Free pattern :: Washi Craft Tape Beaded Ornament

Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.... Dr. Suess from How the Grinch Stole Chrismas

Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....
Dr. Suess from How the Grinch Stole Chrismas

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)
silver sequins
8/0 red silver-lined beads
gold sequin pins
1/8" double-faced red satin ribbon
eye pin
Westcott's Titanium 4" nonstick scissors
awl, crewel embroidery needle or skewer
ruler

Let's create! 
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.