Welcome to Sunday at On Sutton Place…I’m so happy you are here. Today we’re crafting for Christmas, making DIY buffalo plaid Christmas ornaments. This is the first of a few easy projects that go along with my plan for a red and black buffalo plaid Christmas. I think this is the earliest I have ever started Christmas prep, but I want to give you plenty of time to have a crafting session yourself, without being rushed. (More on that later.) So if I’m a bit early, that’s why.
What you need: About 1/2 yard fabric (for 12 balls) cut into strips, straight pins, screw eyes, 3 inch styrofoam balls and scissors. You can use any fabric you have on hand but something with lines makes it easier to cut the strips. A check or plaid works great. I, of course, used buffalo check and just followed the lines. My strips were a little wider than 1 inch.
Start by pinning the end of a fabric strip on the center of the ball. It’s best to use two pins. I tried with just one but the edges of the strips laid flatter with two pins. Wind the strip around the ball until you meet your starting point, trim the fabric strip and pin into place, again with two pins. The second strip of fabric goes perpendicular to the first one. Begin and end with two pins. As you see in picture no. 2, there will be spots of styrofoam showing in four places. Your last two strips will cover those up. When you are ready to pin the very last strip, fold the end under.
The final set of pins makes the bottom of your ornament…so on the top, in the middle, push in a screw eye. This wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It takes a few tries to get the screw to go through the layers of fabric. You can start the hole with the tip of a small pair of scissors or just push it through. Finish each ornament with a twine hanger.
Sometimes I rush through projects or crafts that I make for my blog. Rushing takes all the fun away and it just seems like work. So I waited to make these ornaments when I had a free evening. I put in my Poldark DVD, sat in my chair and made these balls. It was actually very fun and when I had enough to fill a big bowl, I felt very accomplished. They turned out pretty darn cute too. The next time you see these they will be on my Christmas tree! (Click HERE to see my tree from last year.)
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Last Sunday when I shared my Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Christmas plan, a reader commented that Pottery Barn had ball ornaments. So I checked and sure enough they do…but they are $4.50 for the smaller version and $6.50 for the large one. At that price it would break the bank to buy a bowlful…but if you don’t want to make them, that’s always an option. Click HERE to see.
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Over on my eBay blog, I have some more easy ways to add a pop of red to your decor for Christmas.
Just click the image to take a look!
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