‘Tis the season for decorating, and isn’t it always more fun when you can make some of the ornaments yourself? If you have a stash of 3/8in (10mm) grosgrain ribbon that’s looking for a home other than for gift wrapping or hair bows, this korked ribbon Christmas ornament DIY project is for you!
What you’ll need:
*6-8yd (6-7m) total of different colored 3/8” (10mm) or 1/4” (6mm) polyester grosgrain or polyester satin ribbon (natural fibers will not curl when baked). The Ribbon Retreat has a great selection of this type of ribbon!
*5-6 18in (46cm) sections of 5/16in (8mm) or 1/4in (6mm) wooden dowel rods. Most hardware stores will cut larger dowels to this size for you.
*10-12 wooden clothespins
*3in (8cm) Styrofoam craft ball
*Flat-head dressmaker pins
First, pre-heat your oven to 275F (135C). Wrap your ribbons around the dowels and clip at both ends with the clothespins. Use only wooden clothespins – plastic will create a melted, smelly mess – not exactly the scent of Christmas cheer!
Line your baking sheet with the foil, and place the ribbon-wrapped dowels on top. Stick this into the pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
When the ribbons are baked (they sadly don’t smell like chocolate chip cookies), let them cool for a few minutes and then remove the ribbons from the dowels. Settle down with your ribbons, scissors, pins, and Styrofoam craft ball. (did you turn your oven off?)
Pin one end of one of the ribbons at what will now be the top of the ball. Wrap it around just a little, and place another pin.
Continue wrapping and pinning , curling the ribbon as you go. Pin every few “curls” or so, and make sure the rows are up against the previous rows. Although the ribbon is korked, you’ll still need to curl as you wrap/pin to get an even surface. The easiest way to do this is to let the ribbon hang a little while curling and wrapping. (Wrapping actually gets easier as you approach the middle of the ball.)
When it’s time to switch colors, simply place a pin and snip that ribbon off. Pin the new ribbon over the old one.
Watch the magic take place as you work!
When you’re finished decorating the ball, cut a 7-9in (18-23cm) piece of ribbon and form a loop. Pin to the top of the ball so you can add your masterpiece to the tree!
Deanna McCool writes for sewmccool.com. If you liked this post, you’ll like to learn how to make this stripwork-sewn Christmas stocking! To make sure you don’t miss any posts, please follow SewMcCool by e-mail (the link is at the top of the right-hand column) or join me on BlogLovin’ – the button is just below the e-mail feed box! 🙂