Do you remember those beaded Christmas ornament kits from back in the 60s and 70s? A while ago I happened upon this ad in a December 1969 Family Circle magazine and I’ve been wanting to make one ever since. I love the blingy Victorian flair and the kitschy-ness of these decorations. Plus they looked somewhat easy to make!
I already had a red velvet remnant that I dug out of my fabric stash, and a bunch of straight pins, sequins, pearl and crystal beads. All I needed was some foam balls, glitzy trim and some additional Christmas type decorations to attach. It also helps to get straight pins with colored balls on the end for a more decorative effect when adding your beads and trim.
Depending on the size of the foam balls you buy, you need to cut the fabric pieces so they will fit properly. I found this helpful template on a Martha Stewart blog post on ornament making.
Cut out the proper size template and trace on back side of fabric. Then cut it out. It took 6 pieces for a 3″ ball.
I not only pinned each section to the top and bottom. I also anchored the edges with pins to smooth it out and make it easier to apply the braid trim.
You can pin the braid at one end, covering where all the sections meet then bring it up to the top again.
I added a loop of braid to the top, but dabbed a bit of glue to make it a bit more secure when I added the pin and pearl bead to finish it.
The really fun part is decorating the ball with the sequins, beads and crystals. Beaded pearl chains are great for draping too.
My finished ornament isn’t near as fancy as some I’ve seen online. But I like it for my first try!
In case you’re wondering why I didn’t display it on my Christmas tree, it’s because I did not put one up this year. No, I’m not a Scrooge! I’m just going to be away for several days over the holidays, so I decided not to bother this year. Hence, it is hanging on my 1950s boomerang lamp.
Priscilla seems to be quite enthralled with it. She better keep her little paws off my masterpiece!
Till next time!
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy holiday season.