How to make a classic Christmas Ornament using fabric and foam balls

I promised a stash-busting Christmas ornament tutorial today, and here it is. I’ve called this week’s series of Christmas ornaments “classic crafts” for a reason. This is a favorite technique for making ornaments, yet it’s as fresh and new as the fabrics you choose. You could even make this Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament with snippets from a special occasion outfit.

So simple and so elegant, and an easy DIY, too.

Rebekah Meier designed this week’s collection of classic Christmas ornaments, including this Fabric Ornament.

To make a Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Satin fabric, four, 4” x 8” pieces
  • Braided trim, ½ yd. in cream
  • Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; two rubber bands; sharp pencil; metal ruler or putty knife; sharp knife; optional: disappearing fabric marker

To make a Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament:

1. Wrap rubber bands around the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, creating four equal sections. Using a sharp pencil, score a line right next to the edge of each rubber band, dividing the ball into four equal sections. Remove the rubber bands.

2. Insert a putty knife or sharp ruler along the scored lines, creating a deeper groove. Hold your putty knife or ruler straight up and down to deepen the groove, and not widen it.

3. Cut out four fabric sections using the pattern.

4. Center a fabric piece over one of the sections on the foam ball. Using the putty knife or a sharp knife, push the edges of the fabric piece into the grooves on the foam ball. Repeat with the other three fabric pieces. If needed, add a dab of fabric glue to hold the fabric in place.

5. Measure and cut the braided trim to fit around the ball. Glue the trim in place between the sections, covering the grooves in the ball.

6. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

7. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

I love the fabrics Kathleen George used in her Satin & Brocade Ornaments. You’ll see that her technique is a little different, too. She sections off the ball into six segments, and adds batting with the fabric. If you’ve made these ornaments, do you have a few tips or techniques to share?

Easy tutorial for making these classic ornaments on
You’ll find another version in our video “5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes.” Follow along and see what you think.

Don't mis this video! In just five minutes, you'll learn how to make five different Christmas ornaments.

These are classic and beautiful, and easy to make. Tutorials on’ll see you tomorrow with the final ornament in the series.

Happy crafting.


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13 Responses to How to make a classic Christmas Ornament using fabric and foam balls

  1. laura J says:

    My brother made ornaments like these way back in the 1980’s. some were very intricate works. There is so much you can do with these. nice job

  2. Helen Jean says:

    These are so beautiful. I will have to try this method with the more luxurious fabrics and braid/ribbon. Have been on the other sites and a long time ago bought the pattern from a gal who sells them.

    • Sharon says:

      Ooh, “luxurious” — sounds beautiful already! I hope you’ll share photos of your ornaments — I’d love to see them. Happy Christmas crafting! Sharon

  3. jamajessie33 says:

    I got all these foam balls at Walmart for 90% off. I had no idea whatto do with them! I now have some great ideas thanks to Crafts and Coffee and all the wonderful crafters that post here.

  4. Mary Finn says:

    After my husbands death my sister took all of his cotton work shirts and made quilt squares. One
    year later she presented me with a beautiful quilt made from these shirts. I wrap myself in this quilt and know just how much love it represents from 2 loving sources! Greatest gift anyone could give.

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  6. WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! I am going to be very busy creating ornaments!! LOVE them all!

  7. LisaM6 says:

    Those will make some lovely heirloom ornaments.

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