Hello, my sweet friends!
Welcome to the first day of November and the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene, at My Pinterventures, partnered 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments and we want to share our creations or special finds with you! Over the next 14 days, a group of ladies will be sharing our ornament tutorials or our shopping finds to give you lots of holiday inspiration.
Nordic Ball Ornament
I was paired with the sweet Ellen from The Chilly Dog blog. You have to stop by and see the beautiful things she does! She lives in Arizona and I know she doesn’t have too much snow there and she likes silver, so I decided to make something that can make her think about snowy Christmas.
Well, let’s see what I figured out for this Christmas ornament exchange
How to make a Nordic Ball Ornament for a Christmas Ornament Exchange
I already had on hand the materials I was going to use so I only needed to buy some small Styrofoam balls.
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It’s really easy to do but there are some extra steps that make the result worth the effort, so I decided to make a step by step tutorial with lots of pictures. Serve yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
Ready? Let’s go
Print a paper with some wording about Christmas on Swedish. You will find the one I designed and used at the end of this post.
Tear the sheet in stripes. Don’t cut it because the finish will be better this way.
Tear each one on smallest pieces, which are easier to deal with.
Add some water inside a container and let the papers soak in it, this will make the cellulose softer and easier to bend
Let them rinse on a kitchen towel. You don’t want to dry them, just get rid of the excess of water
Apply some white glue or ModPodge on the ball
Glue one piece of paper on it
Keep glueing pieces and handle the ball carefully. Remember the paper is wet so therefore delicate
Once you finish one, let it dry and repeat the process with more balls
It’s beginning to look like a Nordic ball ornament, right?
Once you are done with all the balls you want to make, let them dry.
In the meanwhile, take a wine cork
Slice it, and then cut a circle to make the hanger
Stick a toothpick to hold the little pieces
Put them in a bowl with glue
Do the same into the bowl of glitter and let it dry
Cut a little piece of wire (I used some pliers)
Add the curved wire to the silver top, and hot glue everything to the ball
Now you can add some more glitter on the ball if you like extra sparkle like me. It also helps filling the little gaps they can have.
You have your ornaments ready. You can print or write some tags for extra decor.
I really love how they turned out!! These are (for me) the cutest nordic ball ornament you can DIY.
Also, they are so cheap to make that you can make tons of them.
Also, adding a name on the tag would be a lovely way to show family and friends where to seat on a Christmas lunch.
If you liked this Nordic ball ornament don’t forget to Pin It and share it it with others. Remember, sharing is caring!!
This is the text I designed so you can print it in case you want to make a bunch of them too.
I have to say that my girls helped me with this project; we did one ball each one and we had lots of fun!
Now you can go and check out the other ladies’ ornaments here! I hope you like them as much as I do!
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