Grandma loved to make ornaments using sequins, pins, and ribbon on a Smoothfoam base. She'd buy intricate kits and then spend all afternoon making her "treasures" as she called them. This is my version with a contemporary twist using craft tape to cover the surface before adding the sequins. My version takes less time to make (approximately an hour) but still has a colorful sparkle. Try your own tape and sequin combo or make my winterberry.
You will need:
1.5" Smoothfoam ball
craft tape (also known as Japanese tape or washi tape in a green check)
8/0 red silver-lined beads
gold sequin pins
1/8" double-faced red satin ribbon
Westcott's Titanium 4" nonstick scissors
awl, crewel embroidery needle or skewer
1. Cut small pieces of craft tape. Stick them to the ball in a random order. Each piece of tape should be approximately 1/2" in length for best coverage.
2. Use the awl to pierce a hole into the ball. Push the eye pin into the hole until the eye is flush with the surface of the ball.
3. Pick up a bead and then a sequin with a sequin pin. Push into the ball. Scatter more sequins and beads around the ball. Don't worry about being precise. You want a balanced look - ie not a cluster of sequins on one side and none on the other.
4. Cut 4 6" pieces of ribbon. Hold 3 together and pull them through the eye until the ends meet. Tie a knot and then tie a bow.
5. Thread the 4th ribbon through the eye. Tie a knot at the end to form a loop.
This post is from December 2013. I switched blogging platforms and migrated my most popular posts. I lost all the comments in the process. So if you've seen this pattern and made a comment in the past, I do apologize. Leave me a new one! As always, if you see an error or have a suggestion, let me know.