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    2-1/2" styrofoam balls - any ideas for christmas ornaments using fabric?

    while cleaning out and reorganizing my sewing/craft room I cam across a bunch of styrofoam balls that have glitter and christmas scenes on theme. Any ideas on how to recycle them for christmas ornaments using fabric? I have seen the folded star ornaments but they all seem to take 3 inch styrofam balls and these are smaller.

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    I have made the folded star ornaments with the smaller sized balls and they worked just fabulous. If I remember correctly, I just used two inch squares and fiddled with layout until it fit nicely. Sorry, it has been so long I can not remember specifics. Another thing that is fun to do with the balls is just cut scraps and hot glue gun some ribbons and beads and imagination.
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    Thanks Brenda! i think i will try using some 2 in squares. Lord knows I have enough in my stash to experiment a little!

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    Last year I made some ornaments in crazy patch style gluing fabric to the ball.

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    I have seen some that look really homely and pathetic and then some that look like they were made by extemely talented artists. I think the difference was entirely the choice of fabric. Try using velvets, satins or mylars for your balls and covering the seams with strings of pearls or beads.

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    I'm going to try and decoupage strips of fabric onto balls...I'm hoping it works out!!

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    Christmas ornaments

    Quote Originally Posted by ragqueen03 View Post
    while cleaning out and reorganizing my sewing/craft room I cam across a bunch of styrofoam balls that have glitter and christmas scenes on theme. Any ideas on how to recycle them for christmas ornaments using fabric? I have seen the folded star ornaments but they all seem to take 3 inch styrofam balls and these are smaller.
    Try the 2 1/2 balls "Prairie Point Pinecone Ornament" I saw the directions 9-23-12 but don't remember by whom. I do have directions ifyou want. Marilyn

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    Here's a tute for the folded star ornament: http://www.allthingscrafty.com/2011/...ents-full.html

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    I have tried these and gave up. there not round when I get done lol

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    Have you looked up "Japanese Kimekomi ?" I have a book by Suess and Hewitt on this fabric art form and the designs, which are based on quilting patterns, are exquisite! Good Luck!

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    I have the perfect idea for you. Your ornament will look like a quilted ball! I wish I had a pic, but hopefully I can explain clearly enough for you to try it. Just take small prices of fabric...all different shapes are fun...about a square inch in total size. Take one piece, lay it somewhere on the ball of styrofoam. Using something on the sharp and narrow side...I have used metal toothpicks, yarn needles, a nut pick etc...begin gently pushing the edge of the fabric into the strofoam, all the way around the perimeter of the fabric piece until all the raw edges are "buried". Take another scrap of fabric, Lay it right next to the edge of the first piece and do the same. Continue this until the entire ball is covered. It will look like a puffy quilt ball. Take some ribbon, create a loop, put a pin through the loose ends of the ribbon and insert the pin into the ball for the hanger. They are SO quick and easy. Have fun!

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    there is a u tube video for quilted ornaments sorry I don't know how to tag it for you but the are easy

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    I saw some cute styrofoam balls covered in homespun at a little craft store and just laid in a wooden bowl. You could cover yours with Christmas fabric and put them into a pretty Christmas bowl instead. I am going to make some for Christmas later.
    Sherri

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