The other day my daughter was sitting on the floor of my office playing with a few of my paper punches and trying her best to use up all my paper, when an idea suddenly popped into my head for an ornament. After playing around with a few ideas and wasting even more paper, I came to the conclusion that I had a really cute (and super cheap) homemade gift idea, or nifty little holiday decoration…and it’s pretty ridiculously simple, too. I know it’s a million degrees outside and Christmas is forever away, but well…I’ll just play the “Christmas in July” card…and aside from that, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts, right? No grumbling about how it’s too early for Christmas. ChristmasChristmasChristmas! Okay, let’s go!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A Styrofoam ball. I used a 3″ size, but you could use any size you want.
- A paper punch with a cool shape, as long as it’s relatively small; I would stick with an inch or less. For this ornament, I used a 1″ Martha Stewart snowflake punch. (Curse you, Martha Stewart craft section at Michaels…curse you).
- 2 sheets of white cardstock.
- Lots and lots of straight pins
- Lots and lots of sequins…I used aqua blue.
- Glitter (Thanks again, Martha..)
- About 6″ of ribbon to make the hanger
- And…nothing else. I’ll just continue with this extra bullet point here so this ornament seems more intricate than it really is.
- Oh wait, there IS something else…glue, of course! (You know how some bartenders wear a bottle opener strapped to their arm? I wear glue like that).
First you’ll need to punch out lots of little snowflakes (or whatever shape you are using). The number of punches will vary depending on the size of your punch and the size of your styrofoam ball…for my snowflake ornament, I probably used about 100 snowflakes. (I also doubled them up…see below). I used cardstock for this shape, because the edges of the snowflake were so flimsy, and I was afraid thinner paper would rip or bend easily…but a thinner (and less painful to punch out a million pieces of) paper would probably work perfectly fine for a more solid shape.
After I punched out all the little snowflakes and my hand cramps had subsided, I decided I wanted to sparkle them up a little bit with some white glitter…if you want to do this too, just spread them out on a newspaper, and lightly (lightly!) spray a tiny bit (a tiny bit!) of glue across them, and then sprinkle on the glitter. I sprayed a little too much on a few of the snowflakes, and those poor guys didn’t make it. And so, just a teeny bit (a teeny bit!) will do the trick (the trick!).
Finally time to start making the ornament…add a sequin to a pin, and then stick the pin through the centers of two snowflakes. I doubled up the snowflakes, unevenly, to make them look more full, but you may not need or want to do this with other shapes.
And then stick that one, and a whole bunch more, into the Styrofoam ball…easy peasy, snowflake squeezy.
At some point before your ball is covered, just put one of your snowflake-d pins through the ends of a loop of ribbon…
…and pin it down. (I like to add a little glue to the end of the pin before pushing it into the foam ball, for some added security).
And once the entire ball is covered…your ornament is done! How awesome and simple is that?!
These would look so cute on the Christmas tree…or a few grouped together in a bowl…just think of all the things you could do. Maybe some tiny beads instead of sequins…different colors and patterns and shapes of cardstock…
Or something a little dressier? A shimmery red and silver tablescape idea, perhaps?
Tell me what you think! Any other ways to vary this idea up?
P.S. Here’s a pinnable!