Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Vintage-Inspired Sequined Christmas Ornament!

Hey buddies! I don't know about you guys, but the last few years, I have been a total sucker for tinsel Christmas trees decked out in pretty vintage ornaments. The lovely pastel colors, the sparkle, and all the pretty handmade touches really makes them feel special.

Well, as much as I love them, I've done some combing through the vintage shops and always find the Christmas decorations I love cost an arm and a leg. So! Today, I'm here to share a DIY for a vintage-inspired sequined Christmas ornament!

These puppies are really easy to put together, but admittedly, a litttttttttle bit time consuming to make. But hey, you need something to do while you're curled up on the couch watching Christmas movies, right? Right.

Let's hop to it!
Ok! As usual, you're gonna need some supplies. For each ornament you make you'll need:

- 1 styrofoam ball
- Some fancy ribbon
- Ball head pins (mine looked kind of like little pearls)
- Sequins in the color of your choosing
- Flat head pins. Lots of them. Be sure that the head of the pin is just wider than the hole on your sequins, or you'll be in trouble. With a capitol T!
First things first, begin pinning your fancy ribbon around the circumference of your styrofoam ball using your fancy ball head pins.
Once you're nearing the end, trim your ribbon so you'll have some extra length to make a loop to hang your ornament. Then, loop it, tuck the ends under, and pin into place.
Once you're applied your ribbon, you should have something that looks like the photo above! Hey look! An ornament!
Now, it's time for some sparkle. Have I ever mentioned how much I love sequins before? Because I love them. Adore, is more like it. Actually, let's go with obsessed. I am obsessed with sequins.

Anyway! Start by placing one of your sequins at the middle of one side of your ornament. Then, use a flat head pin to pin it into place.
Then, continue placing and pinning your sequins. I tried to keep mine in a somewhat linear pattern, but I assure you, all hell will break loose as you start going around the curves.
Getting there! Keep going!
And hey, before you know it (ok, fine, after quite a while), you'll have a dreamy ornament like this one!
All that's left to do is to pop it on your tree and admire your handy-work! Seriously, aren't they lovely?

I hope you enjoyed following along and hope this inspires you to try adding a little DIY vintage-inspired ornament to your tree!

Til next time!

-Becca

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29 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing:) I'm going to try this:)

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have fun making them!

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  2. My great great grandmother actually made variations of these ornaments, before the days of Pinterest, blogs, or the internet. She lived to be 96 and hand made little Christmas ornaments as presents. I briefly remember her as I was the first grand-baby of the 5th generation. I can honestly say, for those not happy for Styrofoam, these last lifetimes. I have them on my tree right now. Thanks for showing current generations how to make them!

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    1. Oh I love that! I bet your tree looks beautiful with them up!

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  3. This looks really nifty! And I very much enjoyed the reference to The Music Man ;P

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    1. Haha thank you! I can't help myself sometimes :)

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  4. Cute! I love how you pined everything together instead of using something like glue. Seems like it would be a lot easier and less messy!

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    1. Thanks, Alex! I finally own a glue gun, but I have yet to use it. For some reason I'm just more inclined to use pins or a needle and thread!

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  5. I'm pretty sure that my Great Grandma made a whole bunch of these :), but none the less I love them.
    Cute.

    Isabelle @ Head Red + Blondi

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    1. I'm glad you like them! I totally love grandma stuff!

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  6. They look so lovely! What an interesting idea, Becca!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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  7. wait. do you have a sparkley pink christmas tree? because im utterly swooning!

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    1. Haha! I sure do. It's like, 2 feet tall and was $8 at Target! Random awesome splurge!

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  8. Gah, these are so cute! I looooove the pom-pom ribbon!!

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    1. Thank you! Isn't that cute? When I found it at the craft store I haaaaaaad to get it!

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  9. Oooh some sparkle would look nice on the tree! Love the trim you used for hanging!

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  10. I really love the idea of creating your own ornaments to hang on your tree- everything looks more unique that way! This is such a cute DIY.

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! It's definitely fun to do, if a bit of an undertaking!

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  11. We had a few of this type of sequined ornaments on our tree when I was growing up and we always referred to them as the "Elvis ornaments". I love them.

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    1. Elvis ornaments! I love that so much!

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