DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments: Using Pool Noodles

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

I am co-hosting a Christmas Party for an organization in December, and donuts is the theme.  But we are working with a very small party & decorating budget, so buying a ton of donut ornaments isn’t really an option.  After looking for months trying to find a good tutorial on making “fake” donuts (with no luck), this is what I came up!  Super easy for our girls (and your kids too).  Let’s get to it!  DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments – Using Pool Noodles.

These are made 2 ways: 

  • one from fake icing (top right)
  • one from cotton balls (bottom left)

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

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DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments:  Using Pool Noodles 

FYI:  All supplies will be the same for either ornament projects – EXCEPT last 3 items.  They have astericks * ๐Ÿ™‚

SUPPLIES:  

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

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Ok, let’s get to the 5-step tutorial!  DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments – Using Pool Noodles.


DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments:  Using Pool Noodles 

Step #1:  Cut Pool Noodles

The first thing you will do is cut each pool noodle at about 5/8″ sections (5/8″ is between (1/2″ and 3/4″). 

  • 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.

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 


Step #2:  Spray Paint Pool Noodles

Now, it’s time to spray paint the pool noodles (if you want them different colors).

I used a plastic dropcloth and some wooden blocks to lift the donut rings off of the ground.  

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Then simply spray paint the BLUE rings only if you are using blue and pink noodles. 

***You will need to spray paint pink if you aren’t using a pink noodle.***

  • Let dry 20 minutes before flipping to the other side. 
  • Spray paint both sides. 

When finished drying, group into colors and store on wax paper or paper plates. 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Here is what mine looked like when they were dry and sitting on wax paper.

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 


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


FAKE ICING (Whipple Cream)

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Step #3:  Add FAKE ICING (Whipple Cream)

You will simply follow the directions listed on the Whipple box to make the icing. 

  • After getting it ready, gently squeeze the icing onto top & sides of the donut ring. 
  • Then use a q-tip to spread it out.

Tips:

  1.  Use the icing sparingly (so that you can make 24 donuts).  
  2.  Do all of the icing on donuts fairly quickly (so that the Whipple doesn’t begin to dry). 
  3.  You will need the icing damp (so that the sequins can stick into it and mold).

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

FAKE ICING (Whipple Cream)  

Step #4:  Add Sequins

Now, you will simply pick up one sequin with the tweezers and push it down into the icing with a q-tip.

Then repeat the process until you like what your donut looks like.   

Tips: 

  • Pick out and place sequins into color groups and by size (to make this process go faster).
  • 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 – trust me ;).

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Here is what mine looked like during the process.   

You can see the sequin color and size groups, and also notice that I was working on several donuts at one time.

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

The next section will be if you want to do the cotton ball icing version.


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


COTTON BALLS ICING

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Step #3:  Add COTTON BALLS ICING

One jumbo cotton ball will cover 2 donuts rings.  

  1. Gently pull the cotton ball from both sides until it makes a very long cotton strand (will almost look like a mustache – ha!). 
  2. Next tear it in half. 
  3. Then hot glue the cotton strand onto the tops & sides of each donut.

One half section will fit one donut.  Of course feel free to do the cotton balls as you wish! 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Tips:

  • You might have to play around with the cotton to see how much your want on the sides.  It should mimic icing dripping down.
  • I got about 6 cotton balls (12 pieces) ready at a time so that I could do a lot of hot gluing in groups. 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

COTTON BALLS ICING

Step #4:  Add  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 sequin you want to use and grab with the tweezers. 
  • Next add a SMALL drop of hot glue to SEQUIN (not cotton) and gently place onto cotton top. 
  • Then use your q-tip to hold sequin down.

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Tips: 

  • Do not get into a rush with this step or you will have a hot glue + cotton ball mess!! 
  • 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. 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 


Step # 5:  Add Ornament Hook (SAME FOR BOTH)

Now all you have to do is add a small ornament hook into top and back side of donut. 

  • The foam makes it very easy to poke your hook through. 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

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).

  • Here is the paper clip straightened.

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 


AND YOU ARE DONE!!  

FAKE ICING (WHIPPLE) DONUTS

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

COTTON BALLS ICING DONUTS

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

Add them to garland, trees, wreaths, and more!!  

Want to see the what we will be using them for?? 

DIY Christmas Donut Ornaments - Using Pool Noodles

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!! 

LOVE & HUGS ๐Ÿ™‚

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