Tree Ornament - Country Christmas
3" styrofoam balls
If you are looking for a fun Christmas craft or a quick gift
idea, these homemade country Christmas ornaments are very
easy and inexpensive to make. You probably already have most of
what you need to make them.
These ornaments can be made from scrap fabric you already have on
hand. They are called "country ornaments" because of their
homemade, hand spun look. They look best when made from leftover
quilting scraps. I decided to recycle some fabric from my boys'
crib sheet that was ripped and ready to be thrown away. I
thought it would make a great keepsake for family members to use
the fabric from the sheet to make the Christmas ornaments, as
well as a great way to recycle the fabric.
Here are the supplies you will need:
3" Styrofoam balls
You will only need four or five strips of fabric to cover each
ball. Cut a strip of fabric approximately 1 1/2 inches wide and
long enough to wrap completely around the Styrofoam ball. Cut
five of these strips. Cut one extra strip a little bit narrower
to use for the ornament hanger.
Spread out a piece of newspaper to work on and use the paint
brush to paint craft glue on the back of a strip of fabric. Make
sure to liberally cover the fabric so that it will completely
adhere to the Styrofoam.
Wrap the strip of fabric around the Styrofoam ball and hold it
there for a couple of seconds until the glue begins to dry. Glue
on the other strips the same way until the ball is covered. When
gluing the last strip on, thread the piece you are going to use
for the hanger under the strip on one end before you press that
last piece down (see photo). Tie the ends of the hanger together.
Press down all the strips of fabric to smooth out any gaps in the
fabric. Use the paintbrush to add glue to any spots you missed.
That's it! An easy Christmas craft project you can make in less
than an hour. Make a few to add to the top of your Christmas
packages this year to give them some "country" appeal.
Photos of finished ornaments:
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of
What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick
easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home
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This project was submitted by crafty-moms (Rachel Paxton). Thanks Rachel Paxton!