I have a very au natural Christmas tree with just a little bit of sparkle. White lights, ornaments in cream, gold, silver, glass and natural rafia and hemp…I haven’t purchased a single ornament this year, but wanted to add to my collection, so I made several of my own ornaments in these two styles. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can make your own DIY Hemp Ball Ornament and DIY Shell Ball Ornament.
First thing first, you’ll need some supplies. I got out my roll of hemp cording purchased from Wal-Mart, 2″ foam balls I found on E-bay for $9.99 for 72 of them, a bag of bubble shells from www.QualityShells.com, gold ribbon, and hot glue.
Shell Ball Ornament Tutorial
First for the shell ball. I took some gold ribbon about 5″ long, looped it around like a hanger, and used my hot glue to secure it to the Styrofoam ball. While I was waiting on that to dry I started going through my collection of shells and sorting out all the ones that were a similar size. My bag ranged from 1/2″ to 3/4″ shells, but I wanted the size to be pretty uniform – at least for one whole ornament, so I did a LOT of sorting first.
Next I just started gluing the shells to the Styrofoam ball, starting at the top by the ribbon and working my way around and around. I was careful to make sure each shell turned the same direction, so the ornament would look more uniform.
Then just keep on going until you have the entire thing covered. The glue dries pretty fast between the shell and ornament, so I was able to hold it without making the shells I just glued fall off. The whole ornament only took about 15 minutes once I had my shells sorted.
And here she is hanging on the tree!
Hemp Ball Ornament Tutorial
This ornament was really simple too, taking all of 5 minutes to throw together! The process is similar. First you start with a folded piece of hemp cord about 5″ long, and attach it to the Styrofoam ball as a hanger.
Next start wrapping the hemp cording tightly around your hanger, in a spiral pattern, making sure each strand is really close to the last so no white shows through.
Then just keep on going until the entire thing is covered.