Deck the Balls Holiday Ornaments

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Deck the Balls

Here's a merry menagerie of animals your ornament designers will love to make — a sporty penguin, a pack of Yuletide pups, a snow-white mouse, and litter of Christmas kitties.

What you'll need

  • White satin ornament balls, assorted sizes
  • Washable colored and black markers
  • Craft glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom-poms, assorted sizes and colors
  • Scissors
  • Felt, assorted colors including black and orange
  • Pipe cleaners, assorted colors

How to make it

  1. Deck the Balls Step 1

    To make the sporty penguin, color a small satin ball with black marker and glue it to a larger, white ball. Glue black felt wings, as shown, and a pair of orange felt feet to the larger ball. On the small black ball, glue googly eyes and a coiled orange pipe cleaner for a beak. Cut a scarf shape from green felt, wrap it carefully around the penguin's neck, using small dabs of glue to keep it in place.

  2. Deck the Balls Step 2

    For a Yuletide pup, color a ball with marker, then glue on googly eyes, floppy felt ears, and pom-pom cheeks and a nose. Add pom-pom fur tufts to the top of the ball and the bottom of the ears to make a poodle.

  3. Deck the Balls Step 3

    To construct a snow-white mouse, glue rounded felt ears to a satin ball, googly eyes, and pom-poms for cheeks and a nose.

  4. Deck the Balls Step 4

    To make a Christmas kitty, color a satin ball with a marker and glue on googly eyes, pom-poms for the nose and cheeks, and 2 small felt triangles for the ears. Use black marker to make stripes on a pipe cleaner and glue one end of the pipe cleaner to the back for the tail.

  5. Glue a loop of ribbon to the top of each critter to hang it.

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