Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 7 of Handmade Ornaments and a Winner!

Welcome to Day 7 of 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments!

Today Char @ Crap I've Made (don't you just love the name of her blog) is bringing us an ornament from her childhood. Oh, an we all hope your little on is OK Char - keep reading, you will see!

The winner of this ornament is...

Shan B!

Please send me an email at kristinDOTheaneyATgmailDOTcom with you mailing address.


Thanks to Kristin for having me! I'm Char from Crap I've Made.

These ornaments are a re-creation of some my mom made when I was a kid.



Styrofoam balls. I used 2.5” and the template I have included is for that size ball.
3 elastics
Fabric scraps
Butter knife
Ric rac or ribbon
Straight pin

Stretch 3 elastics around the circumference of your ball, spacing them evenly so that the ball is divided into sixths.


Trace placement of the elastics with Sharpie.


When you take off the elastics, you should have something like this:


Cut 6 scraps of fabric to match this template. You can do all 6 different, all of them the same, 2 each of 3 different fabrics…whatever!


I should have pressed them at this point, but I have MAJOR ironing issues. Hopefully that doesn’t bother any of you the way it bothers me.

Place one of your fabric pieces centered evenly over one of the sections of the ball. You can see a glue stick in this picture. I used it to hold the fabric in place but I’m pretty sure it didn’t help and I didn’t actually use it on any of the other sections.


Take your butter knife and start tucking the edges of the fabric down into the ball along the lines you drew with the Sharpie.


Do this along both sides. Make sure to keep the tips pointy. You should have something like this:


Move to the next section and do the same thing.


Continue with the remaining sections.


Pick the ugly end and make that your top.

Cut a length of ribbon or ric rac about 7” long. Make a loop and stick a straight pin through to keep the ends together.

Put a generous glob of glue on the top of your ornament.


I used FabriTac because hot glue and I have a sordid past.


Stick your straight pin and the ends of your ric rac down into the glue.


Use your butter knife again to jam it down into the crevice (that word makes me giggle).



Also, if you don’t adequately supervise your child whilst you’re blogging, this could happen:


Pretty sure he’ll be OK. He ate part of a KFC container once already.


Sabra said...

I really love these, Char. Totally not how I would have expected they'd be made--much easier than they look.

Bridget said...

It reminds me of Christmas oranges for some reason, love it!

sheri said...

Yay! I love these.

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

WA HA long as he doesn't eat paint chips!
But seriousness...that's simply ingenious! I NEVER EVER would've thought of that! So neato!

Alissa said...

sabra's right in that i thought they would be more difficult.

rebecca said...

So cute Char!!!Those take me back!

Sarah said...

Wow, I LOVE these! They may just make it to my Christmas craft with the kids list. Thanks for sharing!
God's blessings, Sarah :D

Bird learning to fly... said...


I also made these a while back. I got the tutorial from a good friend of mine. Maybe her mama did them too when she was little gal? :D

They are soo cute. You could even pin some sequins on top of the fabric and add some fancy cord in between the grooves..

Mine can be seen here:

I would be very chuffed if you stopped by to see them ;)

loving the blog