Sometimes bigger isn’t always better.

This week I’m having a little bit of “designers block”. So rather than the normal video post, I would like to show you what I’ve been working on for my upcoming sale on May 23rd.

The organizers of the booth expressed some concerns about the price of my ornaments. They wanted me to offer something cheap along with the higher priced items. As a result, I started making tiny ornaments with 40mm foam balls (about an inch and a half diameter) that I intend on selling for less than 5 dollars. These ornaments are perfect if you have a small table top Christmas tree and they take much less time to make. Only one or two hours as opposed to the five plus hours it takes to make the larger ornaments.

It’s a great way to use ribbon scraps and leftover sequins as well. That leftover ribbon may not be long enough for a full size ornament but perfect for these little ones.

I hope to attract people with these smaller cheaper options.

What do you think? Leave a comment!

“Lattice” Ornament

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • drafting compass
  • craft glue
  • measuring tape
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • metallic teal 5mm sequins
  • clear iridescent and gold glitter glue
  • gold 9mm ribbon
  • gold top cap
  • pearl topped corsage pin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. About 1.5cm from the top center of the foam ball draw 4 evenly spaced dots as shown in the video.
  2. Using a drafting compass, set at a 1 inch radius, draw circles on the foam using the 4 points as the center of the circles. Do this on both the top and bottom of the ball.
  3. Trace the lines with a pen if you wish to make them easier to see.
  4. Place the top cap and hanging string.
  5. Trace all the lines with teal metallic 5mm sequins.
  6. Mix gold and clear iridescent glitter glue. Then paint the exposed foam and let dry.
  7. You may wish to paint the entire ball with glitter glue first and then put on the sequins. Just make sure that your lines will still be clearly visible after you paint it.

“Astros” Ornament

The perfect Christmas gift for the sports fanatic in your life! Use their favorite team’s logo and colors.

This one is for my Mom.

Materials Used

  • 1 80mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • metallic red, gold and non-iridescent clear** 5mm sequins
  • red and gold glitter paint
  • red 7mm ribbon
  • 1.5 cm metallic red stars
  • gold top cap
  • red pearl topped corsage pin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Clearly Beloved from Cartwright’s

Directions

  1. Find the team’s logo online. Save the picture on your computer and re-size it so it fits your ball and then print it. If the letters are too small you won’t be able to make a good outline. The spaces in between the letters should fit your sequins. 5mm for this ornament.
  2. Cut out the logo and pin it to the center of your ball.
  3. Trace the outline of the letters with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the letters should be left on the foam.
  4. When you’re finished outlining go over it in pencil on the ball so you can see it better.
  5. Next outline the letters you traced with gold sequins.
  6. Next paint the inside of the letters with red glitter paint and let dry.
  7. Repeat the process on the opposite side with the “picture” part of the logo. For this ornament I used red sequins to outline the star and gold glitter paint for the inside.
  8. Place the top cap and hanging ribbon.
  9. Place the 1.5 cm red stars at random around in the empty spaces.
  10. Fill in the remaining exposed foam with clear sequins.

Obviously with different teams you will have different colors and logos, however the concept is the same.

“Whimsical Stripes” Easter Egg

For my last Easter Egg this year I looked to my past for inspiration. I remember coloring and decorating eggs when I was a kid with fun horizontal stripes and flowers in bold colors similar to this photo I found at melboreinphotos.com.

Materials Used

  • 1 smooth foam egg (about 3 inches tall)
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins, various colors including green, pink, orange, purple, blue, etc.
  • glitter paint in various colors
  • 9mm ribbon
  • 5mm flower sequins**
  • 14mm flower sequin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**I used a special sequin tape I found in a 100 yen shop in Japan but you can use regular flower shaped sequins.

Directions

  1. Pin ribbon in a horizontal strip slightly off center toward the bottom of foam egg.
  2. Create a circular indention at the top and bottom of the foam. I used a small makeup sample jar with about a 3cm diameter. I also used a measuring tape to make sure that the circle was centered.
  3. Trace the indentions with sequins.
  4. Use the ribbon and sequined circles as a base to create more horizontal lines around the egg.
  5. Use glitter paint in bright colors to create more stripes of varying widths. Let paint dry completely before continuing your work.
  6. Use 5mm flowers to create a zigzag pattern over the thickest painted stripe if you desire.
  7. Use sequins to create dots on the 9mm ribbon.
  8. Cap the egg with a 14mm flower sequin.

There is no reason you need to follow my pattern exactly. Have fun and create your own unique style!