DIY Jenga Christmas ornaments are simple to make, and with these perfectly pre-sized little wood blocks, you’ve got tons of potential in your hands!
Grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, turn on some Christmas music, and visit for a while.
I’ll show you how I made these First Christmas themed ornaments from basic Jenga blocks.
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A DIY Christmas ornament project had been brewing in my head for a while when I spotted a bag of Jenga blocks on one of my thrift visits.
They were perfect!
I had planned to paint them, then add a catchy Christmas word to each block.
But when I started thinking about the words I’d use, I had a better idea.
I considered words from the original Christmas story and knew that’s what I’d design this project around.
The only prep work I had to do was sand the trademark from the sides.
I decided to go with a distressed, slightly rustic theme, so I started with DecoArt’s Yesteryear chalky finish in a single coat.
The pale grey would be ideal for a distressed base and would temper the “fresh” wood color.
After it dried, I added a single coat of Everlasting and let it dry.
Stencils for DIY Jenga Christmas Ornaments
Next, I headed over to Cricut Design Space™ and designed some stencils to fit the Jenga blocks. I had 29 blocks, so I chose 29 keywords from the Christmas story to stencil onto them.
Don’t miss Cricut Maker How To: DIY Stencils for details on designing and making stencils.
Reading through this beautiful account never gets old! That first Christmas night was such an amazing gift.
And I realized that this project was turning out to be more than just a collection of Christmas ornaments. It would also be the Christmas story hanging on the tree, and a constant reminder of the true meaning of Christmas that can easily get overrun with all of the flurries of the season.
I wish I had thought of this while my kids were still young and could hang the ornaments while learning the passage of Scripture from Luke 2.
I chose to use vinyl for this one instead of mylar. The stencils aren’t reusable but are a lot easier to work with since the designs were small and detailed.
I used DecoArt Black Tie satin acrylic to transfer the words to the blocks.
And then I distressed.
And distressed some more.
I wanted gentle aging and stuck with extra fine sandpaper – 320 grit.
I’ll be honest – it took a while.
A lot of Christmas music and more than a few mugs of chai happened. 🙂
Finally, I attached small eye screws to the top. A strip of buffalo check ribbon around each new hanger was the perfect finish.
I love how these DIY Jenga Christmas ornaments turned out.
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’
And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.
And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”