DIY Santa Cam ornament with artificial Christmas tree branches on a wood table
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How to Make The Most Adorable Santa Cam Christmas Ornament

Learn how to make a DIY Santa Cam Christmas ornament as an alternative to Elf on the Shelf.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Drying Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Craft
Cuisine: Christmas Ornament
Servings: 1 Ornament
Author: Chrystal Johnson




  • First, remove the hanger/cap portion of your ornament, set it aside and squeeze about 1 tablespoon of black paint inside the ornament.
    Black paint squeezed into a clear, flat, round Christmas ornament
  • Cover the end with tape and then your finger. Shake vigorously and roll to coat the inside completely with paint. Add more paint if needed. Once it's evenly coated, push the ornament into a plastic cup with opening side down and allow excess paint to drip out for several hours.
    Clear ornament with black paint inside upside down in a blue plastic cup
  • Secure the washer to the center of ornament with hot glue so it stays put.
    Hot gluing the washer to the Santa Cam ornament
  • Add a red “button” with a paint pen, or you can also use a sticker or other item that resembles a button as well.
    Red button on Santa Cam ornament made with a red paint pen
  • Use a white paint pen to write “Santa’s Camera” in a pretty scrolly writing, then allow the ornament to dry completely.
    Santa's Camera written on front of the Santa Cam ornament with a white pen
  • Replace your ornament cap and attach a ribbon, string or hook to hang on your tree.
    Finished Santa Cam ornament on a table next to an artificial Christmas tree branch