Chintz Fabric Christmas Ornament DIY – No Sewing, No Gluing

3 Materials
1 Hour

Add a unique custom look to your Christmas tree with a chintz fabric Christmas ornament DIY!

Bubble up some hot cocoa, tune in to Hallmark’s Christmas dream land, and pull out your favorite fabrics I’ve got an easy Christmas ornament DIY that you can tailor to your tree theme.

If you’ve got a pretty piece of floral or chintz fabric you are just dying to use this Christmas, but there’s not enough to make a tree skirt or stockings let me suggest these super easy no sew, no glue fabric ornaments!

Literally, this craft won’t even take you the entire Hallmark movie, depending on how many you decide to make of course. I created eight of these chintz fabric Christmas ornaments in about an hour using a yard of fabric, 8 styrofoam balls, and some bits of ribbon! I did have a special helper elf…thanks Mom for being my hand model! Here’s what you’ll need…

Chintz Fabric Christmas Ornament DIY Materials:

  • 3″ Styrofoam ornament balls
  • Pinking scissors – scalloped edge
  • 2 yards thin ribbon
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Floral wire and/or bread ties
  • Ornament hooks

Step by Step Instructions to Make These Chintz Christmas Ornaments:

Step One Measure and Cut Your Fabric

  • To cover our 3″ balls and have enough fabric at the top for a pretty fan we cut the fabric in 14″ x 14″ squares. When you cut the fabric with the pinking shears, remember one side will have the pretty scalloped edge and the other side will need to be turned and cut again.

Step Two Cut Ribbon & Tie Bows

  • Measure out 10″ lengths of ribbon for single loop bows like the pink velvet ones here. Make the length longer if you want more of a tail or multi-loops. See how I tie my single-loop bows here.

Step Three Cover & Pleat Balls

  • Place your styrofoam ball in the center of one square of cut fabric. Pull the opposite corners up to touch and then pinch the fabric together right above the top of the ball. Start working around the ball pulling the extra fabric in to make little pleats.

Step Four Using Wire or a Tie Cinch the Fabric

  • Secure your pleats at top of the ball with a bread tie or piece of wire.

Step Five Add the Bow

  • Push a piece of floral wire through back of bow then wrap it around the fabric where it is tied. This will cover up the tie. Fluff the fabric fan at the top and add the ornament hook to the back.

Then you are ready to hang these pretty chintz fabric Christmas ornaments on your tree.

These easy DIY Christmas ornaments could be as simple or as dressy as you want. If you want to kick it up a notch use a second fabric under the one you want visible turned the opposite way, so that you see it in the folds of the fan at the top. You could also add pretty berries or greenery alongside the bow.

I hope you try this simple fabric ornament DIY for yourself and enjoy some crafting time with a festive Christmas movie! See how they look on my Grandmillennial Southern Christmas tree here!

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Floral wire
  • Pinking shears

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Dec 04, 2021

    i wish you would show pics of the finished project on the tree..So very pretty!!!!


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  • Diana Diana on Dec 03, 2021

    Totally beautiful, and so easy. I really have to do this. Thank you! Have a very merry Christmas.

  • LanieSue LanieSue on Dec 04, 2021

    This is a comment, not a question... Years ago I bought a large styrofoam wreath base then collected all of the various size balls I had hanging around (don't ask me where they originally came from. I had loads of scrap of gingham and floral printed fabrics, so finding fabric to cover the balls was not a problem. Starting with the large balls, then adding different size in the "holes" between the larger balls, I completely covered the top and sides of the Styrofoam. I added a glued on felt piece to the center of the wreath, glued to the back, and usually laid the finished piece on the coffee table, putting 3 medium size candles, standing on their own, in the center, one short, one medium height and one tall, one each red, green and white. The poor thing finally split the styrofoam on one of my many moves. I've mourned it's loss every Xmas since then.