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how to make a braided trim christmas ornament

I just got back from vacation in Costa Rica, which was absolutely awesome, but my mind never completely escaped Christmas. It didn’t help that even the resort was all decked out in Christmas decorations. (You should have heard my squeals of delight when I saw lighted reindeer surrounding the pools….EEEEEE!)

there are reindeer in costa rica

a rare and elusive Costa Rican reindeer

So, with Christmas inspiration even on a beach, I had an idea for December. I am going to attempt to do a 12 Days of Christmas (ornaments!) blog project…12 posts of handmade ornament DIY’s. This is going to be tough, because these things can get really time consuming, but I’m going to try my very best. I am positive that I will not be able to manage these 12 days to be all in a row…but still, I will try to do them all before Dec 24th.

So…it’s December 1st… the perfect day to start!

And today, I have something really simple: an ornament wrapped in braided trim. So easy to do, but such pretty results:

braided trim ornament

What you’ll need:

  • a styrofoam ball (I used a 3″ ball)
  • a pretty trim. The candy swirled trim I used for my ornament turned out awesome.  Here is one I found that looks similar to the one I used. But then again, a solid color, like gold or silver, would be incredibly elegant! (Okay…future blog post idea.) The amount you will need depends on the size of the ball and the size of the trim…for my ornament, I used 1/8″ trim and it took just under 10 yards to cover the ball.
  • clear glue. My favorite craft glue is Beacon’s 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. It grabs quickly, and dries perfectly clear and permanent. (Just don’t wipe your glued up fingertips across your jeans like my spacey self keeps doing, because when I say permanent, I mean nothing seems to be able to take this stuff out.)
  • a couple of pretty beads for the top and bottom of the ornament.
  • a couple of straight pins
  • some ribbon for the hanger and embellishments
I found it easiest to start from the bottom up. Thread a bead onto a straight pin:

 

And then stick it through the end of your trim:

 

Put a dab of glue on the end of the pin, and stick it into the styrofoam ball:

 

Now, put a little bit of glue on the styrofoam around the bead, and just start winding the trim snugly around it…the bead will help you hold the end in place and makes it easy to wrap the trim. (Which is exactly how I had the idea to use a bead here in the first place.)

 

Add glue here and there as you go to secure the trim.

wrap trim around the ball

If you do not have a continuous piece of trim, no worries…just make sure the end is glued securely, and start with a new piece. It will be hard to see where the pieces start and end once the ball is covered entirely.

starting a new piece of trim

It took me a good 25 minutes to wrap this…when you get to the other end, be sure to use a generous amount of glue so that the trim will stay put:

glue the end of the trim

And go until the whole thing is covered:

cover styrofoam ball with braided trim

Honestly, it looks really cool just like it is now. Wouldn’t a few of these grouped together make awesome bowl fillers?

But I wanted to make it into an ornament, so I cut a few pieces of coordinating ribbons into varying lengths, between about 3 to 4 inches each, angling the edges:

ribbons for top of ornament

I also used an 8″ piece of ribbon for a hanger. Just thread a second bead onto a pin, and form a loop with your hanger ribbon right after the bead:

pin through ribbon for a hanger

Then pin right through the centers of each of your pieces of ribbon:

make bow for ornament

Put some glue where your trim ended:

glue where hanger will go

…and stick in your hanger.

handmade christmas ornament wrapped with braided trim

A little dab of glue right under the bead doesn’t hurt either:

glue bead at top of ornament

All done!

candy twist ornament

Isn’t that so easy and cute?

{ 38 comments… add one }

  • isaiah43123 December 2, 2011, 7:19 am

    Ooooooo! I find this idea very intriguing. I can’t wait to see the next creation. You have a wonderful gift and know you are up to the challenge!

  • Joy Denise December 2, 2011, 8:06 am

    Oh now that’s just too cute. I think I will be making a run to my local craft supply store after work tonight! Thanks for this tutorial!

  • Katla A. December 2, 2011, 9:25 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  • Diana B. December 2, 2011, 10:37 am

    Really cute! I’ve used to do something similiar using the string of pearls. Who carries the Beacon glue that u mentioned??? I love ur ornaments, gorgeous. Thanks for the many ideas.

    • ornamentgirl December 2, 2011, 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Diana! I had seen some wrapped beaded ornaments and that is what made me think of using the trim this way. :)

      I know for sure that JoAnn’s carries the glue, but I think they probably have it at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby as well.

      • Diana B. December 4, 2011, 3:06 am

        Thank you. Checked both Michaels today nothing but thank goodness Joann’s had it and I almost missed it. I live in Sarasota, do u all have the hobby lobby in Orlando??? Have a great weekend.

