Monday, March 21, 2011

Scrappy Little Burlap Balls

This weekend I had a few minutes (15 or so) to myself and an itch to make a little something.  I love how quick these little scrappy burlap decor balls were to throw together.


Start with scrap piece of newspaper/flyer/advertisement (I used half of a drug store circular page per ball)


Crumple it into a small ball



Using tape (masking tape would be perfect, but scotch tape was all I had within reach) wrap one piece all the way around in one direction, and then wrap a second piece of tape all the way around the other direction (the pink highlights follow the tape - it was difficult to see the invisible (doh!) scotch tape in the picture)



Cut some scrap burlap into strips around 1/2 inch wide



Wrap your burlap strips around the ball, using hot glue to affix the ends (ignore the long burlap strings at this point) 




Once the ball is completely covered, snip off the long strings as desired


From start to finish, I was able to make 5 little burlap cuties in 15 minutes.  Here they are in a simple container on a shelf with my moss covered C from last spring

38 comments:

Erin said...

I love these!! They add a nice texture to your vignette.

And I like that you recycled paper to make it! So the price is definitely right. :)

Prairie Patch said...

Those are so cute!! I love making rag balls, but never thought of making them with burlap. Love the texture.

You're more than welcome to link it up on my prim link party:
http://prairiepatch.blogspot.com/2011/03/prim-link-party-4.html

Cheers,
Tracy

Suzanne (You Made That?) said...

cute, I love burlap its a fun material to do things with. Hope your strawberry start turns out great.

Amber Branconier said...

these are so cute!
abranconier.blogspot.com

TheCraftInMe said...

I like these, easy and simple, thanks for sharing!

Ruth Yoder said...

Very cool! i love burlap!

Robin said...

Those look so great in the jar! And you are the smartest woman ever using newspaper! The Styrofoam balls are so expensive and you've found a way around that!!!
Love them!
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Megan @ {VintageHydrangeas} said...

These are so awesome! I Never would have thought to use newspaper, thanks for sharing!!!

Krafty Kat said...

So simple but I have never seen any balls quite like these! Love how they look inside the jar.

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. These are so inexpensive and simple, but they really pack a punch. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration and blog.

accordingtocarey.com said...

Really cute! One of the best uses of burlap I've seen so far.

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

These are precious! I love me some burlap and am always using it everywhere... This would be a good thing for me to do while watching TV at night. Great idea!

Deanna said...

Wow! So easy and cute!

Deanna

http://deelitefulcreations.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

Well, huh, who would have thought there was crumpled paper inside? Love them!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

These are adorable! I love that you used newspaper in the centers!

They look fab, thanks for sharing.

Jenna said...

Thanks for sharing, so cute and simple! Love it!

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

Those are adorable! Love the simpleness of them for the mantle. Thanks for linking up!

Michaela (aka Mama Michie) said...

So cute! I love that you didn't use a styrofoam ball.

Mimi said...

I love burlap and I really love these. Can't wait to gather up all my scraps and try this. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sommer said...

Oh what a brilliant idea! So simple and adorable! I would love to have you share this at my VIP party today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-8.html

Bekah said...

definitely not something I would have thought would be attractive, but I was so wrong! I love these little balls and am going to make some today for a tray I have out, they would compliment it perfectly! Great idea!

Linda McClain said...

So smart. I just bought some burlap in 3 different colors. I may have to try this.

creativejewishmom.com said...

so simple and sweet! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday, great to see you!

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Are you kidding me!!! What is better than almost free!! I am loving these! I think I see some in my future. Thank you for sharing. I'd love it if you stop by my blog!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Easy, simple, and cute! My kind of craft!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

You have got to be kidding me! I have every bit of this stuff lying around! Thanks for a great idea.

Laurel said...

How cute are these? And I LOVE that they are easy :) Visiting from ATI. Thanks for sharing, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Thrifty and cute. Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

Lindsey Stephens said...

I'm obsessed with burlap! i might have to try to make these! great idea! i also really love your moss initial! very cool!

Lindsey @ I'd Rather Be Crafting

Megan said...

wow. so simple, but they look amazing in the jar. great idea.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Sweet, simple, LOVE! You did a fantastic job. They look amazing.
Laurie
welcometotheturnerfarm.blogspot.com

Bec@littlelucylu said...

I'm SO doing this! I've got plenty of burlap hanging around, too! Woohoo! :-)
Thanks!
~Bec

Kelsey said...

These are DARLING! I love them and it would be so much cheaper then buying those decorative pre made vase fillers from Craft Warehouse! Great great job! Totally gonna copy you!

Katie said...

Love these! They are so cute and look so easy to make! Thanks for the tutorial!

miscellaneousme said...

What a great idea!

Thanks for sharing!!

Cara
MiscellaneousMe 

Ellie said...

Thank you! I've been wanting to make some decorative balls and couldn't think what to put in the middle. Newspaper it is! :)

Ann said...

I love this idea! I may try it with old book pages and see if it works... saw you on the DIY Showoff.

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