Make A Set Of Wooden Animal Ornaments

DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments DIY Wooden Critter 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

Create your own Wooden Critter Ornmanets
  •  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

Create wooden critter ornaments with a wooden ball and black felt

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

Step 2

DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments

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

Step 3

DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments

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

DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments

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

DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments

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.

DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments

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

Make Wooden Critter Ornaments for Your Tree DIY Wooden Critter Ornaments

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!

  • Gina

    Super cute!! Love these.

  • Ursula Rosien

    You ALWAYS inspire me to craft and be creative ;) love this! Pinning :)

  • Michelle McInerney

    very very cute – the little piggy nose so so sweet xx

  • Melissa Q

    Love, love, love these so much. Our advent activity for today was to make ornaments, good timing!

  • Amy Johnson

    These just make me happy–both for the cuteness and the simplicity! I’ll be gathering the supplies for the kids to make some of these when they’re out of school next week!

  • Maggie::SmashedPeasandCarrots

    OMHeck! These are the sweetest things ever! And they look like the perfect weekend craft for my littles!

  • Anne

    OMG! I absolutely adore these. Mollie is the best!! How clever and simple, yet so charming. I can’t wait to make them!

  • Caroline Farley

    Love this! Could I use a hot glue gun or stick with the suggested glue above?

  • wildolive

    Definitely! Just take care that it doesn’t show too much on the ears.

  • Lora Figgat

    So stinkin’ adorable and simple!