I love DiY but the past month or two has been a little hectic. There has been very little time for creativity and I hate that! For me, the process of creating something beautiful has a life and energy all its own. No matter how dark my day, I can’t help but feel like I’ve accomplished something when I finish a cool craft project.
Thus, I figured the best way to motivate myself to tap back into my creative side would be to do a handmade gift series this holiday season. Nothing like a little public accountability, right? From now until Christmas, every Friday I will feature a new handmade gift idea. My goal is for all the projects to come in at under $10, and hopefully most of them will be less than $5.
Today’s project, a faux silk pomander, is super easy to make! The total cost for the materials was about $2.50–the fabric, a silky polyester is regularly priced at $8 a yard, but was on sale for 50% off at Jo-Ann’s. I needed a half-yard to complete one pomander, making it $2 worth of fabric. The pack of styrofoam balls was regularly priced at $5, but I used a 40% off one item coupon, making them about $0.50 each. The ribbon and stick pins were both things I had on hand.
Step Two: Once the squares have been cut out, cut a 12″ piece of ribbon and pin it securely to the styrofoam ball.
Step 3: Stick a pin into the center of a square and stick into styrofoam; repeat with all the squares, spacing them approximately 1/4″ apart. If found it to go much faster if I pre-stuck a lot of squares first, then stuck them all into the ball.
It took me about an hour to complete one ball–totally worth the effort!