After seeing the price tags on Christmas ornaments (even with that nifty 50% off at Hobby Lobby!), I still found myself cringing and not willing to buy too many mass-produced ornaments this year. I bought two small boxes of regular ornaments at a big box store the other day to fill up the tree’s “background” — and those will be the only mass produced ornaments I purchase.
A few weeks back, I googled “homemade ornaments” for research and found a variety of really great ideas! One that really caught my eye (and resources) were decorative button ball ornaments. You see, I’m currently inheriting/saving quite a lot of goods from my grandparent’s estate and one of which was a bin of buttons:
To create these ornaments, it requires little money and few supplies. Styrofoam balls = 50 cents a piece. Sewing straight pins = $2 for 100 pins. Buttons = free! hand-me-down!
These are fun and easy to make. Even my bah-humbug of a room-mate Ben couldn’t resist making his own. It’s like a merrier verse of sticking pins in a voo-doo doll? Arrange the button on the styrofoam, pin it, and repeat. Also, if you have some difficult buttons, keep them in place with a little dab of hot glue.
On each of these balls, there was a place that marked the center and a tiny hole. I kept this hole uncovered, knotted some ribbon, pinned it, and attached that to hang from the tree. And done! Beautiful, home-made, and a keepsake of my grandmother’s sewing notions I can have year after year.