DIY Merry Fitmas Ornament

Sometimes, I like to get a little crafty during the holidays. For my kids and I, making Christmas ornaments is one of our favorite Christmas pastimes. We even have a dedicated Christmas tree decorated with all the homemade ornaments we’ve made over the years.

Last Christmas, I made ornaments that resembled dumbbells for my coach and the ladies in my personal training group. The idea just came to me on a whim. Truth be told, the inspiration came over a bottle of wine or two. Let’s just say, I have A LOT of corks in my home and could set up a shop on Etsy and sell these ornaments. LOL

Any wine…I mean anyway, this dumbbell ornament is super easy and makes a great little gift for the fit people in your life.

Merry Fitmas - Merry Liftmas Ornament

Merry Fitmas! Dumbbell Christmas Ornament



A box cutter or sharp paring knife


Lightweight hammer


12-inch bamboo skewers

Spool of ribbon (approximately 1/4 inch width or thinner)

Silver acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Paint brushes

Glue gun

Glue sticks

Gift tags (optional)



Using scissors, cut bamboo skewers into three inch lengths. Paint silver and set aside to dry.

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Slice corks into equal halves. Paint each half black and set aside to dry.

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Once corks dry, use a small hammer and a nail to punch a hole into each wide enough to fit bamboo skewer.

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Add a small drop of hot glue to the punctured hole in the cork and gently push skewer into hole; allow to dry. Then glue another half cork to the other side of the painted bamboo skewer and allow to dry. It should resemble a small dumbbell.

Merry Fitmas Ornament - Step 9

Add a small amount of hot glue to the center mark of the painted bamboo skewer and wrap ribbon around skewer allowing the glue to hold the ribbon in place; let glue dry.

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Make a knot at top to create a hanger for the ornament.

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Attach a gift tag to say, “Merry Fitmas!” or “Merry Liftmas!”

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