I am so tickled to have a Grinch hand Christmas ornament to put on my Christmas tree this year. It’s so cute and funny–and super simple to make, I might just make a handful more for other Christmas decorations!
I mean, why not, since I’m making a bunch of different Grinch crafts. Make certain check out our other Grinchmas Ideas as well!
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If you want to join me, check out these 20+ Grinch crafts for Grinchmas for a great starting place and let’s get Grinchy.
But back to this adorable DIY Grinch Christmas ornament craft since that’s what we’re here for right now. Not only do I have the free SVG files available here, but if you keep scrolling, you’ll get the full instructions to make this Cricut Grinch ornament, including the whole arm.
Yeah–it’s more than just the little red ball. The whole arm so that it’s like the Grinch stole Christmas from your very own Christmas tree. It’s like you might find the Grinch’s face hiding right there behind it all.
I’m seriously dying, this is so funny–and so real, because it is.
So, get ready to make a fun Dr. Seuss Grinch movie prop with some faux fur and a plastic ornament with me!
When I was coming up with the Grinch hand ornament materials list for myself (basically my “hunting through the craft room list”) I was able to find all of these items hiding in my scraps pile. You could probably do this with other materials, like felt maybe, but this is what I used:
I love quick and easy crafting that doesn’t require a whole lot of tools. But, really I love using some of my tools just for the sheer fact that they make something that would otherwise be a huge pain into a super simple action. So, you do you, but here are my favorite tools in my craft room that I used on this project:
Tips and Tricks:
I love crafting sometimes, but I seem to do it in waves, which causes me to lose some of the tricks I’ve learned if I don’t write them down. So, here are my tips for this Grinch craft, that way I don’t forget them later.
- If you want to add more Grinch pizzazz, you can make a quick garland of pom poms or even popcorn. There’s so much fun decoration you can do with a Grinch themed Christmas tree.
- Sometimes, I like to clean my blanks with rubbing alcohol before I apply heat transfer vinyl. I don’t think this is required, but with the ornament, for example, I was worried that there might be glitter I personally couldn’t see but that might be on the surface of the ball.
How to Decorate with a Grinch Hand Ornament:
- The hand is completely posable, so even if you don’t want to use the hand to hold the ornament, maybe you want to use it to hold stockings or something–I don’t know. You can simply hide the end of the arm in some garland on the mantle or in a wreath on the door.
- Dangle the end of your string of lights over the arm and behind the ornament. This will highlight both the hand and the ornament when the lights are on in the back.
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- 25+ Grinch Foods You Can Eat
- Iced Grinch Sugar Cookies
- Grinch Shower Bombs
- Kid-Friendly Grinch Cupcakes
- Grinch Gnome Ornament
- Free Grinch Ornament Cut File
- White Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Green Faux Fur
- Red Ornament
- Red Velvet
- White Lambswool
- 5 Lengths of Floral Wire
- Paper Roll
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Cricut EasyPress Mini
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- Pencil or Pen
- Exacto Knife
- Wire Cutters
- Download the SVG File, then upload it to Cricut Design Space.
- Insert the image onto the next screen, then select the image and choose "attach". This will keep the lettering together and make it easier to place. Then size the lettering to fit your ornament.
- Select "make it", then select "mirror it" then choose "continue".
- Identify "heat transfer vinyl" as the material, place the vinyl face-down on the mat, then cut it, using the fine point blade.
- When the cut is complete, weed the design.
- Carefully place the vinyl elements onto the ornament and, using the Easy Press Mini, press them in place.
- To make the Grinch hand, trace the outline of your hand shape onto the fabric backing of the green faux fur with the pencil.
- Using the exacto knife, cut the fabric only on the faux fur along the traced hand shape then pull the fabric apart, without cutting the fur.
- Place a length of fabric wire along each finger coming together in the palm and reaching past the wrist. Hot glue these in place along each finger and the palm, rolling the fabric portion of each finger and palm over the wire, making each skinny finger and the palm closed. Set aside.
- Cut the paper roll down to about 7 inches long.
- Cut the velvet to the same width of the paper roll, and 1 1/4 times longer than the length needed to wrap all the way around the paper roll.
- Hot glue one end of the velvet along the midline of the paper roll, then wrap the paper roll with the velvet. When you reach the end of the velvet, fold over the end, hot gluing it into a hem. Roll the remaining length of velvet over and hot glue the new hem in place along the side of the paper roll.
- Cut the white lambswool faux fur to 3-inches wide by the length needed to wrap all the way around the paper roll. Wrap this white lambswool faux fur around the end of the paper roll and hot glue it in place.
- Thread the floral wires and the wrist portion of the faux fur hand into the end of the paper roll, hot glueing it in place so that the hand and arm appear to be a single unit.
- Bend the thumb and first of the fingers around to pinch and hold the top of the ornament, hot gluing the ornament in place.
- Bend the remaining fingers upward to make an "ok" symbol.
- Thread the open end of the paper roll onto your Christmas tree and enjoy!
I know that seems like a lot, but I just broke it down into small bites–this really is easy enough that a kiddo could help make it.
So, if you love this easy Grinch ornament craft, be sure to pin it to your favorite easy Christmas crafts board on Pinterest so you can find it again fast when it’s time for you to make a fun Grinch Christmas ornament!