Shaker Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I am absolutely in love with this project!

I headed out to my local Michael’s to check out all the new Christmas craft supplies. There’s something about Christmas decor from Michael’s that is so comfy. I came across these fill-able ornaments, and instantly knew they were perfect for shakers!

Fill-able Christmas Ornament

These are super easy to make, and can be done in about 30 minutes. They’re also a great craft for older kids. My 7 year old, Charlotte, used the 4th half-ornament to create one of her own!

Here’s how you make it:

Split your ornament into 2 halves. You will need 1 half per shaker ornament. Place the ornament, flat side down, onto the paper you will be using as your background. In this case, I used Doodlebug’s ‘Sugarplums’ and ‘Here Comes Santa’ collections.

Trace the circle onto the paper and cut it out. I cut around the outside of the circle, not the inside. You don’t want it to be even a mm too small, or it will fall inside the ornament.



Decorate your paper circle with stickers, sentiments or anything else you want to stay put in the shaker. I used some Doodlebug stickers and Ranger Glossy Accents on the stars.


Fill the ornament with the shaker of your choice. I used sequins, glitter and for the Santa one, I used Lawn Fawns “Milk & Cookies” stamp/die set.

*TIP – rub the inside of the ornament with a dryer sheet to prevent the glitter and sequins from sticking.


Run a very thin line of white glue around the edge of the paper circle. Gently lift it up and place it face down on the edges of the ornament.

Let sit until dry, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, plug in your hot glue gun.

Flip your ornament over and admire your shaker!


Now for the ribbon edging. Grab a piece of your favourite holiday ribbon and measure it around your ornament, cut to length. Using your hot glue gun, run a thin line of glue along the edge of the ornament and lay your ribbon down as you go. (If you’re like me and don’t have 3 arms, go ahead and do this step in small sections!)

Allow the hot glue to dry, which should only take a few minutes. Use another piece of ribbon for the hanger. I just threaded it through the hole and tie. You can always hide the tie at the back of the ornament.

Speaking of the back of the ornament… When you use double sided paper, like these adorable Doodlebug papers, the back of the ornament will already be decorated.


These ornaments can be adapted for any holiday theme! Here are the 3 I created:

This is the adorable one Charlotte made:


These make adorable gifts, just jot down a to and from on the back!

Thanks for looking! Click the photos to share on Pinterest!




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