How to Cover Styrofoam Ornaments

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How to Cover Styrofoam Ornaments
Cover styrofoam balls with different materials to create intricate ornaments for your Christmas tree. (coloured balls image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com)

There are many methods for making ornaments from styrofoam balls and oval shapes. Covering the styrofoam shape is the first step for making an ornament and the covering sets the style for your ornament. Different media give the ornament a rustic, elegant or country feel. You can use cinnamon, glitter, tissue paper, cloth, ribbon, lace or doilies as a covering. Once coated, pearl pins, beads and any number of craft items can be applied, making a one-of-a-kind ornament.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • School glue
  • Paint brush
  • Cinnamon
  • Glitter
  • Tiny pinecones, acorns or nuts
  • Tissue paper or cloth
  • Stick pins
  • Stretchy material
  • Rhinestones
  • Pearl beads

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug in the hot glue gun. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before starting the ornament.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of ribbon 4 inches long. Poke a hole in the top of a styrofoam ball or oval shape, push the ends of the ribbon into the hole and squirt a little bit of hot glue into the hole. This makes a loop for hanging the ornament.

  3. 3

    Paint school glue across the whole ornament, but don't get it on the ribbon. Sprinkle cinnamon or glitter over the whole ornament. Let it dry. If there are any bare spots, paint on a little bit of glue and sprinkle on more cinnamon or glitter.

  4. 4

    Cover more of the ornament by cutting two pieces of gold, silver, red or green ribbon 10 inches long, folding it in half and pinning it to the top of the ornament by the hanger with stick pins. Flatten the ribbon against the ball and pin it to the bottom of the ornament with stick pins.

  5. 5

    Use the hot glue gun to add tiny pine cones, acorns or nuts around the top and bottom ribbons. Leave the ends of the ribbon dangling down for a pretty effect or trim the ribbon, hiding the end under a pine cone, acorn or nut.

  1. 1

    Plug in the hot glue gun. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before starting the ornament.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of ribbon 4 inches long. Poke a hole in the top of a styrofoam ball or oval shape, push the ends of the ribbon into the hole and squirt a little bit of hot glue into the hole. This makes a loop for hanging the ornament.

  3. 3

    Cut the cloth or paper into 1 1/2-inch circles. Place pencil into the centre of the circle. Put a small dot of hot glue on the ornament near the ribbon at the top and press the pencil against it through the cloth or paper. Remove the pencil. Squeeze the top of the circle together and release. You have a small, frilly circle. Repeat the process all the way around the ball. Squish each circle up against the bottom of the last circle until the ball is covered.

  4. 4

    Add ribbon and decorative elements using the hot glue gun. When it's dry, it's ready to use.

  1. 1

    Plug in the hot glue gun. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before starting the ornament.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of ribbon 4 inches long. Poke a hole in the top of a styrofoam ball or oval shape, push the ends of the ribbon into the hole and squirt a little bit of hot glue into the hole. This makes a loop for hanging the ornament.

  3. 3

    Lay a piece of stretchy material on a flat surface. Put the bottom of the styrofoam ball or oval on top of the fabric and pull the fabric up around the ball.

  4. 4

    Pin the top into place using stick pins. Tie a ribbon around the top and trim the excess fabric. Leave about 1/2 inch of fabric as a decorative accent. Decorate with ribbons, pearls and rhinestones glued on with a hot glue gun.

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