As part of my spring mantel I wanted to incorporate decorative balls. They are normally pretty pricey if you are buying them in stores and I had a couple of ideas that literally cost pennies.
To add a green element to some of the balls I opted to cover them in moss. I picked up 2 different sizes of styrofoam balls, a bag of moss (left over from my topiary project) pulled out my glue gun and started gluing. With the moss, I worked in small sections and it took a little bit of time but the end result is really pretty and fresh looking.
The second style I made was a jute twine wrapped ball. I started my making a disk of rolled twine and adhering the disk (with hot glue) to one end of the styrofoam ball. This makes it easy to start wrapping the twine around the ball.
I then started winding the twine around the ball and I added dabs of hot glue as I went. I made sure not to wrap the twine too tightly, the looser you can wrap the better the coverage on the styrofoam ball.
I originally wanted to display them in a large apothecary jar I have, but once I had made them I found they looked better displayed in a shallow scalloped dish. I also added a hand painted teal Xmas ball that I received as a Xmas gift from work…it adds just a pop of color that I love.
This was a super cheap and super easy project. My only advice is to keep a bowl of cold water handy, I burned my fingertips a couple of times while working with the moss. Checkmark on the 2nd element of my new spring mantel:)