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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY: Hemp Ball Accents

We love these and think that they have an incredibly earthy feel to them, even when painted in fun and bright colors.  You could easily whip up a batch of these for every season!

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Nice and tightly wound with hemp cording.
All snug in one place.
How I did it?
I found some thick hemp cording at Wal-Mart in the craft section……or maybe it was with the jewelry supplies. I also found 4 inch styrofoam balls there as well.
I started by smashing one end of the cord into the styrofoam ball, nice and flush with the surface of the ball………..so that I wouldn’t have a lump after I started winding.
Do you see from the side that it’s pretty flat against the ball?
Anyway, then I used a hot glue gun to start winding the cord around itself.
Then added more glue as I went, and winded more and more cord, flush against the ball. (Place your glue right on the styrofoam ball, up against the edge of the cording.)
I kept winding, only using a little glue at a time (maybe 4 or 5 inch narrow line of glue on the ball, right next to the cording), and then pressed the cord nice and tight to the ball. Sometimes I had to smash what I had, against the ball, just to keep a nice contoured spherical shape…..
(See, how the first end of the cord is almost completely hidden on the right but there is no bump above from it being there?)
I kept winding, and kept it pretty tight. And made sure to keep the rows nice a close together.
And then at the end, I wound up the last little bit without glue to see how much I would need, then snipped off the end.
But make sure to have enough to tuck the little end piece under.
And then glue and wind the last bit down. Smoosh it firmly in place to keep a nice symmetrical shape.
Then I used spray paint to customize the color of cording on some of them. This is a great way to match already existing decor.
And left one plain.
Then tossed them all into that wire basket up on my entertainment center. Now my eye isn’t always drawn to that empty basket.
Ahhhh…….

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