Is there anyone who really knows how balls as decorations became so popular? How people began hanging glittery balls on Christmas trees or started making pretty balls that are placed in baskets and set around the house? Well, no matter how the trend got started it’s still in full-force today. Only now, there are many unusual techniques for making decorative balls. Never again will you pay big bucks for balls when you can pay little bucks for balls!
So, to start, you’ll need some Styrofoam balls. Decide if you want the set you make to be all the same size or assorted sizes. You can find Styrofoam balls in a number of sizes that will help you make a cute variety of decorative balls. Besides the adhesive you likely have everything else you need to make the balls already at home.
When it comes to attaching items to Styrofoam balls it can be kind of tricky. If you use glue that takes awhile to dry the beans or other items can begin to slide off while the glue sets. Hot glue isn’t a good option because the glue can melt the Styrofoam as well as leave the embellishments looking lumpy. Spray adhesives work really well but you must find one that won’t melt the Styrofoam since many adhesives will.
You’ll have the most luck attaching dry beans to the ball when you first pour the beans into a shallow container. The container needs to be large enough that the entire ball will fit in it even if the beans don’t completely cover it all at once. Apply the adhesive to a portion of the ball then dip the ball in the beans. Allow enough time for the glue to set so that you can handle the area that has the beans attached. Continue to apply adhesive and dip another area of the ball until the entire thing is covered.
Make bean balls, dry pea balls, rice balls and more. A small list of the things you can glue onto the balls includes sequin, dry potpourri, small beads, bark chips and even tiny bells. With this technique you can make a basket full of balls with a country theme, a holiday theme or even just sparkly balls. They look great when you gather several of them in a basket and set them in the living room, dining room or bathroom. Mix various sizes of balls and even different shapes to create a masterpiece that’s a welcome addition to your existing décor.