It's a little late coming, but the Frozen frenzy has finally hit our house. Olivia is two and a half, so she only watched the movie for the first time a few months ago. Needless to say she's hooked, and while I was able to make it through Halloween without having to buy an Elsa or Anna costume, I knew she would really appreciate it if a few Frozen characters made an appearance during the holiday season.
I have a mini Christmas tree that I've set up in Olivia's room before. This year I decided to set it up again, but this time make it an Elsa themed tree! It gets pricey buying ornaments for a new themed tree every year. I really wanted to keep this one inexpensive, so I knew it was going to involve some DIY.
On a recent trip to Michaels, I stopped in the Christmas section and picked up some clear plastic bulbs and a bag of shiny turquoise confetti. In the sticker aisle, I found little rhinestone stickers that reminded me of snowflakes. Back at home I printed out an image of Elsa on my computer and I grabbed some skewers from the kitchen drawer that I happened to have on hand.
I removed the top of the bulb, made a funnel out of paper, and used it to load the confetti. I filled the bulb with about an inch of confetti or about 1/4 of the way full.
I found an image of Elsa on Wikipedia and I used PicMonkey to reverse it, so that my image would be double sided. Then I printed her out on my home printer, cut her out, and used a glue stick to glue her back-to-back on top of the skewer.
It took a few times of trial and error to get Elsa printed out at the right size. I wanted her to be as big as possible, but obviously I had to fit her into the opening of the bulb. For reference I used the 4 inch round bulb, my skewers were 4 inches tall, and my Elsa print out was about 3 inches tall and an inch wide. I had to bend the bottom of her dress just slightly to get her in.
The trick to getting Elsa to stand up inside the bulb is to have that 4 inch skewer. It was the perfect size to hold my cut-out and I didn't have to do anything special to keep it standing up. The confetti at the bottom, along with the small funnel opening at the top, are enough to keep the skewer standing pretty much straight up. She might slant a little to the right or left, and she moves around a little if I shake the bulb, but that doesn't bother me. She can't fall over and if she's slightly tilted it just gives the illusion that she is walking up a snowy hill.
To finish off the look (and add a little bling) I used some rhinestone stickers and applied a few around the outside of the bulb. I ended up with a pretty cute Elsa ornament for less than six dollars. Not bad considering most Disney character ornaments are about $20 each. Once I figured out the first one, these went pretty fast. I ended up making six in about an hour. The perfect amount to mix in on our Elsa themed Christmas tree!
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