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