I've been storing this idea in my brain now since high school. I always knew one day I would get around to making it. I just didn't think it would take me fifteen years! The idea came from someone I used to babysit for. The mother had made a wreath out of a styrofoam wreath form and fabric. Of course, I asked her how she made the wreath and she was happy to share the details. I always thought the technique would make for a nice ornament.
This is an easy inexpensive craft for children 5 and up. Both my 5 and 7 year old made one of these ornaments and had no problems. Directions below.
One styrofoam ball - I used a ball that's 2" in diameter, any size will work
Fabric cut into one inch squares - If you're going to use a bigger ball, I recommend making the squares larger as well.
Embossing tool or tiny screw driver - You don't want to use anything pointy like a toothpick or knitting needle ( it will just poke a hole in the fabric). I speak from experience.
1. Poke a hole all the way through the center of the styrofoam with the knitting needle. Thread both ends of yarn trough it. Tie yarn at bottom of ball. Cut loose ends. Refer to picture above.
With embossing tool, push the center of the fabric into the styrofoam.
Your ornament should look something like this now.
Repeat process until the entire ball is covered and no styrofoam is showing.