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Rustic Snowman Dollar Store Ornament Makeover

By: Mona Schmitt from
Rustic Snowman Dollar Store Ornament Makeover
Rustic Snowman Dollar Store Ornament Makeover

"An easy and inexpensive Christmas decoration that can be made for less than $10! Using items found at the dollar store, you can create a beautiful and budget-friendly holiday accessory that will grab attention! It is large enough to hang on your front door or to use as holiday wall art! In addition to the dollar store items, you will need a crackle medium, acrylic paint and glue. It is so easy you will want to make some as gifts too!"

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts


Materials List

  • Snowman ornament
  • Ivory paint
  • Green paint
  • Crackle medium
  • Berries
  • Jingle bells
  • Glue
  • Hot glue
  • Raffia


  1. I started with a blank ornament.

  2. I removed the string because I plan on reusing it later.

  3. I painted the ornament – front and back. Tip: You may notice that after you paint the first side, the wood will begin to bow. When you paint the backside, it will straighten out.

  4. I painted on the crackle medium. It goes on clear, so when you are applying it, hold the ornament at an angle, so you can see if you missed any spots.

  5. Once dry, paint on your contrasting color. I used Christmas Green. Tip: When are painting on the top color, be sure not to over paint, or you will ruin the crackling.

  6. When dry, you will have beautiful cracks! I wanted to seal the finish, so used a matte finish. I painted it on front and back. If you get too many brush strokes, you can add some water to your brush and paint over it. It should take care of the brush strokes.

  7. If you painted the hole shut, you can use your craft knife to open it back up.

  8. Here is the ornament I used and I applied hot glue and white glue to the back, to attach it. The hot glue holds it in place, while the white glue dries.

  9. I placed my little jingle bells all around the ornament and glued them on.

  10. I tied a bow with raffia.

  11. I glued it on.

  12. I trimmed the raffia.

  13. I had some white berries and painted them a complimentary color.

  14. I glued them on.

  15. I used a thin wire and added three little jingle bells and twisted the wire together.

  16. I glued the bell cluster onto the raffia bow.

  17. I reattached the string.

NotesThat's it! I did four versions using the same unfinished ornament and they all look completely different! You can personalize it to fit your home decor and personal style!

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