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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

{Christmas} DIY Decorative Balls & Link Party

Hello, hello friends! Thank you so much for all the sweet comments on yesterday's Christmas Home Tour! Be sure to check back on the post each day because I'll be linking new bloggers every day this week. You won't want to miss all the good house-snooping!

But today I'm super excited to be partnering with the lovely Michaela of Michaela Noelle Designs for our Christmas Cheer in the Blogosphere party! Last week we shared our Mantels with Carmel and Michelle, and today is your chance to link up all your Holiday Craft projects right here.

Hi Sugarplum | Blogger Christmas Link Party

I'll start by showing you how I made this decorative ball for only a few dollars!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

Kristin made a similar one last year, but she used nailheads. I'm too cheap to buy 600 nailheads.

{SUPPLIES}

Styrofoam Ball (use craft store coupons!)
Gold Thumbtacks from the Dollar Store

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

Some of you will be disappointed, but I'm going to try and make it through this post without cracking ball jokes (unlike this post). I mean, this is the season of Baby Jesus, after all. You can make this with any size ball, if size matters to you. Just push the pins in one row at a time, overlapping them a bit so they look like fish scales.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball
We're not looking at my dry, scaly hands, but the nice rows of scaly pins.

After a few minutes, you'll wish you'd chosen a smaller ball. That's when you recruit helpers and really play up how fun this ball project is for her.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

If you're a good manipulator actress, she'll buy it and do the rest of the ball for you. And even be happy about it!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

We had a few spots where the tacks didn't want to stay, so I added a dab of hot glue to give them something to grab. And if you overlap the tacks enough, the white ball won't show through, so no need to paint it first.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball


Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

I was so thrilled with how cool it was, I made a smaller version. A baby ball, if you will. Maybe I'll make another one and I'll have a pair of balls. For now, I call this one Lance Armstrong.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

These aren't necessarily holiday related, so expect to see them in more vignettes throughout the year.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Decorative Ball

Now's your chance to show off all your holiday crafting! Just click the 'Read More' to link up! Grab this cute little button for your post if you'd like.

Hi Sugarplum | Blogger Christmas Link Party




34 comments:

  1. Oh, I love them. Super glam but easy to tackle. My kind of project!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I need those! LOVE them, Cassie ~ wonder if I could convince a 15 year old boy to think it was fun to make? :) Thanks for the awesome party, ladies!

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  3. I love these Cassie! Especially that you can use them throughout the year. I may have to make a few of these myself!

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  4. what a fun project! i love the end result. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. That project is so pretty and doable!! I might have to add that to my project list! Thanks for the great idea. :)

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  6. Love this! I definitely want to try!!

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  7. So proud of you for your ball joke restraint. In my head, I made jokes for you (especially w/ the pic of you gripping the ball).

    I need to get on the ball (heh) w/ my holiday crafty! Love this especially since you can show off your cool shiny balls ALL YEAR LONG. Lance would be proud.

    xoxo

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  8. LOVE THIS! Such a pretty DIY! definitley going to give this a try. :)
    Also love your name... ;) Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
    -Cassie at Cloud9

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  9. Thanks so much for hosting! Love your thumbtack objet d'art. I'm like a crow - anything shiny captures my attention! :)

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  10. These are super cute, but I'm dying over "For now, I call this one Lance Armstrong." :)

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  11. Lance Armstrong!! LOL! I needed that laugh on day 5 of icemagddon. I might get out today, but school is still canceled around here. Blah.

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  12. Such a pretty project!! And it can be used throughout the season too!

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  13. Love these! will definitely try!

    www.bajantexan.blogspot.com

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  14. I definitely don't need to be drinking coffee when I read your blog. I almost spit it all over my computer screen at that Lance Armstrong comment. Those are the prettiest gold balls I have ever seen (not that I've seen a lot). ;)

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  15. Beautiful! Love that these can be a new year-round accessory. Freckles Chick had me singing "Shiny Balls" to the tune of Silver Bells all day yesterday and I now pass that little gift on to you. You're welcome.

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  16. So smart. I love it. I will have to try it soon. Thanx for sharing..

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  17. Lance Armstrong........bahahahaha - I literally almost spit my coffee out!

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  18. I just love your shiny balls :-) OK, ball. But I know you will be making more of those because nobody can resist those gold thumbtacks!

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  19. Golly those gold balls are beautiful. They could even be silver. So that I'm clear, was Lance the big one or the little one. Somehow I would imagine a marble size :-) Great post!! Marisa

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  20. Genius idea - and so simple! I love the Lance Armstrong comment - you are hilarious! :)

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  21. This brings me back to design school....one of the first textile projects we had to complete was a decorative foam ball. We had to get creative and make sure the lines, texture, color, overall feeling were spot on. You nailed it. I give you an A+ my friend.

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  22. Beautiful and fun project! Thank you for sharing festive crafts with us!

    xo

    www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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  23. Love how simple and beautiful they are.

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  24. Thanks so much for hosting by the way! How pretty! Such a fun craft! These would be perfect for any party or tablescape! I just pinned for later :) Happy holidays!

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  25. This is such a cute diy project! The Christmas balls turned out beautiful!
    Domestic cleaners

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  26. Such a neat idea!! Way to go crafty Cassie :) xo

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  27. I'm sorry….styrofoam and thumb tacks……whoa…who knew. Since it doesn't involve a glue gun I'm in.

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  28. I am so into this! Anytime I can add pops of gold to a room for less than $5 I will jump on it. Love the texture

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  29. Lance Armstrong! you crack me up. Happy holidays!

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  30. Haha, I knew you couldn't last too long in a post about holiday balls without making a few good jokes. :-)

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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  31. really nice and simple idea :) greets from Poland :)

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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