Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flower Ball Tutorial

I don't really do all that much seasonal decorating in the house and since we don't have a real mantel, there's not a whole lot to decorate around. However, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot is coming up next week and it is a tradition to decorate the sukkah with produce, flowers and all things from nature. This is a great and easy autumn or Thanksgiving craft for anyone and it can modified to any season or color scheme.


This is all you need:


Supplies: foam ball (I used 6") • assortment of faux flowers, leaves, fruit, etc. in coordinating colors • 1 yard of ribbon (optional) •  hot glue

(I don't normally decorate with faux flowers, but since this is going to end up outside, real flowers were not an option since it has to be able to hold up against the elements.)

This first thing to do is wrap the ribbon around the ball and use your hot glue gun to glue it to the bottom and sides of the ball. If you will not be hanging it, you can skip this step.


Then use a wire cutter to cut all the flowers off their stems, leaving about an inch remaining.


You can get rid of the stems and you'll be left with a bunch of flowers like so:



Then comes the fun part! Just stick all the flowers in the ball with any random pattern that you choose. Try to space out the flowers and colors so you don't have a big spot of flowers that are the same type or color. Keep sticking them in until you can't see any of the white ball through.


You only need to use the glue for the leaves, fruit or anything else that doesn't have a real stem.


Here it is from another angle:


This is another one that I made last year.


And here it is hanging in our sukkah last year.


This is a pretty inexpensive project to replicate because you can get the flowers and foam from almost any dollar store. This can also become a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can make a large one for the center of the table, or a few smaller ones to line up down the middle of the table. Just place the ball in a candlestick holder or rest it on a small clear plate.

Happy Fall!


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5 comments:

  1. Great project, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday and chag sameach!

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  3. Such a sweet, simple touch of fall! Thanks for joining our party, Lori :)

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  4. This is adorable...I might try this in the winter with greens and pinecones - thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. This is a great idea! I've made moss-covered balls, but have never thought of covering styrofoam balls with flowers. Love it!

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