Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hand-made Goodie of the Week: Decorator Balls

Remember this wire basket that got a new coat of paint?  And remember how I said I had plans for it?  Well, I finally did it.  Only took me oh, four months to get it done, but I did it.  And it is empty no more.

Sorry for the poor picture quality-I made these at 2 in the morning during a bought of insomnia, so I didn't have any natural light.

I wanted to make some hand-made decorator balls to fill my newly blackened basket, but I was being indecisive as to what kind I wanted.  Then, on a trip to Joann's, I was inspired.  I was browsing through the ribbons and such section and saw some upholstery cord and it's like a light bulb went off : )  And I had a bunch of spools of jute that I had gotten at Target in the dollar section.  Another light bulb!  I still have some more to make, because my basket is still kinda empty.  But at least I've got a start.

To make your own, you'll need:

Styrofoam balls
Jute or twine
Upholstery cord
Glue and glue gun

I started with the cord.  Glue the end of the cord to one side of the ball and begin to wind it around the end.

Continue winding, gluing it down here and there as you go.  When you reach the middle, cut off and glue the end down.  Then repeat on the other end and wrap until the ends meet in the middle.  I found that this way gives you a better finished product because it's gets a little tricky and messy with the glue when you get to the other end.

Repeat with the jute or whatever else you like to use and you've got yourself some cool, custom decor at a fraction of the cost.

Don't forget to come by tomorrow to find out what the big surprise is!  I'm just about bursting over it!


  1. Those look great! I am totally into spray painting stuff right now. I may need to make some of those balls and put them in something spray painted! :)

  2. I have never heard of jute. I like learning new stuff! Your project is so cool, people would pay a lot for these if they bought them. You do such a neat job with your hot gluing. Last time I used mine it the strings from it ended up in my hair, the dogs, hair, and on the carpet hehehe

  3. Love the texture on these balls. You did a great job, they look good! I have lots of different kinds in my home, including moss and silver buttons. Working on sea shell ones, too!


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