I’ve been browsing different holiday catalogs and websites over the past month to gather some Christmas DIY inspiration for this year, and something caught my eye—more eyes! Well, ornaments decorated like eyes to be precise. As much as I love a classic Christmas theme, I like to throw in a little bit of whimsical fun as well. So novelty ornaments are right up my alley! These are also perfect because they are quick to make, so you can easily do enough for a whole tree in an evening.
For an open eye ornament, you’ll first want to draw an oval football shape onto your ornament. I found it easiest to sketch in my shape with a white paint pen first, and then once I got a shape that I liked, I used the brush and white paint to fill in the shape. Do two coats of paint if needed and allow the paint to dry.
Mix together a small amount of Mod Podge with a lot of loose glitter and use a paintbrush to paint a smaller circle of the glitter onto the white eye. Allow the glue to fully dry and then add your black dot for the iris and any lashes as desired. You can also add a tiny dot of white for that sparkle-in-your-eye look.
For the winking eye ornament, use a pen to sketch a half oval shape and then add some short straight lines for the lashes. Trace over the lines with black paint, and you’re all set!
You can either hang them side by side so they look like they are winking at you, or can you scatter them throughout your tree. Either way I think they add a lot of fun to our Christmas decor, and they are totally the type of holiday DIY that is easy to store and use again next year. I hope you’ll be “seeing” these on your tree this year! xo. Laura
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.