I made this ornament (among many others, yet to be shared) last year, when my entire Christmas decorating theme revolved around Disneyland. Of all the Disneyland-related crafts I’ve posted online, it is by far the most popular—I even used it for my ID photo here on the blog!
Materials and Tools:
3” white foamcore satin ball ornament (Mine came from Gifts By Christine)
1/8” gold wired ribbon
1/4”-1/2” gold ribbon
Gold woven cord
Gold-headed decorative pins
Assorted gold and silver sequins and confetti pieces
Gold and silver seed beads
Hot glue gun
It’s best to have a good, head-on photo of the clock face to use as a guide while assembling this ornament. Since you will be recreating a flat design on a hemispherical surface, you’ll need to distort it a little and employ curves in places to create the impression of straight lines. I started by tacking down the triangular shape of the “hat” and then adding the nose (1/8” gold wired ribbon) in order to set the proportions for the rest of the face.
The hat and the outer rim of the eyes are defined with gold thread, stretched around sequin pins like chain-link fencing around posts. This is probably the trickiest part of the whole project, requiring a delicate touch and a lot of patience. You might want to insert the pins halfway first, wrap the thread as tightly as possible without weakening it, then push the pins in the rest of the way.
The embellishment on the hat is made of a silver spindle-shaped sequin and two gold confetti spirals. The irises of the eyes are very small flat gold sequins held in place with gold seed beads and sequin pins. The pupils are gold cup sequins secured with gold-headed pins. I used wire snips to trim the pins down to a manageable size for the ball, cutting at an oblique angle in order to keep a point on them.
The mouth is gold woven cord, knotted at both ends (hidden behind the cheeks) in order to keep it from fraying and secured at the bottom of the curve with the tiniest dab of hot glue. The cheeks are silver cup sequins overlaying gold “sunburst” sequins, held in place with sequin pins and silver seed beads. The chin is another silver cup sequin held in place the same way.
So much for the front of the ornament.
The back is a simple collage of shapes that evoke other parts of the Small World exterior. My choices included gold and silver pinwheel and sunburst shapes (available from many sources) as well as various silver cogwheel shapes from Cartwright’s Sequins. A package of “number confetti” provided all ten digits in silver. All shapes are attached with sequin pins in a more-or-less random design.
The hanger for the ornament is simply gold ribbon looped through the plastic hoop at the top and knotted off.