Welcome to Ornament Week 2019! A whole week of unique DIY ornament tutorials posted every day!
Today’s DIY Ornament inspiration: Baby Yoda!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then chances are whether you’ve been watching The Mandalorian or not, you’re obsessed with Baby Yoda. For those of you that don’t know, he’s not actually Baby Yoda… but we don’t know The Child’s name, yet, and therefore, refer to him as Baby Yoda.
Merch isn’t going to be available until, like, February, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from adding Baby Yoda to my Christmas tree this year.
- Egg-shaped plastic ornaments
- Small saw or serrated knife
- Sand paper
- E-6000 glue
- White craft paint
- Silver gilding paint
- Clear acrylic sealer
- Small gauge wire & cutter
- Super Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
- Clay sculpting tools (if desired)
- Green craft paint
- Black craft paint
- Scrap bit of fabric in tan or brown
- Hot glue gun
Make the Hover Egg
First, I made the little egg that Baby Yoda floats around in. I got these egg-shaped plastic ornaments that split vertically down the middle, and sawed one of the halves in half using a serrated knife. It took a little patience.
I then used some sand paper to smooth out any roughness.
Next, I used some E-6000 glue to secure the two halves together.
Once that was dry, I painted the whole thing white, added silver accents with silver gilding paint, and sealed it with a clear acrylic sealer.
Make Baby Yoda
To make the little guy, I started with a frame of foil and wire. I didn’t add anything for arms and legs because I was planning to have the fabric cover any of those details.
After kneading the clay for a bit so that it was pliable, I started applying it to the foil and wire frame. I used my fingers to sculpt his general shape. I kept the egg nearby so I could keep checking the size and make sure he fit in there securely. I made sure there was extra clay on the base of his “body” (or lack thereof) so I would have plenty of contact with the egg later on when I wanted to glue him in place.
I then used a few different tools to sculpt his little face. When I was happy with how he looked, I baked him according to the package directions on the clay.
Once he was cool, I painted him with a base layer of dark green paint.
Then I gently added another layer of lighter green paint, being careful to not apply it in all the creases and crevices to create shading.
Then, I touched up the crease shading with the darker green again.
Next, I painted his eyes with a glossy black paint.
Finally, I cut out a piece of scrap fabric to wrap around him and secured it with a hot glue gun.
Put it All Together
I applied a little E-6000 glue to the bottom of the little dude and set him in his egg, applying pressure until it felt secure.
Finally, I wrapped some wire around a crochet hook (you could use a pencil, pen, etc.) a few times and glued it to the top of the egg with E-6000 for the ornament hook.
Add to Your Tree
I used just a wire hanger, but you could also use ribbon or string to suspend the egg from your tree.
Check out the tutorials from last year’s Ornament Week!
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