Christmas ornaments take on a new level this year when we decided to test out the 3Doodler and make some designs of our own. 3Doodler sent us a set to test. All opinions are our own. I’ve seen the 3Doodler in action several times but wasn’t sure I would ever be able to use it. When we were tasked with making our own Christmas ornaments I was even more unsure. We did some testing, bought some more plastic and tried again. We’re pretty proud of our final DIY 3D Christmas Ornaments.
DIY 3D Christmas Ornaments: Tips
Here is the biggest hint I can give you. Take your time. We wanted some out of the ordinary designs that were different looking than those things you can see at the store. But we wanted the typical shape. I tried to make the general shape but it wasn’t working for me. I tried using a bowl but couldn’t get the plastic off. Then it hit me. The perfect way to be able to get that classic spherical shape for an ornament. We received the 3Doodler Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature 3D Pen Set. This comes with a great starter 3D pen and a selection of colors. The kids had fun creating their own Hexbugs too.
Yep a balloon is perfect for getting that shape. We used some Water Balloons because they are smaller. So how does it work? Well the best way to see that is to watch someone doing it.
DIY 3D Christmas Ornaments: Step 1
You need to start by making a base for your design to start off of. For Rachael, she wanted hers to look like a hot air balloon. She started by making a few lines going from bottom around the top and connecting at the bottom again. She then used a line around the middle to stabilize her design.
She then added more lines from top to bottom to solidify what she wanted her design to look like. Rachael chose to use glow in the dark plastic as she wanted her ornament to be visible in the evening.
DIY 3D Christmas Ornaments: Step Two
Once you have your base, you then need to decide what design you want to do. You can go simple or complex. For me I wanted to try different plastic colors to make my design really different. I decided I also wanted to try some different designs. For this one I started with the gray plastic and made a complete circle at the bottom of the balloon. I then spiraled the plastic to the top of the balloon where I did another complete circle. I then used the red to connect the lines of the spiral to each other. Once the plastic is totally cool and hard (Its really just seconds.) we popped the balloon and removed it from the center. To get the small pieces that clung to the plastic, I used a tiny crochet hook.
For this one, I used the green to spiral from the bottom to the top of the balloon. I then did large connecting stripes of white. To add a little more color I used red to make dots at various sections. The big plus is when creating our ornaments we specifically made a large loop at the top of the ornaments. That means no need for hooks. You can tell in this one, my base and connecting lines were not solid enough and the ornament sort of collapsed a little on itself. But here’s the thing, I like the look of it and nothing in our life is perfect so it’s a great symbol of our life. A little hectic, a little frantic and but a whole lot of love.