Wednesday, August 19, 2009

tutorial: pottery barn looking decorative balls


how's that for a title? ;)
so i'm really into making my house a little more pottery barn looking at the moment. i wanted decorative balls, and when i started this tutorial i really liked the idea of "different colors" to add a little bit of punch as well.
so i'm going to show you how to attain the green color as well in this tutorial.
supplies you will need:
*spray paint (krylon ivy leaf is the color i used, which to me turned out EXACTLY like the color i was envisioning)
*twine
*Styrofoam balls i used small (2 in) and medium sizes(4 in), the medium were left in natural twine color, and the small ones were the green color ones. first get some twine (depending on your size of the ball will determine how much twine you need)
spray paint your twine.
let it dry, flip it over and spray paint anywhere you missed the first time.
repeat if you need to.

these styrofoam balls were in the craft area at walmart.
once your spray painted twine is dry, roll up one end just like so.

hot glue gun a dab on your styrofoam ball and place you started coil on it.
let it dry.
start adding a little bit of hot glue as you go and start coiling around and around your start

continue the whole way to the other side.

continue your coil and hot glue and fill in to the end. cut off your end. make sure your end is hot glued down.

and now you have some super duper cute pottery barn looking decorative balls.
currently i'm trying other colors as well.
will post them when i'm done!
if you make some of these show them off at the flicker group so i can see your creations!
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83 comments:

rachel griffith said...

man you are amazing.
seriously.

Kent and Katie said...

Oh yea. thats cool. Yet another "why didn't I think of that?" project...

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

You never cease to amaze me! I made some twine balls once but never thought to spray paint them! I absolutely love love love the green and have to try this!!! Your display looks so awesome!

Cathy said...

Oh my I think I could do this.. thanks for the post.

Tracey said...

Love this idea,,thanks for the lesson, going to try with red as well.. thank you!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

just perfect!! Love those!Love the price.

Christina said...

Fabulous as always. Love the idea and the paint color.

Petit Debutant said...

looks great. I was going to figure out how to make some of these in colors I liked and you just saved me the trouble. I even have the ivy leaf spray paint already!

Jennifer said...

Love these! I am definitely going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing the paint name!

Peanut Blossom said...

Sorry to be thinking so far ahead, but how cool would those be come Christmas time mixed in with just the right ornaments! Very neat tutorial, thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

V,
your gears are always turning. Love the tutorial. I love a lot of the Pottery Barn stuff and will occassionally try and see if I can come up with a way to make it myself...but I am not as successful with my idea all the time. LOL, they are great in my head and then I do the prototype and it's a mess.

breanne said...

Love them...and look how much money you just saved yourself!

We are the Zitzmans said...

Thats a pretty awesome idea there missy. I will have to give it a try. Boy do I love pottery barn.

Robin said...

What an awesome tutorial! You are a genius! I already have spray painted plates hanging in my kitchen and I am sure these will make it into my den! Thanks so much!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

I can't wait to make some of these! I'll be featuring today!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!!! Don't you just LUV spray paint? I was introduced to it by my son that does some really creative art with it. Since then I have been eyeing things to spray paint. I'm running to Wally World today. I totally luv your site.

Ashley said...

Cool! Can you believe I don't have a glue gun though?! Need to get one!

jaybird said...

you are the smartest person i know. seriously. for real. i may even try this at my brother's house this week!

Lindsay@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

GET OUT! I saw someone else make some different decorative balls, and now I can COMBINE the two! SO STINKEN CUTE! THanks!

Anonymous said...

What a super idea and thanks so much for the great tutorial. I have some of the stuff already on hand, but will need to pick up a few things. Love the green color also. Thanks for sharing:).

Janice (BellaDella's Mom)

Thimbleanna said...

Super Cute Ms. V.!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Very cute...saw you on Ucreate. I made that on a small scale in a bracelet form with yarn...
http://infarrantlycreative.blogspot.com/search/label/Cotton%20Ball%20Bracelet

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

oh my you rock! i adore spray paint and cheap projects.

Craftzilla said...

I totally stumbled this. Pottery Barn is so overpriced, nice work!

Mihills Family Blog said...

Very Cute!! Do you think it would work to spray paint after you had wrapped the styrofoam balls?

Kara said...

I bought some styrofoam balls just for this purpose! I never would have thought of spray painting the twine. What a great idea! They turned out just gorgeous!!!

A Touch of Country said...

great idea...thanks for making it easy and cheap!

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

I had a reader of mine ask if there was a cheap way to do this, and I was thinking of working up a tutorial, but now I'll just refer her to yours. I'll post a link to this on DollarStoreCrafts.com later this week.

Lisa said...

Looks identical!! Amazing!!

Anonymous said...

I did the same thing on a small indoor plant pot-- I used up the last of the hemp spool I had from my 1990's hemp necklace craze.

sarah m said...

Amazing..love it! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

PamperingBeki said...

So cute!

Have you seen the styrofoam cones? At Christmas you can make "trees" in this same way...Adorable!

Elise said...

Those are awesome!!
Elise

Angela said...

love them!!!! need to make me some now. :)

Jen O said...

Really cute. I've seen this done also with styrofoam eggs wrapped with colored embroidery floss for Easter.

The fair looks fun! We'd like to get down there for it one of these years. This is my mom's 5th year as fair chairman, and she'll be happy to know you enjoyed it. :-)

Wendy said...

Those look great!

Jennifer said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!! I so need to try it b/c I have the perfect spot for them.

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

SO DARLING!!! Don't think I am a hater...but wouldn't it be more easy to spray paint after? Prop on the top of a milk jug and SPRAY!?

