Let’s Celebrate Christmas in July with handmade, Felt & Ribbon Ornaments

How hot is it where you are? Triple digits? Or just the 90s or 80s? Let’s crank up the chill with a little Christmas crafting, like these Felt & Ribbon Ornaments. The bright, red and green color scheme on these Felt & Ribbon Ornaments will have you singing “Deck the Halls” in no time. If the kids are “so bored”, they’ll have fun making these ornaments, too. How great will it be in December knowing that you’re ahead of the game with these handmade beauties?

These easy-to-make Christmas ornaments are a great stash-buster, too. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felt & Ribbon Ornaments by Kathleen George

To make a Felt & Ribbon Ornament, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” & 4” balls
  • Felt in red, green, bright green, white (or other colors of your choice)
  • Ribbons and trims, braid, cording, lace, etc.
  • Sequins, beads, etc.
  • Pearl head pins
  • Craft pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Sharp pencil; rotary cutter with wavy blade (optional)

 To make a Felt & Ribbon Ornament:

1. Mark the center top and bottom of a ball with a pencil.

2. Using the patterns, cut eight pieces of felt for each ball. You’ll note that the 3” balls are covered in eight, long “slices” of fabric, and the 4” balls use eight fabric “wedges.” Mix and match your colors however you like.

3. Glue the fabric sections onto the foam ball, aligning each piece with the top and bottom marks. Don’t worry about any gaps between the pieces – you’ll cover those with the ribbons and trims.

Beautiful details from handmade Felt & Ribbon Ornaments. Complete tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Dig through your stash to find little bits of ribbons and trims to decorate the ornaments.

4. Now for the fun part – decorating! First, glue ribbons or other trims around each ball, covering up the seams between the felt pieces. You’ll need a 9” length of ribbon for a 3” ball, and a 12-1/2” length for a 4” ball. Next, dress ‘em up by layering on ribbons, and adding lace, cording, sequins, beads, pearl head pins, etc.

5. Tie ribbon into a loop for the hanger, and pin and glue to the center top. Add a bow or other decoration to the top.

Handmade ornaments make inexpensive Christmas gifts, and these are a lot of fun to make, too.

Picture how pretty these will look on your tree in December.

Fa, la, la, la, la . . .  Are you feeling cooler yet? I’ll keep the chill cranked up this week (and maybe next week) with more Christmas crafts.

Till Thursday, happy Christmas crafting!

Sharon

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8 Responses to Let’s Celebrate Christmas in July with handmade, Felt & Ribbon Ornaments

  1. Sandy says:

    Love Christmas in July :)

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Sandy, Glad you stopped in, and thanks for your sweet note. Do you think we’d be as happy thinking summer vacation thoughts in December? Hmmm . . . Sharon

  2. LisaM says:

    Those are great. I need to find my felt now and let the kids have at it. I think they will enjoy making ornaments. Thanks.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. I think my daughter would have a lot of fun with this one, too. Pretty trims, sparkling beads, shiny sequins, what’s not to like? Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Laurie says:

    I love Christmas in July! If only the humidity would go down, Love the ornaments!!

    • Sharon says:

      Keeping thinking Christmas thoughts, Laurie! Our humidity is supposed to clear out by the end of the week, and I hope yours does, too. Sharon

  4. Sharon says:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas.
    Sharon P.

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