Hi! This is Jera in Seattle from http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.com sharing a quick weekend project that doesn’t involve sewing for a change, though it does involve getting your hands a bit messy! I used the “Halloween Night” charm pack by Minick & Simpson; I’d love to see someone do a Christmas version. To make roughly 7 ornaments, you will need approximately 15 five inch squares (aka charm squares). You can use the leftover charm squares to make a matching table runner. All of the ingredients below (other than the charm pack) can be found at a crafts store.
- Foam balls (2" in diameter and/or 3" in diameter)
- 1 charm pack, Halloween Night
- Clear brush-on glaze finish
- Paint brush
- Wire (I used fabric-coated wire from the floral section)
- Halloween tree (from JoAnn's); or make your own similar to the one below using branches:
Step 1 – From your charm pack, choose about 10-15 charm squares. Cut these into strips no wider than 1”. If you’re using smaller foam balls, I wouldn’t cut them any wider than ½ ”.
Step 2 – Get your hands messy! (Tip: I covered my table with parchment paper). With a paint brush, apply a single coat of Mod Podge where you plan to place a fabric strip:
Place the fabric strip over the Mod Podge and smooth down with your fingers. Then, secure the strip by brushing it down with more Mod Podge. Don’t brush it on too thick:
Repeat the above steps but with another strip. Simply layer the fabric strips as needed until the entire foam ball is covered:
Let the fabric/Mod-Podged ball(s) dry on parchment paper overnight.
Step 3 – After the fabric balls have dried, apply a thin coat of clear brush-on glaze coating and then let it dry again overnight.
Step 4 – Create the ornament hanger. As shown below, cut approximately 4” of stem wire. Bend 2” of one end over to create a ½”-1” loop, and using the remaining wire secure the loop by wrapping the wire around the main stem to create a little knot.
Step 5 - Using a thin blade (e.g. the tip of an old pair of appliqué scissors), make a small incision on the fabric ball so that the blade cuts through the fabric. Insert the end of the wire hanger (the end that doesn’t have the loop) into the incision until it stops at the knot. The foam secures the wire better than I thought, but you can also apply clear glue around the base of the knot to reinforce it. If desired, add a bow using ribbon at the base of the loop.
That's it! You can use the leftover charm squares to make a matching table runner. The tutorial can be found here :)
Approximately 7 ornaments
Quilting in the Rain