I’ve really enjoyed sewing the rope bowls with clothesline. However, I wanted to make a rope ornament this season using the same technique only using glue. These are so easy to make.
Here are the supplies needed:
- styrofoam balls – any size
- hot glue gun
- cotton clothesline rope – 3 yards for 2.5 inch ornament
- craft or textile paints
- 12 gauge wire – found in floral section of craft stores
- wire cutters
- plastic table covering
- foam plate or paper palette
- Optional embellishments
I painted the first ornament with textile paints. I placed the clothesline on the plastic table covering.
I added the Jacquard textile paint to the cording with my homemade foam daubers. I started with the Sapphire Blue.
Now it’s time to make the ornament. I am using a 2.5 inch styrofoam ball with 3 yards of clothesline. If you are wanting a larger or smaller ornament you will more or less rope.
Continue adding glue and coiling on the ball. Take your time and make sure the ball is covered with the cording. For some reason I didn’t get a shot of the glue gun with this ornament. But you add glue to the ball close to the previous cord to secure the next row.
If you are planning to paint the rope after making the ornament, be careful that your glue doesn’t show. Even though the glue is suppose to be invisible, paint will not cover it.
With wire cutters, cut approximately a 4-inch length of the 12-gauge wire. This wire is real flexible and you can bend the end into a loop easily with your fingers.
Add glue to the length of the wire and push down into the top of the ornament. I added a little bling and here is the finished ornament.
NOTE: You also can add the hanger before wrapping the ornament. In the last several ornaments I made, adding the hanger first seemed to be much easier, but either way will work.
If you don’t want to paint the cording before making the ornament you can paint it after. Here is an ornament where I’m adding gold glitter paint. As I mentioned above, just make sure and keep the glue from getting on the outside of the ornament.