Thursday, June 30, 2011

$3 Thursday – Sewing themed decor balls

I love the look of decor balls.   I’ve been thinking of new decor ball ideas since I made Christmas and Valentine ones.  

I found these table tennis balls at a dollar store a few weeks ago and knew they would be perfect for my next decor ball project.


I thought of some patterns that I picked up for free a while ago and thought they would help make a great transformation from table tennis ball to decor ball.


I cut up some of the pattern pieces into random pieces about 1 1/2” x 2-3” or so.  Smaller pieces work too so don’t throw them away if you have any small pieces.

I watered down the Mod Podge a bit to make it easier to work with.  I started to glue the pieces a ball overlapping and pushing the edges down as smooth as I could.


I tried to be gentle with the pattern but did rip a few pieces while I was trying to glue it down.  Don’t worry if that happens as you just layer another piece over it.


After I had the balls covered with a few layers I set them aside to dry.


The more layers of pattern you have on them the darker they will be.  The first ones I covered had 2-3 layers of pattern but as I made more I probably had 5-6 layers of pattern.


At first I thought of adding a few more layers to the first balls I covered but in the end I thought the different colors would make them a bit more interesting. 


Although I like them in this jar I thought I needed something a bit more natural looking.

000_0010So I tried them in a berry basket.

000_0011Yep that is more what I was looking for.


I thought the balls would look great as part of my vintage game display.


I love the contrast with the bingo numbers


and with the pattern covered frame.


All in all I love it in this display.  

Hmm, what is that snowman doing out in the middle of summer?   I guess I didn’t want to put him away.  He might melt today as it is suppose to be in the 90’s here today.

In honor of the heat I decided to make myself a caramel frappe for breakfast.000_0002 Mmmmmmm

000_0003I even went all out and put some whipped cream and caramel on top today. 


As well as drizzling some caramel on the inside of the glass.

 000_0005      Ah, a perfect summer drink. 


Thanks to Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe maker and


Coffee-Mate Caramel Macchiato and an little extra caramel syrup from Target of course.  While I write this I’m almost done with my frappe but with the heat I might just have to make myself another one or two later today. :) 

Now back to crafting…..


I’m liking my vintage looking decorator balls and think I may need to go back to the dollar store and see if I can pick up another dozen or so.  Maybe I can find some larger balls to update as well as I think they would look great in a larger size.


Table tennis balls             $1 for 12

Old patterns              free

Mod Podge                 craft supply

Total cost:  $2 for 24


This was a very easy craft but if you attempt it be warned that it can get a bit sticky and messy on your hands.   I think it too longer to get all the glue off my hands than it did to cover the balls!  Well not quite but it did take a while to get all the glue off.  It stuck to my fingernails like, well, glue.  So if you are worried about your manicure wear gloves or other protective gear to try to control the mess.

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  2. I love the look of the layered tissue pattern paper. I believe I'll have to adapt this to some storage for my craft studio! Well done.

  3. I love the decorator balls! What a great way to use my old sewing patterns. Thanks for visiting my blog today!


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