As is our custom, my wife and made Christmas ornaments this year. But we did something a little different for 2011: we made them together!
We had a lot of fun making these ornaments. I got the basic idea from Quilting Arts Gifts magazine, which is not my usual read, but one of Lynda’s. We wound up making three ornaments, each of which started out with us wrapping 1/2 to 1 inch wide strips of material around a styrofoam ball. From there we added different embellishments and bling.
The first one featured a red stretchy, satiny fabric that added a little texture to the ornament. We wrapped a white Happy Holidays ribbon around the middle. Then we added some sparkly rhinestones.
The second one started with a real pretty multicolored batik fabric that was mostly green. We wrapped some of the red satiny fabric from ornament #1 around the middle. Then we finished with some little puffy pillowed golden stars. Both this one and the red one used a 2-1/2 inch styrofoam ball. And they both have a hanger made with a filigree cap and some metallic nylon cord.
For the third one we used a 2 inch ball, and covered it with a purple mottled batik fabric. We added some flower shaped white ribbon around the middle and stuck on some sparkly flower sequins. Then we really decided to go crazy and fashioned a tassel from some multicolored nylon cording that we glued into a metal filigree cap.
I really enjoyed working with my wife on this project. Between the two of us, we pretty much had everything we needed to make these ornaments except the styrofoam balls. And now that we’re done, I’m having a hard time deciding which one I like best!
I hope you enjoyed seeing our ornaments and I wish you a Merry Christmas!