My grandmother made beautiful Christmas tree decorations with satin bulbs, ribbon, beads, and pins. She passed more than a decade ago, but, for me, nothing says Christmas like those bulbs. I searched in a few stores but couldn’t find the satin bulbs. I also looked online and found a few, but they were quite pricy. So, I made do with Styrofoam balls. I found items at both Hobby Lobby and Walmart.
Materials: Styrofoam balls, ribbon of various Christmas colors, small beads of various Christmas colors, sequins (say it with me) of various Christmas colors and sizes, and pins with heads. Note: I found the heads of sequin pins too small for the beads and some of the sequins.
Ribbon and loop:
- Cover the seams of the ball with ribbon.
- Attach with pins.
- Create a loop at the top.
- Fasten the loop with beads, sequins, and pins.
- Create a smaller design at the bottom of the bulb.
- Start with one large gold sequin.
- Fasten with a gold bead and pearl-head pin.
- Surround with 5 medium gold sequins.
- Add two small gold sequins at the end of the medium sequins.
- Insert small silver sequins between “rays.”
- Place 3 pearl-head pins in a triangle.
- Surround with 6 large red sequins.
- Add a small red sequin at the tip of each large one.
- Insert small green sequins at the dip between large sequins.
- On this ball, I used red ribbon with gold filigree to cover the seams and make the loop.
- I also alternated green and red snowflakes on the bulb.
- Place a large green sequin attached with a pearl-head pin.
- Surround with 6 medium green sequins secured with sequin pins. (I know the first two pics show eight. I didn’t like the look and changed to six)
- Stack two gold beads and one small gold sequin on a gold-head pin. Repeat until you have four sets.
- Place at the ends of the four middle sequins.
- Stack one red bead and one red medium sequin on a pearl-head pin.
- Place above the top and bottom green sequins.