When in doubt, add sequins.

Day 13: Sequin ball

We are officially half way through 25 days of crafts! It’s been a whirlwind experience with highs and lows but on the whole it’s been a rewarding adventure. We may be crazy but I’m so glad to have embarked on this journey with tinsel + trim.

For day 13, we present you with sequin balls. The materials and technique are deceptively simple. While they aren’t difficult to make, they sure as heck are time consuming. We started with a plan to fill an entire bowl full of different colored balls. In the end, we made just one. It’s a true labor of love – Cathie worked several nights to finish one. Overall it took about 5 hours to make.

But don’t be discouraged. After you put that much time into a project, there’s no way your going to let it become anything other than a family heirloom! This ball will be front and center in your Christmas decorations for years to come!

TIME TO COMPLETE

Plan for several sessions and somewhere around 5 hours to complete a 3” ball. The following materials are enough to make one ball, which requires approximately 400 sequins.

MATERIALS

  • 8mm loose sequins in assorted colors
  • 4mm seed beads
  • Straight pins
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Glue (optional)

Tip: To save time, opt for higher quality seed beads for a more consistent shape. Larger sequins will also cut down time.

materials

Step 1:

Take a straight pin and thread with a seed bead and sequin. Insert the pin into the ball. This will be the center point from which you will place all subsequent sequins.

Tip: Thread multiple straight pins upfront before applying to the ball both to save time and to make it easier to set your pattern.

Step 1

Step 2:

In a circular pattern, apply additional pins around the first pins. For each new ring, slightly overlap the previous ring, staggering the sequins so they fill the gaps that expose the foam ball.

Tip: Overlapping the sequins helps keep them in place. To further secure your sequins, place a dab of glue on the point of the pin before inserting it into the foam ball.

Step 2a

Step 2b

Step 3:

Continue creating concentric rings of sequins in various colors or in a pattern (we did a candy cane theme), until you’ve completely covered the ball.

Step 3

Place in a bowl with large ornaments or attach a ribbon to the ball to make it an ornament.

Sequin ball

Sequin ball

 

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