How about making a lovely holly ball ornament for a gift this season? I just love working with felt – it makes everything look so soft and rich. This ornament is easy to make with just a few supplies.
- 3″ Smoothfoam ball
- Green felt
- Green craft pain
- Red alcohol ink
- Pearl-head straight pins
- Craft glue
- Paint brush, scissors, skewer
Push the skewer into the pre-drilled pilot hole of the Smoothfoam ball to use as a handle and paint the ball green; set aside to dry. TIP: Keep a scrap block of Smoothfoam handy to push skewers and pins into for drying.
Dip the pearl heads of the straight pins into red alcohol ink; set aside to dry.
Trim holly leaves out of small squares of green felt. Random points and curves look the best! Glue the leaves around the painted ball, overlapping each slightly – leave some the points unglued. Make sure the pilot hole is at the top.
Push red pins down through the leaves into the ball in groups of three for berries. Make a loop of ribbon and tie a double overhand knot at the end. Remove the skewer from the ball and squeeze some glue down into the pilot hole. Push the ribbon knot down into the glue with the skewer; let dry before hanging.