OMG!!! I had the MOST FUN making these gifts for my kids teachers! Based on the reactions from the recipients, they REALLY LIKED them also!
I realize this is a Christmas decor/gift idea, but I wanted to post it now so that you could be on the hunt for after Christmas sales on ball ornaments. Now would be a great time to collect the ornaments and make gifts for Christmas this year. Be sure to purchase balls with color, not just gold & silver, for the perfect effect.
Supplies needed for this project: frames, ball ornaments, wood initial, ribbon (both thin & wide with wire), spray paint, E6000 glue, short zip ties.
For the frames, you can find old beat up ones at yard sales for quite inexpensive. I also made several from scrap wood that we had at the house. Either way, spray paint the frames in fun Christmas colors. Any kind of spray paint will work, so find the least expensive one you can.
Once the frames are dry, tie THIN ribbon strands around the top piece of wood, letting 7 total strands of ribbon hang all the way to the bottom. This gives you extra ribbon so you can have the perfect length of each ball dangling. You will want to mix up the lengths as you create your piece of art. Next, tie the balls onto the ribbon and adjust the ribbon as necessary to get the appropriate varying lengths. Be sure to triple knot the ribbon on the balls. Cut the excess ribbon.
Paint the wood initial in a coordinating color. Let dry. Using E6000, glue the ribbon onto the back of the initial and let glue dry. You may have a better idea on how to attach the initial to the ribbon. If so, go for it! Tie the initial on to the top piece of wood, just as you did with the balls. Adjust the length of the ribbon as necessary. Once all of the balls and initial are tied on, slide the ribbon to the center of the wood.
For the bow, use a coordinating wired ribbon and create a large full bow. For bow making steps, look under the section of gift wrapping in my blog. Attach the bow to the center of the top piece of wood.
To create a hanger on the back, I used small zip ties that I purchased at The Dollar Tree. I created a small loop around the back of the ribbon, where it is attached to the frame. Leave the zip tie loop large enough for a wreath hanger to fit through it. By attaching the zip tie to the ribbon, it allows the ribbon to be shifted as necessary for centering, to the left or right, along the frame when hanging the frame on the wall.
You are now ready to hang your frame, or gift it to someone special.
Have fun creating!!!
“Wonder what I will come up with next”…