Using Fabric to Create DIY Christmas Ornaments
This year our Christmas theme is all about buffalo check. These large DIY Christmas ornaments are a simple way to place just a little bit of buffalo check throughout the tree. So country and homespun looking. These DIY Christmas ornaments are made using large dollar store Christmas balls, but you can upcycle any old Christmas ornament balls you aren’t using.
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On the first Day, we did Wreaths
On the Second Day, we did DIY Christmas Gifts
On the Third Day, we did Christmas Countdown Calendars
On the Fourth Day, we did Christmas Crafts for Kids
On the Fifth Day, we did Party Food
It’s Day 6 and we are sharing DIY Ornament Ideas!
Tutorial for DIY Christmas Ornaments
Besides the Christmas balls, you will need a few simple supplies.
Buffalo check fabric, 2″ by 12″ wide. Each ball uses three strips
Macrame cord (dollar store cord is fine)
Hot glue gun
Mod Podge, and brush
Adding the Buffalo Check Fabric
Start by adding the fabric to the bottom 2/3 of the Christmas ornament.
Cut your fabric into two-inch strips, snip the lower portion so that you can mold the fabric around the sphere shape of the Christmas ball.
Add mod podge to each strip with a brush. Doing this on tin foil makes for easier cleanup.
Starting about 1/3 down the ball, wrap the fabric around the Christmas ball with the snipped side towards the bottom. Try and wrap it as evenly as possible. You don’t have to be too fussy as the macrame cord portion will cover it.
Once you have the first strip on, match the pattern of the next strip to the one on the ball. It’s a good idea to make sure you do this before you make the snips in the lower section.
It’s quite easy to do. The fabric is a bit stretchy allowing you to adjust the fabric so the pattern matches.
Once you get to the bottom of the ball, some of the squares won’t match perfectly I had to trim the fabric in one place to realign the pattern. Just snip out the excess, then line up the next square and continue.
Once you reach the bottom, cut a little circle to cover the very bottom of the ornament.
Adding the Macrame
Starting at the top of the Christmas ball add some hot glue, wrap the cording around the Christmas ball gluing in the odd spot to hold the rows together.
You may end up with some strings of glue showing, and to get rid of them use a set of tweezers to pull them off and if too stubborn you can cover any remaining glue with a Sharpie pen.
The simple red ornaments in the photo are done by skipping the fabric portion and just adding cord from the top to the bottom of the Christmas ornament and then cutting off the ends.
Other Christmas Decoration Ideas
Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree
I love how cheerful and bright this Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree turned out with the Buffalo Check Ornaments, ribbon and a wide assortment of red Christmas tree decorations. I was really excited when I found the white farmhouse signs with various barn and wagon designs on them. I don’t think I will ever tire of farmhouse themed decor for the holidays.