Better Budgeting: Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Gold and White Braided Ball

Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Gold and White Braided Ball

Submitted by Angela Bond of North Carolina

Gold and White Braided Ball Ornaments

"Braided Ball Ornaments"

These are my favorite ornaments because they are so easy to make, yet look very expensive. I bought my materials after Christmas last year for half price and made about 12 for my tree. These would make great gifts too.

Materials:

3" Styrofoam ball
Spool of gold and white braid
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1 yard of 1/4" wide gold ribbon
Straight pins
Christmas pick of your choice

Instructions:

Using a straight pin, pin end of braid into ball to hold it securely. Begin wrapping ball with braid, applying some glue about every inch to hold braid in place. Continue until entire ball is covered; then cut the braid and secure the end with a straight pin and a little glue. Tie a bow out of the gold ribbon. Cut apart the Christmas pick and use the pieces (holly leaves, pine stems, pine cone, etc.) to embellish the top of the ball by gluing each piece in place. Cut a length of the gold ribbon 8 inches long. Glue both ends of the ribbon into the top of the ball to create a hanger.



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