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As you know by now, I am part of a Christmas ornament swap. In 2016, I took the ribbon pinecone egg idea and used it on styrofoam balls (spheres.)
Here are the materials I used for this project:
- Styrofoam balls, 3″ around
- Lace ribbon, 5/8″ wide
- Striped ribbon, cream with red stripe, 3/8″ wide
- Grosgrain ribbon in solid holiday colors: red, kelly green, royal blue, 5/8″ wide
- Nylon (semi-transparent) ribbon, 1/8″ wide for hanging strings
- A box of stick pins with circular stud heads on them, 50-100
- School glue, large bottle
- Fabric scissors
Here is a slideshow of the process:
THE BASIC PROCESS: With each ball, there are small cut rectangles of ribbon (1″) that are folded down on two top corners and these are glued in place. Then along the bottom of this same piece of ribbon, glue is run along the bottom side that the folded corners are pointing to. Then, taking two stick pins in the lower two corners, you stick the folded ribbon into the ball. Then you repeat the process, slightly overlapping the panels so you can’t see the styrofoam underneath. As you finish a row, start a new one by positioning the first folded ribbon piece on top of a ribbon piece intersection of the previous row. [Think fish scales or sequins, they’re staggered so there is overlap horizontally and vertically for total coverage.] Then place the second folded piece slightly overlapping the first; it too should have a point that overlaps the intersection in the row above it. Rinse and repeat until this row is finished.
The basics being established, this is how I did it:
- At the top of the ball, I glued two overlapping 2-3″ strip of ribbon. The I glued two strips of lace on top of those. I repeated this for the very bottom of the ball as well. I did this because the lace has holes in it (aka “openwork”) that would show styrofoam ball. I didn’t want any styrofoam visible at all, so the ribbon underlayer on the top and bottom of the ball was important.
- Then I framed the top “pole” of the sphere with four folded pieces of ribbon all pointing into the center. PRO TIP: If for any reason you put a pin in the wrong place, you can use the head of the pin to tug it back out. You don’t want to have to use pliers to get the pin out because it could puncture or dent the styrofoam ball, and it would look lopsided. NOTE: With all the pushing and pulling of these pins, you can expect your fingertips to get a little numb/sore during this project.
- The next folded ribbons were placed over the intersections of the previous row. Then folded ribbons are placed between these. I admit this row is a little unusual since it is filled in at the corners, then filled in the gaps. No other row works like this.
- Well at this point, row 3, you have a complete ring of ribbon to work with. Place the folded ribbon at the intersection of the folded ribbons of a previous row. Apply glue and pin it in place. Repeat until you reach the end of the ball and cannot make any more rows. Cut a 3″ piece of ribbon, tuck the ends under, and glue and pin it in place to cover the bald spot. Repeat for 13 balls.
- Using 1/8″ wide ribbon, cut 6″ pieces and tie a knot in the end. Take a straight pin and pin the hanging cord into the very top of the ball.
LESSONS LEARNED: Originally I thought that all the balls would be lace. I guess I like farmhouse/primitive/homespun Christmas decor. Unfortunately, I got two balls done with three rolls of ribbon. Lace and ribbon isn’t cheap, and rolls are anywhere from 3-10 yards per spool. I ran into the same issue with the striped ribbon. The solid grosgrain ribbon came in thicker rolls, and this ribbon is more tolerant of glue than satin ribbons (meaning it doesn’t look like stained by glue.) If I had these balls to do all over again, I would only use the grosgrain.
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2017 and other previous years posts are in development.