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!)
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:
- 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.
- Cut your fabrics into 1-1/2” squares. Optional: Cut out with your rotary cutter and cutting mat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Optional: Embellish the ornament top with ribbon and a holly leaf pick.
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.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it? Stay tuned for more summertime, Christmas crafts next Tuesday.
Merry Christmas crafting.