Monday, May 24, 2010

Crepe-Paper Flower Ball Tutorial & Tips

There are many tutorials showing how to make these cutsie decorations and I had to try some for myself. They were perfect for decorations for my BFF’s shower and she is also going to use them as a mobile above her daughter’s crib. 2-in-1 decorations! Love it!
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Things you will need:
* Foam balls of varying sizes (I refused to pay the whopping prices for foam balls and found squares at the Dollar Tree. More on how I made them in to balls will follow!)
* Crepe Paper – I used 1-1/2 rolls for the large ball and about a roll for the medium sized ball. It would probably be best to have a couple of rolls for each ball you intend to cover.
* A LOT OF GLUE STICKS! I went through a TON of glue sticks.

I’m not even going to try to describe how to roll, make and create these little doo-dahs.
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I will however, direct you to where I discovered how to make them and you can figure out your own process. Visit {House of Smith’s} blog HERE to see how she made them. You can also watch a video of her technique HERE (last video on the page) which REALLY HELPED ME!

I almost threw the towel in on this project. I had heavy lumps of crepe paper goop and ugly wads of nothing on my first try. Even my DH said it wasn’t my most “WORTHY” work. What the? What the who? I was so frustrated…I almost gave up.
I’m glad I didn’t give up though. I really love how they turned out. And they were perfect decorations for the shower.
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So anywho…my tips for making these bad boys are as follows:
I didn’t spend the BIG BUCKS on pre-made foam balls at HL. Instead, I bought foam cubes at the {Dollar Tree} and used a knife and cheese grater to form a ball. It sounds way more complicated than it really was. It took at the most…five minutes.
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I also bought a bag of smaller pre-made balls at the {Dollar Tree} too. There were at least 10 balls of varying sizes in one bag. Love me some {Dollar Tree}!!!
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To use the balls as table decorations for the baby shower. I bought THREE candle holders from the {Dollar Tree} that looked like this:
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I hot-glued two together to create a tall holder that looked like this:
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I spray-painted both the short and tall holder with black spray-paint.
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TA-DA! They were sweet and FAB! If you decide to try this little projecto…don’t give up if at first you have funky flowers! You can DO IT!!
I'll be linking this to:

The Girl Creative

 The DIY Show Off



Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

They look adorable! I saw some crepe paper like flowers at Bath and Body works this weekend and was wondering how I could DIY them. Thanks for sharing! The tablescape and shower look so pretty!!


I {heart} Nap Time said...

Those are SOO cute!! You are so creative girl!

Shanade said...

Beautiful! I'm throwing a shower for a friend in a couple weeks and will certainly have to attempt making these. Thanks for the link too.

Homemade Heather said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to try these!

Christy said...

This is precious!! Following now from Tues Tag-A-Long