November 8, 2012

Saw It. Pinned it. Did it. - DIY Burlap Balls

Other than the fact that we're one day away from Friday, Wednesday and Thursday nights are definitely becoming my favorite nights of the week for the sole reason of this link up. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Wednesday nights are now devoted to a few glasses of wine, crafting and blogging. Oh the life...
 
I came across these little balls (he!) via the Pinnerwebs and knew instantly they would be dangling from my Christmas tree this year. (Yuu know...seeing that we are fully moved in and actually have a Christmas tree this year. You gotta visualize, people.)

 
Adorable: check!
Minimal materials: check!
Reasonable cost: check!
Quick & easy project: I plead the 5th
 
What you'll need:
Hot glue gun (w/ plenty of glue sticks)
Ornaments (Any size. Glass or plastic. I prefer glass.)
One yard of burlap
Twine
Skissors (not pictured)
XL glass of vino for sanity's sake


Cut your burlap into squares. Mine varied in size but I tried to keep them 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length and width. All you type A's out there...don't worry. They don't have to be cut perfectly. That's the beauty in this project!

Fold your little squares like so by pinching the center and giving it a little flowery look. 
(Sorry-I don't know how to explain this better!) Just do what I did here:

Place a dollop of hot glue at the base of your "flower" and hold it onto your ornament until the glue begins to harden. (Just a dollop, now!)

Continue placing your pieces right next to one another to fill in all the spaces & hire your husband to photograph the entire process. (Thanks, babe!)

When your ornament starts to look like it has a toupee
(Donald Trump, anyone?!) stop and take a picture. ;)

Fill up all the empty space on your ornament with your burlap pieces until it's completely covered. Lace a piece of twine through the loop, tie it off with a knot and she's ready to go!

Voila!!

 While I didn't realize how time consuming just one of these babies would be, I only had time to make one for now. This one took approximately 2 hours from start to finish but now that I got the hang of things, I feel the like rest might not take quite as long. (Once can only hope!) The remaining 12 will be made at a later date...you know...when I have a full 24 hour period and a case of wine to designate to making burlap balls. ;)

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Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

41 comments:

  1. Totally doing this as my next project. LOVE them! But I'll probably only make one too....can't believe they take that long!

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  2. They turned out great! But yea, it bites that they take so long. Wish there was a quicker way!

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  3. Ahhhh I love it! Burlap is my current obsession. I've got to make some of these.

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  4. Oh how I do love your balls! Pretty sure I've got to make some of these...if I ever have that much time to devote to making pretty balls! ;)

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  5. Holy patience! I thought mine was bad and it was only about 45 minutes. Lol. They turned out so cute! Crossing my fingers you guys are in your house, with said Christmas tree & balls just in time :)

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  6. Donald Trump ballz!! I want to flood my Christmas tree with some of those.
    And maybe some coon turds?

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  7. Love your BALLS woman. I think so far my box for Christmas from Texas will look mightyyyyyyyyyy fine you feel me. Now go see my glitter shoes. LOVES YOU! AND OUR LINKY!!!

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  8. Those are absolutely adorable. This is my favorite link up maybe ever. I'll link up next week, promise : )

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  9. I just can;t get over burlap balls... still laughing.

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  10. These are SO cute!! I'm definitely doing this. Where did you get the burlap from?

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  11. LOVE these!!! Hope you don't mind but, I'll be stealing this idea & making these for our Christmas tree this year! Great job chicka!!!

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  12. Steph these look great!!!! I'm definitely making these myself for my tree this year! This is my first time linking up and I love it!

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  13. These are sooo cute! I deff need to make these for Christmas this year! :)

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  14. Love these! I am about to make a burlap runner for our coffee table...we shall see how this goes, I may just cut it and lay it down

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  15. I'm obsessed with those, and I just so happen to have 3 yards of burlap from all of my wedding crafting over the summer. HOLLER!

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  16. These are just as adorable as your little cork vase holder thingy!

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  17. Those Burlap Balls are an awesome idea...I seem have a tiny bit of an obsession with Burlap lately and these would be perfect to add to the collection! Thanks!

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  18. love the XL glass of vino for sanity sake. Everytime i do anything remotely crafty...wrapping gifts, building, glueing, I NEED A COCK-TAIL.

    ok steph these balls came out ADORABLE. I love these so much and they're gonna look so so good hanging from beau

    jk. hanging from your tree ;-) (obnoxious ball joke necessary)

    these are awesome! and 2 hours aint bad at all! perrrrfect christmas gift ideas too!

    xoxox

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  19. So doing this for our tree! I have a bazillion hot pink glitter Christmas bulbs left over from our wedding and this would get rid of some of them!

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  20. adorable! Love them!! I may have to try! I liked up today too! have a fab day girl!

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  21. Love it! However I think it needs an ivory satin bow hanging from the twine!

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  22. such a cute idea! love them and totally fit with "you" and beau's style

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  23. so cute! but where did summer go omg!? ornaments already!

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  24. pretty proud of you for bein all cute in a dress while you made this. my crafting ensembles include a hoodie, no bra and no makeup ... definitely not cute bracelets! cute ornament! i love some burlap!

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    1. LOL girl that is NOT a normal occurrence! We were about to leave to go to an election party when I started making it so this was a once in a lifetime thing. I'm with you on the hoodie/no bra thing!

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  25. I love these! I must find 24 hours to do 12!! :)

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  26. This is awesome!! Love your balls! tee hee. I have some green burlap at home - I must try this!!! :)

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  27. These are adorable! I totally want to make some for my tree!

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  28. Those look great! Love this idea!!!
    And I would def need that glass of vino too!

    <3
    Erin
    www.cali-landchic.com

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  29. Any craft involving burlap I can get all over!!! Love it! These are a MUST for my tree this year... I spied your pretty initial necklace, i'm dying for a gold one now!

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  30. LOVE these!!! I am totally doing a few for our tree ... I dont' know about the whole 2 hours things for one ornament though haha :( Hopefully the process will go a little speedier on the rest of them lol! They are presh though!!

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  31. Such a cute idea! Totally unrelated, but love your striped dress! :)

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  32. not only do I love your burlap balls (and somehow laugh typing that as if I'm 12) but LOVE your dress and monogram necklace!

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  33. I love them! How cute! You always look so cute, I need you to style me!

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  34. I loved this post so much I shared it with my readers for my biweekly series, Lots of Link Love!

    I'd love if you come check it out, and mayyyybe even share with your readers :)

    http://stresscasey.blogspot.com/2012/11/lots-of-link-love.html

    XOXO
    Casey

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  35. These are soo soo sooo cute! I am going to have to make them. I have been obsessed with burlap for awhile now. So obsessed it is playing a key role in my wedding. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Love those balls! :) I'm obsessed with anything that has burlap or twine these days!! My blogging partner in crime and I are having SO much fun with these link ups! We hope to keep participating every week. Hope you have a great weekend!

    http://domesticdivasintraining.blogspot.com

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  37. Love this and have pinned it myself. Now of course I just need to DO IT :) Also, I promise that one of these days I'm gonna get my shizz together and participate in this link up. One day!

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  38. I love these and need to make some for the wedding to go with the tissue paper pom poms I am going to have hanging from the ceiling. I might even be able to do this with the bigger Styrofoam balls, other than how long it took you to do the little ornament...hmm maybe if I teach my bridesmaids how to do them and just leave out the estimated time frame...I doubt anyone will volunteer to make a second one but at least I will have 7 of them made (:

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