I knew I wanted to add a few new ornaments to the tree this year and these were right up my alley. I have decorated my tree in red and white for several years and I wanted to add some burlap. I also wanted more pops of white to brighten the tree up a bit. These fabric wrapped balls would do both.
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I wanted to make inexpensive ornaments that also had some character and did not require an art degree to complete. These were super easy….just scissors and a glue gun…and super cheap. I bought 1/2 yard each of muslin and burlap on sale at Hobby Lobby and spent about $5.00. I got two different types of balls at The Dollar Tree, Styrofoam balls in 2 sizes and plastic baseballs. The Styrofoam was $1.00 each for the large ones and 2 for $1.00 for the small ones….I bought 4 of each size. The plastic baseballs were the cheapest at 3 for $1.00 and I bought 4 packs of those. I had plenty of twine and some pearly straight pins left over from other projects.
I started by snipping the edge of the muslin in 1/2-3/4 of an inch strips. Once I snipped the edge, the muslin was really easy to rip the rest of the way. The burlap had to be cut all the way in strips. Then I just used my handy glue gun to secure the end of a strip of fabric to one of the balls and wrapped it until I got to the end and glued it too. Each ball needed 4-5 strips of fabric. I cut a length of twine, knotted it, pushed one of the pins through the knot, pushed the pin into the ball and secured it with another drop of glue from the glue gun. The plastic balls were hard to get the pins into so I used a small nail and a hammer to make a hole first and then put in the pin. That’s it….less than $15 and about an hour and I had 20 ornaments for the tree.
Have a Great One All!