DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments: Using Pool Noodles

I am co-hosting a Christmas Party for an organization in December, and donuts is the theme – click here for Let it Snow – Donut Christmas Party for more info.    Since we are working with a very small party budget, and definitely a very small decorating budget, buying a ton of donut ornaments wasn’t really an option.  Plus, we needed a craft that the girls could participate in for the party.  I had been looking for a couple of months trying to find a good tutorial on making “fake” donuts.  All of the tutorials with clay looked too complicated or time consuming, and the ones with making fake icing looked like too much work – LOL!!  So, that is how I ended up with DIY Christmas Donut Ormanents – Using Pool Noodles.

Want more Christmas craft ideas?  Click Buffalo Check DIY Snow-Woman (part 1) or Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls (part 2).

NOTE:  Made 2 ways:  one from fake icing (top right); one from cotton balls (bottom left)

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DIY CHRISTMAS DONUT ORNAMENT:  USING POOL NOODLES 

THE PROJECT:

We are decorating for an event so we need quite a lot of ornaments.  Using the supplies listed below will make 180 donut ornaments (with 2 pool noodles).  If you want less, adjust supplies according to your needs.  Here is a breakdown to give you an idea.

4 COLORS Donut Ornaments:  (pink, turquoise, purple, green)

Fake icing sprinkled donuts:   24 (we will use + 24 solid colored donuts inbetween) = 48

Cotton icing sprinkled donuts:  36  (we will use + 36 solid colored donuts inbetween) = 72

TOTAL:  120 FOR ORNAMENTS

For garland, you will have one donut with sprinkles & one solid.  This helps make them “pop” off of the white tinsel background.  Love the bow:  click How to Make the Perfect Bow.

 

 

PINK Donut Ornaments for Numbers:

Cotton icing sprinkled donuts:  36 (12 donuts/number 2 )

Solid colored pink donuts:  24 (extra to use as garland on sign)

TOTAL:  60 FOR NUMBERS

The numbers are their graduating year (2022), and will go on a sign in the event center.  The girls will be decorating these for their craft project.  Just wanted to show you where we are planning on using them.

***GRAND TOTAL:  180 DONUTS***


DIY CHRISTMAS DONUT ORNAMENT:  USING POOL NOODLES 

FYI:  All supplies will be the same for either ornament projects – EXCEPT last 2 items.  they have astericks * 🙂

SUPPLIES:  

  1. (2) Pool Noodles – I used one pink, one blue
  2. knife to cut pool noodles
  3. cutting board
  4. spray paint:  turquoise (Seaside), lime green (Key Lime), purple (French Lilac), & *** pink (Berry Pink)
  5. plastic dropcloth
  6. wooden blocks
  7. wax paper
  8. glue gun + glue sticks
  9. paper plates
  10. tweezers
  11. q-tips
  12. multi-colored sequins – I used Hobby Lobby Tree House Studio brand, not on HL website 🙁
  13. ornament hangers or paper clips
  14. ***whipple fake icing (if you’re doing fake icing ornaments) NOTE* 1 box makes ~ 24 donut rings
  15. ***bag of jumbo cotton balls – 140 count (if you’re doing cotton icing ornaments)

***FYI:  I did not have to spray my pink noodle, because it was the color I wanted.  I added the PINK (berry pink) spray paint to the supplies list to achieve the same pink color, in case you can’t find a pink noodle. ***


***SHOP SUPPLIES***

1.  pool noodles                                                                                                  2.  spray paint  – Seaside,

Coast Athletic CA8700 Famous Foam Pool Noodles, 4 PieceRust-Oleum 315395 Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover, 12 oz, Seaside

 

3.   spray paint – Key Lime,  Berry Pink**                                                                4. spray paint – French Lilac

Rust-Oleum 249104 Painter's Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Key Lime

 

5.  plastic dropcloth                                                                                             6.  wax paper

Premier 9' x 12' 1 MIL Clear Plastic Drop Cloth Rolled, 3 Pack, 69730

Cut-Rite Wax Paper by Reynolds 75 Sq.Ft

 

7.  glue gun, glue sticks                                                                                      8.  tweezers

AdTech High Temp Mini Hot Glue Gun in Black Daisy | Arts and Crafts and DIY | Fun and Cute Tool | Item #0502

Revlon Stainless Steel Accurate Tweezing 1 ea (Pack of 2)

 

 

9.  q-tips                                                                                                    10.  multi-colored sequins , assorted sizes

Q-tips Cotton Swabs, 500 ct

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11. ornament hooks                                                                                                 12.  jumbo cotton balls

Silver Metal Ornament Hooks - 34mm

Swisspers Premium Hypoallergenic Super Jumbo Cotton Balls, 140 count

 

13.  Whipple fake icing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS:  USING POOL NOODLES

***TUTORIAL***

STEP 1:  

Cut each pool noodles at about 5/8″ sections (5/8′ is between 1/2″ and 3/4″ – fyi).  Each noodle should make roughly 90 small donut rings.  So you will have 90 blue donut rings + 90 pink donut rings at this point = 180.

 


STEP 2:

Spray paint the BLUE rings only if you are using blue and pink noodles.  Spray paint both sides.  Use plastic dropcloth to cover ground & use wooden blocks to lift donut rings up off of the ground.  Let dry 20 minutes before flipping to other side.  When finished drying, group into colors and store on wax paper or paper plates.  ***You will need to spray paint pink if you aren’t using a pink noodle.***

 

Inspiration Picture below from Hobby Lobby Ornaments

 


***STEPS 3 & 4 WILL BE SPLIT INTO 2 SECTIONS:  FAKE ICING AND COTTON BALLS ICING***

FAKE ICING

 

 

STEP 3:  FAKE ICING  (WHIPPLE)

Follow directions on Whipple box.  After getting it ready, gently squeeze icing onto donut ring.  Use sparingly so that you can make 24 donuts.  After squeezing a small amount on top and sides, use q-tip to spread out.

Do all of the icing on donuts fairly quickly so that the Whipple doesn’t begin to dry.  You will need it damp so that the sequins can stick into it and mold.

***TIP***  This step took about an hour by myself – fyi.  If you want to work at a faster rate – get a helper 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 4 FAKE ICING:  SEQUINS

Place chosen sequins on with tweezers and push down into icing with q-tips.   Put sequins out in colors and sizes to make this process go faster.

***TIP***  Work quickly with this section so that icing doesn’t dry.  Also, gently place sequins onto icing so that your tweezers don’t get icing on them.  It will get very messy if your tweezers get dirty.

 

 


***STEPS 3 & 4 WILL BE SPLIT INTO 2 SECTIONS:  FAKE ICING AND COTTON BALLS ICING***

COTTON BALLS ICING

STEP 3:  COTTON BALLS ICING

One jumbo cotton ball will cover 2 donuts rings.  Gently pull the cotton ball from both sides until it makes a very long cotton strand (will almost look like a mustache – ha!).  Then tear it in half.  One section will fit one donut.  Then hot glue cotton strand onto tops & sides of donut.

***TIP***  You might have to play around with the cotton to see how much your want on the sides.  It should mimic icing dripping down.

***TIP***  I got about 6 cotton balls (12 pieces) ready at a time so that I could do a lot of hot gluing in groups.  This step also takes about an hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 4 COTTON BALLS:  SEQUINS

This will be similar to the fake icing tutorial except you will be using hot glue to secure sequins to cotton balls.  Choose the sequins you want to use and grab with tweezers.  You will add a SMALL drop of hot glue to SEQUIN (not cotton) and gently place onto cotton top.  Use your q-tip to hold sequin down.

***TIP***  Do not get into a rush with this step or you will have a hot glue + cotton ball mess!!  To make this step easier, I picked all of the larger sequins I wanted to use, and then put them on first.  They took up more room on the donut, and then I could tell what other colors and sizes to fill in the gaps with.  This step takes another hour – fyi.

 


CLOSEUP PICTURES

FAKE ICING (WHIPPLE) DONUTS

 

COTTON BALLS ICING DONUTS


STEP 5:  (SAME FOR BOTH)

Add a small ornament hook into top and back side of donut.  The foam makes it very easy to poke your hook through.  I tried a paper clip, short hook, and long hook to see which one I preferred….and ended up liking the short hook the best.  The paper clip of course is the cheapest version if working with a low budget and is the strongest (fyi).

 

paper clip – straightened

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND YOU ARE DONE!!  CHEERS LADIES!!

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!  LOVE & DONUT HUGS 🙂

Add them to garland, trees, wreaths, and more!!  What will YOU use them for??  Let me know.  I can’t wait to see !!  Want to see the What we will be using them for??  Here is the link again Let It Snow – Donut Christmas Party.

Next post Let it Snow – Donut Christmas Party:  Food  (donut inspired food & snacks)….coming soon!!

Want more decorating inspiration??  click 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls, 29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas, or Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardwar Bling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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