DIY Ribbon Ornament

December 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM 10 comments

DIY Ribbon Ornament

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My children LOVE making these! They choose the recipients, and they choose the ribbon based on who they are making it for. It keeps those little fingers busy, hearts happy, and minds thoughtful. Traditionally these are made with fabric, but I LOVE ribbon. This is a great gift for less than $5 that is sure to please! If you have an hour before bed, you can even make these as a last minute gift for someone special. You can keep it traditional Christmas colors (reds, greens, silver & gold), or you can tailor the gift.


  • A Plethora of Satin Pins or Appliqué Pins (size 17 or smaller)
  • A Small Styrofoam Ball (2½ inches works well)
  • A Spool or Two of Your Favorite Ribbon(s) (“or 1½” wide)
  • A Hot Glue Gun or Fabric Glue


Cover the north and south poles of the ball with a flat piece of the ribbon being used.

At the north pole, place a satin pin as a marker right in the center of the ribbon covering. Do not stick it all the way in as you’ll be removing this pin momentarily.

Then, cut strips of ribbon twice as long as the width. If you are using 1.5″ wide ribbon, you’ll want to cut 3″ strips of ribbon. If you are using ” wide ribbon, just round off the length to 2″ per strip.

Choose a starting point to begin the placement of your strips. Center a strip of ribbon, up-side-down, according to the pin marker. Pin the ribbon at the top center.

Next, take the top right corner of this same strip and fold it toward the center bottom of the strip, creating a triangle which shows the “pretty side” of the ribbon. Repeat with the upper left corner.

Directly across from the top point of that triangle, repeat the entire process. Then, fit one in between those two on one side, and then the other side, for a total of four (4) strips folded into triangles.

Begin the next level, or row, with the center point starting between two of the previous row’s triangles, and about ¼” down. This row, and the next row, will each require eight (8) strips.

Then, move to the next available position between triangles, and so on.

Do this until half of the ball is covered, and then begin all over again at the south pole until the two sections meet.

Wrap a ribbon around the center where they meet and hot glue or pin it in place.

Add a looped ribbon for hanging, a bow, and/or further embellishments.

This is the ornament my daughter made for a special teacher.

My son made this ornament for his daddy, because daddy loves football:

Be creative, but more importantly, have fun!


Jen & Dee

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lowri McNabb  |  December 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Love these – and thanks for sharing the great tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing
    Visiting from Someday Crafts

    • 2. modestmomma  |  December 29, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      Thank you for hosting! =)

  • 3. Jerri  |  December 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Oh wow! I love these balls, but had no idea how to go about making one. Great tutorial!

    I’d love for you to stop by today and link up at my Friday Favorites party! Today is a special Christmas edition with a giveaway!

  • 4. Tamara @ Etcetorize  |  December 19, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    These are great! I love the one for daddy, so cute~ Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize.

    • 5. modestmomma  |  December 29, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Thank you! Daddy loved it, too! =)

  • 6. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do  |  December 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    So beautiful and a great tutorial! I’ve featured you this week as one of the Craftastic link party favorites. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking up!!

    • 7. modestmomma  |  December 29, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      Thank you for hosting, AND for the feature! =)

  • 8. KrittrGittr  |  July 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I have been searching for this for 10 years, really!

    All the grandchildren in husband’s family have a ribbon ornament made for them from their grandfather’s funeral flowers, a treasured item that has a prominent position in each of their homes.

    I plan to make these for happy occasions — weddings and baby showers 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

  • 9. Grace @ sense and simplicity  |  December 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I made those once many years ago, but had forgotten how. They are so pretty when done.

  • 10. lindsay living – a personal style blog — lindsay living  |  December 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    […] our next project, we made these stunning ribbon ball ornaments. We bought lots of options for ribbons and everyone who made one came up with an interesting color […]


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