Written by Dawn.
Are you still scrambling for a last minute Christmas gift? One that doesn’t cost a lot of money but comes from the heart? If so, I’ve got the perfect one for you!
As you heard previously from Andrea, Rebecca had the great idea of organizing an Annual International Ornament Exchange, with friends from both the States and Australia making a homemade ornament for someone else. I agreed to do it. However, after I did I wondered what I got myself into. I wondered (1) what the heck I’d do and (2) when I’d find the time to do it. I procrastinated because I just couldn’t come up with anything. Eventually I turned to Pinterest…and there I found something I thought I could make. And I was right. It ended up being very easy…a bit time consuming but very easy.
What you need:
- A styrofoam ball
- Push pins
Yep, that’s it.
I came up with the “hook” part of the ornament on my own. I couldn’t find any Christmas buttons I liked so I went with a pastel-ish mix. And then decided to coordinate those with a thin pink ribbon. I measured out enough ribbon to wrap the ball, including leaving enough to make a good sized loop to hang the ball on a tree branch. I started at the bottom and pinned a button over the ribbon…
As you can see from the photo above, I also secured the ribbon on 2 places on the sides initially. Then I moved to the top of the ornament…
I actually ended up creating the loop and then having a bit extra I secured with a button and pin down the side.
I then just randomly placed buttons around the styrofoam ball. I found it even as a nice stress release. Jackson had a great time helping too. I am sometimes a perfectionist when it comes to these things so the ornament was organized, even if looking random…
Just continue until the ball is covered….
Overall, I was really happy with how it turned out. And it is definitely something I will do again.
Thanks to Rebecca for this great idea!! I had such fun and enjoyed stretching my creative skills.