Stained Glass Inspired Ornament

I needed inspiration and found myself looking at pictures of stained glass windows. I wanted to try and replicate the brilliant colors and geometric patterns. This could probably be done as a kimekomi, however I thought glitter would better illustrate the light properties of glass. Any one of my kimekomi patterns could be used for a similar ornament. For an even more authentic stained glass look, black or dark gray sequins could be used to represent the lead.

Tools Needed

  • ballpoint pen
  • glue
  • drafting compass
  • liquid White Out
  • paint brush

Materials Needed:

  • one 70mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm silver sequins
  • red, blue and green glitter paint**
  • 9mm wide silver ribbon
  • one silver pearl topped corsage pins
  • one 8mm red sequin

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.

FYI… In this video, the first 4 steps are not shown exactly as they are written. Please follow the written directions. This video is only meant as a visual aid.

Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 4 equal sections.
  2. Set your compass to 3cm. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of your foam ball.
  3. At the center mold line, find the point where the 4 vertical lines intersect it. At each point draw a circle with your compass, still set at a 3cm radius.
  4. White out the original 4 vertical lines you drew. You should now only see the 6 circles.
  5. Now, set your ball down and look at it from the top. You will see a square shape surrounding your top point. Set your compass point at each corner of the square and draw a circle. Your compass should still be set at 3cm.
  6. Once your 4 new circles are drawn around each corner point, turn the ball over and do the same on the bottom side.
  7. Trace all lines with silver sequins. Leave a 1cm circle at the top without sequins. You may outline this section with sequins, if you wish.
  8. Prep your glitter paint.
  9. Start with the bottom of your ornament. Look at the pattern of exposed foam and find the 4 triangles that form a cross in the center. Fill in the sections with glitter paint according to the illustration below.
  10. At the point were the blue diamond shapes touch there are a few more tiny spaces of exposed foam. These spaces are too small to fill in with glitter, so just fill them in with silver sequins.
  11. Finish your ornament by placing a silver bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread the large red sequins onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.

The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next section. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look. I like to use a very small paint brush for filling in the smaller sections.

I really love this ornament. I intend on making several more like it using different patterns and different colors of paint.

Happy Ornament Making!!

“Celebration” Ornament

The bright colors in this ornament remind me of party decorations.

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in silver hologram*, light blue, light pink, light green, and light orange*
  • clear iridescent “opal” glitter glue
  • 5mm wide ribbon in dark green, dark blue, hot pink, yellow and orange
  • four yellow pearl topped corsage pins
  • small smooth round clear iridescent beads
  • three larger smooth round clear iridescent beads
  • one 15mm silver hologram plum blossoms*
  • craft glue

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. First, pin one row of each color onto your foam ball as shown in the video. Make sure ribbon is evenly spaced.
  2. Next, outline all ribbon in silver hologram sequins.
  3. Then, add rows of colored sequins. Rows of light blue that trace the blue ribbon, rows of light pink that trace the hot pink ribbon and so on. I didn’t have yellow sequins so I used orange instead and it created a really nice effect.
  4. Once all colored sequins have been placed fill in exposed foam with glitter glue.
  5. Once glue has dried, add accent beads on the ribbon using your 3/4 inch pins. This gives the ornament some dimension.
  6. Using a corsage pin, create the hanging ribbon with orange ribbon and the bow using individual loops of each color ribbon you used in the body of the ornament. I used two loops of each color to create an eight looped bow. Then secure the bow and hanging ribbon with two more corsage pins and accent beads at the top.
  7. Lastly, add the bottom cap using a silver hologram plum blossom, one large clear iridescent bead, and a corsage pin.

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Orange Ornaments

I’ve had a very busy week preparing for my first sale this Sunday, among other things.

I’ve been making signs and trying to figure out how I’m going to put the ornaments on display. It’s already Friday and I’m still not sure how I’m going to do it. Nothing like waiting till the last minute.

So, I don’t have a new video for you this week. Sorry. 🙁 But, I didn’t want to leave you totally empty handed. Here are three ornaments I just finished.

I love the color! I’ll have to keep this idea in mind for Easter next year. I think these would look great in an egg shape.

Next week I’ll have pictures of the sale and a new video for you.

“Bubbles” Ornament

This design was inspired by the “Bubbles” screen saver on my computer. It’s super easy and quick to make. Once the glue dried it only took a few hours to finish.

Materials Used:

  • drafting compass
  • one 70mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in various colors
  • clear iridescent “opal” glitter glue
  • silver ribbon
  • pearl topped corsage pin
  • 15mm hologram plum blossoms*

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. Paint foam ball with glitter glue and let dry.
  2. Using drafting compass set at a half inch radius, draw random circles all over the ball.
  3. Place the silver ribbon with the plum blossom sequin and corsage pin at the top as shown in the video.
  4. Using different colored sequins, trace the circles that you drew, each in a different color.

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!