I have seen different DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments floating around cyberspace. I think they are super cute. My wilds love the TMNJ and I just knew I wanted to do our own version. I wanted to make sure they were simple enough that the boys could have fun with them. This craft was easy, quick, and inexpensive.
We had so much fun with this craft. I am going to share with you exactly how we did them. There are so many directions you can go with this. You can really make them your own with all the variations. We did two different versions.
Clear Ornaments glass or plastic (I actually used green tinted)
Pledge Floor Care
Green Decorative Gift Filler
Ribbon – Red, Blue, Purple, & Orange
We did two with glitter and we did two with the decorative filler. I knew the glitter would be messy and something I would have to do. The filler was great because the boys could do that on their own. All they had to do was stuff the ornaments with the filler. For the glitter ornaments you need to squeeze some of the floor cleaner into the bulb. Swirl it around until the whole inside is coated. Pour out the excess cleaner. Slowly pour in the glitter and shake it until the bulb is covered. You can stuff the bulbs with anything you choose. Pom poms, ribbon, paper, whatever your heart desires.
Once your bulbs are stuffed it’s time to attach the ribbons. These will be the masks that the turtles wear. If you are only doing one then just pick the color that matches your favorite turtle. Leonardo is blue. Rafael is red. Donatello is purple. Michelangelo is orange. You can use tape or glue. I found that tape was easier. I wrapped the ribbon and then secured it. I then used a second piece of ribbon and tied it to the back. I did this so that the ribbon would stay flat to the bulb.
After attaching the ribbon it’s time to attach the googly eyes. Just dab a little glue on the eye and attach directly to the ribbon. Be careful not to use too much glue. You do not want it to seep out from around the eyes. Now set down your bulbs and let the eyes dry. The last step is to take your marker and draw a mouth. You can go as simple or as fancy as you’d like with this. I kept it simple.
And that’s it! Like I said they are super simple and fun for all ages. My boys and I had such a great time with this project. They cannot wait to hang them up on the tree!
If your kids would rather show these ornaments off as a decorative piece around the house, or in their bedrooms, let them enjoy their hard work! If the thought of glitter and glue seems challenging, there are a few different ways you can create something like this with your kids! Shutterfly has some neat ideas for the holidays that are kid-friendly. The ornaments are personalized, so you can pick which pictures you want on it. Do you have any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans in your house?