        • ornamentgirl December 4, 2011, 3:26 am

          Glad you found it! There is a Hobby Lobby in Orlando, but I am a good hour away from it, and have only been there once. But I loved it, and am hoping to get there at least once before Christmas!

          You have a great weekend, too! :)

  • Anne Marie December 3, 2011, 2:04 am

    Love this ornament – cannot wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing – will be looking forward to the ones to come.

  • Nancy December 3, 2011, 9:55 am

    I love this ornament! I will definitely be making a few of these for my tree. Thanks for the tutorial and pictures. Merry Christmas!

    • ornamentgirl December 4, 2011, 3:27 am

      You’re welcome Nancy, and Merry Christmas to you too! :)

  • Sherry December 5, 2011, 11:06 am

    You rule the handmade ornament world! I LOVE your stuff and always look forward to checking out your website and seeing what’s in store! I love this tutorial, it’s easy enough for my 11 year old daughter to do. Thank you for giving us a craft to do together…special Christmas memories will be made, thanks to you!

    You rock, Ornament Girl!

  • Personalised jewellery December 6, 2011, 2:41 pm

    These are really awesome ornaments.May I gift to my girlfriend?

  • Yannie December 8, 2011, 3:07 pm

    You are very creative! I’m backreading your posts and I totally love all your ornaments..

  • Elaine December 10, 2011, 9:42 am

    OMG! That is genius! And I love the styrofoam ball idea. No breakage!! I have been working with glass and it’s touch and go. And your ornament looks less time consuming with fabulous results. I love it, thanks for sharing!

  • Kathy December 30, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Hi, I’m sad that I found this too late to use for this Christmas, but now I’ll have a jump start on ideas for next year. Can you please share where you got your trim? I love the red and white. Kind of looks like baker’s twine but thicker. I’d love to get some, but don’t remember seeing anything similar. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for sharing.

    • ornamentgirl December 30, 2011, 11:56 pm

      You’re welcome, Kathy! I got the trim at Michael’s…they have it right next to all of the Christmas ribbon. They might still have some left, and if so, it will all be super cheap…hopefully you can find some before it’s gone!

      • ornamentgirl December 30, 2011, 11:58 pm

        If you can’t find it at Michael’s, I just remembered…they do have a few Christmas trims at JoAnn’s that are available year round…it is sold by the yard. They don’t have a huge selection, but they do have a few. :)

  • Carl Hancock Marketing Godalming April 28, 2013, 5:32 am

    It’s not exactly the right time of year, but I’ll definitely be bookmarking this page for next Christmas. Not made my own decorations since I was a kid, but I think that’s about to change. :)

  • Cynthia May 27, 2013, 1:39 am

    Absolutely adorable! Reminds me of my younger days making ornaments. I will make a bunch of these for my tree and gifts!

  • mary August 26, 2013, 1:15 am

    love this ornament and i have made several of your ornaments and i love everyone

  • Sandy Long August 26, 2013, 12:54 pm

    I put in for your news letter. I hope to receive it.

  • Sara November 29, 2013, 5:27 pm

    What a wonderful idea! thank you for sharing!

  • Cathy December 16, 2013, 2:52 am

    I really like this ornament !, wouldn’t it be cute if you made smaller ones for little trees or even bunch them together ..thank you for sharing :)

  • Johnna December 16, 2013, 4:23 am

    I love your ornaments. They are just beautiful. I wanted to make this one for my daughter but couldn’t find the same trim you used. Where would I be able to find it. Looked in all the craft stores and Joann’s

  • terri December 16, 2013, 5:52 am

    Do you have any ideas for clear ornaments? I love this one and I’m gonna do it too. But I bought some clear ones and looking for some ideas.

  • Gail Addison November 9, 2014, 7:20 am

    Love this one. Gr8 for ladies gift

  • Anonymous November 10, 2014, 7:39 am

    Very cool! I can see it done up in other colors too! Thanks!

  • Barbara Young November 11, 2014, 1:21 pm

    I Still have not get my two pattern One was theFabric pine cone ornament the other was Rockin Around the Christmas Tree Ornament. Been looking at my E mail. and have not seen it there. they are payfor. Thank You,Barbara

    • Staci Ann Lowry November 14, 2014, 12:14 am

      Hi Barbara…. I am so sorry that you still did not receive them… I am wondering if there is a spam filter or something that is blocking my emails, because of the attached pattern files. I am going to try and re-send them right now. Will you let me know if you still don’t see them in your email? Again, I truly apologize!

  • Imelda November 18, 2014, 8:01 am

    what a great idea and the tutorial is great thanks

  • Sue Wilde November 20, 2014, 12:40 am

    Awesome – I have defintely got to try this one! Love your stuff!

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