(you see that? my title is a play on words, haha)
Alright. How many of you have noticed the decorative spheres that fill random bowls, glass vases, and other various otherwise empty objects? They are everywhere. And they vary in what they look like, from foliage, to tiles, to strings; I mean the list goes on and on. Do you know what I’m talking about? Let me give you a visual:
I mean, they’re not just for Christmas decorations anymore. We’re talking year-round randomly scattered throughout the house, purely decorative spheres. The only problem is, even at Hobby Lobby they can be a little pricey. Now, you may not be interested in the wonders of having sphere-shaped objects in your home, but as I’ve mentioned in past posts, I have a thing for circles. I’m not alone you know. After all, the symbol for marriage is a ring, which is in fact a circle. But I’m getting off topic…
So why bring this up today? Well, if any of you have ever watched a craft or home improvement show, you’ve probably seen this very simple trick to make your own decorative spheres.
After all, they are very simple to make and can look just as good as the store bought kind. Take a balloon, take some yarn dipped in paste, wrap it around the (inflated) balloon, let it dry, pop the balloon, and ta-da, a beautifully simple decorative sphere. Now if you’re like me and have a bunch of random yarn laying around, this is a GREAT way to get rid of it. You can hang them as decorations, toss them in a gift basket for flair, fill a random container with them, even stick them over a light bulb and make them into lamp shades. Loads of possibilities for this one. Look at the application in this picture below. I think its such a beautifully simplistic way to add something extra to this outdoor table setting.
Plus, it doesn’t have to be yarn. There are plenty of other kinds of string you can use. And it doesn’t have to be string. Take a solid foam ball from hobby lobby and glue a bunch of grass to it! Congrats, you now have a decorative, foliage sphere. Not the greenery type? How about paper-mache? Or even taking clear Christmas bulbs and filling with things like rocks, beads, rose petals, coffee beans? You could decorate all the nooks and crannies in your home with these crazy spheres.
This is what I love about the idea process. You see one way do to something, then find a million different ways to do it using the same concept. I definitely want to try making some yarn balls sometime because I think they add a little rustic touch to a room. And I love those tall clear glass vases and the idea of changing out the things you put inside to match the season or just for variety.
So has anyone ever tried making these, or bought a decorative sphere of some kind for their homes?