Monday, October 4, 2010

Decor Balls

So I have this very sad empty basket sitting on a bookshelf in my living room. I purchased it at a garage sale for $0.50. My intent was to make some decor balls to put in it but I have not gotten around to it. This weekend I decided to hunker down and do it!

I love thrift stores! I swear I purchase about 90% of my craft supplies from them. Recently I found those styrofoam balls for $0.75! Which is amazing for what they cost at a regular store. I also found this paper craft cording for $1.25 which I thought would decorate my styrofoam balls nicely!

Here are all of my supplies:
The kidney beans I ofcourse purchased new at the store however, I still have a huge bag left and am thinking maybe, chili?

With cued on my computer and the kiddos in bed I set out to make my decor balls. The first one used the marroon cording. This is the result:

After cutting out lots of little squares from the yellow fabric and making little holes, using my handy trusty hot glue gun I got this decor ball:
I love it! (Trick to this is to make the hole with a pencil, put a little hot glue in the hole, place your pencil in the center of the fabric, fold it around the pencil, put it in the hole and twist a little so is is kind of swirly if that makes sense.)

Finally I glued the kidney beans on to the foam ball and then painted it white to prime it and then spray painted it to give it a nice white color.

In the end, I am very happy with the results and my sad little basket is no longer sad!
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  1. I love this!! I am in the process of making decor balls for my "man basement"! I might have to try some of these fabric ones!

  2. Very cute, Amy. I'm glad you figured out the cloth balls! Have you finished the book wreath yet? I'm dying to see how it turned out!

  3. Very cute! What a steal on all those things! I, too, love thrift stores. =] This turned out amazing.

    P.S. Thanks for the wallet, I love it!


  4. WOW, you did such a perfect job on them! Someday I WILL outcraft you...or at least try :)


  5. So cute! I like the fabric one best!

  6. Oh these are super fantastic!! Way to go, girly!! I'm so excited to be your newest follower and I would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to add your fun finds at my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
    Hugs and all the best,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  7. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! I really enjoy the mix of materials you used! Please join us next time too!

  8. I think your basket/balls are darling. Thanks for linking up at A Crafty Soiree. Hope to see more of your crafty goodness tomorrow! Malia

  9. Amy, they look fabulous. And the materials you used were great. Don't you just love thriftin'?

    Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  10. Visiting you from Brambleberry Cottage! I just made some balls like this out of Mod Podge and pieces of vintage maps. I love your fabric ball! I have got to try this one for sure! Thanks for sharing!