DIY ornaments for woodland-theme Christmas décor

Today’s Rag Ball Ornaments are perfect for a woodland theme Christmas tree. These classic ornaments are slightly rustic, and will add a subtle pop of color to more natural woodland elements. The DIY fabric ornaments will be equally at home on a traditional tree, too, or just piled in a bowl and displayed on the table. The Rag Ball Ornaments are the second in the Mad for Plaid & Paisley ornament series, all made from cast-off shirts found at a second-hand store.

A simple, DIY Fabric Ornaments with style. Rag Ball Ornaments on

Rag Ball Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Rag Ball Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Satin ribbon, ½” wide
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons
  • Pearl head pins in red
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
DIY beautiful fabric ornaments from a second-hand shirt! Love this idea-- cheap & easy!

These super-simple ornaments will dress up a woodland theme Christmas tree.

To make a Rag Ball Ornament:

1. Cut a 10” square from a shirt. Make small cuts, 1” apart, along one edge. Rip the fabric end to end at each cut, creating fabric strips.

2. Pin and glue one end of a fabric strip to the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap the strip around the ball, and pin and glue the other end to the ball. Continue pinning, gluing and wrapping fabric strips around the ball till it’s covered.

3. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

4. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.

What if you can’t find shirts you like at a second-hand store? No problem. As I explained when I made my Patriotic Rag Balls, you can do what the pioneers did and make do with leftover fabric scraps from other projects.

Rag Balls are super easy to make, and a fun heritage craft for kids.

Super-easy Patriotic Rag Balls

Be sure to check out the first in the Mad for Plaid & Paisley series – the Wrap & Go Ornaments.

Easy, DIY Ornaments that take just minutes to make! Sweet details make them special.

Wrap & Go Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

See you tomorrow with one more ornament made from these old shirts – and it’s my favorite!

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too.

Happy crafting.


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4 Responses to DIY ornaments for woodland-theme Christmas décor

  1. ann says:

    i am just getting into making ornaments from styrofoam. i really love all of your ideas. thanks

  2. CraftyB says:

    The paisley is perfect for some soft Christmas color!! So many great ideas to refresh the tree or holiday table decor!

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