I love the variety of ornaments Husband and I have collected over the years but I guess absence makes the heart grow founder. Ever since I saw the gigantic Christmas ball ornaments for sale to commercial spaces (malls, outside a business, etc.) at Bronner’s Christmas Store during our vacation a few years ago, I lust after round ball ornaments – super sized!
I adore everything about this cherry Santa decoration from the happy polka dots and lights to the cartoony Santa. If only I had mile high ceilings and enormous living room….
Hey! That gives me an idea!
Keep reading! I'll teach you how to make this fun decorating idea!
Let’s make Big Christmas ornaments from exercise and playground balls!
I am using three different size exercise and playground balls so I get a natural Decorating Rule of Three - low, medium, and high object to display. Feel free to decorate with the same size ball or mix it up as you like!
Materials you Will Need for This Project
26 inch exercise ball
Green 18 Inch playground ball
Red 10 inch playground ball – A MUCH less traumatic use for this type of ball than the elementary dodge ball games that still live in my nightmares IMHO
Indoor outdoor spray paint primer
Green spray paint for plastic
Gold spray paint for plastic – silver also works if you like
3 plastic cups
wire and wire cutters
Red duct tape
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Step by Step How to Make It1. Optional: Paint the balls with a coat of primer. After the primer is completely dry use the spray paint for plastic to paint your homemade ornament balls if desired.
The only reason why I painted my 18 inch playground ball a solid bright green because it looked like a giant soccer ball. I would have left it unpainted if the ball was a solid color or had a design that looked more like a decorated Christmas ornament.
I avoided painting logos out of the yoga and dodge balls by using that side as the bottom of the ornament. Sneaky! Sneaky!
2. Use the scissors to cut top from the plastic cups to make the ornament hanging cap. I eyeballed and cut the cup cap for each ball larger or smaller to correlate to the size of play ball I am using.
3. Cut a length of wire with the wire cutters, poke each end of the wire into the sides of the plastic cut to create the ornament hanging loop and use the E6000 to glue it into place inside the cup.
I’m using spray paint primer first to keep the colored spray paints from drying sticky and flaking off.
5. Use the E600 glue to attach each ornament cap to its coordinating playground ball.
WARNING: Do NOT use hot glue for this project or you run the risk of melting the plastic balls, deflating your ornaments, and that will you sad. Don’t be sad. It’s Christmas. Be happy!
6. Decorate your homemade giant Christmas ornament decorations with the red Duck Tape if desired.
Under inflating the balls helps to keep them from rolling away. I also dug a little crater in the mulch and used garden stakes and bricks twine to anchor my outdoor Christmas decorations so they don’t blow or roll out of my yard.
7. Stack your gigantic DIY Christmas ornaments in your yard or porch, decorate, and celebrate the season!