2015 Ornament Exchange – Nordic Ball Ornament

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.

2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net

Today, I’m excited to be kicking off the first day of Ornament Exchange, along with four other great ladies:

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.

2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net

Well, let’s see how I did it with materials I had on hand and some small Styrofoam balls I bought like beans in bean bags.

It’s really easy to do but there are some steps, so I decided to make a collage with all the pictures.

2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net

  1. Print a paper with some wording about Christmas on Swedish
  2. Tore the sheet
  3. Tore each one on smallest pieces, which are easier to hand
  4. Add some water inside a container and submerge the papers on it, this will make the cellulose softer and easier to bend
  5. Let them rinse
  6. Apply some white glue or ModPodge on the ball
  7. Glue one piece of paper onto it
  8. Keep glueing pieces and handle the ball carefully. Remember the paper is wet so therefore delicate
  9. Once you finish one, let it dry and repeat the process with more balls
  10. Let dry all of them
  11. Took a wine cork
  12. Slice it, and then cut a circle to make the hanger
  13. Stick a toothpick to hold the little pieces
  14. Submerge them into glue
  15. Do the same into the bowl of glitter and let it dry
  16. Cut a little wire (I used some pliers)
  17. Add the curved wire to the silver top, and hot glue it to the ball
  18. Now you have your ornaments ready. You can print or write some tags for extra decor.

These are the finished ornaments

2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net 2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net 2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net

2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net

2015 Ornament Exchange - Nordic Ball Ornament | Via www.sweethings.net

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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  1. sue says:

    Oh Pili this is really getting me in the mood for Christmas. Thank you for sharing this idea with us at #AnythingGoes.

  2. Tara says:

    Very cute–great idea. I love that they won’t break. Glass and kids don’t mix! I think this would be neat to do with specific words that describe certain people, then give them the ornaments!

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Mary! It takes longer to explain than to do it, and it you have helpers is even quicker! Thanks for pinning 😉

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Marie! It took me a while to find something I could use to hang the ball… Welcome to my crazy corner 😉

  3. Julie says:

    You have made such a pretty Christmas ornament!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Have a nice week and hope to see you again.
    Julie xo

    • Pili says:

      Mine is summer, but if Christmas wasn’t so cold it would be my favorite too! I love making ornaments and decorating for the holidays

  4. Karren Haller says:

    Pili, I love the Swedish print decorations and ModPodge is always so fun, I love getting messy sometimes. These are so pretty! Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week!
    Join us next week to share as a Featured Link!
    Hope you have a great week!

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Karren! I love them too since here in Mallorca we don’t have any snow and they make me think of a nordic country.
      I’ll be there next week!

  5. Hil says:

    These are so cute! I am participating later in the month too. Such a fun challenge. I love how you tried to incorporate your partners colours into the ornament.

    Thanks for linking up at Turn It Up Tuesday!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Hil! You’re right, it’s so fun! We will be seeing lots of different ideas, looking forward to see yours!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Sarah, as a new blogger I was really excited to meet other bloggers and this has been a wonderful way to do it. Thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Denise/DIY Crush says:

    That’s such a great idea to use book or newspaper strips!! I LOVE those!!! Hope you’ll link up to my craft/recipe party again on Thursday at 7pm. EST. I can’t wait to pin it!

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Evija. The truth is that the kids enjoyed it a lot, and we have now some friends asking us to do some more with them

  7. Rebecca says:

    These are beautiful! I call myself a lapsed crafter as I used to spend every spare minute making until I became a Mum, but I think I should make an exception for Christmas ornaments! Great to find your blog 🙂 #WAYWOW

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Rebecca, motherhood change so many things… And I love being able to share my passion with my girls.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      I wanted to thank all your efforts on setting up this lovely exchange event, Erlene. I appreciate you stopping by!

  8. Catherine Holt says:

    I absolutely love these, they look gorgeous. A great addition to the Christmas decorations 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning. I will be featuring these next week!

  9. Life Loving says:

    These look great. I was a bit dubious when I saw how few parts to there this was, but they’ve come out really well. I love the glittery tops, they really set of the simpleness of the baubles themselves. I bet your house is awash with festive-crafty-goodness at Christmas. Can I borrow you to come and decorate my house?

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      Sally it seems more complicated than what it really is! Do you have snow there? Then yes, I would love to come and help you decorating the house! We don’t have any snow here in Mallorca 😉

  10. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, I love this! The ball turned out gorgeous! I’m thinking about using your idea for my family this Christmas. Making each member of the family a ball with a word that means something to them. Such as for Levi the word Faith, for Bruce the word Strength, for Georgia the word Love. It could be a new tradition for us, a new start. Thanks so much for sharing all you do! Pinning!

  11. Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance says:

    Hi Pili, I’m popping by from Shoestring Elegance & the What to do Weekends party to let you know I’m featuring your adorable ornament at our Party! Congratulations! Feel free to come by and pick up your Featured button!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much, Theresa!! I’m honored to be featured there! You know I love your party and I’m there each week

    • Pili says:

      Thank you some much for stopping by, Amy! It’s so simple but so cute at the same time… I’m thinking about making some for us

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