Admittedly, it is a bit difficult to see the details of this tree from afar because everything is green JUST LIKE THE TREE. It looks even cuter with the lights on! You'll notice the green pom-pom ornaments as filler, but the star of the show is this patchwork ball ornament.
I got this idea from my glorious Mom who used to make them at Christmas time for our tree when I was growing up. They are made from fabric and styrofoam balls. That's it. Here's how I did it:
First, buy some St. Patty's fabric from your local fabric store. Nothing fancy! Just the cheap cutesy stuff. The smallest amount you can purchase at our store is 1/8 of a yard, which is all I needed. I decided on five prints and two solids.
Next, gather some styrofoam balls. You can use any size you like. Then you'll want to cut your fabric into squares - roughly 3x3 inches. When I say roughly, I'm not kidding. There is nothing precise about this project.
To do the patchwork you'll need a butter knife. (Do NOT use a sharp knife! Trust me when I tell you that I know this from experience!!!) Lay your fabric square on the ball. Working about a 1/4 of an inch from the fabric edge, simply push the fabric down into the ball with the tip of the butter knife. Do this all the way around the square of fabric.
Now lay your next square adjacent to the one you just patched into your ball and do it again. Try to work in as large a patch as possible, filling the white space. Inevitably, you'll end up with an extra small foam bit or two for which you can further trim a square and patch it over. Adds more character! That's the beauty of patchwork.
You can use ribbon to hot glue a string to hang them from your tree, but I opted to just position them between the limbs. Aren't they just so fun?!?! It's like little tiny quilts all over the tree.
Thanks for the idea Mom!!!