy holiday crafting!


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