Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Easy to Make DIY Ribbon Wrapped Ornament

I know, I know, I know! It's July and I'm posting about an easy to make ribbon wrapped ornament! Well, it's Christmas In July, and I'm sharing with you how to make this adorable ribbon wrapped ornament!  Don't you just love handmade ornaments?  And now's the time to start making them if you want a head start on your Christmas crafting and avoid that last minute rush and feeling overwhelmed!  And to help, I've got an easy and cheap way to make a lovely Christmas ornament!  And the best part about this is that you can use decorative ribbon to match your holiday décor! Yay!!!

You will need:
Smooth Styrofoam ball - 3"
Double-sided tape
1/4" Ribbon - 6+yds.
7/8" Decorative Ribbon - 9 ft.
Fabric glue

Begin by wrapping the ball with double-sided tape, starting at the center end, down, around, and back to the starting point. Next, run the tape across the middle, until ends meet.

Then at the top center, place the end of the 1/4" ribbon on top of the tape and start wrapping the ball down and around, back to the starting point, slightly moving to the left or right (it doesn't matter), overlapping the edge of the ribbon  .  .  .
down and around and crisscrossing at the center top and bottom.

Smooth out or straighten the overlapping ribbon as it sticks to the tape.

Continue following the ribbon edge, pulling ribbon down to the bottom, crisscrossing ribbon, and back up to starting point, crisscrossing again.

Quickly lift the ribbon to smooth out or straighten overlapping areas if you make a mistake while wrapping or the ribbon moves out of place.

Continue wrapping ribbon down, crisscrossing and up again .  .  .

 crisscrossing and overlapping until .  .  .
 the ball is completely covered.

Once covered, end the ribbon at the top starting area, cutting off excess and holding taut, glue down with a small dab of glue. 

Don't know if you noticed the ridge around the Styrofoam that's showing through, so I cut a strip of decorative ribbon and added fabric glue to the back and glued it over the ridge.
In hindsight, the ridge could have been smooth out with sandpaper, but I like the decorative look.

To make the bow, I used my Mini Bowdabra and made eight loops on each side, scrunching the ribbon down, as I made more loops. The Mini Bowdabra is a handy tool to own, but you can google bow making to find other ways of making a loopy bow if you don't have one.

Glue on finished bow to the top of the ball (not shown).
Next, to make the hanging loop, cut an 8" piece of 1/4" ribbon, folding in half. Place a dab of glue between the ribbon about an inch from the ends and press together. Let dry.
Open the ends of the ribbon out from the glued spot, and place glue on both sides of the inside ends.

Press down ribbon ends along the center of the bow tie strip and hold in place. Let dry.

I'm loving how this turned out!!!
And it looks great hanging, too! 

What an easy way to make ribbon wrapped ornaments!!!!

The Christmas In July Link Party that I'm co-hosting is still going strong!  Link up your favorite Christmas ideas here until the end of the month! And don't forget to visit all the wonderful projects and inspirations you see!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Christmas Crafting!


  1. Cute but I can't even think of Christmas yet. 😜 In full wedding mode. But afterwards, I can so I'll keep this in mind. It turned out very pretty!

  2. Your ornament is simply lovely, Gail! Like Cecilia, I haven't even started thinking about Christmas - HA! Summer has just started and yet it's almost over. Where does the time go?

    Thank you for the sweet visit to my blog yesterday. Oh, it was such a joy to read your comment!

    Hugs to you!

  3. Gail, This is so beautiful! What pretty ribbon you used!

  4. Beautiful ornament, Gail. Great job on wrapping it. You made it look easy, but I think I would need practice to get it as smooth and pretty as yours. TFS. Enjoy your day!

  5. So very festive. Love it. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. It is gorgeous! I'm going to make my own version for our christmas tree! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party !

  7. Very cute! Happy Christmas in July. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. This is beautiful, Gail! The bow on top is perfect! Pinning to my Christmas Board.

  9. That is so beautiful! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at the ornament blog hop.

  10. Love this. Kind of reminds me of satin ornaments that are so hard to find now.

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  12. Very pretty ornament! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  13. I like how you could use any color ribbon to match your decor!

  14. We use to make something similar to this when I was a teenager. They are so pretty and almost Victorian looking.

  15. This is so pretty! I will defitely have to give this a try!

  16. Gail you are not only a gifted blogger and crafter, you are a great teacher! I've tried doing this on my own once and made a mess. Note to self, start with double sided tape and wrap the ball!

  17. That is so beautiful. Want to try making it at home! Tree Removal St Lucie, FL

  18. Excellent DIY idea. In fact I never thought I can use ball to decorate my home. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. Keep sharing more interesting and informative blogs like this. Abogado DUI Rockingham VA


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