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« on: October 17, 2009 02:11:17 PM »

A friend of mine showed me how to make these Christmas baubles.  I just love them.  This one is for my god-daughter for her first Christmas this year.  




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The balls I use are approx 18cm circumference. I used 1" ribbons. For the 1st row you need 4x2" long pieces and for the 2nd and 3rd you need 8x2" pieces each.  You will need this for each half of the ball.

Mark the ball into 8 wedges.


From your first colour find the centre and pin it to the ball along one of the wedge lines.


Bring the sides down and form a point.  Pin it to the ball.  Repeat with 3 more pieces.


Mark 1/4" from the centre of the ball. (where the wedges meet.) Find the centre of your next colour. Pin 8 of these around the ball at the points where the ribbon edges meet and also where the folds of the ribbons meet,  and make the point as before, keeping one point over and one under the next.


Do the same with the 3rd colour, marking again 1/4" down from the top of the second point. 


Ath the top where the point meet, push in a pin with a beadand a sequin.  Repeat the steps above  for the other side of the ball. 


After the ball is completely covered, wrap a ribbon around the centre (I use about 40-45 cm) where the raw edges of the ribbons are showing.  Pin it on to the ball with sequins and beads.  Loop the excess ribbon into a bow on top and a piece to hang it from the tree.


The you are all finished.  The first one at the top of the post, I used eye pins, jump rings and chain to attach the bell and initial letter.  Instead of 3 colours, use 2 like I did, or one plain, and one patterned. 
I really hope this makes sense, please ask if you have any questions and I will try to help you.
Thanks for looking, and if any one make a ball, I'd love to see it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009 04:41:29 PM »

thats so cool.  Now I know exactly what to get/make my two little neices for their 1st xmas.
Thanks for the idea and if you post a tute i'll love you
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009 03:13:16 PM »

I would also love a tute.

Yours looks fabulous.  Great job.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009 09:21:51 PM »

That's really nice!  Is that temari or did you make it with ribbons?

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009 05:42:00 PM »

Hi, thanks for your comments.  They are made with ribbons, and a lot of pins. Will post a tute soon.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009 07:26:58 PM »

so cute!
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009 09:27:22 AM »

This is beautiful.  I love your color combination and the addition of the monograms on the bottom is so cute.  I'll be checking out your tutorial, too.  Thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009 08:20:37 PM »

Thanks for the tute.  Looks like something I could do.  One question, though.  Is it the same front and back, or is there only one side to it?

D'oh.  Never mind.  I just reread the tute.  It answered my question.
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2009 08:13:24 PM »

Thanks for the tute!  Im definitely going to try it.
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2009 05:21:37 AM »

oh, so gorgeous. Thanks so much for the tute. I know what I'm doing tommorow!
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2009 07:47:04 PM »

Glad you like it, I'd love to see any that you make.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2009 07:25:47 AM »

You've done a beautiful job!  My family has made these for years only we use fabric squares.  I do like the ribbon though, I think I may make some of these this year.
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2009 04:39:56 PM »

My mom and I went to the store today to try to get the parts for this project but we couldn't find the right sizes of anything.

The styrofoam balls we found were either about 16 cm around or almost 24 cm. (They were marked by their diameters in English units, 2 in or 3 in)

The ribbon we found was either 5/8 in, or 1.5 in. We got kinda frustrated and put everything back.

Where did you go to find these parts? We went to Micheal's, is there a different store that you went to? Thanks for the help!



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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2009 06:54:14 PM »

Hi, I can't really help you with store suggestion, I live in New Zealand.

I have used 1.5 inch ribbon, and in doing so I only needed to do 2 rows, instead of 3, but instead of 2inch pieces, use 3 inches so the bottoms of the point meet the bottom of the ribbon (IYKWIM).  I have also used ribbon that was 3/4 inch and i needed to pin the next row a little closer to the top.

