The holiday season is upon us! Time to decorate our homes, wrap gifts, and prepare to celebrate with family and friends. It all sounds so simple. Though the reality is that the holidays are more often stressful for people instead of relaxing. With all the craziness the holidays can bring, I try to find ways to spread joy. One of the ways is by making small gifts, when I can, for family and friends.
This year I was trying to come up with an item that I could make that would be unique but still something people would like. Many of the people closest to me love Funko figures; so I thought what is something fun I can do with POP figures. Then it came to me – Ornaments!
Funko has only created just a few ornaments. Which with everything else they are putting out, it’s not surprising that they haven’t made a holiday line yet. Probably figure the Funko POP light strands are good enough for now. Well, I saw this as an opportunity for a new DIY ornament project for myself.
I started out transforming a Funko Pocket POP Keychain into an ornament, and then moved onto giving a Funko Mystery Mini its new purpose. Surprisingly, they were each about the same amount of work. The great thing about this DIY project is that crafters can be as creative as they want to be. Letting your imagination take over is a large part of the fun.
Brainstorming for these ornaments truly got me in the holiday spirit. The Harley Quinn ornament started out simple, but then I just kept adding to it until I finally thought it was perfect for my daughter. The Stranger Things ornament was the second ornament I made. That one had more of a lightning design moment. Watching the show while trying to design it was helpful. In the end, using Christmas lights seemed like a no brainer as it is such an important element in the show and on Christmas trees. Once I got designing, it came together quickly. In the end, both ornaments brought smiles to my daughter’s and cousin’s faces. I couldn’t ask for more than that.
Below are the simple steps I took to create the base ornament along with steps to create the Harley Quinn and Stranger Things ornaments. Wishing everyone a great start to holidays and happy crafting!
DIY Funko Ornaments Supply List
- Funko Pocket POP Keychain OR Funko Mystery Minis Vinyl Figure
- Ribbon or Fishing Line
- Small 3 x 12mm Eyelet Screws (only if using Mystery Minis)
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Hot Glue
- Super Glue
- Charms (optional)
- Ornament Frame (optional)
- Paint (optional)
- Paint Brush or Foam Brush (optional)
- Mini Christmas Lights (optional)
- Thin Metal Wire (optional)
- Black Sharpie (optional)
Funko Pocket POP Keychain Ornament
Using needle-nose pliers, remove all keychain parts except for the eyelet screw attached to the head.
Cut a piece of ribbon to your desired length with a pair of scissors. Then thread the ribbon or fishing line through the eyelet screw at the top of the figure and tie a knot. Finally, apply a small amount of hot glue to the ribbon knot to prevent it from coming undone. This is all it takes to make a basic ornament. The additional steps below are for adding for decoration.
If a dangling charm or bow are desired, thin ribbon or wire are best to use, as too much bulky ribbon through the eyelet screw becomes difficult to work with. Whether adding a bow or a hanging charm, ribbon or wire needs to be fed through the eyelet screw. For a bow, just tie the bow as one would a shoelace. For the charm, tie a knot once the charm is hanging at the desired height. Then the ornament is complete, or get more creative with its design.
Funko Mystery Minis Ornament
Screw a 3 x 12mm eyelet screw into the top of the Funko Mystery Mini figure. Cut a piece of ribbon or fishing line to your desired length with a pair of scissors. Then thread the ribbon through the eyelet screw at the top of the figure and tie a knot. Finally, apply a small amount of hot glue to the ribbon knot to prevent it from coming undone. This is all it takes to make a basic ornament. The additional steps below are for adding for decoration.
Just like the keychain version, if a dangling charm or bow are desired, thin ribbon or wire are best to use. Too much bulky ribbon through the eyelet screw becomes difficult to work with. Whether adding a bow or a hanging charm, ribbon or wire needs to be fed through the eyelet screw. For a bow, just tie the bow as one would a shoelace. For the charm, tie a knot once the charm is hanging at the desired height. Then the ornament is complete, or get more creative with its design.
I got a bit more creative by hanging the ornament from inside a frame wrapped with lights. Follow steps 3 through 6 to create the Stranger Things frame.
To make the Stranger Things Alphabet Christmas Light frame, first paint an ornament frame with cream paint. Once it is dry, use a pencil to write letters around the frame. When the letters are placed as desired, trace the letters with a black Sharpie.
Next up is threading the lights. I wasn’t able to find a small set of lights already on a strand, so I used tiny Christmas light ornaments and threaded them onto thin metal wire. To hold the lights in place along the wire, place a small amount of hot glue on the wire around the top of the light. I used 16 tiny lights, but there was room if more are desired.
Once the hot glue is set, wrap the light strand around the frame. To secure the light strand to the frame, use hot glue or super glue to every few lights and press them onto the frame.
Final step is to hang the Stranger Things Mystery Mini character in the frame. Take the character that a ribbon or fishing line was attached to in Step 1 and hold it up to the frame to determine where it should hang. Once a spot is determined, use super glue to glue the ribbon or fishing line to the back of the frame so that the character dangles at the desired height. Let the super glue dry for awhile. After that, it’s done! Ready to be given as a gift or to be placed on the tree.