I have a very fond memory of sitting on the living room floor with my dad’s girlfriend many, many, many years ago making these ornaments. I’ve been looking forward to the day when I could pass this tradition on to my kiddos and I thought you might want to try this out in your home (suitable for kids ages 5+).
- Styrofoam ornaments (I bought the glittery ones, but typically, you’re supposed to use the ones wrapped in silk thread. I just couldn’t find them anywhere.)
- Assorted beads
- Assorted sequins (didn’t realize this until later, but larger sequins would show up better and would be easier for kids to manipulate).
- Assorted colors and sizes of ribbon
- Pins (some with decorative heads on them and then you could probably do some without for the sequins)
- It’s helpful to use a container with dividers (even a cupcake pan) to organize the beads, pins, etc.
- Help your child cut a length of ribbon to go around the ball.
- Load up a pin with some beads/sequins.
- Pin the ribbon to the top of the ball, wrap it around to the other side, and pin the top again.
- Rotate your ornament and wrap ribbon around to intersect the first ribbon.
- Pin the ribbons where they intersect to hold.
- You can add more ribbons and pins/beads/sequins as you desire to make it more ornate.
Have fun and Happy Holidays!!
Michele is a former marketing guru turned child and family photographer in Austin, TX. She is surrounded by three energetic kids at home and a husband who works tirelessly to keep them all educated and fed. Michele is the owner and photographer of Pinkle Toes Photography and she also provides resources and templates for photographers all over the world via Pinkle Toes 4 Photographers.