Ribbon Christmas Ornament

I shared this tutorial over at I {Heart} Naptime during my move and I want to share it here with all of you as well!

Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Here is how to make one for yourself!


-4 inch Styrofoam ball
-Low Temp glue gun (this way it won’t melt the styrofoam)
-Good pair of scissors
-4 spools of ribbon (2 spools of the same for main ribbon and 2 different spools for accents.)
How to:

-Take the main ribbon that will cover the ball and measure out to see how much it will take to go around the ball once.

-Cut both of your main spools to length leaving a little to overlap.
– Glue one end down and pull tight around the ball. Glue other end down.
**Do not place glue along the whole ribbon. You may need to slightly adjust the ribbon in the end to fill gaps.**

-Glue 4 ribbons first in an “X” pattern.
-Then glue four more in the centers where they cross.

-Then fill in the rest of the gaps.

-When completely covered, you may need to slightly shift the ribbon to fill in any gaps.

-Next, take your first accent ribbon and pull it around the center of the ball.

-Cut to length.

-Glue down along the center of the ball.

-Cut more of the accent color to create a loop.
-Place a small dot of glue near the ends to make the loop but do not glue the ends together.

-Spread the ends of the loop and glue down to the top of the ball.
You can also use small pins if you’d like.

-Now take your third accent color and cut short strips.
-Burn the edges of the ribbon so it doesn’t fray.
-Fold in half and add a little dot of glue to hold together.
-Glue to the center bottom of the ornament.

-Continue gluing to make a small cluster of fringe at the bottom of the ornament.

-To finish, cut a short piece of ribbon and wrap the fringe at the top.

Bottom fringe complete, let’s work on the top now!

-Cut short pieces again, and glue the centers the same way as the bottom fringe.
-Glue around the top loop.

-Take a short piece and cover all the edges to give it a finished look.

And now it is all ready to hang on your tree!
You could add some fun buttons or beads to it if you like to add some more texture and if we didn’t just move and all my craft supplies weren’t still in boxes, I probably would have. So embellish to your heart’s desire!

Linking up to some of these parties.

Oh, and don’t forget the Holiday Open House starts tomorrow!! YEAH!

holiday open house button

Check out the HOH announcement post to find out the details.

And if you’d like, you can check out my posts from last year to get an idea of what to share.
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4

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  • Lindy
    November 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Allision this is adorable!!!! So cute! This would make perfect little co-worker or teacher gifts. Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

  • Shannah @ Just Us Four
    November 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    This is so cute! I think this would make such a great gift for our preschool teachers!

  • laxsupermom
    November 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Cute idea! Looks like a great way to use up some ribbon ends, too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 1:18 am

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  • Shiloh
    December 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    This is super cute! I love your super fun ribbon.:)

  • Anonymous
    December 8, 2011 at 5:14 am

    So cute! Thank you for linking up! I am featuring you tomorrow!