How to make beaded Christmas ornaments from styrofoam balls

Updated February 21, 2017

Put a smile on someone's face for the holidays with a handmade beaded Christmas ornament. These can be hung on a Christmas tree or displayed in a group in a pretty bowl or plate on the table. Small beaded ornaments can be attached to wrapped presents as a special gift.

Lay styrofoam balls on newspaper on an outside work table or floor protected with newspapers. Spray the balls with metallic paint and let them dry. Turn each over and spray the unpainted sides until each ball is completely painted. Let them dry. Place them on a tray and take them indoors to decorate.

Take a straight pin and slip a few beads on it. If desired, add a tiny decorative star as well.

Hold two overlapping ends of a satin ribbon strip on any part of a styrofoam ball. Insert the beaded straight pin from Step 2 through both ribbon ends, push it in as far as it will go, and secure it to the ball.

Take another straight pin and add a few more beads, and another star if desired, and then push the pin in near the first pin on the styrofoam ball as far as it will go. Continue beading straight pins and pushing them into the styrofoam ball until the ball is evenly, and completely, covered with beads on straight pins.


Straight pins are available in different lengths; use the same length for this project or use a variety. Longer pins, of course, require more beads than shorter ones, but it creates an interesting effect. Decorative beads can be all one colour or mixed, as desired.


Spray styrofoam balls with paint in a well-ventilated area. Adults should help children with this project using the straight pins and spraying the styrofoam balls.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam balls
  • Straight pins
  • Colourful, decorative beads
  • Metallic gold or silver spray paint
  • Satin ribbon
  • Newspapers
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For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.