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Beaded Crystal Ornaments

By: Diane Flowers for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

Create these easy to make Christmas ornaments that make a great tree decoration or coffee table decor. All you need are some STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls, microbeads and adhesive. It only takes 15 minutes!

Beaded Crystal Ornaments


  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Ball, any size (sizes shown are 2-1/2", 3", and 4")
  • Micro-bead mixture, one package
  • Silver glitter
  • Double-sided adhesive, tape or sheet
  • Small bowl


  1. Following manufacturer's instructions, carefully cover foam ball with double-sided adhesive. Remove liner paper.
  2. Pour micro-beads into bowl. Roll ball in beads. Press additional beads onto any exposed adhesive to completely cover ball.
  3. Sprinkle silver glitter over ball to fill areas between beads.

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What exactly is the name or brand of the "micro-bead mixture"? I can't find it but would love to make them!

Great idea, but I would use drilled beads that come variety sizes and attach to ornament with straight pins. You can also add different types of sequins. First spray paint ornament and/or add ribbon with straight pins. You can add ribbon, lace to make hanger.

This is a nice project for sure and pretty easy as well. But I only gave it an okay because in my house there are lots of children who like to look at and occasionally play with the christmas ornaments. Double sided tape is only so sticky and so the beads are apt to fall off which isn't a good think with babies around. I would sugest something a tad bit stickier. These balls really are pretty

nice,easy,simple,low cost.


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