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Puffy ornaments from cloth or new cellophane.

Puffy ornaments from cloth or new cellophane

Start with circles--cellophane or fabric-- to make these colorful ornaments.

Cellophane balls. Shifting iridescent colors sparkle from these multifaceted paper ornaments made from a new opalescent cellophane. The lightweight balls look like a collection of cones joined at their points.

Art supply, stationery, and crafts stores sell the 2-foot-wide cellophane for about $5 per yard (enough for at least six ornaments). You'll also need gold thread and a glue stick.

For each ornament, cut cellophane into 10 to 12 circles 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Snip each circle into quadrants, stopping about 1/4 inch from the center. Dab glue along the line to point B, roll cellophane over from point A toward B, and stick together to form a cone. Repeat for each quadrant, creating a four-cone propeller. Stack the shapes, offsetting them. Run the thread through their centers. Pull thread through, return it through an adjacent hole, and pull it carefully to draw cellophane into a ball. Then tie off the thread and use one end for hanging.

Cloth critters. These droll creatures can hang from your tree in many disguises: as portly snowmen, well-fed mice, or rotund bears. Their bodies, easily fashioned out of stuffed fabric balls glued together, can be adorned with glued-on button eyes and noses, and felt ears and muzzles.

To make each ornament, cut scraps of thin fabric into six circles: two with a 2 3/4-inch diameter for the arms; two with a 3 1/4-inch diameter for the legs; one with a 4 1/4-inch diameter for the head; and one with a 5 3/4-inch diameter for the body. Thread a needle with unwaxed dental floss and make small (about 1/16-inch) stitches around each circle, 1/4 inch from the edge.

Place an ample ball of dacron stuffing in the circle's center and use the floss to draw the fabric closed until only a bit of stuffing shows. Stitch the fabric in place.

Use craft glue on fabric and stuffing to attach the balls to one another as they appear in the photographs at right.

Photo: Cellophane balls

Snip circle almost into quarters. Roll each quadrant into a cone shape and glue edges together. Stack together in offset pairs. You'll need five or six pairs to make balls that look like pearly tutus (left)

Photo: Cloth critters

Puff ball ornaments hang from yarn loops stitched to head. When gluing balls together, make sure glue sticks to stuffing
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