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DIY Christmas BallsThis year, my children made a collection of beautiful Christmas Balls with my mum.  It was wonderful to see them all sitting up at her dining room table chatting away as they threaded and poked.

 

Truth be told, they did have to come back to it a few times to get them finished but the results were sparkling!

 

Embark on this project with children 4+.  With lots of small pieces and pins with ‘spikey ends’, it does require good fine motor skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you’ll need:

(most items should be available from Spotlight, Lincraft or similar)

*      Glass ‘Bugle Beads’ – clear is best – approx 0.5cm long

*      ‘Seed beads’ – tiny round beads to prevent pin heads sliding through.

*      Sequins – choose colour & shape to suit your theme – these will form the top layer you wish to “show off”

*      Larger sequins that will sit closest to the surface of your ball

*      soft light rubber ball the size you desire (available at the bargain $2 type shops) or a polystyrene ball

*      1 box fine/thin pins eg. ‘Sequin & Bead Pins’

 

How to make Sequin & Bead Christmas BallsHow you do it:

1. Sort each of your beads, sequins, and pins into separate containers – ideally with lids for safe storage in between sessions.  Put a large tablecloth or blanket onto your work surface to stop any dropped beads rolling off the table onto the floor!

2. Take your first lace pin and thread items on in this order: round seed bead, fancy sequin (the one you’ll see most), bugle bead (the long thin bead) and then the large sequin that will sit closest to the ball.

3. Be systematic in your approach to covering the ball – make a line around the centre of the ball and then work your way outwards

4. The objective is to completely cover the surface of the ball so that all you see are sparkles, sparkles & more sparkles.

 

 

 

 

Sequin & Ball Christmas BallsA few notes:

The sky’s the limit with these Christmas Balls – use your imagination and mix it up!  You’ll find they become quite addictive once you get on a roll.

My mum actually keeps everything on a big flat tray with edges – when the kids get tired, she simply puts the tray up on top of the fridge until they’re ready to come back to the project

Depending on the ball you use on the inside and the type of beads & sequins, the balls can get quite heavy.  These are probably best used as table decorations rather than attempting to hang them on the tree.

Once you’re ready to pack the balls away, we store each one in a ziplock sandwich bag.  Keeps everything neatly secure and ready for next year.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to MoM’s mum for this beautiful idea – she’s the crafty one in our brood.

If you’re a crafty MoM and want some more inspiration for the rest of this week before Christmas, you might like to check out D.I.Y. Christmas Clay Ornaments.

 

Merry Christmas & Much MoM Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lots of fiddley little bits required to do these, but they so look worth the effort. Activity for older kids with the pins

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  • These look amazing! Would make any Xmas tree look stunning. I’m printing thus one out and adding it to my to do list fir sure

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  • The Christmas balls look fantastic,thanks!

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  • Puts a nice hand made touch on my Chriastmas decorations.

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  • This is interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  • What a festive idea! Too cute!

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  • So pretty, shall save these up for this year because we’ll take a few months to finally make them.

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  • These Christmas balls look great for a diy

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  • Bought all of the materials for this project. Time to get creative!

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  • I’m in love so going to do this thank you

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  • Thanks for sharing this project with easy to follow instructions. Great getting ready for Christmas project.

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  • these are gorgeous but i don’t think that i will do this with a baby around


    • i thought that i might see a pic of someone who has made one for themselves

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  • A good read thank you for sharing. This will be great for Christmas

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  • I’ve just come across this post. I will be adding this to my Christmas projects which isn’t that far off really.

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  • I still have a number of these that I made as a kid, they are so pretty and make so much mess :D….. like all good craft ideas are meant to do.

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