Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Snowman Ornament and Gift Card Holder

Christmas is just around the corner (eeek!) so I thought I’d show you how to make this cute little snowman ornament. 

He's adorable isn't he!
But he’s not your average ornament.......

Flip him over and he’s a gift card holder too - he has a little pocket on the back to hold a gift card! 

So wanna know how to make him? Let’s get started!

You will need:
Round coasters (I used cardboard coasters from Michael’s that I bought on super clearance (20 cents for a package of 10!) over the summer but they typically have these types of coasters all the time in the dollar section.)
White, Orange, and Black Cardstock
Patterned scrapbook paper
Black buttons
Thin gold or silver cording
Glue dots
Tape runner
Black sharpie
Embellishments (I used some plastic holly stickers found in the scrapbooking section at Michael’s as well as some snowflakes that I think are actually buttons.)

What you’ll do:
1. Trace your coaster and cut out 2 circles out of the white cardstock. Cut out one circle out of the patterned scrapbook paper.

2. Cut out 2 hats from the black cardstock. (I used a hat from the Silhouette store and had my machine cut it out but you could easily free hand one or find one online to use as a stencil.)

3. Adhere one of the white circles to the front of your coaster and the other to the back of your coaster. (I did this using the tape runner.)

4. Take one of your snowman hats and wrap a piece of ribbon around the brim of the hat. Glue it down on the back side of the hat. The hat with the ribbon will be the one that goes on the front of the ornament. Adhere it at the top of the ornament.

5. Cut a piece of your cording to use as the hanger for the ornament and glue it down to the other hat. Glue the second hat onto the back of the ornament and glue the two hats together.  

6. On the front of your ornament, create the snowman's face by gluing down the two buttons for eyes. Then cut a small triangle out of orange cardstock and glue it on for the nose.  Freehand a few black squares of “coal” creating a mouth for the snowman.  

7. Take your patterned circle that you cut earlier and cut it in half. Place glue dots around the edges of the circle. Now adhere the patterned circle to the back or your ornament lining it up with the bottom. This creates the pocket to hold the gift card.

Add any embellishments to the front of the snowman that you may want to add such as a snowflake button on the brim of his hat. 

Love him! 

Don't have time to make him but need him? I have a couple listed in my Etsy store

Linking to the crafty parties listed in my sidebar
Visit thecsiproject.com


  1. This is darling! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. What a great way to personalize a gift card. Great idea! I am a new FB follower from Not Just a Housewife. Vicky from Mess For Less

  3. Aw, what a cute idea! I love how he doubles as a gift card holder. Great craft...would you share it here, pretty please??


  4. Love it! I posted a link to this on my blog: http://www.thecraftbarn-ny.blogspot.com/2011/12/crafty-friday-plusa-new-craft-book.html
    Thank you!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  5. Love this! I found your site last year and made them for my son's teachers. I'll be making them once again this year. Thanks so much for such a great idea! Happy Holidays to you and yours!