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Blue and White Check Rag Ball Ornaments

Today, we’re sharing how to create these jeweled blue and white check rag ball ornaments!

A Fresh Color Palette at Bliss Barracks 

If you’ve had the chance to follow along lately, you know we’ve been in the midst of changing my parent’s primary home, Bliss Barracks, from a traditional color palette of creams, browns, greens and reds to a much lighter color palette of blues, whites and greens. 

In fact, you can see their most recent blue and white guest bedroom refresh here, if you haven’t seen it yet. 

Almost all the furniture at Bliss Barracks is made from antique and heirloom quality dark brown woods like mahogany and cherry. This means the traditional color palette extends to all their Christmas and holiday decorations too. 

It hasn’t always been easy to balance their new vision for Bliss Barracks with their old one.  But it’s definitely been fun learning how to incorporate a light and fresh color palette into what has always been a dark and traditional home.

Creating Budget Friendly Christmas Ornaments

This year, we had look for clever ways to add more blue, white and green into their holiday home without having to buy all new decorations and Christmas décor. 

So, our best solution was to incorporate the green, brown and gold decorations they already had on hand then create budget friendly blue and white ornaments to help them complete the look.

These jeweled blue and white rag ball ornaments fit the bill perfectly and they were inspired by my Mom’s clothing style. 

Style Inspiration 

On any given day, it’s not uncommon to find my Mom wearing embellished shoes or some sort of jewel collared necklace. 

In fact, we love digging through her jewelry! And while her shoe size is too small for me to borrow a pair, I’m constantly looking through her closet to see if she’s added anything new.

If you’re looking for an easy way to create a budget friendly yet personable ornament for your holiday décor this year, look no further than these jeweled blue and white check rag ball ornaments. 

Here’s a look at everything you need to know to make these festive ornaments this year too…

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Blue and White Check Rag Ball Ornament Supplies:

Blue and White Check Rag Ball Ornament Steps:

Gather your supplies. Make sure to cover your work surface with a protective tarp because this project can be messy. 

Then using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut your fabric into strips approximately 1-2 inches wide and approximately 12 inches long.

Glue one fabric strip around the Styrofoam ball, making sure it’s secured and in place,

before moving onto a second strip. We found it easiest to create a fabric grid with each strip.

Continue to place each fabric strip around the ornament until the smooth Styrofoam ball is completely covered.  

Once your ornament is covered, you’ll want to place a floral pin at the top of the ornament. Make sure it is secure enough to use on your Christmas tree. 

Our Styrofoam balls already came with a hook, so we skipped this step.

After you have your ornament hook in place, glue the jeweled embellishments around the hook. 

We used hot glue. If you’re planning to do the same use caution and care as glue and glue gun will be extremely hot.

Once the jeweled embellishments are secure and the glue is completely dry, add a ribbon or a hook around the floral pin. That way, you can hang your jeweled blue and white check rag ball ornaments on the Christmas tree. 

Tips & Tricks to Keep in Mind

  • These ornaments are perfectly imperfect but that’s what makes handmade ornaments charming.
  • The edges of your fabric strips will probably fray a bit depending on the type of fabric you choose. Ours definitely did!
  • You can cut off any frayed edges or snags with a small pair of clippers.
  • We found it was much easier to use fabric glue and a sponge brush to adhere the fabric strips to the ornament. Then use the hot glue to adhere the jeweled embellishments.  Using hot glue on the fabric strips made for all sorts of lumps and bumps in our blue and white check rag ball ornament.

I haven’t had a chance to drive to Bliss Barracks to drop off these ornaments yet. But I’m excited to see how they look on the tree.  I used the small tree in our breakfast nook to help give an idea about how they might look. 

But as you know, people that wear sparkly shoes and jewelry like Christmas trees that sparkles too.  Their tree isn’t finished yet but I took this picture the night we got back home from Renningers.  

Here’s a sneak peek of what it’s going to look like though…

Let us know how you’re decorating for Christmas this year and if you try these jeweled blue and white check rag ball ornaments. 

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Vee Muller says:

    Love the post Coco! Love the sparkly stuff and your mom’s shoes! We’re eclectic here. Use ornaments that go from being 43 years old to brand new. This year besides a new ornament for us and for our daughter, who lives at home, we will start a Tacky Ornament exchange. Jenn does this with a friend back east. Nothing expensive. Dollar stores have great ones! Ps not all $store ornaments are tacky! I’m thinking I’ll send one to my son’s family too! You can’t do this with everyone as some people take their trees very seriously, not us! Can’t wait to see pix of your parent’s tree!

    1. That is such a great idea, Vee, I love it! I swear the Dollar Store gets me every time. I could spend so much money in there ha ha. I just told S about your tacky ornament exchange because they decorate her office with wild stuff each year and she loved it too. I’ll be checking your IG posts to see how it all comes together. Yeah for sending one to your son’s family as well. It always looks like you guys are having the best time together. Sending you and your family lots of hugs for a happy holiday season. Give your sweet cat an ear scratch for me too! Hugs, CoCo

  2. CoCo – these beautiful ornaments are holiday perfection! Love the inspiration pieces from you mother! Blue and white is so classic and a perfect Christmas addition! Much Love!

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