Make an Easy Hanging Christmas Ball With This Tutorial

Nick Kreticos
by Nick Kreticos
7 Materials
1 Hour

I love Christmas decor. It’s just such a fun time of year, and good decorations really help bring in the spirit. It’s so easy to go out and spend tons of money on cute seasonal decorations, but it’s also so easy to make them yourself.

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make an awesome hanging Christmas ball that you can use as an ornament or any other type of decoration.

Tools and materials:

  • Foam ball
  • Small Christmas tree ornaments
  • Ribbon
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Corsage pin
  • Wire
  • Pipe cleaner
Hanging Christmas ball

Prep your materials

The first thing you’ll need to do is cut down your bamboo skewers. You’ll need a lot, so better to get that out of the way. Then open up all the ornaments by removing the little plastic pieces at the ends. They come off super easy, so just go ahead and pop them off. 

Christmas ornament ball

Place sticks in the ornaments

Take a stick and dip it into your hot glue skillet, then just stick it into the ornament. Do this for all your ornaments, then let them dry. Once they dry, you’ll see that the hot glue formed a little bead, and the stick will be totally secure. 

Hanging Christmas ball decorations

Insert your ornaments

All right, this part is super easy, but it will take you the most amount of time. Take your ornaments and poke the stick into the foam ball, all the way in. Continue inserting ornaments in a circular pattern, and keep going until the foam ball is completely covered in ornaments.

Hanging Christmas ball decor

Add ribbon

When there’s no more room left for ornaments, you’ll notice that you’ll still be able to see some white coming through. You can paint the foam ball ahead of time if you want, or you can use ribbon like I did to cover up those spaces. The way you’re going to insert the ribbon is super easy. Just grab the ribbon, without cutting it, and stick it over one of the white spaces, using a skewer to help push it in. Once it’s secure between the ornaments, it will stay in place.

How to make a Christmas ornament ball

Tie on some wire

Grab some wire and a corsage pin and tie the wire a few times around the bead of the pin. Then dip the pin in your glue and just poke it into the foam ball as deep as you can get it. You can use scissors or something like that to help you push it in. 

Make your own Christmas ornament ball

Make a bow

Using the same ribbon you used earlier, make a bow with two loops and two tails. Then grab a pipe cleaner and wind it around the ribbon to secure it, leaving yourself about ½” to 1” of the pipe cleaner. Then take a bamboo skewer and wrap your pipe cleaner around it to give you a sturdier stem. Cut the stem down to size, dip it into the glue skillet, and poke it into the top of the foam ball, where your wire is. 

DIY Christmas ornament

That’s all there is to it! How amazing does this Christmas ornament ball look? It’s so fun to see it hanging, and if you’ve got it outside the wind will really help it spin around. The metallic is so shiny, I can see my face in it, so it definitely screams Christmas cheer. I recommend making a few of these to really get the effect, and you can play around with the colors as well! If you make this, I’d love to see how they turn out, so be sure to leave a picture in the comments! 

More DIY ornament balls

I also made another DIY ornament ball with a mix of ornaments in different colors, shapes, and sizes, which you can see here:

DIY ornament ball

For more ideas, check out Hometalk's utlimate list of 59+ easy-to-make DIY Christmas ornaments.

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  • Sylvia Velazquez Sylvia Velazquez on Dec 13, 2020

    Show how to make the bow

  • Marilyn Marilyn on Dec 13, 2020

    Could you use toothpicks instead of cutting down bamboo skewers, or would they be too short?

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  • JoJo JoJo on Dec 13, 2020 it for a hanging decor! What a great idea! Would be something fun to do with the kids. Looks great! I am going to the store right now to get the stuff to make one!

  • Ms. Mack Ms. Mack on Dec 05, 2022

    Wow! So great. You are a crafty one. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm doing it tomorrow.