This post is part of my partnership with FloraCraft® Make It: Fun®, but as always, all thoughts, ideas and words are my own!
Fill in empty or dead space under your Christmas Tree with some decorative yarn wrapped foam balls.
Our Christmas tree this year is my favorite year yet! I love all of the aspects of it, the red/gold/brown/wood theme just screams Christmas inside the green tree with white lights. I love that it is very traditional and simple, while also having some great eye catching aspects throughout.
The one thing about the tree that I did NOT love was the lack of presents underneath the tree. Not because we don’t have many presents (we are doing a super simple Christmas this year!) but because it just looked empty and bare.
So once we got our gifts to one another wrapped and under the tree, I decided to make some fun filler items to go under it that would create some more fun eye catching aspects, but also fill in the empty spots around the bottom of the tree.
“These were so simple to make…”
These were so simple to make with both 8 and 10 inch FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® foam balls, and with just one gushy Christmas romance movie, I had it all done and ready to go under the tree!
- 8 and 10 inch foam balls
- Low temp hot glue gun
- Yarn – Thickness and texture of your choice
- Foam Saw – if cutting your ball in half.
- Scrap circle of fabric
For the fuzzy ball on the left in the image above it only took about 5 minutes to make. It was simple and quick and used just a bit of hot glue to get done. I glued the start of the yarn strand in place with a small bead of hot glue. I then continuously wrapped the yarn around the ball in all sorts of directions, adding another bead of glue every 5-8 wraps around the ball. This holds the yarn in place. Once the whole ball was wrapped, I adjusted a few of the strands to cover some of the white space, and glued a few more in place. Finish it off by gluing the other end of the yarn to the ball and remove any stray hot glue strings!
The second ball was a little more time consuming and used a lot more glue, but was still simple to do. To start I took a little bit off the bottom of my ball. I wanted this one to lay flat on top of a gift so I gave it a flat bottom. Next I glued the end of the yarn onto the top of the ball, and started wrapping the yarn in a spiral around its self, gluing a bunch of spots in place as I went. Make sure to pull off all stray hot glue strings as you go as it sticks to the yarn quite a bit. Continue to wrap your yarn all the way around the ball, pushing it tight against itself the whole way down. Before reaching the very bottom, glue a circle of fabric to the bottom of the ball to cover all the foam. Then continue to wrap the rest of the ball until you reach the bottom and cover the edge of the fabric. I took a lint roller to the ball once it was done to remove any stray hot glue pieces or loose foam that may have gotten on the yarn.
“Look how cute they look”
Once they were done, I put them in the empty spots under the tree. Look how cute they look and how nicely they fill our empty spaces. It makes the tree look full and decorative while still keeping our Christmas simple with the idea of less gifts.