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Glittered Spun-Cotton Cherry Ornament

A pair of these bright red cherries is hard to resist—pick them, and they'll make the perfect present.

glitter spun cotton cherry ornaments

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2018

Introduction

We've got just the thing for a starter tree: a box of handmade ornaments so delectable, they'll conjure visions of sugarplums. And because they're crafted from shatterproof spun cotton—coated in craft paint, then glitter—you can gift a full set knowing they'll stand the test of time (and pets, and toddlers).

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of DIY Ornaments.

materials

  • 2 spun-cotton balls, 30 millimeters (Pictured: Smile Mercantile spun-cotton balls, 30 mm, $5.50 for 18, smilemercantile.etsy.com.)

  • 2 paintbrushes

  • Dark red craft paint

  • Craft glue

  • Dark red glitter

  • Floral wire (Pictured: Lanmok floral arrangement kit for tape and wire, $11, amazon.com.)

  • Brown floral tape

  • Faux leaves (Pictured: Victoria Lynn small single faux-leaf spray, in Green, $6.75, michaels.com.)

  • Gold-filled wire, for hanging (optional) (Pictured: Fire Mountain Gems 12-karat-gold-filled wire, $6.50 for 5 ft., firemountaingems.com.)

steps

  1. Paint balls with craft paint and let dry. Apply craft glue to balls with a paintbrush, then sprinkle with glitter and let dry.

  2. Wrap a 7-to-8-inch piece of floral wire with floral tape; bend at center to create two "stems." Glue faux leaves to wire at top; let dry.

  3. Poke a hole in top of each ball with floral wire. Remove, apply a spot of craft glue to ends of wire, and reinsert. Let dry. If desired, twist a loop of gold-filled wire through stem for hanging.

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