I am a huge fan of homespun and a few years back I really wanted some ragball ornaments for my tree. I looked online and at a few local vendors malls but I really couldn't afford the price they were asking. I decided to give it a go and make my own.
I found a fantastic step-by-step photo tutorial on The Feathered Nest. So, I gathered some supplies and got busy!
Here is what I came up with.
Pretty cute, eh?
This year, when I made my denim homespun rag quilt, I found some super cute yellow homespun online that you can never find in stores locally. So of course, I wanted a few ragball ornaments made out of that fabric as well. My only issue was that I didn't really want to spend much money making them, because right now money is tight. After diggin' through my craft supplies, I found that I had all the supplies I needed here at home, except for the foam balls.
On our way to Walmart to get the balls, we stopped by a local thrift store to see if I could find some cheaper. I saw some old and ugly bright yellow string ornaments. They were foam balls with static filled string of some kind wrapped around them, and there was at least 25. I remember my Mom having some similar that were blue back in the very early '80s. The entire bag of ornaments was $0.50! Immediately a light went on I knew I could save those ugly things from going into the trash.. well at least not all of them. I bought them and brought them home. Michael took his box cutter and went around the top edge of the balls and just peeled that ugly string off like peeling a banana. Now I had 25 foam balls to make my ornaments with! Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Here is how they look now!
I love them!