I call this “Simple Four Crosses” because I use a simple 4 division and the ribbon and sequin pattern create 4 crosses on each side of the egg. This design is very versatile. I’ve made several Easter Eggs using this same basic design.
I call this “Simple Four Crosses” because I use a simple 4 division and the ribbon and sequin pattern create 4 crosses on each side of the egg.
Materials & Tools Needed:
ball point pen
tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
smooth foam egg, about the size of a standard chicken egg
First trace along the mold line using your tape measure as a straight edge. Then measure the height of your egg from the north pole to the south pole. Divided the height by 2 to find the midpoint. Mark the midpoint on both sides of the mold line. Next measure the distance horizontally between the mold line midpoints. Divide that number by 2 to find the center. Mark the center clearly on both sides of the egg. Draw a horizontal line connecting the the points on the mold line and the center points you just marked all the way around the egg. This creates an equator line. Next connect the north pole, center equator point and the south pole on both sides of the egg to finish your simple 4 division.
Cut foam along all lines.
Lay the cotton fabric over the top of each cut section and tuck in the edges.
Pin the satin ribbon around the egg covering all seams using the 3/4 inch pins.
Using the 1/4 inch pins, in sequins along both sides of the ribbon.
Thread a seed bead onto the pin first, then a sequin, dip the end in craft glue and then pin to the egg.
At each ribbon intersection along the equator, pin a small blue flower and large silver sequin.
Thread a seed bead onto a 3/4 inch pin, then a small blue flower, then the 1cm silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the ribbon.
At the bottom of the egg, thread a small blue flower sequin onto a pearl headed pin, and then a large silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the bottom ribbon intersection.
Top off your egg with a hanging ribbon and bow.
First thread a blue flower, then a large silver sequin to a pearl headed pin. Next tread on the hanging ribbon and last the bow. Your bow should have 4 loops. Adjust the size to you like. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of your egg.
This design is very versatile. Here are several more ornaments made using the same basic design.
*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Cotton fabric can be used in place of silk.
Draw vertical lines on the ball dividing it into 8 equal sections.
Measure from the top point of the ball, down a line toward the mold line of the ball (any line will do), one inch and mark it.
Move one line to the right and do the same thing as in step 2 except this time measure two inches.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have each line marked.
Connect the dots. Using your measuring tape as a straight edge, connect each point marked. You should have drawn what looks like a 4 point star when looking down at the top of your ball.
Turn the ball over and repeat steps 1-5 on the bottom of the ball. However, this time you should shift the pattern over one line. So, if you measured one inch on the top of the ball, you should measure two inches on the same line on the bottom of the ball. The points on the bottom star will go in between the points of the top star. The space at the mold like in between the two stars will have a zig zag shape.
Cut along the lines outlining the star at both the top and bottom of the ball. Also cut the lines within the star.
Once the stars are covered with fabric, tuck and glue green cord into the seams of the 8 lines that radiate from the center of the stars.
Next, outline the stars with green sequins. At each point where you connected the dots, you should put one large red sequin.
Next to the green line of sequins, place a red line of sequins. At the one inch connect points, place a green sequin. At the two inch connect points, circle the large red sequin with green sequins.
Then place a solid silver line of sequins next to the red line of sequins. Be sure that the top and bottom patterns of sequins mirror each other.
Mix clear iridescent glitter glue with red glitter to make the glitter paint. Paint the remaining exposed foam.
In the middle of the bottom star, thread a large red sequin, then 4 holly sequins onto a corsage pin and pin to the center of the star. Fan the holly out so each leaf point is on a two inch line of cord and pin into place.
At the top of the ornament, place the hanging ribbon and bow. On a corsage pin, thread a large red sequin, then the red hanging ribbon, then two loops of green cord then two loops of red ribbon and so on, until you have a pretty bow. Pin to the middle of the star at the top of the ball.
Lastly, pin holly on each two inch line of cord just under the bow.
Pin red velvet ribbon in two perpendicular lines around the foam ball, sectioning the ball into 4 equal parts.
Pin 9mm silver ribbon in two perpendicular lines, between the red ribbon, sectioning the ball into 8 equal parts.
Trace all ribbon with 5mm black sequins.
Paint the remaining visible foam with glitter glue. You may need several coats.
Once the glitter is dry, add the hanging ribbon and bow on the top of the ornament. Thread a large silver sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon and then the bow, in that order. I used both 6mm silver ribbon and red velvet in the bow. Alternate two loops of red, then two or silver, and so on.
Next, thread a green sunburst onto a corsage pin, then a pearl bead, then a silver kaleidoscope and pin to the center of the red velvet ribbon.
Repeat step 6 on remaining 3 sides of ball and on the bottom.
Need a perfect Christmas gift for the sports fanatic in your life! Why not make them an ornament with their favorite team’s logo and colors?
This one is for my Grandmother.
3 1/4 inch smooth foam round ovals**
1/2 inch sequin pins*
15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
5mm sequins in gold, silver, red, blue, and black*
clear iridescent glitter glue
black glitter paint***
1.5 cm gold star sequins*
gold bead cap
pearl topped corsage pin
*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Made by Plasteel Corp.
***Glitter paint can be made by mixing black glitter with clear glue. See FAQ for more info about making glitter paint.
Find the team’s logo online. Save the picture on your computer and re-size it so it fits your foam and then print it. For this ornament I needed to put the team name on one side of the ornament and the logo on the other. The letters were too small to outline with sequins on the logo side of the ornament. 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 5mm sequins. So, I made one print out of the logo that would fit one side of the foam, and then enlarged it so that the team name was large enough to outline on the other side.
Cut out the logo and pin it to the center of the foam.
Trace the outline of the logo with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the logo should be left on the foam. I used a needle to punch tiny holes to create the outline on the foam.
Fill in the diamond outlines of the logo on the foam with the proper corresponding colors of sequins, as well as the silver circle.
Next, turn the foam shape over and pin the enlarged team name to the foam making sure it is centered and straight.
Trace the outline of the letters with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the letters should be left on the foam.
Outline the letters you traced with gold sequins. See my previous post “Astros Ornament” to see a video of this technique.
Paint the inside of the letters with black glitter paint and let dry.
Once the logo and lettering is done, paint the remaining exposed foam on both sides with clear irridecent glitter glue and let dry. You may want to use several coats.
When the the glitter glue is completely dry, trace the mold line that bisects the ornament with black sequins.
Place the 1.5 cm gold stars at random around in the team name.
To finish, thread a bead cap onto a corsage pin and then the hanging ribbon, in that order, and pin it to the top of the ornament.
About a year before I started this site I started posting videos to YouTube. It occurred to me that maybe some of my new readers haven’t seen my old videos. So, today I’m featuring some videos from 2009.
I moved back to Japan around that time so I used a lot of J-Pop as background music. It’s fun, even when you have no idea what they’re saying. At least… I hope you think it’s fun. If not just turn down the volume. Also, the video quality isn’t great in some of these older videos. If you are really interested in a particular design but are having a hard time seeing exactly what I’m doing, send me an email and I will try to help you as best I can.
Silver & Blue Bell
Deck the Halls
The holly leaves in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.
Green & Gold
The honeycomb sequins in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.