Jack-O’-lantern Ornament

Just in time for Halloween!

This ornament was easy, fun and quick. It only took me a few hours to make.
And, I think it looks great on my bookshelf!

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • orange cotton fabric
  • black cotton fabric
  • gold cord
  • 9mm wide green ribbon
  • one green plum blossom sequin
  • corsage pin
  • glue

Tools Used:


Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 6 equal sections.
  2. Cut out 6 panels of orange fabric. The panels should measure just a little larger than each section on your ball.
  3. Draw your Jack-O’-lantern face on the foam.
  4. Cut out 4 pieces of black fabric in roughly the size of the eyes, nose and mouth you drew. Leave lots of extra on your pieces so there is enough for tucking. The excess can be cut off as you tuck.
  5. Cut along all lines drawn.
  6. Cover the eyes, nose and mouth of your Jack-O’-lantern with black fabric, tucking the fabric into the cuts along your drawn lines. You may use glue to secure your fabric on the foam. Just make sure the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
  7. Once the face is finished, cover the rest of the foam with the orange fabric panels. You will need to cut holes to allow the face to show. Be sure to leave enough fabric for tucking. I like to cut the holes for the face as I go, as opposed to trying to do it before hand. There is less chance of cutting off to much.
  8. Once all the fabric is in place, outline the black fabric with gold cord to emphasize the face. Use glue to secure it in place. You may also use gold pins if you have them available.
  9. Finish your ornament by threading a green plum blossom sequin on a corsage pin, then the green hanging ribbon and lastly the green bow. Dip the pin in glue and pin it to the top of the ball.

As you can see in the picture above, I drew the eyes a little too small and the mouth should be higher, closer to the nose. However, even though it’s flawed, I think it’s really cute. The small eyes make it look like it’s squinting because it’s smile is so big. I think it has character. I’m sure yours will too.

“Four Leaf Clover” St. Patrick’s Day Themed Ornament

Materials Used

  • One 70mm foam ball
  • 1/2cm wide cream nylon ribbon
  • 1 3/4cm wide cream nylon ribbon
  • light green metallic 5mm slightly cupped sequins
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • gold glitter glue
  • fine metallic green glitter
  • small green clover shaped sequins
  • eight 1 1/2 cm gold hologram heart shapes*
  • small light green bicone beads
  • two 15mm hologram plum blossoms*
  • two 16mm hologram sunbursts*
  • two long pearl ended straight pins

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Directions

    1. First pin ribbon to the foam ball as shown in the video. I suggest pinning the thin ribbon first and then the thick ribbon 2nd. Pin the ribbon securely down in many places so that the ribbon doesn’t slip. You can remove the extra pins later.

    2. Next make your bow and hanging ribbon on the top. This can be tricky and I often make the mistake of doing it in the wrong order and having to go back and redo it. On your long pearl ended straight pin put the gold plum blossom shape, then the green sunburst, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow. In the video I did it backward.

    3. Outline the ribbon in the light green metallic 5mm sequins.

    4. Mix the fine green glitter with gold glitter glue and paint the remaining exposed foam. Let dry overnight.

    5. After the glitter paint is completely dried, pin the small clover sequin to the thick ribbon as shown in the video.

    6. Next, create a four leaf clover shape using 4 of the gold hologram heart shapes. Pin a small clover sequin or a regular green sequin in the center of the four leaf clover to complete the look of this embellishment.

    7. Next, pin small bicone beads on the thin ribbon on all sides of the ornament, as shown in video.

    8. Finally, create the bottom cap with a long pearl ended straight pin, sunburst and plumb blossom shape.

I hope you enjoy this design. It was a lot of fun to make.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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