Hearts and Diamonds

Here’s another design from Suess and Hewitt’s book Japanese Kimekomi.

I added the sequins, beads and bow to give it my own special flair.

I don’t own the rights to this design and so I’m not going to tell you how to make it. I will however encourage you to take a look at this book if you haven’t already. This is just one of their sixteen basic designs.

“Random Hearts” Valentine’s Ornament

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • craft glue
  • 3 inch smooth foam ball
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • clear iridescent glitter glue
  • red, pink and white ribbon
  • I used 9mm red and pink, and 4mm white.

  • five pearl topped corsage pins
  • eight 5mm pearl beads
  • heart shaped sequins of different shape sizes and color
  • I used the Valentine Mix* from Cartwright’s, as well as some other heart sequins I found at my local 100 yen shop in Japan. Both pictured below.

Valentine Mix from Cartwright's

Directions:

  1. Find the top of your ball and mark it with a pen.
  2. Paint your foam ball with glitter glue and let dry.
  3. Randomly pin heart sequins around the top of the ball, leaving a space for pinning a bow at the top later, and winding down the ball in a random pattern. The hearts should touch each other and not all face in one specific direction, interconnecting like mosaic tiles. I suggest putting a spot of glue on the back of each heart as you pin.
  4. Once you are satisfied with the pattern of hearts on your ball, make a bow and hanging ribbon, and pin to the top of the ornament.
  5. For an extra embellishment I threaded 2 pearl beads on each of 4 corsage pins and pinned them at the center of the bow.

That’s it! Super easy. The hardest part for was waiting for the glue to dry. Sometimes when inspiration strikes I’m not so patient.