Hot Dots — DIY Ornament #9

DIY Ornament Ball - Hot Dots

Polka dots are always hot, and for Day #9 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments our dots are warm enough for winter.

Colorful, textural, and playful, our Hot Dots DIY Ornament Balls are quick to craft too. Choose traditional holiday colors, or whatever scheme moves you!

Materials for DIY Ornament Balls - Hot Dots

Materials and Tools:

  • Clear Glass Ornament Balls
    (I found these at the craft store)
  • Glass cleaner
  • Assorted yarns in your color scheme,
    and in varied thicknesses
  • Scissors
  • Small paint brush
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Ribbon or ornament hanger

Instructions:
1. Thoroughly clean the glass balls with glass cleaner.

2. Put your ornament somewhere it will stay still while you work on it. I left minein the molded package bottom while I worked on the exposed part of the ball.

3. Pull out a couple feet of your first color of yarn and set the skein nearby.

4. With your small paint brushapply a bit of glue to the end of the piece of yarn. This will seal the yarn, and will help you adhere it to the ball.

5. On the top of the ball, apply tacky craft glue in the shape of a dot. Make the dot the size you like – my dots varied from the size of a nickel to that of a silver dollar. Be generous with the glue, but don’t use so much that it begins to run. (Have a moist paper towel nearby to wipe up any drips.)

6. Place the yarn end in the middle of the glue dot. Poke it down with your finger or with the end of the paint brush, so it begins to adhere.

Forming the Yarn Polka Dot

7. Start to wrap the yarn into a tight circle around its end, while pushing it down lightly to adhere to the glue and the ball.

8. Working from the center out, continue spiraling the yarn around itself, pressing to adhere as you go. If needed, use the paint brush to carefully brush on a bit more glue to finish attaching the yarn in the shape of a dot.

9. Just before the end of your dot, snip the yarn, and brush a bit of glue onto the end of the yarn to seal it. Then complete your dot. Poke the end of the yarn down firmly with your fingernail or the end of your paint brush, to ensure it is tight against the yarn dot.

Finishing the Yarn Polka Dot

10. Lightly press the yarn polka dot against the glue and the ornament. One dot down!

11. Carefully turn your ornament to work on the next polka dot, without disturbing those you’ve completed. If you have the time, work on half the ornament at a time, allowing the glue to dry before flipping it over.

The DIY Polka Dot Ornament Drying

12. Finish adding dots, randomly choosing your yarns for the dots. Let your glue dry overnight. In the morning, you can clean up any excess glue from the glass with glass cleaner (or for stubborn blobs – with a bit of nail polish remover on a cotton swab.)

13. All done! Add a ribbon or an ornament hanger, and enjoy!

DIY Ornament - Hot Dots

Thanks for popping in on Day #9 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments.

Watch for Day #10′s ornament – it packs a punch and couldn’t be simpler to make….

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