31 Days of Pintrest DIY: Day 28 Rag Ball Topiaries

I have been working on holiday decorations at our house. By “work” I mean looking at piles of books and magazines, internet resources and the like for new ideas. I will be the first to admit I have failed miserably. I don’t like any of them. Most are too fussy or complicated. Many are too expensive. I want something simple (that’s different than last year) and that won’t break the bank. Is that to much to ask?

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Then I saw these on Pintrest. I LOVED them! They fit the bill to a T! The only thing was, I wasn’t quite ready for Christmas ornaments yet.

Twine and rag balls

I loved these balls even more like this. They are great together grouped in this wire basket. I it’s the simple rustic farm house look with out the overkill. The monogram adds a nice touch I think.

So here’s what I came up with for my Thanksgiving mantle. I wanted something rather plain, I am saving all the glitz for Christmas. I made the rag balls and put them on top of the urns on the mantle.  Then I stenciled some burlap flags and hung them on a piece of twine to liven up the mirror. I added a few extras like my turkey candle and platter just for more interest. I didn’t have any balls of twine, but I think they would also add some charm to my display.

It took practically no time at all to make the balls. Here’s how I did it:

I have had these moss balls around for a long time. They are rather faded and worn looking, and my first thought was to cover them with burlap, but after I tried it I didn’t like it. It was too colorless for my wall.

I found some extra fabric from my dining room curtains and ripped it into 2″ strips. Did you know you can cut a slash in the top of a woven fabric and it will rip perfectly straight every time? It rips down the edge of the same thread all the way to the bottom. Then I pressed the pieces flat with a hot iron.

I started covering the balls (mine are rather large, about 6″ in diameter) by anchoring the fabric strip with a t-pin. You could also use regular straight pins. Or floral pins. You could purchase foam balls for this project (I didn’t want to make another trip to the craft store), or you can use one of your kids balls. There are lots of options.

I continued wrapping the strips around the ball, pinning when necessary to hold it firmly in place. I used 5-6 strips per ball that were only about 16″ long. If you are using smaller balls, it would be more efficient to use a narrower strip, perhaps 1-1 1/2″ wide. Then I tucked the ends under and anchored them with another pin.

So easy!

Only 3 more posts to go in my 31 Day series! Don’t forget to find me on Pintrest. I have two boards for this design series. One on the great ideas that I pinned from others, and one with my project results. Check it out!
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