DIY Geek Ornaments

Last Christmas, my partner and I came to a decision about our Christmas tree decorations. We had such a random mix of ornaments – ornaments given to us, ornaments we purchased ourselves, ornaments our daughter made. No cohesion. Plus, we had so many they didn’t all fit on the tree.So we decided to pick a theme for our tree decor and stick to it. Since our living room (where the tree goes) decor is a balance of family photos and geeky collectibles/art, we decided the tree should match. Thus, our geek family tree theme was born. We had only one problem – plenty of family oriented ornaments, but a shortage of geek ornaments.

We began the hunt for geek ornaments online. With geek pop culture and many fandoms being relatively mainstream nowadays, there wasn’t a shortage of ornaments to find. The only problem? The price tag. Many of these ornaments were over $10 each. Which by itself doesn’t sound like much but if we wanted a decent amount we are looking at at least $100 in ornaments, minimum. A big no-no for our budget, especially around the holidays. Luckily, I got hit with a dose of geeky DIY inspiration.

It’s no secret that both my partner and I enjoy our geeky collectibles. We currently own 55 Funko Pops and that number is ever growing. We have wall shelves in our living room dedicated to our fandoms, along with plenty of fanart adorning the walls. Looking around at the shelves, I realized we had an abundance of tiny collectibles. Little toys either saved from childhood, gifted to us, or saved from various subscription boxes we’ve tried. As I stared at those little toys I realized just how perfectly ornament sized they were. Cue internal lightbulb blinking on. Let the geek ornament making begin!

You will need:
Small toys/objects from your favorite fandoms
Jump rings
Hot glue
Ornament hooks


With your supplies gathered, let’s begin this ridiculously easy process.


Step 1: Hot glue a jump ring to the top of your item.


Step 2: Once glue is dry, toss a hook through it and hang that bad boy!

See? Seriously freaking easy. The best part of this DIY? The items aren’t damaged by the hot glue; in most cases you can just peel it right off if you ever decided you don’t want an ornament anymore. Another (even easier!) way to convert collectibles into geek ornaments is use keychains.


Funko has an entire line of keychains like this little Venom. Simply cut the chain off, leaving the metal loop on the top and voila! Hook it, and hang it people. Geek ornaments don’t get much simpler than that.


Many small fandom toys and collectibles are quite inexpensive, and this is a perfect way to add a little geeky cheer to your tree without putting a dent in the budget! I’m always on the lookout now for little toys to buy to make into geek ornaments. Here are a few I’ve made!






DIY Geek Ornaments via My Open Sketchbook


Do you have any geeky ornaments on your tree, or have you ever DIYed any ornaments before? Let me know in the comments!


  • They look super cute and it’s nice you managed to save so much money!! <3

    • Kay

      Thanks Alice! I agree…money saving all the way! 😀

  • Love this! My husband and I had the same issue a few years back (of having too many random ornaments and no cohesion). Most of them were not precious, so we decided to pick a color theme and get some new ball ornaments/garland for that look and just have special ornaments stand out. I love your geeky ornaments! Every year we get a new ornament, so this would be a fun idea to do once the little one is around.

    • Kay

      I love that! Holiday traditions with little ones are so much fun…starting your own new ones as a family is such wonderful thing!

  • Such an awesome idea!! So damn simple, yet so effective:P I love that you’re doing a geeky Christmas tree! That’s just too cute.

    • Kay

      Thanks Ashlee!! <3 It's currently a mix of geek, family ornaments (heirloom/photo ones), and ones our kiddo has made haha. Still not super cohesive, but very US and that's what counts. 😀

  • So easy! But I wouldn’t have thought of it. So thank you. 😀

    • Kay

      You’re so welcome! Easy and cheap, that’s how I roll for DIY ahaha. 😀

  • Oooh I love the keychain idea! I have so many keychains but obviously can only use so many at a time on my actual keys, hahah.

    • Kay

      Same here! I always want to buy keychains but don’t because I can’t actually use them. At least now they can decorate the tree!

  • This is SUCH a great idea!! I’m a sucker for blind boxes and I inevitably get doubles that I have no idea what to do with. I might be making a TON of ornaments this weekend!

    Katie |

    • Kay

      Thanks Katie! I’m so glad you’ll be making some ornaments! Blind boxes and bags are perfect for this!

  • Mariah Kaercher

    These are so cute.!

    • Kay

      Thanks! 🙂

  • I have never even considered that! Wow I love it!!! IÊ»m really a fan of the zelda ornaments!

    • Kay

      Thanks Dina!! I would totally have a Zelda tree if possible ahaha. 😀

  • These are wonderful!!! What a great idea!

    • Kay

      Thanks Sara! 🙂

  • This is such a fabulous idea I might have to have a try at DIY-ing some ornaments myself! I love that you’ve managed to make a theme that suits your geeky personalities 🙂
    GlamAndGeek X

    • Kay

      Thanks Emma! We are definitely a geeky little family haha. 😀 Have fun DIYing some ornaments if you decide to!

  • this is so amazing!

    • Kay

      Thanks Liana!

  • Great idea for ornaments! I’m gonna try DIY-ing some extra figurines I have around the house that could do more than collect dust. 😀

    • Kay

      Awesome!! I hope they get some new life! 🙂

  • I love this!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 With the amount of lego figurines and mini Pops I have, it’s easy.. Alas, my Xmas tree is made of cloth! LOL But I LOOOOOVEEEEE your idea!!!

    • Kay

      Thanks Pepi!! I saw your tree on Insta and I love it!! Such a great non-traditional tree….and bonus it doesn’t get pine needles all over the house! 😀

      • Thank you! And so true! An Austrian friend of mine gave it to me as Xmas present. Since I’ve moved so much, this was the best option to have a portable eco Xmas tree :p I love it. But I also looooove your idea! 😀 😀 😀 It’s super original and I love that is simple and geek 😀 😀 😀

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