We just took down the Christmas Tree – early this year. We stretch the season as long as possible.
Making Christmas Ornaments is a family tradition. These use left over Christmas fabric (see note on fabric at end of post.)
- Styrofoam balls (these are 5″)
- Stash Christmas Fabric
- Washable white glue
- Bowl (not your best china – this will be messy)
- Glasses (not your best crystal)
- Stash Ribbons
- Glue gun and glue sticks
Cut four 5″ square of the fabric for prairie points and put aside. Cut 20 or so small (1.5″) triangles of remaining fabric – no need to be neat or precise.
- Remove lid of white glue and put about 1/2 of bottle into bowl. Add about 2 Tablespoons water to thin and stir.
- Dip fabric triangles into glue until soaked through. The fabric will darken.
- Place wet fabric triangle onto styrofoam ball. Stretch it slightly to remove bubbles and creases.
- Take another wet fabric triangle and place it on ball – overlapping first piece slightly.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until entire styrofoam ball is covered – except for small (1/4″) at top.
- Place wet fabric covered ball on rim of glass to dry. Drying time will vary – overnight is typically long enough – the glue must be completely dry.
- In the meantime, make Prairie Points with 5″ squares. Iron square flat.
…….To make the Prairie Points, Fold square along mid-line and press. With folded edge toward top, fold each upper corner down to form triangle as shown in graphic. Press.
- Arrange Prairie Points in a circular pattern along upper 1/4″ opening. Using glue gun glue into place.
- Using ribbon, make bows – including one long hanging loop – and glue into place covering opening.
- Allow glue to dry and hang!
Note on Fabric Selection:
Mid-tone to darker fabrics are better options than light colored fabrics. The lighter fabrics become translucent (see-through) in the glue. Smaller prints work better than larger prints. The smaller prints result in an all-over pattern.
The glue will make the fabric darker – and it will stay darker even after the glue dries.
From experience – trust me – brown or rust colors are best used for other projects!