DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Ornaments

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Looking to make some fun Halloween decorations? These DIY Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments channel all the festive vibes from your favorite Tim Burton movie. And they're totally easy!

We like to host a little Halloween party every year, which naturally calls for spooky Halloween crafts. Our theme for the ongoing future is Nightmare Before Christmas, because it's our whole family's favorite Halloween movie.

scary pumpkin ornament

You may remember our Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween costumes and my Nightmare Before Christmas sign. I'm growing quite the collection, including a giant inflatable Oogie Boogie who brings me TONS of joy.

The steps to make this project are super-easy. Just use my Cricut template (linked at the bottom of this post) and apply the vinyl to empty Christmas ornaments. I use these disc ornaments that have a semi-flat surface on each side so it's easier to apply the vinyl. Applying vinyl to an extremely-curved surface can be challenging.

Check out my post if you need an in-depth Cricut how to. Alternately, if you don't have a Cricut, you could use some black paint or a Sharpie to pen the characters on by hand.

DIY nightmare before christmas ornaments

Once your cute characters are applied, fill each ornament with about a tablespoon of tempera paint. Swish it around to make it coat every area, then set the ornament upside down to dry overnight on a paper towel. Any excess paint will ooze out and leave you with a perfectly coated inside. If your ornaments have been sitting around for awhile, it's a good idea to give them a quick swab with rubbing alcohol to make sure there isn't dust on the inside.

For the tempera paint I use plain old Crayola washable paint, since that's what I use for a ton of my kids crafts. It's cheap, and I always have it on hand. It's in the closet where I keep all of my kids craft essentials.

Once it's dry, put the caps back on and hang them up! There are enough characters in my template to fill a small tree, and our scribble ornaments are the perfect choice to accompany them.

These Halloween decorations feature Oogie Boogie, Jack Skellington, Sally, Duck and Vampire Teddy, the scary wreath, and all your favorite friends from Halloween and Christmas town! I actually have a little Christmas tree that I busted out before Halloween and decorated with these bad boys. Everyone who comes over cracks up about my eagerness for the holidays. If you need more character ideas, you could make:

  • Dr. Finkelstein
  • Mayor
  • Clown with the Tear Away Face
  • Harlequin
  • Lock, Shock and Barrel
  • Zero

There are SO many options when you're dealing with a movie this creative.

Hop over to the project in Cricut Design Space
to make your own DIY Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments!

I bet Jack Skellington ornaments sell like hot cakes on Etsy, too, if you're looking to ramp up an online Cricut business. Selling crafts online can be an awesome way to make some extra cash during the holidays.

Will you make our DIY Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments?


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