11.15.2010

Map Kissing Ball Ornament Tutorial

Not the most clever title, but that's what is its.  A bit pine cone reminiscent, made from one Styrofoam ball, a scrap of ribbon, an old map, and hot glue!

My ball is about 2.5 inches in diameter and used 45 map petals.

Fold your ribbon in half and tie a knot.  With a scissors make a whole big enough for your knot in the top of the ball.
Put some hot glue in the hole and press the knot into it.
Starting from the bottom.  Use hot glue to secure one petal flat onto the bottom. I cut my petals on my cricut, but any cutting method will do.  Just cut out a leaf, petal, acorn like shape.
Now working your way from the bottom to the top, curl each petal a bit and adhere the top portion so that the bottom half curls out a bit.  Each petal should overlap the one before.  Work your way up in rows.

Finish with a layer around the top close to the ribbon so no syrofoam is exposed.
There is a matching tree tutorial in the works!


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24 comments:

  1. I love this so much! thanks for sharing! Theresa xoxo

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  2. CUTE! Thanks for the tute. Can't wait to see the tree.

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  3. Taylor, this is so cute. Can't wait to see the tree.
    Cindy from matspeaks

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  4. I love this!!!
    You could hang it either way and it would be super cute!!
    =)

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  5. This is great! Thanks so much for posting it. We do a lot of traveling and have so many city maps that we bring home; now I can re-purpose them! I've linked your post under Inspirational Projects on my sidebar.

    Jaime @ Our Journey

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  6. love it love it love it!!!! I will definitely use this idea for our tree this year. We just bought our first house together, so it's going to be a special christmas for us. Thanks!

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  7. This is so cute.I think the same idea could be applied to many different kinds of paper..!

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  8. Great new look, it's my favorite so far. Such a simple project, and I think even I could do it.

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  9. I love it.. I really can't wait for the tree.. and I just bought some old maps to start using.. so perfect!

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  10. This is so fabulous! We moved house this year and got rid of all the decorations except for some sentimental favourites so I have decided to make all the decorations this year and this is exactly what I want.

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  11. So cool Taylor! I like your tree too.

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  12. Thanks for the tutorial! It turned out so cute. :)

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  13. Oh this is clever! And would love to see this on our tree using a map of states we've been to this year - love this! Thank you soo much!!

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  14. That is very pretty, I love how the map looks.
    Kathy

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  15. Such a cute idea! I'd love for you to link up on my blog here:
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-ornament-link-up-singing.html

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  16. I just saw this and love it. I work for an International organization and I'm always looking for something unique that I can make as Christmas gifts for my co-workers. I think I've found it for this year.

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  17. That's a really cute idea. Looks gorgeous.

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  18. Thanks for a great Christmas Decoration blog, found it very informative
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  19. Love these! Any chance of posting or emailing your template for the petals? Thanks

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  20. Love love love this map ball ornament!!!
    Loretto, originally from Ireland, now living in CT.
    breisebreiseleighgoleire1969.wordpress.com

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  21. Wow! This is so cool. I love the way you used paper to become such a beautiful ornament. That's the main reason I like crafting, you can do so many things with an ordinary item. You can find more related items in this book too!
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