What is it with everyone using balls to decorate? We hang them on the Christmas tree, we place them in baskets, we even set large, shiny ones on pedestals and place them in the garden or yard! Well, let’s just accept the fact that decorative balls are a part of our lives and move on. On to another ball project, that is!
Have you ever seen a ribbon ball? It’s the type of décor piece that isn’t readily found in any old store. Even if you shop catalogs or online you won’t easily find a collection of ribbon balls. That’s crazy! The balls are so beautiful when they’re gathered together in a basket; it seems like everyone would want some!
It’s really easy to make a ribbon ball. Start with any size Styrofoam ball to make one. While you’re at it, make more than one, since one alone isn’t all that impressive. Group some together on a plate or in a bowl, though, and you’ve got an elegant décor piece that’s very unique.
There really aren’t too many rules when it comes to choosing the ribbon for this project. You’ll find it easiest to achieve the perfect look if you use narrow ribbon, but other than that, most any ribbon will do. To start the ribbon ball simply place a dot of hot glue anywhere on the ball. Place the end of the ribbon in the glue.
Wrap the ribbon around and around the ball, going first this way, then that way, to cover the ball completely. As you do this you’ll see that the ribbon will stay in place if you use a dot of glue, here and there, along the way. You don’t need to add layers and layers of ribbon to the ball. Once the entire ball is covered, and you can no longer see even a tiny bit of the Styrofoam underneath, the ribbon ball is finished.
There are several things you can do to make each ball look different. Wrap them in different colors of ribbon, make them in assorted sizes, and even add embellishments. A ribbon ball is even more beautiful if you glue on a few sequin. These can be arranged to form an image or you can just randomly attach them – but just a few of them. Don’t over do it or the finished piece will be a sequin ball, not a ribbon ball.
Gather the balls together in a basket or dish and set them on a dining table, coffee table, dresser or other area in your home. The unusual décor pieces add a touch of elegance to their surroundings!