Making felt Christmas ornaments as gifts for friends or for your own tree is fun and can be a great family activity. Be prepared to make a big mess and glue your fingers together in the name of Christmas fun.
Here is how to make felt covered styrofoam ball Christmas ornaments:
First put a thin, small amount of glue in the center of the felt. The hot glue tends to melt the styrofoam so use as little as possible throughout the entire process.
Place the styrofoam ball in the center of the glue area on the felt.
Pick up the ball, holding the glued center area and snip with sharp scissors at 1 to 1.5 inch intervals around the felt, about 1 inch long snips.
Put a thin layer of glue on the first felt section.
Press the glue covered section down against the styrofoam.
Cover the second section with glue, covering the whole section but especially the corners.
Press the second section down, overlapping the first section so it lays flat against the styrofoam.
Repeat the process of gluing and pressing down the felt sections working your way around the ball.
Make sure to put glue on all corners to flatten down the felt so you still have a round ball shape.
Keep gluing until one whole side is finished.
Finish the other side the same way- begin with a bit of glue in the center if the felt.
Place the ball right in the center of the felt circle, in the glue area.
Pick up the ball and the felt circle, holding over the glued area. With scissors, cut slits around the felt about 1 to 1.5 inches apart.
Begin by putting a thin layer of hot glue on the first section, especially on the edges and corners.
Then follow gluing the first with the second section overlapping the edges as you go along, until you finish gluing all of the sections down.
Ideas for trimming your ornaments: ribbon, rick rack, sequins, sequined trims, sequins (and straight pins for attaching), colorful felt shapes, beads.
I added the beads and small felt circles (about the size of coins) to the top and bottom of the ornaments when I hung them. I ran I long needle with a thin ribbon through the center of the styrofoam ball so the ornament is held from the bottom with a ribbon going all the way up through. Good luck, and have a very -handmade- Merry Christmas!