Try this versatile technique of tucking fabric into cut sections of a Styrofoam ball to create amazing Christmas ornaments that look harder than they are.
Here are supplies used:
- Fabric – eight pieces generously cut to cover each section marked on ball (alternating lighter and darker fabrics works well)
- Styrofoam ball – I used a 3″ ball (the rough type as opposed to the smooth)
- Tape measure
- Marker to draw lines – I used a fine-point Sharpie
- Craft knife or scalpel
- Clover Hera Marker for Appliqué & Sewing 6 in. or other tool to tuck fabric in cuts (bamboo skewer, stiletto, seam ripper, etc.)
- Twisted or braided cord to cover cut & tucked areas
- Ribbon for a bow and to hang ornament
- Embellishment for bow (optional)
Mark the lines as desired. I chose to divide the 3″ ball into eight vertical sections by measuring the circumference and dividing by eight. Each section was about 1-1/8″ apart. I drew the lines with a Sharpie. Next, I cut into the Styrofoam about 1/4″ to 3/8″ along the lines. A craft knife works well. I used a 30+ year old surgical scalpel because that is what I had handy.
After covering an area with a fabric piece …
I tucked the fabric in a bit with a tool and trimmed leaving a 1/4″ or less of fabric…
then repeated the process on the other side of the section. The rolled tape measure did a good job of holding the ball in place while I worked on it.
I found that a small Hera marker worked great to tuck and smooth the fabric into the cut areas.
My fingers also worked well to tuck the fabric in the cut…
so I could then trim the fabric using the folded line as a guide. A pen or other marker worked fine too.
Some fabrics have a design that calls for fussy cutting…
and pinning carefully in place.
After all the sections were in place, it was time to add the embellishments.
I glued a twisted type of cord to cover the cut areas and added a ribbon to hang it, a bow and a velvet flower. This was a fun technique with lots of possibilities. You can find many variations on the internet.
You can see lots of other ornaments in the background – stay tuned for more blogs about the other red and white ornaments I made for a tree to go in my entry way.