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Christmas decorations DIY

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 by in For crafters, Tutorials and DIY |

Our first Canada Helloween has barely passed away, but neighborhood Canadiens have started to decorate their houses for the Christmas and New Year. A can understand the festive decorations in shopwindows – they are always ready to the next gift season. And I can understand the people who have hang the garlands and wreath decorations outdoor – it is quite cold even in November, and it is not clever to wait for real cold for outdoor works. But I was really surprised to see decorated Christmas trees inside the living rooms! Walking on the streets and watching the lights, balls, and sparkles inspired us to start the preparations early this year.
But today I want to show our Lilac balls decorations which were made especially for my friend Ailin Gasparyan and her New Year Photo Shoots a year ago. There were two rooms for photo shoots, decorated with white-lilac-purple and gold and brown colors. We had many golden decorations, but no lilac or purple. So, we have made very nice lilac balls out of fabric waste and simple supplies from DIY shop.

Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

My mom has sewed this awesome new ball dress to Ana’s old porcelain doll.

We’ve used: 

Styrofoam balls, acrylic colors, tulle, glass pearl beads and pins for the fist kind of balls, silky fabric for the second one, and wooden sticks, needle, threads and scissors. Organza or lace fabric can be used instead of tulle, crystals instead of pearl beads, and glue instead of pins 🙂

Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

We had balls of three different sizes

 

 

Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Two balls were really large 🙂

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

First of all, prick a part of the balls on the wooden sticks.

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Paint them with acrylic paints

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

And let them dry

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Cut the tulle to the squares large enough for wrap the balls plus a couple centimetres. In addition, cut the tulle ribbons for holding the tulle on the balls.

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

We need one tulle square and one ribbon for one ball

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Wrap the ball…

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Stretch the tulle…

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

And tie the ribbon

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Then trim the edges of tulle to make fluffy pompom

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Take the pins and pearl beads…

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

And pin the beads to the ball!

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

You can make different patterns with the beads!

Now, let’s make silky balls.

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Cut the circles out of silky fabric, large enough for wrapping the balls

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Make the simple running stitch along the edge of fabric

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Pull the thread and form a “pocket”

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Put the ball into the pocket

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Pull the thread, tighten and secure the fabric with the few more stitches

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

Now the top of the ball can be decorated with something 🙂

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Christmas decorations DIY lilac balls

I can’t find the close-up photo, but here you can see the fluffy pompom made of tulle on the top of the silky ball. And my best man 🙂

One of the ways to use this light weighted balls is to hang them on the ceiling! But be careful with the small children, they always love to play with balls!

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Other ideas: use the payettes instead of beads, or use fabric with flowers pattern 🙂

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