Sachiko said...

Great tutorial as usual! I love the accent color in the basket!!

ColleenandKendra said...

Maybe I'm dumb, but wondering if it would be the same effect if you spray paint AFTER doing it? Spraying twine might be an exercise in futility for me!

V and Co. said...

okay here are my thoughts as to why i did the spraypaint BEFORE i glued it on.
i'm kind of sloppy with hot glue, i just figured that some glue would get on the outside as i squish the twine on, with that said i figured that the glue would show up kind of tacky if it was spraypainted after wards.
now most of you are better at hot glue than i am so go ahead and spray paint afterwards!

Deeanna said...

That's awesome! Soooooo cute :)

michellejohnnie said...

You should design for Pottery Barn because those are awesome. I featured this on somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Patsy said...

Thanks for the lesson!! Will definately be making some of these. have a blessed day!!

Sinta Renee said...

Aren't you smart! I think I can do that... thanks for the tutorial V. It's really cute. And who doesn't love Pottery Barn.

Nicole said...

Love this idea. Those cute balls are so expensive to buy. I'm definitely going to have to give this a try.

Cheri Peoples said...

This is my first time to your blog. I would love to have you present these on my new party The KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT.

Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Aja said...

WOW! Too cute! I'm going to make some of these for sure!!

Kayleen said...

OH so cute! I'm glad you posted the color of your paint, I have some twine pears that I need to paint and I wasn't sure if the glossy would look good. It looks great!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Great idea and beautifully presented!

Jenn said...

Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!!! Wow!!

Let it Shine said...

Super Cute!

Leanne said...

Great job! They look amazing. I love them. Another project to add to my list. I'm having a clipboard giveaway on my site if you'd like to come over and enter.

Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design said...

soooo smart! retailers charge major bucks for those decorative balls!

Crystal said...

fabulous!

I have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

First time here...where have you been all my life? You are definitely a girl after my own heart! LOVE this little tute.

~Amanda

Rita said...

Cool, why i don't get these ideas?
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Jessica Munk said...

Well SNAP! That is fantastic! I love your ingenuity and you home decor!!

Mindy said...

I love these! I hope hope hope I ever get around to making them... (I always have good intentions! ;) Thanks for the tutorial, V! Love ya!

cindi said...

wonderful idea, i can see my husband rolling his eyes at me when i tell him we need spray paint, twine, and styrofoam balls. haha. about that pillow giveaway, seriously v, my friends are getting tired of me going on and on about giveaways on my blog. i promised to stop as soon as i win something.... so, um, if you could help me out in the future *wink*

Anastasia said...

My boyfriend is so going to pick on me when he sees the new features to our apartment!! lol I'm making this this afternoon! Thanks for the amazing tutorial! :D

luvinthemommyhood said...

Guess who's in the link luv roundup!!!! Love this diy!

http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2009/08/link-luv-roundup_26.html

Vanessa said...

I LOVE this!! I'm so going to have to try this!

melissa said...

Love it and love the blog!

Heather said...

What an amazing idea! I'm totally going to do this!

Nancy said...

You did a great job on these!

Nancy

Katie said...

Wow you did a great job! I love making something for way cheaper than you would get at the store!

The Persimmon Perch said...

I love the green! What a great idea!

Amy said...

just wanted to let you know I shared your great idea on my blog today- thanks for the inspiration!

The Whispering Creek House said...

Very cool and I like the price better than pottery barn!

audrey said...

Beautiful! And I love your blog!

Erin A said...

I have been obsessing over these and finally made some. Thanks for the great tutorial! I posted mine on my blog, but linked to your tutorial. Not trying to take any credit away from you, it was such an easy and great idea! http://chrisanderinkeith.blogspot.com/2009/09/diy-crafty-centerpiece-balls.html

Mary C said...

I have done some simular to these. I glued beans onto the balls. I used Pinto, Red beans and Black beans for some different looks. I also used a varity of sizes of balls and sprayed them the colors I wanted and then topped it off with a clear gloss. These make awesome presents!!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

I've only been in PB once, and it was way out of my league. :>) But their stuff is cute, and I LOVE how you did this on the cheap! I linked to it on my weekly roundup - post is here. Thanks!

Petit Elefant said...

I love that you just came up with this! Now about those twig balls.....

ba and the boys said...

ok i have had this page bookmarked since...forever! and i just made some balls for christmas! red, purple and gold! they look awesome! thanks!

Shannon said...

I LOVE THEM! I'm about to head to Hobby Lobby.. I'm glad I checked this out first, I just added to my list!!!

And, isn't that spray paint the BEST?! I'm so glad they have such a wide variety of colors now!!

TJ and Whitnee said...

You are so creative, I'm so impressed by all your different tutorials and the creativity you put into them! I'd like to share a link to this tutorial on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com on February 5!

Anonymous said...

Ever thought of making one with ribbon?

A Load Of Craft said...

Linked to this post here: http://aloadofcraft.blogspot.com/2010/03/decorative-balls.html

Thanks for the tute!

Decorative Balls said...

Great tutorial! I made a few already following your lead.

Anonymous said...

Where did the metal/wire house you have the balls displayed in come from? It would be perfect for an empty spot on my shelf!

Jessi said...

Wow! I got the inspiration to make my own decorative balls from looking at Pottery Barn magazines. I came across your tutorial from a google search. Thank you so much for posting this! It's going to be really helpful when I go to make my own. I really like the green ones you made!
I found to dye the twine darker brown, you can use coffee or tea too, or food coloring... might keep you from buying the Krylon. =)

I know you made the twine ones, but you didn't also make the twig ones too did you? lol.

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