STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Bright Red & White Needlefelted Ornaments

Classic, red & white ornaments add colorful punch to your holiday decorating. And speaking of "punch," needlefelting on STYROFOAM Brand Foam is as easy as punching a needle into the foam.
   Completion Time - 
1 - 2 hours
   Designer - 
Rebekah Meier

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: (3) 4"
Other Materials
  • Wool roving: red & cream
  • Needlefelting needle
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" x 2 yds.
  • Silver wire, 18-gauge
  • Thick, white craft glue

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Paper towels

Instructions

(Note: Needlefelting requires a special felting needle that has extremely sharp barbs along the tip of the needle. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle, resulting in a smaller hole in the project. When the needle is pushed into STYROFOAM Brand Foam, the barbs pull the wool roving, locking them together in place. Voila - it's a fast & easy process that requires no glue. However, you must use extreme CAUTION when handling the felting needle.)
  • 1. Place small amount of wool roving on foam ball. "Punch" roving into the ball with needle. Continue working on one small area at a time till ball is completely covered.

  • 2. Using pliers, make a loop from 1" length of floral wire.

  • 3. Insert ends of wire loop into foam ball; secure with glue. Let dry.

  • 4. Insert 12" length ribbon through wire loop, trim to desired length. Glue ends together. Let dry.

  • 5. Tie a bow in 12" length of ribbon and glue to top of ornament. Secure with a pin while glue dries.Variations:Striped Ornament

  • 1. Gather small amount of red roving into a long strand all the same width.

  • 2. Wrap it around the ball and starting at the top, needlefelt stripe in place.

  • 3. Repeat till you've made six, evenly spaced stripes around the ornament.Polka Dot Ornament

  • 1. Make a 7/8" circle from small amount of red roving. Place roving on ornament and needlefelt in place.

  • 2. Repeat, covering ornament with red polka dots.Swirl Ornament

  • 1. Gather small amount of red roving into a long strand all the same width.

  • 2. Create a swirl shape on ornament and needlefelt in place.

  • 3. Repeat, till ornament is covered in red swirls.