Button Ball Christmas Ornaments
The Christmas decorations are out!
Now can we start making Christmas crafts for the blog!?
So off we went to Grandma’s Craft Room and set scattering magazines, newspaper clipping everywhere as we looked for a Christmas craft that the girls agreed upon and where do you think we found our first ornament for 2014?
Pinterest of course
We followed the direction on The Navy Stripe blog
- Purchase your Styrofoam balls from the craft section of the dollar store not the Christmas section. In the Christmas section the balls were 3 for $1.00 and the same balls were 6 for $1.00 in the craft section. The Christmas balls did have ribbon already glued on and applying your own ribbon allows your child to match ribbon and buttons.
- Do not use the dollar store pins as the shafts are too fine and the length of the pin too short. They work their way out of the ball too easily and become a hazard to stocking feet. We purchased our pins at the local fabric shop with much better success. Also if you are purchasing pins with a particular colour head get too boxes so that you do not run out.
- Check out your button jar to ensure you have bright coloured buttons and a lot of them. I found in our local dollar store small packages of same coloured buttons and added these to the button jar.
- We dipped the end of each pin in white craft glue to help adhere the pin in the styrofoam ball.
Ruth has always loved searching through the button jar for treasures so she decided to use mixed button for her balls which she named “Candy Passion”
Emily added her own touch and grabbed the box of craft beads and created “Snowflake Explosion”. Here it is important to make sure the beads are shorter than your pins so that they stay stuck in the styrofoam ball.
I used pink buttons and created “Candyfloss Christmas"
You will need:
- Styrofoam Balls you can decided on the size
- Long straight pins with beaded heads
- Buttons lots of button in any colour
- White glue – a puddle on a plate for each child.
- 1 hour
- A table
- Good conversation
CAUTION – like all Christmas decorations these are not toys and once completed they should be hung up to be admired from afar.