Wrecking Ball Ornament




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Deck the halls with wrecking balls! Make your own Miley Cyrus wrecking ball ornaments for your holiday tree and get ready to twerk in the new year.

I stumbled upon this on Etsy, and knew I could do better. 
I'll show you how to make your own wrecking ball ornaments, or you can use my template and start printing our own.
For those that don't know what this is all about, here's some homework.

This holiday season, decorate your tree with questionable pop culture icon ornaments. Just make sure to top up your eggnog before explaining twerking to grandma

Step 1: Find Media

I performed an image search for wrecking ball and was rewarded with so many picture options, refining the search for high quality photos.

After finding a few profile pictures I copied them and brought them into an image editor. If you don't have an image editor, GIMP is a powerful and free option. Using a lasso tool I selected just the body and deleted the wrecking ball and background. After, I placed the body cut-outs on a page formatted to my printer paper dimensions.

The image was then copied, flipped horizontally, then aligned so a small portion of the mirror image overlaps the original. This process was repeated for each image, and then was printed on a colour printer on regular paper.

If you're lazy you may use my template, download it here.

Step 2: Cut It Out

The images were then cut out and folded along the mirror axis.

Step 3:

Wanting a truly mini Miley on a wrecking ball, I decided to use a grey ornament. Since decorations are meant to be eye catching and not dull, I had to make my own wrecking ball ornaments by spray painting.

Using 2 coats of primer, I was able to achieve a nice matte finish on my glass ornaments.

Step 4: Chain, Then Hang Ornament

I found inexpensive necklace chain at my local craft store. I cut a length and fed one end through the ornament anchor, and the other on an ornament hook. The ornament cap and anchor was secured on top of the ornament. The paper cutout was folded along the chain and secured in place with a little hot glue.

This wrecking ball is now ready to swing from your holiday tree, breaking hearts and social boundaries about appropriateness of ornaments.

Have you made your own wrecking ball ornament? I want to see it!
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84 Discussions


5 years ago

Here's mine :) I think I did a pretty good job too. Thanks for sharing your templates

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5 years ago on Introduction

I purchased a pack of matte/shiny silver ornaments to avoid having to paint. I made 4 and sneakily put them on the tree at all the Christmas parties I went to... LOL. Thanks for a great idea.


5 years ago

This is too funny! I love it. Thanks for sharing.


5 years ago on Introduction

I enjoyed this instructable. I've made 3 of these so far for friends and family and everyone loves them. Thanks for posting this!


5 years ago

I can say I really enjoyed this project. It was easy and looks great when I finished.
Being the OCD person that I am, I got my own picture, photoshopped the background off of her and also removed the chain from in front of her wrist (replacing it with skin).
I printed her out normally and flipped over onto card stock paper and put another blank piece of card stock paper in between the two pictures. (My Miley is thick and won't tear easily).
At first I tried a traditionally colored wrecking ball to prop her on, but it was too dull and not in any way Christmas related. So I spray painted the bulb again to a metallic finish and then some sparkles to make something a little more festive.
Then I hot glued her onto the chain at her hands and glued her to the bulb at her butt and feet.
Then wallah! I realized I was done!
Thanks for the idea! I think my friend will really enjoy this!

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5 years ago

What a great idea. I tried to use white and rust colour paint to make it look more used. Thank for this instructable XD

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5 years ago

Brilliant idea ;D
Merry christmas from The Netherlands

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5 years ago

This was too much fun! I think I'm going to have a great present for rob your neighbor!

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