Yes, folks, it is getting to that time of the year. This is the time when my mind goes into overdrive trying to come up with ideas for fun craft decor items to make for the Christmas holiday. My latest creation is this Grinch Paintbrush Ornament.
I have always loved the movie The Grinch Stole Christmas. My favorite is the cartoon version since I am a kid at heart, but the film version with Jim Carey is fun too. Either way, a recent visit to my local Dollar Store and a few paintbrushes later gave me the idea for some fun Christmas ornaments.
I reorganized my craft room lately so that I could actually SEE what I have on hand for supplies. I like to use existing craft materials to make my projects when I can. That saves me money, and also allows me to reuse supplies from older projects that I no longer display Luckily for me, I didn’t have to buy much this time!
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Note: Hot glue guns, and heated glue can burn. Please use extreme caution when using a hot glue gun. Learn to use your tool properly before you start any project.
It’s time to make the Grinch Paintbrush Ornament!
To make these cute ornaments you will need the following supplies:
- a 2″ paint brush
- small piece of polyester batting
- 5 – 1/4″ green pom poms
- Black and yellow acrylic craft paint
- Paint brushes
- 1/2″ white pom pom
- 3″ piece of red fabric (I used the corner of an old red napkin, since it had a finished edge!)
- red and green plaid ribbon 1/2″ wide (I used a wider wire edged ribbon and folded it and glued it to size.)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
I started the project for the Grinch Paintbrush Ornament by painting the metal part of my paintbrush in a medium green color on both sides and the shank of the paintbrush in red with acrylic craft paint. Once it was completely dry, I used the green color to paint the bristles of the brush as well to make the beard of the Grinch.
The corner of a red napkin will make the hat for this Grinch Paintbrush Ornament. (You can use red material and sew or glue the edge under so it won’t fray if you don’t have a spare red napkin.) I cut it to fit the top of the paint brush and folded under the straight edge so it would wrap around the shank of the brush to form a hat.
Once I had the hat ready to attach, I started by attaching the front part of my ribbon to the front of the paintbrush near the hole and then wrapping the red fabric around the shank and glued it in place on the back edge. A small piece of polyester batting made the edge of the hat and a red pom pom went on the end of it. Then I glued the last piece of the ribbon in place to make the hanger. A dot of hot glue holds the tail of the hat in place where I wanted it to stay.
This is the basic template that I used for the Grinch Face. You can print it out here.
With my Grinch pattern handy, I painted the Grinch face on the metal part of the paintbrush and then added the small green pom poms to the shank of the brush. My Grinch appears to be a happy Grinch, not a scowly one! He must have been to Whoville already!! (okay, okay…I never said I was an artist!!)
TA DA!!! Here is my Grinch Paintbrush Ornament. I actually made three of paintbrush ornaments yesterday (one Santa and a Snowman to come in later posts.) But when my hubby walked in last night and saw them all…he touch the Grinch and said…”oh, how cool is he?” I must admit, I smile every time I look at him!
For more Christmas inspiration, please visit my Pinterest It’s Christmas Time Board.