This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SlimJimYourHoliday #CollectiveBias This post contains affiliate links and/or images. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house! We have the tree up and I am waiting for my husband to get home from work to help decorate the tree. The kids are having so much fun going through all of the Christmas ornaments and decorations. As we hang the ornaments, we talk about some of the older ornaments, the ornaments that hung on the tree when I was their age. It makes me sad to think of my mom and dad, who passed away near the holidays. When I think of my dad, I think of him with a cold glass of milk, and a a Slim Jim or two, wrapped in a slice of cheese. This is the snack dad had every day when he got home from work.
To say the Slim Jim is a part of my childhood is a bit of an understatement. Every year for Christmas, we would make a basket of snacks for my Gram, my dad’s mom. Mom would help my sister and I pick out several cheeses, crackers and guess what else?! Yep! A handful of her favorite Slim Jim! I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the proverbial tree, right?! Suffice it to say that love has passed down to my sister and I, as we both love to snack on a Slim Jim and a few sliced of mild cheddar cheese! My kids also love the bold flavor of the Original Slim Jim. And, they kind of like to snap the sticks at each other when they eat them!
Every year, the kids and I make new ornaments, to keep as well as to share. This has been a tradition in my family for many years now. This year, the kids and I decided to make fabric covered ornaments. This is an easy craft the kids can help with and has such pretty results! To make them unique, we are attaching a few Slim Jim’s because they are the perfect holiday treat!
I love the salty, bold and spicy taste that is the perfect snack because it is packed with protein. We buy our Slim Jim’s in the 26 pack, which we purchased at Walmart. These packs are perfect for sharing with everyone on our list because Slim Jim’s will “Put some snap in their stocking!”
DIY Fabric Covered Ornaments
So, for the ornaments, here is what you will need:
- Medium sized glass, Styrofoam or paper mache ornaments
- Christmas fabric; 2 or 3 different patterns
- Craft glue
- Foam brushes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Faux holiday greenery (I got mine from the dollar store)
- 24 Count Slim Jim’s
Step 1: Cut your fabric into 2″ squares
Step 2: Apply a patch of glue to the ornament and press a fabric square down. Go over the fabric with the glue. Repeat until the entire ornament is covered.
Step 3: To dry, they need to stand up. I put them on a paper straw stuck into a paper cup. Styrofoam blocks are good too. Allow the glue to dry completely, approximately 90 minutes. Apply another coat of glue and allow to dry overnight.
Step 4: When the ornament is completely dry, you can attach the festive holiday greenery with a hot glue gun. Be generous with your glue to make sure your embellishments are securely fastened.
Step 5: Take a Slim Jim’s and attach it to the ornament with your glue gun.
Step 6: Attach your ribbon as your hanger.
Now you are ready to hang a few on your tree and share the rest!
Who would you share your Slim Jim DIY Fabric Covered Ornament with?
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Robin Masshole mommy saysDecember 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm
Those ornaments came out great. It seems like they’re pretty easy to make, too 🙂
Liz Mays saysDecember 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm
Oh that is just too cute. I’d love to have some of these DIY ornaments on my tree! Great idea!
Jaime Nicole saysDecember 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm
This is a fun idea – I had never considered attaching a Slim Jim. This is definitely the most delicious ornament on the tree this year!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysDecember 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm
That is an ingenius use of Slim Jim packaging. I love it!
Jeanette saysDecember 2, 2015 at 6:41 pm
I have never made my own ornament, but you make it look so easy. This would be fun project to do with my kiddo. We are always looking for new projects.
tiaras and tantrums saysDecember 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm
I am so behind this year on decorating! My grandma used to give us slim jims too!
lisa saysDecember 3, 2015 at 4:28 am
We love Slim Jims in our house. I never thought to make my own ornaments like this but I love using the hot glue gun!
Angie saysDecember 3, 2015 at 9:35 am
Those are very cute! I like them.
OurFamilyWorld saysDecember 3, 2015 at 11:46 am
Those are pretty. I like the idea of using fabric to cover the ornaments. I’d like to try this project.
Melissa saysDecember 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm
I have always loved Slim Jims since I was a kid. They were something we picked up when out traveling because it’s a good snack to keep you full until your next meal.
Lynndee saysDecember 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm
How pretty! I’ve never thought of DIY-ing Christmas ornaments. I love the idea though. Thanks for sharing.
Bonnie @wemake7 saysDecember 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm
Those are so cute! I like how you put pretty fabric on them. Will have to try making these.
Ann Bacciaglia saysDecember 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm
These ornaments are so cute and easy to make. I will have to get the supplies so i can make some. I love Slim Jim’s. I would share mine with my kids.
Britni saysDecember 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm
What a cute ornament idea. Plus you cold use any type/color of fabric you wanted. Thanks for the great idea!
Crystal Lopez saysDecember 3, 2015 at 11:43 pm
You really can’t go wrong with Slim Jim snacks. My kids love them during baseball season for sure! The ornament idea is very cute, easy, and a great way to change things up!
Shanéy Maharaj saysDecember 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm
I’ve been wanting to make my own from last year and had no idea how to start or what to buy. Thanks, I’m so trying this. Nice craft idea for the family.
Jennifer Priest saysDecember 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm
Such cute ornaments!!! I love that you used fabric rather than paper for the decoupage.
Mimi Green saysDecember 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm
Cute idea, this is a great craft for me to do with the kids. They would love to have their own ornaments on the tree.
Chubskulit Rose saysDecember 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm
These are so neat and pretty! U have siome fabric here I could use to recycle the old balls.
Veronica Lee saysDecember 28, 2016 at 6:46 am
These are so pretty! Thanks for the great idea!
mycraftingworld saysMarch 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm
What a cute idea. I love that it is attached to the memory of your Father. My father’s birthday was actually Christmas day. I still make him a cake…. as the years have passed. I know he smiles at that tradition continuing.
mycraftingworld saysOctober 19, 2017 at 6:27 am
We are making these again this year. The girls love making crafts. You have a great variety. Thank you.
Jackie saysNovember 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm
The ornaments are so pretty! I love the handmade ornaments on my tree. Each one holds a special memory.