Tinsel Tuesdays: A classic Christmas ornament with a twist

This fabric technique is classic, and here’s the twist – you’ll alternate between red and white fabrics as you go, creating a Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament. You’re already familiar with this technique, right? A red and white Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas decorating color schemes, and if you like it, too, I have a few more ideas for you. But first, here’s how to make this Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament. (And don’t miss the giveaway I announced last week!)

This is an easy, DIY Christmas ornament. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Get the kids in on making these easy ornaments, too.

To make a Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Fabrics, ¼ yd. each, red and white
  • Ribbon, 8” for hanger
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional embellishments: Ribbon, holly leaf pick
  • Tools needed: Scissors; four rubber bands; sharp pencil; wood skewer, nail file, or other tool with dull point; optional: cutting mat and rotary cutter

To make a Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament:

  1. Place two rubber bands around the foam ball, dividing it into four quarters. Add two more rubber bands, dividing the ball into eight equal sections. Using the sharp pencil, score the foam ball along the right-hand side of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands, and you should have eight sections outlined on the ball.
  2. Cut your fabrics into 1-1/2” squares. Optional: Cut out with your rotary cutter and cutting mat.
  3. Place a dab of glue on the ball, and center a fabric square on the dot of glue. Using the wood skewer, insert the center of the fabric square into the foam ball. Repeat, filling in the section with the same color of fabric. Continue tucking fabric squares into the foam ball, working section by section, and alternating the color in each new section.
  4. Tie together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Place a dab of glue at the top of the ornament, and push the knot into the foam ball. Let glue dry before hanging.
  5. Optional: Embellish the ornament top with ribbon and a holly leaf pick.
Pretty, and a stash buster, too. DIY Christmas ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This isn’t a new technique, but the red and white stripes add a fresh twist.

If you like red and white for Christmas, you might also like the Red & White Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel I featured on Crafts ‘n Coffee. A few of your favorite designers worked behind the scenes on this one, and you’ll find links to their tutorials below.

I love red & white for Christmas! And this is an adorable, Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mitten & Snowball Garland

Cute idea for a winter garland! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Mitten & Snowball Garland by Patty Schaffer.

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath

This Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath is made with two sweaters -- a plain white one and a red cabled sweater. Cute!

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Peppermint Candy Tree

Fringed, Peppermint Stripe Tree

Fun, red and white Christmas cones to DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Peppermint Candy Tree and Fringed, Peppermint Stripe Tree by Rebekah Meier.

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries

So cute & easy for Christmas. And they stand more than 12" tall! CraftsnCoffee.com

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries by Rebekah Meier.

Peppermint Snowman

Too cute! His little peppermint hat is a baby sock. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Peppermint Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it? Stay tuned for more summertime, Christmas crafts next Tuesday.

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Merry Christmas crafting.


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8 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: A classic Christmas ornament with a twist

  1. This will be a great way to keep my hands busy in the evening when I want to snack and I’ll end up with a fresh look for my tree!thanks!

    • Sharon says:

      He, he, that is so true! It’s so hard this time of year to keep the snacking at bay, and I can’t think of a better strategy than creating something pretty for the tree. Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. Connie Cain says:

    Love this! Might do this with the Grandson for his Mom for Christmas. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Perfect! This technique is a fun and easy one, and your grandson can absolutely make his mom an ornament. Happy crafting, and be sure to share a photo of your ornaments. Sharon

  3. These ornaments are so cool!!!! LOVE the Peppermint Snowman also!!! So many great ideas! TFS!

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