You can make one of these decorations in less than an hour, then use them for tree ornaments, centerpieces, doorknob hangers, or anything else you can imagine. Just use straight pins to attach tiny shiny decorations to styrofoam shapes.
Although the kits themselves are no longer made, you can get creative and do it yourself! Buy inexpensive things like pins, styrofoam balls (or eggs), sequins, beads and other shiny decorations, then let these pictures be your guide.
Elegant jeweled/beaded fruit 70s craft project kit
Make these ornaments in minutes for dazzling centerpieces or decorations. It’s so easy! You simply use straight pins to attach sequins and beads to Styrofoam forms.
Included in jeweled fruit kit [no longer available as a kit]: beads, sequins, pins, forms, plastic greenery and directions for making the following 14 fruits: one pineapple, one pear, one banana, two peaches, two oranges, two lemons, two apples, three plums.
A close-up look at the beaded fruit kit with sequins, beads and pins
This vintage craft kit was sold in the 1970s by Good Housekeeping
Spangled, sequined Christmas balls you can make
These sparkling Christmas balls look so exquisite, you won’t believe how quick and economical they are to make. Here is one Christmas project the children can join in — with happy results.
Just pin spangles, sequins and beads on pre-shaped white foam balls. Add gold filigree ornaments, large jewel-like colored beads and cords for hanging.
Fifth Avenue ornaments at a Five n Ten price (1969-1970)
This retro craft uses a starburst metallic sequin — something like these at Amazon.
Christmas ornaments with sequins and beads (1960s)
The special decorations you make for the holidays become a growing collection of Christmas memories to be displayed and enjoyed year after year.
Whether you choose the simple serenity of this paper-sculpture Nativity Scene, die-cut of heavy art paper to fold and press into shape — or the medieval splendor of the Christmas Balls in their bejeweled elegance — there’s joy in the making and joy for the beholder.
A similar ornament craft: Enchanting Christmas balls (1964)
DIY beaded Christmas ornaments from 1970