Styrofoam balls are the building blocks for a variety of holiday and home decor projects. The versatility and low cost of the material makes it a desirable choice for homemade ornaments. Decorating styrofoam balls is a snap--add colour and texture with acrylics, fabric, beads and ribbons to create sparkling and distinctive ornaments for your home.
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Satin Ribbon Ornament
Cover a styrofoam ball with strips of 1/4-inch wide satin ribbon using hot glue or decorative headpins. Select a ribbon colour to coordinate with a season or with a particular room decor. Decorative headpins are available in a variety of sizes and styles, including crystal, colourful glass and metal. Insert the headpins into the ornament to hold the ribbon in place. Make several ribbon balls to fill a glass bowl or to hang from a holiday tree.
Camouflage the styrofoam of an ornament ball with acrylic paint, ribbons or other fabric as the background for a beaded ornament. Create beaded netting using bead-weaving techniques or glue a strand of beads in a spiral around the ball. You could also glue beaded fringe around the widest part of the styrofoam ball ornament like a skirt. Beaded fringe is available in most fabric, craft and discount stores. Hang beaded ball ornaments in the window or from a doorway for optimum light reflection.
Mirror Ball Ornament
Recycle old DVDs and CDs by cutting them into small pieces and attaching them to styrofoam ball ornaments. You can also use mosaic mirror tiles to create the effect of a small mirror ball. Viscous craft glue works to attach the broken CDs and DVDs, but use mirror mastic to attach mosaic mirror tiles. Mirror mastic is an adhesive formulated especially for mirrors.
Dried Fruit Ornament
Attach small bits of dried fruit to a styrofoam ball ornament to create homemade aromatic kitchen decor. Select bits of dried apples, oranges and pineapples to attach to the ornament with a glue gun and hot glue. Accent the ornament with cinnamon sticks to enhance the scent. Break the sticks into small pieces and fill in open spaces between the fruit pieces. Place the ornaments in a bowl on your kitchen counter or dangle them from beneath the upper kitchen cabinets.
Silk Topiary Ornament
Create a homemade topiary by painting a large styrofoam ball green and attaching silk flower garland to it with floral pins or hot glue. Let some of the garland hang below the foam ball, if you like. Insert one end of a painted dowel through the bottom of the styrofoam ornament and the other into floral foam inside a small planter. Stand the silk flower topiary as a table centrepiece during your next party.
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