I dont think the smaller balls would make a difference, or even slightly larger.  The freind who showed me used balles larger than me, but these were the only ones available.  It may just mean you need to adjust the distance from the center so that none of the styrofoam is exposed, see pic below.  Or even a 4th row of ribbon on each side to cover the ball.
Hope this helps you,  ask as many questions as you need to, or pm me and i'll try to help you out.   Grin

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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2009 12:16:11 PM »

I was on a search today to find a great gift idea, and this is the winner!  The ornaments are beautiful!
The Styrofoam balls I have are larger than the ones you used though (about 32.5 cm).  I just need to figure out how large my ribbon needs to be so I can trek off to the craft store Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2009 02:29:04 PM »

These are gorgeous. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I'm in desperate need of ornaments to feel my empty tree - these will be so perfect.
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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2009 02:45:13 PM »

Hi HippieKender , You should still be able to use the 1 inch ribbon, but you will need to do more rowrs to fill the ball.  Check out the photo abouve your post, it may bo of some help to you. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2009 04:08:14 PM »

Hi HippieKender , You should still be able to use the 1 inch ribbon, but you will need to do more rowrs to fill the ball.  Check out the photo abouve your post, it may bo of some help to you. Smiley

Sheesh!  That's what I get for replying without reading the whole thread, lol!  Thanks! I will be giving these a shot tonight Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2009 08:24:39 AM »

Sorry to double-post, but I finished one last night and wanted to share.


I had to fiddle with some of the ribbons so that the styrofoam ball didnt show, but in the end I like how it looks.  My fingers are a little sore from pushing in all those pins! I even went out and bought a bunch of ribbon so I could make more to give out as gifts Cheesy
Thanks so much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2009 09:54:45 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial!  I've seen these done with fabric as well (they look great both ways).  I'll post pictures if I get one done.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2009 08:36:06 PM »

HippieKender, that looks great.  I know what you mean about the pins, I am developing some awsome callus' on my thumb and fingers!
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« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2009 08:03:39 PM »

I bought a bunch of ribbon and some foam balls...I can't wait to try this out!

Just a quick question...in your pics you show doing only half the ball...dow we do all of the first sectio before moving on to the next color?

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« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2009 08:33:50 PM »

Yes, do all of one row befor moving to the next.  I just did half at a time for the photos.  So for the one in the pics, you would do the 4 pink pieces, then the 8 purplr pieces, the the 8 black pieces.  That would cover half the ball.  Then turn it over and do the same for the other half.  In hindsight I should have done it properly for the tute...
Hope I have been able to help you out Smiley and I would love to see what creations you make.
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2009 07:04:19 PM »

So pretty! The colours look great - it could be an all-year-round ornament.  The sheen of the ribbon and the geometric design are lovely.
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« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2009 07:07:49 AM »

i love this - great colours too  Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2009 08:28:14 PM »

I love these!! As soon as I saw them i knew they would be perfect to attach to my Christmas hampers this year!

I used 3in balls, and started with 1.5in ribbon (accidently bought wrong size Sad )... 1in definately easier to work with.

After making the first one, I couldnt help but experiment with different size ribbons and patterns!!

Thanks so much for the Tute, and here is a couple of pics of my baubles Smiley




(this one is my favourite Smiley

Merry Christmas x x
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That one is my favorite too! Smiley  Wonderful job!
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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2009 11:08:44 AM »

Wow, they all look great, but I too love the bottom one.  I love those little bits of red just peeping through between the white. Thanks for sharing them with us.  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: December 18, 2009 11:39:06 AM »

I made one, too, but I used paper (sueded red and white vellum). I will post pictures as I'm able to (the computer with the working USB port is experiencing issues).  Just for the record, don't use vellum. It ends up being too stiff. Unfortunately, the Joann's I went to didn't have the sueded paper in white or green (my original color choice). They also didn't have ribbon in 1" width, which is why I switched to paper.  I may have to call Michaels to see if they have some.
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« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2009 05:44:40 PM »

Great I would love to see them.

Ribbons wider than 1" can be used, though you need to adjust the length to be twice the width...ie : 1.5" ribbon will be cut into 3" long pices.  check out this pic

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=329399.0

the green and tartan one on the left above the black and white one was made with 3/4 " green ribbon and 1.5" tartan, it just means some repositioning of the pieces.
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« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2009 06:36:41 AM »

Ah, of course.  I was thinking that having wider (or narrower) ribbon would make the angles turn out wrong, but of course, if it's twice as long as the width, you're making 90 degree angles.  I'll have to make another trip out to look at ribbon.  Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2009 03:05:51 PM »

Thank you so much for your help and advise and, of course, for your wonderful tutorial! We used your advise and were able to create the ornaments we needed for the gift exchange. Again thanks so much!



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« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2009 07:01:36 PM »

You are most welcome, vraedwulf.  Thank you for sharing your creations, I will have to check out your post.
Here are all the others I made this Christmas

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Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2013 07:45:12 AM »

These are so beautiful. I'm going to have to give it try. Thanks for posting such a great tutorial!
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« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2013 08:23:30 PM »

Smiley  I would love to see pics Smiley
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