Friday, December 2, 2011

Folklife Friday: Recycled Christmas balls

Y'all know I love recycling. I learned to do it when it was a necessity, not a popular 'green' thing to do.

So I'm at my favorite store, the Loaves and Fishes thrift shop, when I see a buggy full of assorted Christmas balls someone had donated. I loved them instantly. I bought four bags full for a grand total of six dollars.

A friend had told me about a Christmas wreath made from these balls, so I went to and learned how to do them.

I had all those pretty balls and hot glue. I did not have the energy to go to Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's to get the Styrofoam wreath to glue them to. Hub goes to the garage and cuts a 12" square of shipping Styrofoam, then cut the inside out to make a square wreath form.

After spreading newspaper over the card table, I began to glue the largest balls to the outside and inside of the wreath. Then, I glued some on the top. I used smaller balls to fill in so you couldn't see the Styrofoam. This was so fun that I forgot to take pictures during the process.

Here's what it looked like. Now, ain't that just purty??? {If you look close, you can see the reflection of yours truly taking the photo.} I plan to use it for a centerpiece with a tall candle in the middle. It was super easy to make.

There were lots of balls left over, so I plan to make another one. Next time, I will buy the wreath; I don't know if this one would be strong enough if I hung it on the door or somewhere else.

Moral of the story: Don't ever throw anything away.