Today's DIY is decorative, hanging floral balls. It's not as weird as it sounds, trust me! Savannah (from Brewtine) and I started these last week, finally finishing the project this morning. I highly suggest buying your faux flowers from the dollar store or collecting tons of coupons to Jo-ann Fabric & Crafts and/or Michael's.
If not, you could end up spending $50 on flowers and greenery alone. You can manage all the supplies for four hanging balls around $30 if planned out well. Not gonna lie, this isn't the cheapest craft.
What You'll Need:
- Drill + small drill bit (probably around the third size from the smallest in the set)
- Wood glue
- Assorted faux flowers and greenery (found at most craft stores/dollar stores)
- 1 long chunk of desert foam (found at most craft stores)
- 1 package wood veneer edging from Band-It (found at most hardware stores)
- 1 package white cup hooks, 7/8in/2.2cm (found at most hardware stores)
- Clamps or binder clips (4-5)
- OPTIONAL wire clippers (easier to split apart faux plants)
- OPTIONAL spray paint, if you would like to color the veneering
First, start with your wood veneering. For one ball, you'll need no less than three pieces, and no more than five pieces. We used three for our medium-sized balls, and cut them about a foot long each. Once you have your pieces, you'll begin to glue them together with the wood glue. Start by gluing the ends of the strips together one by one. Then, add a clamp or binder clip to keep these pieces together (seen above).
It will take about 20 minutes for the individual pieces to dry. Next, you'll layer them one inside of the other at different angles. Then, you'll add glue at the top and bottom of these layers, and clamp the top and bottom of the structure to dry (seen above). We let it dry for longer than the time we had together (3 hours), and once it was completely glued, we rebooted the project for the fun part.
Now's the time to unclamp what is dried, and move on to the foam. We were able to split the big chunk of desert foam into four square pieces using a basic kitchen knife, but it is suggested that you use a sort of special knifing tool listed on the package if you have it. Once you get your squares, insert one into the wood structure.
Now, add your flowers and greenery! I elected to use a wire clipper because I'm as weak as a mouse and can't cut through thin wire with scissors to save my life. Begin by cutting off small pieces of plant and flower to stick into the foam. Stick as much as it takes to cover up the green foam chunk (you can kinda see it peeking through in the above photo).
Once your foam square is entirely covered (or enough to your liking), it's time to grab your drill and make sure you choose the correct drill bit that matches closest to the size of your cup hooks. Drill a hole straight through the top of the veneering, and screw in the cup hook.
When it's done, it should look like this:
Your hanging floral balls are now complete and ready to be hung!
Did you decide to try this DIY? Post your photos on my Facebook wall so everyone can see!