Today seems like the perfect day to share my favorite homemade Christmas ornaments. I’ve given away many to family over the years. Here are a few that are hanging on our tree:
- 3-in styrofoam ball
- cross-stitch fabric, pattern, and floss
- scrap of beads (opt.) and scraps of ribbon
- Christmas fabric scraps
- glue (I use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue)
- grapefruit knife
- a 2 3/4″ or 3″ diameter circle cut out of paper
- Select a cross-stitch pattern that, when complete, will fit within the diameter circle you have chosen with a bit of unstitched fabric left around the edge.
- Stitch your pattern, place the paper circle on top of the cross-stitch design, trace along the edge of the paper pattern, and cut out your design.
- Glue the cross-stitch design onto the styrofoam ball, leaving a small amount along the edge unglued. (approx. 1/4″)
- Using the grapefruit knife, gently tuck this unglued edge into the ball.
- Begin adding scraps of fabric to the ball. (Glue is unnecessary for this step.) Simply tuck the edges (probaby about 1/2″) of the fabric into the ball with the grapefruit knife. A tiny bit of planning on fabric placement will allow you to have a middle point where you can tuck in a ribbon for hanging. (I’d use glue on the hanger.)
- Glue a bit of ribbon around the edge of the cross-stitch design. Add a string of beads if desired.
Here’s the back of one of my ornaments so you can see how I arranged the fabric: