DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beloved holiday classic for many of us, and we love to celebrate with all the Halloween festivities.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift idea or ornament to hang on your tree, then this DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament is just what you need!

This project will take less than an hour and only costs a few dollars in supplies.

The best part? It’s so easy even the kids can join in on the fun and make their own! 

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

The Nightmare Before Christmas

When the folks at Disney greenlit The Nightmare Before Christmas, there had to be a few eyebrows raised.

A movie where Halloween is celebrated all year-round, animation that relies heavily on dark, gothic themes, and the word nightmare in the title?

Would this become the type of movie filmmakers dream of making or a complete and total … well … nightmare?

Of course, we’re 25 years into the future and know now that Tim Burton’s stop-motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t just a fanciful adventure into Halloween Town.

It’s the sort of cult classic that has a fan base that’s intensely loyal and set on spreading the love.

What is Jack Skellington’s dog’s name?

His name is Zero he is the subject of our craft tutorial today!

Zero is a ghost dog who is Jack Skellington’s best friend. He has has a glowing pumpkin for a nose (does it remind you of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?)

In the movie, Zero helps guide Jack Skellington through the fog on Christmas Eve.

What kind of dog is Zero in Nightmare Before Christmas?

Although we don’t know for certain, many Nightmare Before Christmas fans agree that Zero may be based on the Dachshund breed. What do you think?

The characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington is the main character from the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

He becomes obsessed with making Christmas happen in his own way, but eventually realizes that it’s not what he really wanted.

Jack learns that the most important thing about Christmas is being with your loved ones.

Halloween Town

An imaginary world where Jack and his friends live based on Halloween.

Oogie Boogie

Oogie Boogie is the Boogeyman and villain of Halloween Town.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

Sally

Sally is Jack Skellington’s girlfriend. She is a rag doll that was created by Dr. Finklestein as a companion.

Dr. Finkelstein

The evil scientist of Halloween Town who keeps Sally locked in his laboratory.

Sandy Claws

This is what Jack calls Santa Clause.

Lock, Shock, and Barrel

Lock Shock and Barrel are the three troublemakers of Halloween Town.

Do you have other Nightmare Before Christmas Felt Patterns?

Yes, I do! You can learn how to make all the characters below.

What do I need to make Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments?

This DIY felt ornament measures approximately 4.5″ tall and 4″ wide. Everything is cut from crafting felt and sewn together by hand.

The ears are attached using hot glue, but you could sew these on too if you prefer.

For young crafters, you can also make this a no sew project simply by using glue for everything in place of stitches! Use a permanent marker or fabric paint for the mouth and eye.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

To make your felt Zero ornament, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Craft felt
  • Bead or button
  • Mini Pom Pom
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Stuffing
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue

In addition to these supplies, you will need to download and print my free pattern. Just click the download button below to grab the PDF.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print this file. (Don’t worry, it’s free!)

Zero Ornament Video Sew Along Tutorial

Learn to sew your own DIY Zero Felt Ornament with our video tutorial below.

How to Make a Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

I will show you how to make a felt doll Zero in just a few simple steps, without a sewing machine.

Follow along with our written instructions below. Don’t forget to print the free downloadable PDF pattern printable.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Craft felt, white
  • Bead or button, black
  • Mini Pom Pom, orange 
  • Ribbon, white for hanging and thin red for neck
  • Embroidery floss, white and black
  • Poly-fil Stuffing
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Zero Ornament pattern

STITCHES USED

Back Stitch (for mouth)

Blanket Stitch (used around the outside edge while joining two pieces together)

PREPARATION

1. Print Zero pattern pieces on heavy card stock paper.

2. Cut out each piece. Use them as templates to trace and cut out the appropriate color felt pieces as noted.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

SEW THE FACE

1. Sew the mouth using black thread and attach the eye to one body piece.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

MAKE THE BODY

1. Begin sewing the two body pieces together using a blanket stitch. I recommend starting at the armpit of the front legs and going towards the tail, across the belly. 

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

2. Sew around the tail and just above the rear before pausing stuff the tail and belly. 

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

3. Continue sewing to the top of the head.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

4. Fold your hanging ribbon in half and insert the raw edges into the top of the head and then continue sewing around. Pause and stuff often. 

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

5. When you get back to where  you started, finish off.

ADD THE FINISHES

Glue on the ears and pom pom nose. Tie a thin red ribbon around his neck.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament
Yield: 1

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Ornament

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $3

I'm so excited to share this DIY with you guys! This is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit.

I've been wanting a Zero ornament for my tree forever, but couldn't find one that was just right. So I made my own!

Materials

  • Craft felt, white
  • Bead or button, black
  • Mini Pom Pom, orange
  • Ribbon, white for hanging and thin red for neck
  • Embroidery floss, white and black
  • Poly-fil Stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

PREPARATION

1. Print Zero pattern pieces on heavy card stock paper.

2. Cut out each piece. Use them as templates to trace and cut out the appropriate color felt pieces as noted.

SEW THE FACE

1. Sew the mouth using black thread and attach the eye to one body piece.

MAKE THE BODY

1. Begin sewing the two body pieces together using a blanket stitch. I recommend starting at the armpit of the front legs and going towards the tail, across the belly. 

2. Sew around the tail and just above the rear before pausing stuff the tail and belly. 

3. Continue sewing to the top of the head.

4. Fold your hanging ribbon in half and insert the raw edges into the top of the head and then continue sewing around. Pause and stuff often. 

5. When you get back to where  you started, finish off.

ADD THE FINISHES

Glue on the ears and pom pom nose. Tie a thin red ribbon around his neck.

Notes

STITCHES USED

Back Stitch (for mouth)

Blanket Stitch (used around the outside edge while joining two pieces together)

NOTES

For young crafters, you can also make this a no sew project simply by using glue for everything in place of stitches! Use a permanent marker or fabric paint for the mouth and eye.

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