Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ornament Challenge: Floral Ball

By now you probably know that my friend Gen from Cabin Fevered Gem has thrown down the gauntlet and issued a challenge for me to make 7 ornaments in 7 days while she does the same.  It's getting pretty serious, the paper and ribbon are flying, and the ornaments are going up on the tree faster than Santa can say Ho Ho Ho!

So let's get on with Day 3!

Here's what you'll need:


Steps:
1) I wasn't crazy about the paper I had for this project.  I just felt like it was missing a little pizazz...sparkle that is.  So, instead of using loose glitter and covering me and everything else in my studio in sparkly bits I took the easy road and got out my Sparkle Mod Podge.  Yay!  I love Sparkle Mod Podge.


Just lightly brush it on your paper.  It dries fairly fast but your paper may curl up a bit on the sides.  Just flatten it out and it'll be fine...and sparkly!

2) While you're waiting for your new Mod Podged paper to dry, cut a piece of ribbon about 8" long to use as a hanger.  You can glue or use a pin to secure it to the top of your Styrofoam ball (or egg).


3) I used my Silhouette to cut out a couple pages of these shapes:


When you stack them they make a tiny little hydrangea flower, so cute!

3) Gently curl the edges of the shapes and stick a pin through the centre of each little stack.


4) Starting from the bottom of the ball just stick your flowers in and try to cover as much of the Styrofoam as possible.  If you find you have a lot of gaps either re-insert your flowers, stacking them slightly, or you could even give your ball a quick coat of paint before you add your flowers.


I really wanted to use red pins in the centres of the flowers to look more like holly but I didn't have enough.

If you need more bling add  more sparkle or pearls or other embellishments all over to make it shine and stand out on your tree.

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And that's it!  Another super easy and oh so simple tree ornament that hardly takes any time and helps you use up those bits of pretty paper you were saving for who knows what.

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Make sure to head over to Cabin Fevered Gem to see what she came up with for today.

If you're participating in our fun challenge make sure to link up your beautiful creations on the Make it Great Monday linky party.  It's open all week!

Don't forget to enter the surprise giveaway Here!   Only a few days left to enter~


32 comments:

CREATIVE MIND said...

so smart! it can be more colorful too with different colored flowers..

Amy said...

Super cute! I love the look, my daughter would love to make these. I don't have a Silhouette yet, I see myself cutting out a hundred little flower shapes!! lol Found you on Sugar Bee Crafts and am following you now!

Kei said...

That ornament looks so cute! The colour combination makes me think of mistletoe--very seasonal! :D
I have some polystyrene balls ferreted away in my stash, might have to try this!

Gen said...

Super pretty! Love it! ...so excited about tomorrow's!!!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

What a fun idea! I totally need to make one of these for our entrance.

Amber *SaltTree* said...

very sweet! and I agree with a previous poster... it also reminds me of mistletoe! Lovely :)

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

So cute! Great idea!

Elise said...

How cute! I just bought some of those Styrofoam balls at the dollar store and was trying to think of how to decorate them. Thanks for the idea!

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Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

So very creative and very elegant. I am visiting from Blue Cricket Design. Nice job!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

That took some patients but it looks great!

ReMadeSimple Kristina said...

So cute and eye catching! Great job!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

Now that is cute!

marissa said...

this is so cute I'd love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

Stacey said...

Great idea! I've always hated how plastic-y the store bought ones look.

Lisa said...

How pretty! That silhouette comes in really handy for projects like this!

Marilyn said...

This is so unique and beyond cute!! I love it!! Would love for you to please share it via my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party please...LOVE it :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-11-linky.html?m=1 thanks so much :)) Wishing you a happy Thursday..~Marilyn

Unknown said...

This is fantastic! I love the pop of the white against the green!

I'm your newest follower and would love for you to stop by for a visit!

~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

Abbie said...

Oops! Wasn't logged in! I still like it, though! : )

~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

cheapcraftymama said...

Those are super cute!

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Junky Vagabond said...

So cute! This would be fun to take to the holiday party for the hostess to hang :)
-Jill

Audrey @ DefrumpMe said...

So cute!! Love it!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I just love your flower ball! It looks like pearls nestled with some greens. Thanks for the tutorial!
I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime! If have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made fr $10 or less. I would love to have you sometime!

Kelsey said...

Oh my goodness this is adorable!!!! I am hosting a 25 Days of Handmade Christmas series on my blog and I would absolutely love it if you would share this tutorial with my readers!! Info is here: http://embracingmessy.blogspot.com/2011/12/25-days-of-homemade-christmas-day-1.html or you can email me at embracingmessy@gmail.com

Megan said...

this looks fabulous! I love the green color.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Another great ornament - love the shade of green!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Danielle said...

Love this idea1 so cute and festive! I'd love for you to link up to my Christmas carnival

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/11/homemade-in-december-link-carnival.html

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Hey Tamara-

I featured this misteltoe ball at Creative Juice today. Glad to see you hit 400 and then some!

Hope you are having a great holiday,
xoxo
Nicolette

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Thanks for linking to the Simply Christmas inspiration Party at Shabby Art Boutique.
Festive hugs ~ Kerryanne

Jessa Irene said...

This is so pretty! Beautifully done. Thanks for joining the party. I pinned and tweeted this.

The Corson Cottage said...

This is so cute! Very creative...I really want to make this for next year. I would love if you would share this at our {Home for the Holidays} party going on now at The Corson Cottage ~ Carrie

Anonymous said...

Bravo! C'est magnifique!(From your friendly neighbourhood French teacher down the hall)

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