I’m sure you’ve seen all the great decor balls around that everyone and their sister is making right now. I’ve been wanting something for a wire bowl on my side entry table for some time, but I couldn’t settle on a style of ball to put in there. The twine, beans and other materials are all so pretty. But in the end I finally decided to go with some color and use fabric.
Here’s a small tutorial in case, by some wierd chance, you have missed all the others. :)
I started with a jelly roll for the fabric (40 strips of fabric rolled together, each strip is 2 1/2″ x 45″) and three packages of Dollar Store wiffle balls.
I only used 1 strip per ball, so I had most of the jelly roll left to use on something else. For each ball I cut the 2 1/2″ strip in half, then those two halves in half again. So out of each strip I got 4 strips, 5/8″ x 45″.
I started wrapping the ball, criss-crossing the fabric to cover it.
When I’d get to the end of one strip, I added the next, making sure as I went around that the ends were covered.
I used all four strips around the ball and when I got to the end of the last strip I dabbed some Elmer’s Glue on the end and tucked it under one of the other strips.
I know that might seem like not much to hold it on, and when my family starts chucking them at each other, as they of course will :), I might regret it. But here’s my reasoning. I’m a rather fickle decorator. So the odds are, at some point in the next 6 months, I will probably want a different fabric on there, plus I don’t have the storage space to make up different sets for all my whims. So I’m going to be able to change out the fabric fairly easily.
Here they are again, with all the different colors:
Now for confession time. Up until Saturday I had fabric Easter eggs in this little bowl. Shocking, I know. I left the green moss that the eggs where on because it allowed the balls to sit a little higher in the bowl. Do you think it looks to “Easter-y”? Would it be better without the moss – in which case I think I’d need to make some more. Any opinions would be helpful. :)