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.
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:
- 3”-5” Smooth Styrofoam Ball Ornaments (we found ours at a thrift store)
- Blue and White Check Fabric (we used an old button-down shirt)
- Fabric Craft or hot glue, similar here
- Fabric Cutting Scissors
- Floral Pin (if the ornament ball doesn’t come with one already),
- Ribbon or Twine (this green velvet ribbon is pretty but multiple colors are also available)
- Assorted Blue Jeweled Flatback Embellishments (we found ours at Joanns on sale) similar style, here
- Tarp to cover your work surface
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.
Before you go, you might also want to check out these related posts:
- Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Gift Tag Ornaments
- Vintage Inspired Air Dry Clay Ornaments
- Blue and White Christmas Mood Board Inspiration
- DIY Dollar Store Blue & White Chinoiserie Ornaments by Monica Wants It (this is the tutorial we used to make the other ornaments seen in this post)