Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Therapeutic ball wrapping ...... CRAFT ball wrapping that is !




Good morning Blogland Neighborhood. Well, we've been having more than the usual stress around here lately and felt in need of a quick and fun project to lift our spirits ...... but what .....





.....oh I know !!! Ethel call the girls (you know, our "Thurs-day Afternoon Fine Arts League" that meets on Wednesdays because nobody can meet on a Thursday) and tell them to come over to do some Therapeutic Ball Wrapping ...... what? what am I talking about? well, you know that table in the foyer .....




....this one .....



...well that bottom shelf looks pretty blah ..... at Christmas time I put xmas balls in that basket thing and in the glass hurricane thing .... and in the fall I put colored leaves and acorns in there .... but now there's nothing there and it looks pretty blah ..... I could put silk flowers in there I suppose, but thought "nah"...... so how about some fabric wrapped balls? OK .... fabric balls it is! Here we go .......




....first you'll need whatever size styrofoam balls you want to cover (and bigger isn't always better ..... ahem .... just depends on what you need them for), and you'll need whatever cotton fabrics you like , some straight pins (we used some with the little yellow balls on the top .... going for a total "ball" theme here) and scissors. (and the MBIAJ Photography Dept says to please excuse the lousy night photography since we slapped this project together sometime after midnight .... when we can do our best thinkin').....


.....so for the bigger balls, take a piece of fabric (an approximate size that will wrap around the ball) ..... place the ball in the center ....


....bring the fabric up around the ball .....


.....and secure with 3 decorative straight pins



......now take 2 little scrap strips of contrasting fabric and gather up and tie the excess fabric on either side of the ball ..... so it looks like a giant wrapped popcorn ball ....




.....and here's another one ... OK, so much for the big balls, now on to the little balls.....



....now this method of fabric ball wrapping is certainly not our original idea ... there have been alot of other bloggers that have shown how to do this (and probably better than we're describing it here) .... anyhow, we just cut some long strips of fabric (about an inch wide) and wrapped each strip around the ball and secured with a straight pin (we removed excess straight pins as we went along to keep it from looking lumpy ....)



.......so we covered 3 little balls with 3 different fabrics . All done!



......Let's see .... OK, plop the big balls in that wire basket thing and ....



....stick the 3 little balls in the glass hurricane thing ....... and we'll take a step back and see how it all looks .....



....MUCH better (I think) ... now it at least looks colorful......bright, cheerful and colorful ..... now we just need to do something about .....








.....that lamp and that chair that are also in the foyer .... well, we'll bring it up next Wednesday at the next "Thursday Afternoon Fine Arts League " meeting .....


Be back soon!
Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)