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   Ribbon pine cone shaped ornaments Posted by Jo 
December 15, 2009 
Jo
 

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My mother hates to craft. In fact, she dislikes it so much, she barely glances at this Web site. It’s okay, I really don’t mind. One of my aunts, on the other hand, loves to create things just as much as I do. Recently, she took my niece to the bowling alley one Saturday and came home with a new craft to do. Yes, you read that right, she learned a new craft at the bowling alley. Anyway, I thought the ornament she made was so cute, I asked her to come over and show me how she did it. Needless to say, we didn’t invite my mother to join us. We can only handle the rejection so many times! :)

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament

First, you will need to gather all of your supplies. Please check the Toolbox on this page for a complete list. I will mention them again as we go along. Also, let it be noted that the ribbon measurements I provide do not have to be exact. Once you make one, you will see what I mean. Now, let’s get started!

The first thing you need to do is cut your ribbon to size.  I was using 2.5″ wide ribbon so I just cut it straight down the middle.  You will need about 5 feet of wide ribbon, cut in half, to give you enough to make approximately 50 pieces that are 2″ by 1.25″.  It doesn’t have to be exact, but make sure your ribbon pieces are about 2″ long and between 1″ and 1.5″ wide.  These ribbon pieces will make up the bulk of your finished ornament, so pick ribbon you really like!

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Now, it is time to start pinning!  First, you need to cover the tip of the ornament with two crossed over pieces of ribbon.  Just center one piece and pin the four edges down and then lay another piece on perpendicular to the first and pin those four edges down.  This will conceal the tip of your Styrofoam egg to act as our starting point.

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament

What you will want to do now is take one of the cut ribbon pieces and fold it into a triangle tipped point by bringing the two top corners together.  If your ribbon has a front and a back, make sure you fold it so that the front of the ribbon is on the finished side where you don’t see the fold.  Eventually, you will do this to all of the pieces but you have to do it one at a time since they will come unfolded if you don’t hold them. 

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament

Take this piece and place it on top of the two strips you placed across the tip.  You will want four pieces encircling the top so that the tips of your ribbon triangles meet in the middle if you press them all together.  Take two pins and insert them along the sides to hold the ribbon in place and keep it folded into the triangle shape.  Don’t worry, once you start overlapping all of these triangle shapes, you will not see a single pin.

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament

Continue folding your triangles and pin them in alternating rows, like roof shingles, until you cover almost the entire egg.  You will have about 2 inches of exposed Styrofoam at the top of your egg when you can stop pinning your triangles.

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament

Pull out your coordinating ribbon and cut four pieces that are approximately 4.5″ long. Pin one end of each ribbon to the middle of your egg so that the ribbons dangle down on four sides. Don’t worry, we will cover the rest of the Styrofoam and exposed pins with the next layer of ribbon. Now, you will need your two 11″ pieces of ribbon. I used the same ribbon that I used for the triangle pieces but you can use yet another coordinating ribbon. Just make sure it has some wire or heft to it to hold a bit of shape. Form a loop with one of the pieces and center it over your dangling ribbon strips. Flatten the loop and insert a pin to hold it in place. Do the same thing with the other 11″ strip and pin it perpendicular to the first. The Styrofoam should now be completely hidden!

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If you look at the top of your pine cone now, you have a bunch of empty space in the middle of the ribbon. You can fill this any way you like but I chose to make little ribbon loops out of the solid blue I used for the dangling pieces and yet another coordinating ribbon color. Feel free to use sprigs of greenery or anything else that coordinates with your base ribbon. Loop and pin ribbon pieces until the middle has a full look.  The final piece you need is one large loop to hang the pine cone from your tree.

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament

Here are some of the ones we made that day. You can see how your choice of ribbon will make each of these totally unique! I love having them on the tree but they would also be cute hanging from the door knobs throughout your home!

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10 comments so far:

  1. pink and green mama MaryLea said: (December 15th, 2009 at 10:05 am)

    Adorable!! i love it and don’t worry, my mom does read my blog but my in-laws only look at it once or twice a year…oh well. : )

  2. Edwina said: (December 15th, 2009 at 10:43 am)

    Love this idea!! Now I know what to do with all the little scraps of ribbons!… After I finish my other projects!

  3. Your Mother said: (December 15th, 2009 at 1:12 pm)

    Needless to say I’m on your website just because you and my sister make me feel quilty about not looking at it everyday. You need to remember that all gifts bought for Christmas can be returned. Then I’ll just make you and my lovely sister a gift!!!! Anyone have any ideas on what lovely crafty, gaudy, gift I can make them????

  4. Jo said: (December 15th, 2009 at 4:55 pm)

    Please, Mom, don’t pick up that glue gun! I am so sorry!

  5. Rachel said: (December 15th, 2009 at 9:54 pm)

    Wow, those are so pretty! I love it, I’ll be linking. My mom doesn’t read my site either. =)

  6. Beth Shire said: (August 9th, 2012 at 1:06 pm)

    Is this your own pattern? Do you know origin of making fabric covered Styrofoam egg ornaments?

  7. Chica said: (August 9th, 2012 at 3:50 pm)

    Hi Beth. This is not our own technique, and as Jo mentioned, she learned if from her mother who learned it from a friend. We’re not sure of the origin, but I think maybe this idea has been passed around for generations!

  8. Karen said: (September 8th, 2012 at 3:05 am)

    Thank you so much for this turtorial. I can’t wait to try it.

  9. Irene said: (January 4th, 2013 at 3:04 pm)

    I have made these ornaments for atleast 15 years, they are so easy and quick. But my daughter and I iron the triangles down so they will stay, some ribbon won’t stay down. Then we pin triangles all the way to cover the entire ball (egg shape). We also use thin ribbons or string beads to finish with. Have gotten thousands of compliments, oohs & ahhs, and HUGS! Great for kids of all ages to make – 10 yr old granddaughter just made some for Christmas this year – I will be showing her this site and my daughter as well. Great job.

  10. Chica said: (January 6th, 2013 at 11:34 am)

    Irene, thanks for the tip about ironing the ribbons!

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