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Monday, November 7, 2016


It’s that time of year—the time when mail carriers groan under the constant onslaught of holiday catalogs. I receive at least two or three a day from mid-October through mid-December. Order something once from a mail-order company, and you get on every catalog mailing list under the sun. The other day I received a high-end gift catalog with drool-worthy Christmas décor and ornaments. Of course, the prices were sky-high, and after thumbing through the catalog it went directly into the recycling pile.

However, I did notice that many of the items they featured could be created in less than an hour with a few craft items and a glue gun. Here’s one of them I made from scraps of metallic braid and a Styrofoam ball. (Never toss trim, ribbon, and braid scraps, no matter how small. You never know when a 4” length may come in handy.)

Metallic Christmas Ball Ornament

3” Styrofoam ball
assorted 1/8” wide metallic trims, braids, and/or cords in varying lengths
low-temp glue gun

1. Poke a hole in the top of the Styrofoam ball.

2. Cut a 9” length of braid. Glue cut ends into hole, poking down into ball for hanging loop. Allow to dry.

3. Wrap braids around ball, tacking occasionally with glue.

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