Friday, October 10, 2008

You'll Fall For This One

Hey Kids! It's Craft Time!
(When I say "kids" I really mean you grownups
who enjoy crafting so much that it makes you feel like a kid)


You'll need the following supplies:

*Silk Fall leaves
*Styrofoam balls
or blocks
*Hot glue gun

If you're cheap like I am, you buy all your supplies at the dollar store.
However, my dollar store doesn't sell styrofoam balls. (The foam balls at the craft store cost more than a dollar.) So I bought big styrofoam blocks and used a sharp knife to cut off the corners and round the edges. Then I rolled the styrofoam on a hard surface to help shape it into a ball form. It doesn't have to be a perfectly shaped ball.Next I used my hot glue gun to glue on the leaves, making sure to overlap them so that all of the foam was covered. I cut some of the leaves into smaller pieces to help fill in and cover. It's good to have a bowl of cold water close by, just in case your fingers touch the hot glue.

And as easy as that, I made two leaf balls!
Total cost---about 3 dollars
$2 for 2 styrofoam blocks
$1 for package of leaves
(I actually used less than one package)
Plus the cost of glue sticks


What will I do with them?

I could sit them in vases.Or how about on the top of candle holders.Or I just might make a few more
and fill a pretty bowl with them.


There are so many possibilities!

57 comments:

Valarie said...

I was wondering what I should do with the two bags of leaves I had left over from the dollar store! :)

K. Tacher said...

Love it!

Darlene said...

FABULOUS...I LOVE those!!!

janapl said...

I LOVE your blog- just found it. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!

Stephanie said...

soo cute! I love them in the candlesticks!

Blissfully Enamored said...

what a GREAT idea!!! you are so crafty and creative!!!! i might just have to try this over the weekend!! thanks!

Sue said...

LOVE them...especially on the candle holders!

Cassie said...

Oh my goodness! So dang cute. I am going to be all over this one!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Those are really gosh darned cute! Dollar store, eh? Perhaps I can escape to one this weekend.

Sandy Toes said...

Kids...how about Moms too! That is so very cute! I am going to do this for Thanksgiving...love it!
-Sandy Toes

Cameo said...

SO cute!! Your brain is full of fab ideas. These look great on the candlesticks.

Salsa Mama said...

Okie dokie. LOVE it! Where do you get so many great ideas???

Deb said...

Now I know what to do with that fall garland that I have sitting in the closet. This is perfect. How did you come up with this one?

Christina said...

You just have all kinds of great ideas.

I love your shelf turned architectural piece, and love the hurricane candle holder with the spider on the side.

I enjoy your blog and look forward to each of your posts.

Nikki said...

Love this!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! How pretty! Another "doo dad"! I know what you mean about burning the fingers! Gotta love the dollar store! Sincerely, Jeannette

Melissa Wertz said...

Joy, that is adorable!

Amy said...

Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this idea!

kathy said...

THese are great -- very versatile can be used so many ways - girl you have been busy -- Kathy -ga

Cottagecheap said...

Hmmmm I am going to try this but 'green it up' I will see if I can make NEWSPAPER balls and do the same thing. :-/

I have some extra leaves to use up and bought a cute tiny faux bird cage a week ago at Goodwill and only have black ivy in it thus far! :-D

Kacey Randolph said...

Oooh - may favorite is the view on the candlesticks. So pretty!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Perfect use for leaves! I'll be linking to this.

Wendy said...

So easy. So cute. Just right for my table centerpiece.
Thanks!

Michelle said...

She scores again!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

I've got tons of leaves and extra styrofoam too. Score!! My husband thanks you, no need to shop for this one!

abeachcottage said...

what a great idea, wow you are very crafty, i would never have thought of that!

Sarah

Bonnie the Boss said...

Super Idea!!!! I bet I have the stuff here to do a couple. I won't even have to make the trek to the $ store.
You are right about the styrofoam balls I think they are a bit pricey!

Joan said...

Love all your crafty ideas.....keep up the good ideas...I am always checking out your BLOG...

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

When I first looked at it just sitting on the table, I thought....hmmm....and then you show them around the house, and I want to make 10 just like it. Do the candle sticks come with it? :)

Ms. Tee said...

Such a cute idea! I have some leaves to do this - it would be perfect for Thanksgiving. :)

Missy said...

Wow! This is only my 2nd day of "blogging" and just found yours--Fun!Fun! We have very similar ideas--mine are a tad more bizarre but at the moment I am obsesed with bell jars and skulls for Halloween! Believe it or not I made a chalk board last spring exactly the same size but black for my kitchen! I love your site! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to start sharing a few of my ideas but I'm not great with my camera and computer yet--maybe I need my kids to help! Have a great wknd!

Jaime said...

love this idea!

Life on the farm... said...

I think I have all that stuff on hand... thanks!

Meg said...

What an awsome idea!!! Crafting always makes me feel like a kid! I think it looks stunning on those candle holders!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Very cooool bowl fillers...gorgeous...and your Halloween displays....the best eye candy treats ever. cherry

Jen r. said...

Love it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Very cute!

12 weeks at a time said...

Joy, I've never thought about just cutting the square styrofoam into balls! I 've always thought that those ball were WAY overpriced! Michael's sells them for I think 3.50 a ball. I knew there's a reason I check your blog so often!

Cali Girl said...

love your ideas!

Kate The Great said...

Thanks for the project!

Christine Lynn said...

I like this. I have done a few Christmas ones but never thought about a Fall one....Very nice.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Joy,
That is a wonderful idea! Very creative and original. I may have to copy you!

AndreaLeigh said...

Love this idea! I went out and purchased the materials tonight. Looks amazing!

Amy said...

Great idea! Cheap too. I believe you can get both items at the dollar tree/store.

Screaming Meme said...

So much fun! I love your projects! Quick, easy and beautiful!!! :)

Meg said...

I have a ton of leaves left over from our wedding, now I finally have a use for them. Thanks

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Raggedy Angel said...

You have some wonderful ideas!
Beth

Frippery said...

Very nice. I think you are my kindred spirit in black and white.

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love them on the candlesticks! Great idea!

AJ said...

When you're good, you're good:)

Busy Bee said...

What a cute craft! I may have to run to Dollar Tree tomorrow! You have such a great eye for decorating and such!
Stephanie

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I like the idea of a bowl full of them! Jackie

trishia said...

Thought you might be interested- I am trying to spread the word about the Butterfly Project from the Holocaust Museum Houston. They are trying to gather up 1.5 million handmade butterflies to represent the 1,500,000 children killed in the Holocaust. For more info on how to participate, please stop by my post about it here:
http://birdsofpaper.blogspot.com/2008/10/butterfly-project.html

and if you can, maybe you could do a post about the project, too?

thanks!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

What a wonderful Idea!! I love it! Have a great fun filled day...m...

Laurel MacD said...

My type of craft! Thanks

Michelle said...

Fabulous! Great, easy idea!

Michelle
http://www.everydaycelebrating.com

blessed mama said...

Oh my goodness, the leaf balls are amazing! Just foundyour blog and I LOVE it!

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