In my opinion nothing improves a Christmas tree more than a homemade decoration. This fabric bauble is really simple to make and very effective. The size is only limited by the ball you buy so you can make large decorations inexpensively. These hanging Xmas decorations would look great hanging anywhere.
How about making a huge one and hanging it in your porch, perhaps with lights on it?
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You Will Need:
Polystyrene (styrofoam) ball from Amazon
fabric – fat quarters available from Amazon
scissors or pinking shears
ribbon (short piece for hanger)
Step 1: Cut fabric squares
Cut your fabric into approximately 5cm (2″) squares. I used pinking shears to give a nice edge and prevent the fabric from fraying. Do not worry if you do not have them, just use scissors. A little bit of raying simply gives a different effect.
Step 2: Glue first square to ball
Use the skewer to make a hole in the ball approximately 1cm (0.5″) deep. Put a small blob of glue into the hole. Then use the skewer to push a piece of the fabric into the hole. Remove the skewer and the fabric will stay in the hole.
Step 3: Cover the whole ball
Continue all over the ball until it is covered. This will use a surprising amount of fabric. My ball has a diameter of approximately 8cm (3″) and I covered it using a fat quarter and I use the whole thing!
Use a small blob of glue to attach a hanging ribbon. In my case the ball came with a fitting and silver string to hang it with. You have completed your fabric bauble.
These fabric baubles are really easy to make and they are great for getting the older kids involved. They will need close supervision because of the skewer but they will really enjoy it. You can make them in any fabric you like to co-ordinate with your other decorations. If you want larger decorations just buy larger balls!
If you love making your own Christmas decorations then check out my whole selection of ideas at Xmas Projects.
Remember to pin this article on Pinterest ready for when you want to make yours! Let me know how you get on.