Sequin Balls

When quarantine started back in March 2020, my mind was all over the place and I was seeking clarity and consistency. So in my moments of frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, and boredom, I focused my mind on something mundane. It actually helped me focus on my thoughts in a more constructive manner instead of ruminating on things.

This craft has focused my mind many times in the past few months, allowing me to have a brief moment to focus on something easy, when the world around us seems to be uncontrollable. And even though it’s easy to do, it just take a lot of time. Ironically, quarantine gives you that time.


MATERIALS

  • Hard foam ball
  • Sequins (5mm)
  • Seed beads
  • Quilting pins
  • A prep station (I used a bead board)
  • Reading glasses (I need them) :)
  • Time

INSTRUCTIONS

Take a straight pin and thread with a seed bead and sequin. Insert the pin into the ball. This will be the starting point from which you will place all subsequent sequins. Here are some more tips:

  • First off, it takes way more pins and sequins than you really think. I would suggest buying a few boxes to start. (For example: the smallest ball used about 450 pins)
  • I used a bead board (typically used for beading and jewelry making) but what is nice about it is the beads don’t go rolling everywhere.
  • I used smooth foam balls this time around (instead of the traditional styrofoam ones) and found it is easier and produces a better end result.
  • I actually spray painted the large black one with black spray paint before any of the sequin pins went on. This way I avoided any white peeking through when finished. (I lovingly call this one the Death Star.) You don’t really need to do this pre-paint with the lighter colors.
  • Thread multiple straight pins upfront before applying to the ball both to save time and to make it easier to set your pattern.
  • Start from one pin insertion, and use this as the center point to apply additional sequins around the first. This technique allows for concentric colored rings if you desire.
  • You can match colors of the pin/bead/sequin to make a more unified look, or you can change up the colors to make the look more unique. The choice is really up to you.

As you add new sequins, lightly overlap the previous sequin, staggering them so they fill the gaps that expose the foam ball.

Continue adding sequins in one color or various colors depending on what you want as an end result. Keep doing this until you’ve completely covered the ball.

I didn’t stop at one…but I kept going, and now I have a whole bowl full!

Once you have a collection, you can place them in a bowl or even attach ribbons to the balls to make hanging ornaments.

(Quote from “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame: College Course”, www.independent.co.uk. November 17, 2010.)

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