The Possibilities of Ornament Balls

Monday, November 30, 2009

I have a confession: I am NOT a crafty person. I can paint a mean wall, I can fluff some good pillows, I can come up with a design for a room and match colors and drapes, I am super good at renovating a drab space.... but I just don't do crafts.

Hanging on my front door, inside

Thrifty Decor Chick introduced to me this amazing, cheap, easy, beautiful wreath using Ornament Balls. Read her tips, they were much needed in my case. But I do have a few of my own (from a non-crafter):
  1. Make sure the hanger is perfectly rounded, the way you want, before you put the balls on.. otherwise your wreath will look like a square...
  2. Don't freak out early on thinking yours is not going to turn-out (like I did), just stuff as many balls on there as possible and it will turn out fine.
  3. There is no way in heck that you will be able to twist that darn wire at the end to close it up, I sealed mine with a big FAT blob of hot glue (this is the "non-crafter" way of doing it).
  4. The wire may show when it is done and hung... that is ok! The balls are so pretty no one will notice (except my anal husband).
  5. It really is EASY and VERY PRETTY!
After doing this little craft project and realizing that I, too, can craft I took the idea and ran with it. I thought... why not make trees out of them?

HOW TO:Get Styrofoam cones from Michael's and your balls (got mine at Walmart)
  1. Take off the tops, hot glue gun the tippy top to the Styrofoam pressing them right into it.
  2. I made lines from the bottom and staggered the lines going to the top. Once you get about 4 rows from the top start using your smaller balls
  3. Top with a large ball glued right into the tip. For filling in between the holes click HERE
  4. My little secret: I didn't cover all the way around... who's gonna know (besides all of you...). saved me time and money
I added some blue lights and it really makes it Glow (still need to get those stockings up...)
After doing this (and thinking I was so creative to make this up), I saw it has already been done. Of COURSE it has! DUH! THIS one was done by a TRUE crafter. Filling the holes with little balls is a great idea, and adding a stand was genius!.... hey, I still love my novice version :)

After the trees turned out so pretty, I decided to make round clusters of them for my railing (I know, I am turning into a crafter before your very eyes...)

How TO:
Just put them on a string

Tie the string in a TIGHT knot and you got yourself a "cluster"! Super easy.

Finish it off with pretty ribbon and it turns it into a festive dream.
Did these little projects convince me to craft?... nah. I will stick with painting and decorating

*I know I look like a nerd in the reflection of the balls, please don't hold that against me :)

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  1. Doesn't matter if they've been done before...your versions turned out GREAT! Coming from one non-crafter to another!


  2. You are a crafter now! Everything looks awesome! I made one of these wreaths also and was just thinking of making a tree with a Styrofoam cone.

  3. I love it all! I am not a crafter either. My faves are the little clusters on your garland.

  4. Hey got that down really quick...everything looks outstanding! Hope you have a FUN week!


  5. Love the ball clusters...unique look. Everything looks so pretty at your house for the holidays.

  6. PERFECT!!! LOVE THE TREES!!!! Okay, I'll quit screaming, but I totally love 'em. Love your color choices, too.

  7. Those trees are great! I love them next to the TV - is that a corner fireplace? Also love the molding.
    I am not much of a crafter either. But it is always fun to try! And look your beautiful job...


  8. I love the clusters! Very pretty, and it looks so easy!

  9. I love it! They turned out great. I love that you have matched all of them. So pretty!

  10. I think all of this is so lovely. I want to make one of those clusters for my own house! And I may be able to modify some of your other crafts as well...

  11. Your wreath and trees look gorgeous, thanks for all the tips and ideas.

  12. That's so funny! I am going to the store tonight to get ornaments to do one of those wreaths because I saw it on someone's blog. I'm gonna have to buy a glue gun when I buy the balls, that's how crafty I am. :)
    Yours turned out great and I loved the trees and hanging clusters- what a good idea!

  13. Everything turned out great! I especially love the clusters!

  14. it all looks so beautiful! I've been wanting to do a wreath, but thinking about how much work and how many ornaments... but those clusters! Oh my, I must make some! I'm supposing you glued the loopy things on like they suggest with the wreaths?

  15. Gail-To answer your question, when I did the "clusters" I didn't glue them. not needed with my plastic walmart balls. I just threw them on the string and it has worked great!

  16. Oh cool I have lots of blue christmas balls and it all stuck in the storage room, now I know what to do with them, thanks for sharing!

  17. Your wreath looks fabulous on the door and your trees are just perfect and also look fabulous right where you placed them
    Don't tell anyone you're not a crafter....because you are!

  18. FABULOUS AND SUPER CRAFTY! I think you must have underestimated yourself! AND I LOOOOOOVE those ornament clusters! SWOOOOON!

  19. Those turned out Gorgeous!!! I need to try and make some!! You made it look so easy!

  20. You did a great job! I will definitely be filing away your ideas! :o) Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  21. Everything looks great - I love clumping ornaments together and here you made it look simply and elegant!


  22. The blue and silver is fabulous! I love your cone trees and clusters - looks great! Hapy Holidays!

  23. Great tutorial and Super pretty--thanks for linking to the party.
    I will click to follow and add you to my subscriptions if you have that feature on your blog.


  24. You've been featured--come check it out.

  25. I love this! Thanks for sharing your ideas and how-to's.

  26. Mikael,
    I featured your fabulous blue and white ornament trees in my Frugalicious Friday recap! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday! Oh, and you ARE one crafty gal!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

  27. Wow! These are pretty and inspiring! I love the colors you used, too. Thanks for showing us HOW you did it.

  28. I featured your great ornament ideas. I love them! Keep up the great work!

  29. Absolutely stunning! I cannot believe you find time to do these projects with three babies!

  30. Hello! I love your Christmas ideas! I am going to get started on next year now!

  31. So I just found you - this is now on Pinterest! And I bought all the supplies I needed today and made the topiaries tonight.! They were so easy! I am craft-impaired too, so the fact that this turned out super cute is making me beyond excited! Thanks so much for showing us how you did it! :o)

  32. Also found you from Pinterest. Just made your ornament clusters - I had a bunch of silver balls leftover from an ornament wreath and this project was perfect way to use them up. Thanks!

  33. Just made the tree and I love it! thanks for the great ideas...looking forward to making the clusters next!

  34. Cute reindeers. Where did you find them?

  35. Thank you! I was feeling very productive and crafty today, just didn't know what or how to do something cute like this! I have all these balls (because every year I buy new ones) and now they will all have a purpose.
    Much appreciation!

  36. I didn't like the look of the metal hook on mine so I took a few pipe cleaners and twisted them around it--now it looks all velvety and nice.

  37. Hi. I just came across your page through Pinterest. To be honest, I like your tree better than the one you linked to. The other one is pretty, but it's too busy for me. Yours has less going on, but has more impact. I want to try this soon. Thanks for sharing! =)

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  56. Great idea, especially leaving back empty - it is a huge time and money saver, especially if You want to make more than one tree. Unfortunately my family loves to touch and inspect throughly all things that I do, to find any mistake and point it out, so they would deifinitely see that some part of the cone is empty. Sometimes I wonder why I invite them... ;)

  57. You should check out the Ornamator if your not crafty. It makes it really easy to cluster ornaments and make wreaths and bows or what not. It always makes my holiday decorating easier

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