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Make an Easy Strawflower Ornament


When the weather turns gray outside, add a cheerful color to your winter decorations with an easy-to-make floral ornament. Everlasting flowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum, Zones 8-10) are no-frills annuals that grow anywhere in full sun and well-drained soil. For this project, you will need flower heads with no stems. Grow your own or buy dried flower heads from a craft supplier or grower. The flowers used in our video were purchased from a small family farm in southern Ontario.

To make some straw flower balls yourself you will need:

  • Round glass ornaments (clear or colored)
  • Small glass or vase to hold the ornament while working
  • Low temperature hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Everlasting flowers (40 to 50 heads per ornament)
  • Scissors or scissors for trimming stems
  • Tweezers or needle-nosed pliers


  1. Cut off any stems or leaves from the back of the flower heads so they can be more easily glued onto the ornament.
  2. Gently apply hot glue to the back of each flower and gently press the flower onto the glass ornament.
  3. Repeat until the ornament is covered with flower heads. It should take about 15 minutes to finish a medium-sized ornament.

Tip: Even hot glue at low temperatures can burn the skin. To protect your hands from burns when gluing, treat the flower heads with tweezers or long-nosed pliers.

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