December 10, 2012

How to make a sequin and beaded ornament

I've made all kinds of ornaments over the years, but these are the ornaments that I am most proud of.
The base of these are styrofoam balls.  They are all a little different in design, comprised of hundreds of pins, sequins and beads.  The way they catch the lights on the tree is a beautiful thing!

 Every year my daughters host a Gingerbread decorating party, and I also like to have an ornament for the girls to make.  This year I decided I would kill two birds with one stone.  I've been meaning to share these ornaments with my own readers for three years now!  It always seems that I just don't have the time during the Holiday season to do a tutorial.  

Really, it is quite simple.  I found a kit at my local craft store, and the directions were as follows:

1.  Insert pin through the hole in bead.

2. Slide sequin onto pin behind the bead (remember to put the sequin on so it "cups" the bead".

3.  Insert pin into foam ball where desired.

To hang the ornament, cut a piece of ribbon to the preferred length and put multiple pins through ribbon ends and styrofoam ball.

And really that is the nuts and bolts of it.  You can create any design you wish.  I really like clean lines, and symmetry.  I began most of these balls by sectioning the ball off with pieces of ribbon.  I then began adding my pins one at a time building the design and taking care to make sure none of the styrofoam ball was peeking through.

I finished them by making a hole in the ball where I wanted my ribbon hanger to go, poured glue down in there and then jammed the knotted ends of the ribbon in.  I really wanted a secure hanger since these get rather weighty, especially if the balls are large.

 Luckily I am a craft hoarder, and I still had all my supplies from a decade ago when I originally made these!

This project can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be.  When you are finished, you will have a beautiful ornament to be used for years to come!

This post written by Amy of Amy Nicole Artisan Jewelry.
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