Upcycle Old Flannels Into Totally On-Trend Ornaments

Easily craft these cute ornaments that'll add a trendy, woodsy touch to your tree or make great handmade gifts or party favors.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Materials Needed

  • 3" foam spheres
  • clean, old flannel shirts or pants
  • coordinating ribbon
  • fabric or school glue
  • scissors
  • chopsticks or a wooden skewer
  • apple corer

Punch Hole

Using an apple corer, create a hole in the middle of the foam sphere (Images 1 and 2).

Cut Material

Using the foam sphere for guidance, cut out a section of fabric that's just a bit bigger than the sphere (Image 1). Next, if using a sleeve or pant leg, cut open the seam to create a flat piece of fabric (Image 2).

Remove Excess Fabric

Loosely wrap material around sphere and cut off excess, leaving about 1/2" overlap for the seam.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Tuck Fabric

Wrap fabric around sphere, ensuring that the fabric is straight and the ends overlap with the pattern matching up. Using a skewer or chopstick, push the excess fabric into the hole you created, tucking it tightly as you go to eliminate wrinkles.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Add Ribbon Hanger

Fold ribbon over to create a loop that's long enough to securely tuck into the ornament's center, leaving around 2" sticking out as a hanger (Image 1). Using a chopstick or skewer, tuck the ribbon's ends into the ornament's center, securing the ribbon, if necessary, with a dot of glue (Image 2). Tip: Depending on the thickness of your fabric, this may not be necessary. Once glue has dried, hang the finished ornament on your tree or give to friends or party guests as a festive handmade gift or party favor (Images 3 and 4).

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