Arts & Crafts Magazine

Sequins and Seed Beads and Styrofoam Ornaments

By Nancymccarroll
Ten years ago, I came across a magazine article that gave a tutorial on making ornamental holiday balls to use either as gifts, tree ornaments, or to group together in bowls for light reflection. These sequined balls look especially nice with candles placed close to the sequin and beaded balls, because the light plays off the surfaces and gives a soft, glowing effect.
Sequins and Seed Beads and Styrofoam Ornaments In total, I have made about 20 of these sparkly ornaments, all in different sizes. 
Sequins and Seed Beads and Styrofoam Ornaments


  • Styrofoam balls in various sizes
  • 8 mm sized sequins
  • more clear plastic beads that come in one size at the craft stores, in packs of 100
  • 3/4 inch sequins (silver is preferred)
  • Beads with a hole big enough to fit on the pin and small enough that it won't slide past the head of the pin (size 9)
  • Ribbon, optional for hanging


1) Spray different sized Styrofoam balls with acrylic paint (silver or gold being the preferred color for Christmas, ensuring a base of color which will show behind the sequins);
2) after the paint is not quite dry on the Styrofoam, generously sprinkle silver or translucent glitter on the ball;
3) place a (silver) sequin on the ball, thread a seed bead through a size 9 dressmaker's pin, and then thread on a plastic bead
4) stick the threaded pin onto the sequin, holding all together, almost like a shish-ka-bob
5) repeat so that just a little of the glittery paint peeks between the sequins
Here are a few of the sparkling sequin and bead balls which we display each holiday season
Sequins and Seed Beads and Styrofoam Ornaments
Sequins and Seed Beads and Styrofoam Ornaments
Try making a few, they are fun and will last forever if you pack them up carefully.

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