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Holiday Sparkle – Make Your Own Ornaments

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+).

Supplies:
– 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.

Directions:
– 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 Anderson

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.

About Michele


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. Much like her life, Michele's work is chameleon-like... always changing with her mood and inspiration. Her mind is constantly abuzz with new concepts, but thankfully, she is regularly reminded by her kids to slow down and enjoy life's simplest moments. 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.

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  • Kacey

    What do u use to put on the sequins and beads? Thx

  • http://www.theprairiehen.blogspot.com The Prairie Hen

    Dear Remembering The Sparkle,
    So sweet! I love this idea… we’ve done this with white candles before… cut the pins shorter with wire cutters and add beads, ribbons, etc. They can be pretty, funky, cute, whatever you want!

    Love,
    Happy Crafter in NE

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  • Melissa

    Love this idea… can’t find pre-glittered styrofoam balls anywhere. Did you glitter yours or find? Where?

  • Lori

    I love these – my girls would have a blast!

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  • http://www.221vision.com Carrie

    Michelle…you are the bomb! :) Love you! Love Pinkle Toes! And love the sparkle!

  • http://ttlensphotography.blogspot.com/ bekkah

    Such a wonderful tradition…they look gorgeous!!

  • Jill

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!