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Nature's Quick and Easy Ornaments

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

Handmade ornaments showcase the colors of nature, including pumpkin seeds, chili peppers, dried peas and moss.

Nature Inspired Christmas Ornaments


  • STYROFOAM Brand Products:
    • Ball 4"
  • Dried materials: pumpkin seeds, chili peppers, dried split peas, moss, pinecones
  • Straight pins
  • Acrylic finish, low gloss (optional)
  • Ribbon, 12" per ornament
  • Thick, white craft glue or low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Nature's Quick & Easy Ornaments



General directions:

  1. Working on a small section at a time, cover portion of ball with glue and glue on dried materials; continue, working a section at a time, until ball is covered. Let dry.

Split Peas:

  1. Glue split peas as close together as possible. Model pictured has alternating quadrants of yellow and green split peas. Stripes and swirls are other design options.


  1. Cover ball entirely with moss.
  2. Wrap ribbon around ball, pinning at top and bottom of ball (optional).

Pumpkin Seeds:

  1. Glue pumpkin seeds as close together as possible.


  1. Cut apart pinecone; starting at the bottom, glue individual leaves in a row around ball.
  2. Add another row, overlapping the first.
  3. Continue adding rows, overlapping each row, until ball is covered.

Chile Peppers:

  1. Glue peppers as close together as possible; to keep peppers in place, pin top and bottom of each pepper to the ball.

To Finish:

  1. Spray ornaments with acrylic finish (optional).
  2. Tie ends of ribbon together, forming a bow. Place dab of glue on top of ornament; pin and glue bow to ball, forming hanger.
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These are so cute and very inexpensive. I didn't have styrofoam so I took my pieces of left over yarn and wound then until I had a ball the size I wanted. I smeared it with peanut butter and rolled it in seeds and I hung it up outside my kitchen window for the birds. My grand kids loved watching the different birds stop by for a snack. And when the seeds were gone they tore the yarn apart and took it. I presume to build a nest.

you could always take a cear glass ball and fill it with the dried peas, etc.

wonder if you could make paper mache balls from leftover grocery sacks instead of using styro... at least you'd be recycling!

The title comes from the look of the finished ornaments. The ornaments start with a styrofoam ball, but are covered with natural items. If correctly done, you do not see the styrofoam in the finished product.

I dont have a styrofoam ball. :( now what?

Pretty, but....seems funny to title this 'Nature's Ornament', when it starts out with using a styrofoam ball. Sounds like an oxymoron, to me.


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