Get Your Shake On

Craft: Shaker Ornaments


Shaker anything is all the rage in the paper crafting world. They're fun and easy to make once you get the hang of it. Best of all, it delights the recipient. While store bought cards tend to get put aside after the first reading, shaker cards get revisited over and over again. It's hard to resist shaking a shaker. Think about it. If you give a baby a rattle they can entertain themselves for quite a while. I suppose it's a fascination we never outgrow.

 Which is why I thought shaker ornaments would be the perfect craft for this year's Craft & Sip — an annual Christmas Eve event where me and some friends, along with our children gather for food, games, and of course crafts (almost always an ornament)!


When choosing a craft, I wanted to keep it simple for a number of reasons.

  • It's always a group of various ages and crafting abilities. It's supposed to be fun and no one wants to be frustrated, so I pre-cut all the pieces with only some assembly required.

  • I wanted to use a limited number of supplies to keep costs down and to keep me from having to haul half of my craft supplies with me.

  • It had to be quick to make. The group had to work in shifts, plus there were other activities to get to -- gingerbread houses and games. 

Shaker Ornaments

Supply List

  • 2 - 4 inch circles from heavy cardstock

  • 5 - 4 inch rings from heavy cardstock

  • 1 - 4 inch circle from acetate

  • 1 - 4 inch ring from decorative cardstock

  • Ribbon or twine

  • Glue

  • Foam Tape

  • Multi-use Tape (I used Scotch tape)

 *I made the width of the rings 1 inch thick because I thought it would be easier for everyone to work with (it wasn't). I would recommend 1/2 inch width. 


  1. Cut all your materials to size. I used my Cricut Maker to do most of the cutting. You could also cut them from dies or using scissors.

  2.  Design your background. Using one of the 4-in circles (save the other for later), create the background for your ornament. You can use stickers, stamps, die cuts, or draw your own background. Tip: Lay one of the rings on your background as you work so that you can see where the border will be. By doing this, you can prevent part of your background from being hidden by the rings when you stack them.

  3.  Assemble the sides. Glue all 5 of the 4 inch rings together to make one thick ring. Glue the ring stack to the face of the background circle. Next, add foam tape around the top of the ring stack. This is how you will seal in the sequins and other "shaky" stuff so make sure there are no gaps. If there are gaps, the shaky stuff will fall out of the ornament

  4.  Add the sequins and such on top of the background, being careful not to get any on the foam tape. Tip: Glue a couple of sequins to the top and sides of the background so that when the other sequins fall to the bottom, some will still be visible at the top.

  5.  Use foam tape to attach the acetate circle to the ring of decorative cardstock. This will be the face of the ornament. Glue the face of the ornament to the top of the shaker to seal it shut. Tip: Test the seal over a trash can or coffee filter to catch any fallout.

  6.  Use ribbon or twine to create the string from which the ornament will hang. Use tape to adhere it to the back of the ornament. Finish it off with the remaining 4 inch circle.