Ever have a foam ball that doesn't have the North and/or South poles clearly marked?

Using a rough foam ball, with NO markings?

In this video, Monica shows you a trick for finding the North & South poles, and the Equator line, no matter what kind of ball you are working with... no measuring required!

All you'll need is a piece of narrow ribbon about 1/8" wide (black or dark color GROSGRAIN recommended)!

We've provided written instructions in downloadable format, right below.

A Quick Note: The foam balls provided in your Ornament Girls Kit (and the ones we sell in the OG Shop) do have these markings. 🙂

Here are the instructions in written form.

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  1. Theresa Polichetti on January 5, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    This was very helpful. I am going to give this a try.

  2. Victoria Condon on January 5, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Great video. Very helpful.

  3. Linda Bennett on January 6, 2018 at 4:53 am

    I feel this video should include examples of all methods mentioned, rubber band and tape measure. I feel New comers would benefit from having a variety of choices.

    I personally use 2 rubber bands. I will use a tape measure if I didn’t mark the blank side initially.

  4. Patti Zavorka on January 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    OMG, I have only done 2 ornaments, but have struggled so much. I’ve draw a ton of lines, and luckily I have lined up both my ornament.. THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO.. Thank you so very much..

    • Monica Mihajlovic on January 8, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      I am so thrilled that you found it helpful, Patti! Happy ornamenting!

      • Cathy Nicolini on January 20, 2022 at 6:44 pm

        All of your links whether its on your site or in my emails, I am having trouble printing them out. What am I doing wrong?

        • Sarah Cinocco on January 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm

          Hi Cathy, I’m so sorry you are having trouble printing. I will send you an email so I can find out more about what is going on.

    • Betty Henderson on January 30, 2022 at 8:12 am

      You best!
      Great video!
      Very helpful!
      Instruction clear!

  5. Candy on February 18, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you, very helpful!!

    • Monica Mihajlovic on February 19, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      You are very welcome, Candy.

  6. Shari Zabroski on May 15, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Monica! Those smooth foam balls I ordered didn’t have the center marks indicated, so this tutorial really helped!

    • Monica Mihajlovic on June 1, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      I’m so glad it was a help to you, Shari!

  7. Linda Douglas on June 30, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    This is extremely helpful for foam or styrofoam balls, but I am struggling with identifying South Pole and the Equator lines on a Satin ball that I can’t put markings on. All I have to go on is the North Pole. I would like to see tips for identifying Poles and the Equator lines that you can’t put markings on. The ribbon slides on the Satin, which doesn’t help.

  8. Carol Peters on May 11, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Can you explain how find the poles when you have an equator line but the imprints are not centered?

    • Monica Mihajlovic on May 16, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Carol, a few suggestions… First, you cold ignore any markings already on the foam and just ‘start fresh’ so to speak… making markings as you would if it was a completely blank ball. Secondly, you could start at any point on that equator line (the mold line from the manufacturer), and make that your first new “pole”. Then wrap the ribbon around the ball as shown in the video. Even though you will have to identify and mark a brand new ‘equator line’, the thing I like about this option is that it does help to pinpoint your two poles a little easier since they will BOTH be somewhere along that original equator/mold line on the foam. Thirdly, you could begin by wrapping the ribbon around the equator FIRST, just to give you a strong visual starting point, and then do the wraps that go perpendicular to it (in order to get the criss-crosses where your two poles should be). As always, it may take a little bit of adjusting and ‘eyeballing’ to get those criss-crosses just right, but hopefully it will help get you started! 🙂

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