We Made Some DIY 8-Bit Holiday Ornaments

Geek Decor: DIY 8-Bit Holiday Ornaments

We’ve been working on a bunch of geeky ornaments, but these might be our favorites. Plus they’re quick, simple, and cost next to nothing.

Geek Holiday - DIY 8-bit OrnamentsBecause what tree DOESN’T need giant 8-bit holiday ornaments on it? We made these the same way that we made all of the fandom icons for our Geek Holiday Wreath.

Start by drawing a pixelated / 8-bit ornament on graph paper, and cut it out. Here’s ours. We also cut out some spaces for highlight/shadow.

DIY 8-bit ornamentTrace the 8-bit ornament shape onto foam board, and cut it out with an X-acto knife. Then paint it. This is just cheap, basic craft paint.

DIY 8-bit ornament

After painting, we edged the perimeter in black sharpie, and used silver sharpie for the top. THEN we thought we’d get extra fancy, and used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to give it some serious shine. This stuff is awesome, by the way. This step is not at all necessary, we just wanted to try it out.

Holiday ornament with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Dimensional Magic 8-bit holiday ornament

DIY 8-bit ornament

At first it made the ornament cloudy, but after a couple of hours it was perfectly clear and glassy. Which is really hard to photograph, but trust us, it looks better in person!

Dimensional Magic on holiday ornament

We taped regular ornament hooks to the back of the 8-bit ornaments.
And here they are!

DIY geeky 8-bit ornaments

Geek Decor: DIY 8-Bit Ornament

What do you think?


  1. says

    My first thought was I couldn’t get that good of a look with perler beads anyway anyhow, but then I clicked through and you used foam core? So smart and so awesome. This is an 8-bit ornament that I could make. Love it so much! (and I am desperate to see a Mario tree topper, btw)


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