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DIY mini Christmas ball ornaments – Easy to make

DIY mini christmas balls ornaments

VERY IMPORTANT: This craft idea is not recommended for families with young children. Mini-ornaments can look like candies.

These mini Christmas ball ornaments are adorable and beautiful. They are perfect to decorate small Christmas trees, and Christmas wreaths.

mini christmas ball ornaments tutorial

To make one mini ball ornament, all there is to do is:

(1) Paint a spun cotton ball
(2) Pour glue in the hole
(3) Insert a metal loop.

MINI CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENTS: FULL DETAIL TUTORIAL

MATERIALS:

To make the mini Christmas ball ornaments, you will need:

– A pack of ornament hooks, the “C-shape” cheap kind is perfectly fine.
– A pair of wire cutters and a pair of round nose pliers.
Spun cotton balls. I used 18mm and 20mm diameter balls.
– Paint and a paint brush (more on that in the “painting the balls” section below)
– Toothpicks.
– A glue gun.

Spun cotton balls are a really good fit for this project because they are lightweight, they are extremely easy to paint, and they all already have a little hole.

As optional materials, you could use glossy mod podge, sparkly mod podge, or any materials you would like to use to decorate the mini Christmas ball ornaments. Personnaly I think the ornaments look great with just paint on them, but you can add glitter, fabric, ribbon, sequins – anything.

PAINTING THE BALLS:

DIY miniature christmas ball ornaments drying

Balls drying up on bamboo sticks

The type of paint you use doesn’t matter much as long as it has a good covering power and as long as it dries pretty fast.

Spun cotton balls are made of paper so any paint that works on paper will also work on spun cotton balls. I used acrylic and enamel paints. I know enamel is not really intended for paper surfaces but in my experience enamel paint works just fine. I also find that paint with liquid consistencies are much faster to apply.

As far as brushes, the kind of brushes you use doesn’t matter much either. It’s so easy to paint a spun cotton ball that any type of brushes work.

Paint cotton balls are very easy to paint “on a stick”. This way you don’t have to hold the balls with your fingers. I find that toothpicks or bamboo skewers work well!

When you are done painting a ball, you can just rest the toothpick or the bamboo stick in a pot filled up with sand or dirt. I used kitchen salt just so that it looks nice in the picture.  [divider_flat]

MAKING THE METAL WIRE HANGING LOOPS:

To make the loops, I used the “C-shape” ornament hooks that you can see in the pictures. They are cheap and a pack of 150 can be found for around $1. Basically they are small pieces of wire, about 2 inches long, bent on each ends into a “C” shape figure.

To make on loop, I unbend an ornament hook, hold it by its center with a round nose player, and twist the ends together. I then cut off the excess wire with a wire cutter. It’s not difficult at all.

POURING THE GLUE:

Pouring hot glue

I use a hot glue gun because hot glue dries fast. Regular white craft glue would work too but it would take for ever to wait for the glue to harden and dry.

After pouring the glue in the hole, you should insert a metal loop right away, before the glue hardens.

YOU ARE DONE! This is really all there is to it. You can use these minis on small Christmas trees, wreaths, decor pieces made of tree branches – anything.

Now if you would like to complicate this craft project a little bit, the next section of this tutorial is for you. [divider_flat]

A FEW MORE IDEAS 

You can be very creative with this craft project and don’t have to follow the instructions to the letter. For example:

– For shiny looking mini christmas ball ornaments, you can dip them in glossy mod podge before adding the metal loop. It’s a little more work and the whole project will take a lot more time (glossy mod podge takes a while to dry) but the end result will look great.

– In the same line of thought, for sparkling ornaments, just dip them in sparkly mod podge.

– Spun cotton balls come in plenty of sizes. The same technique can be used to make larger christmas ball ornaments.

– Instead of spun cotton balls, one could use spun cotton bells, spun cotton eggs, spun cotton snowmen, spun cotton mushrooms… All spun cotton shapes have a little hole on one side, just like the balls. So it’s always very easy to add a metal loop (note: for the mushrooms, the hole is at the bottom of the shapes, not on the cap side).

– If you do not have any metal wire to make the hanging loop, it’s ok! There are more ways to hang these mini ornaments.

  1. You could make a loop out of string
  2. You could use a pipe cleaner to hang your mini ornaments. Twist one end of the pipe cleaner around a tree branch, and insert the other end in the hole of a mini-ornament.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hope you are ready to make your own mini Christmas ball ornaments. If you have any questions or if you have ideas that you would like to share, feel free to use the comment section below.

Happy Holidays to all of you!

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DIY Christmas ball ornaments – easy craft

DIY christmas balls

Making your own Christmas ball ornaments is fun and rewarding. And with spun cotton balls, it’s also very easy.

unpainted blank paint your own christmas balls

Here are three 45mm spun cotton balls.
Spun cotton balls are very lightweight and have a little hole on one side

DIY homemade painted christmas ball ornaments

Painting spun cotton balls feels just like painting paper.

PROJECT MATERIALS:

  • Spun cotton balls. For the Christmas ball ornaments pictured above, we used 45mm diameter balls.
  • Paint and brushes. We used acrylic paint but any paint that works on paper will also work on spun cotton balls (spun cotton balls are made of paper).
  • Ribbon or thread for the hanging loop.
  • Glue / scissors. We used a hot glue gun for most of the gluing because it is fast and effective. We used a glue stick for the glitter. However, regular tacky glue would work fine too. It would just take longer to dry out.
  • Optional: mod podge for a glossy finish.
  • Optional: decoration materials such as glitter, fake plastic gems, sequin…

STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS:

  • Start by painting the spun cotton balls with one single color. It’s easier to hold on to them with a wood stick (bamboo skewer, toothpick…) while painting them. Once the balls are painted, you can rest the sticks in a cup until the paint is dry. The ornaments will dry very fast, in about 10 minutes because the paper is absorbent.
  • Decorate your ornaments with glitter, ribbon, sequins – anything. You can glue almost anything to the  spheres. To apply the glitter, a glue stick works great.
  • If you want, you can now apply a mod podge finish to your masterpieces. It will hold all the glitter into place and prevent it from ever ending on your floors. We like a mod podge because it’s non toxic.
  • Finish your masterpieces by gluing a fabric loop on top of it. You can glue the loop directly onto the hole. This will not only hide the hole, it will also help anchor the loop as the glue will drip into the hole.

A few words about spun cotton balls:

Spun cotton balls are great arts and crafts supplies. They are similar in use to polystyrene balls except they are made of paper. They are lightweight, sturdy, they don’t crumble like polystyrene, they don’t end up in the oceans, they are easy to paint, they dry fast, they adhere very well to simple glue, and they are a lot of fun to work with. Just like polystyrene balls, spun cotton balls have a million different uses.

DIY Christmas ball ornaments – easy craftI hope you enjoyed this page and I wish you a lot of fun making beautiful and unique homemade christmas ornaments. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch or feel free to leave a comment. Happy crafting!