Monday, December 12, 2016

Make it Monday: The One with All The Balls

Let's be clear: I'm no craft expert. I like to make stuff, and sometimes I knock it out of the park. Sometimes, not so much. But it doesn't stop me from doing it. I'm going to share some of my recent hits and misses, starting with my favorite project this season.

Behold the magnificence of the finished product!




This was an easy make, the perfect colorful and festive decoration for my door. I was pretty damn proud of that wreath. The perfect craft is one that's easy and inexpensive to make but has a big impact and looks expensive. This is the perfect craft, and I put a lot of thought into the wreath. Maybe a little less thought into the hanging of said wreath.

Behold, the magnificence of the finished product.



This is when I learned that a removable sticker backed hook is maybe not the perfect device for hanging things on glass. Thankfully, the myriad of balls were plastic so there were but a few casualties.

It could have been so much worse.

Here's how I did it if you want to make your own wreath of all the balls. Just make sure you've got a sturdy hook.

Materials:
  • Metal wreath frame (styrofoam may also be used but I couldn't find one in the size I required)
  • Plastic ball ornaments of various sizes and colors (the glitterier, the better). These can often be found at big-box stores in a kit that's usually on sale. I found mine for $14 at Lowe's, and it included 3 sizes of ornaments. I used about 100 ornaments for a 24" wreath frame
  • High temp glue gun and lots of glue sticks
Instructions:
  • Find a nice, big workspace and cover it with newspaper to contain the glitter and the glue and any wine that might get spilled.
  • Separate your balls by size. This is a fun task to delegate to your teenage son because every time you say "ball," there will be blushing and eventually he will give in to the madness and join in the joking.
  • I started with the largest size and glued them around the middle of the frame. I like the metal frame because the ornaments sort of fit in that channel and I just stuck the top of the ornament through the back. I alternated adding the ornaments, gluing them down at the four points of the compass and then filling in—makes for a more stable product as you're working on it because for this first layer, it's easier to work with the wreath upside down and your balls on your work surface so you can glue from the back.
  • Pour yourself a glass of wine because your fingers keep getting burned and this is a bigger undertaking than you thought it would be.
  • Flip your wreath over and wonder for a minute if you're a manic genius or idiot for taking this project on. Continue to build up your wreath by next gluing the medium sized ornaments around the outside and inside of the wreath, placing the smaller balls into the gaps between the larger balls. Don't overthink this part: if the gaps are larger, use larger size ornaments. 
  • Fill in gaps by gluing in smallest size ornaments until you're happy with it or you run out of balls. I added some foam bulb-shaped ornaments with the balls to mix it up a bit.
  • Show off your craft expertise to your family. Explain how you "just made Pinterest your bitch" and complain about how "glitter is the herpes of the craft world" for the next two days when you find that stuff everywhere.
To hang the wreath, I first added spacers to the back—gluing a few corks would work. I had adhesive felt pads like the kind you put under your chair legs, and stacked up a few so they were about an inch thick—this is to protect the glass or the wall where you're hanging your ball masterpiece.


I'd love to tell you the best way to hang your masterpiece, but obviously this is not my specialty. So, good luck with that. Pinterest obviously didn't take kindly to that bitch reference and has gotten its revenge.

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