4.13.2010

Home Decor Balls......tutorial

I love changing out the decor of my home 3-4 times a year as the seasons change. It makes everything feel new again, even if the items are the same from the last time I used them. I also love canisters, baskets and containers full of textures and colors. These are REALLY easy to change out and can bring something new to any room.

I created some really quick and easy decor balls that can be popped into a basket, decorative bowl, tall glass container, etc. and easily changed out when you get tired of them!

Materials:
wiffle balls (packages of 4 sold at the $1 store)
moss - (used reindeer moss) any color/texture you like
twine/jute/thick cording
burlap
hot glue
spray paint (optional)
mod podge (optional)

 Decide how many balls you want to decorate for your container and gather the necessary amount of supplies.
(share your photos in the Brassy Apple flickr group please) 


Jute/Twine/cording:

Using hot glue, secure one end of the twine to the ball. (I placed the end inside and glued it down just outside of that. Apply hot glue to a small area and wrap the twine tightly in a flat circle, expanding out across the surface of the ball.







Snip the end, tuck, and glue in place!



I used some old gold cord that I had knowing gold was not the color I wanted but loved the thickness and texture it created. So.....a little paint, and it transformed this gold ball into something more chic! 


Moss:

Using hot glue and large amounts of moss, apply it all around the ball. Cup the ball on both sides often to press the moss in place and apply glue as necessary to get a good shape. If you apply the moss thick enough you shouldn't be able to see the ball at all. 





Burlap:

Cut several strips of burlap. They can be random scraps/shapes or stripes of random widths and lengths. Apply the strips around the ball gluing the end down, place a small dot of hot glue in the middle and then glue down the other end.


Criss cross the pieces of burlap until the entire ball is covered. 



You can leave the burlap ball as it is or to make the burlap wrap around the ball more smoothly and have a round shape, apply some mod podge and smooth the edges. Allow to dry and snip any areas as needed.



Repeat with has many balls as desired! Try applying other materials to the outsides of the balls too. Please upload and share your photos of this project in our Brassy Apple Flickr Group


Have fun creating your own Home decor balls and filling up containers all over your house! We combined ours with some green "mossy" rocks (found at the $1 store too!) Oh and the wire basket was a second hand store find that was sage green and rose in color. I spray painted it white to update it and make it more my style! :)




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25 comments:

  1. I like the gold cord wiffle ball the best. Great idea to work with wiffles!!!

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  2. This is such a genius idea!! Thanks for the post!

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  3. Hey Megan! I love these! I needed a ball idea to put inside my new lantern from Ikea...PERFECT! I love the jute and burlap ones. I will be making these soon! Thanks!

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

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  4. Clever idea! looks great ;)

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  5. those turned out awesome! i never would have thought to use whiffle balls!

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  6. Whiffle balls?? That is so clever! Styrofoam ones are way too expensive for me. Thank you for the tutorial (which is super clear and easy to understand). I need to make some of these.

    And the moss one- I've never seen anything like it!

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

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  7. Meg...you are so crafty! Great idea! Mine are looking a little sad these days...this is an easy way to spruce them up!

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  8. i really like these! thanks for the ideas...i might have to make some of my own! have a great day!

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  9. aabsolutely delightful! great tutorial! I love the mixture in one bowl. I hopped over from Blue Cricket and am so happy that I did! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! until later...

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  10. Oh I like yours!!! I love decor balls -- some might call it an obsession...

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  11. Wow...i would have never thought to use those kind of balls. Of course, that's probably why i glue most of my crafts to my table-i'm not the crafiest girl on the block! ;)

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  12. Great ideas and affordable too

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  13. those are super cute - nice job!

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  14. Fantastic projects! Wiffle balls are a great idea! Love it!

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  15. Some small balls are also decorating factor. you should change your home's look at least 4 or 5 times in a year.

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  16. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love your ideas and sense of style! These look like a lot of fun to make:)

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  17. What a great project! I just love these decorative balls - thanks so much for linking up to Be Inspired last week...hope to see you again this week!

    Chelsea

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  18. Cool! I love those balls, I just bought some at Target.

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  19. I love this!! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  20. Great idea! I never would have thought to use wiffle balls!

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  21. Wiffle balls...seriously! They look amazing! What a great idea!

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  22. These are super cute!! Great idea using the wiffle balls! And good tutorial, I'll have to try it. Visiting from CSI and I already follow you. :)

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  23. They turned out great! And I love that you used wiffle balls.

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  24. Love these deco balls. i have been dying to get some and I like the variety that you have made.

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  25. OK That's it. I'm going out and getting some wiffle balls tomorrow. These are just so cute!

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