Saturday, April 23, 2011

return on creativity: thumbtack home decor ball


This is a fun and simple little project using one of my favorite things, office supplies!!!  Is it just me or are office supply stores so much fun.

What you will need:


Styrofoam balls (mine are 2.5 inch diameter), duct tape (grey), thumbtacks, scissors


Make sure to get the silvery thumbtacks with flat tops.

How to make:


1.  Cut small pieces of duct tape about five to six inches long.  Then cut the tape lengthwise into three strips.  Start wrapping the tape around a Styrofoam ball.  (Keep the pieces small in order to minimize wrinkling.)


2.  Keep applying tape until the entire Styrofoam ball is covered.


3.  Start inserting push pins trying to cover as much tape as possible without overlapping the pins too much.


4.  That's it.  You are done.  Keep going until you have enough balls to fill a bowl or a vase.

I'm off to the office supply store for more pins!

17 comments:

peasterpeach said...

Such a cute idea!

CREATIVE MIND said...

its just amazing honey..love the smart idea :)

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

woah cool idea!!

Niki said...

very clever!

Jami said...

That ball is fabulous! Never would have guessed it was made of thumbtacks and duct tape. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and share it at the Tuesday To Do party this week!

www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Smiles!
Jami

Michelle said...

This looks so neat! I love how thrifty you did it too! :) I host a party on Thursday's called DIY Thrifty Thursday and I would love you to link up this and any other ideas you have!
www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

architects hertfordshire said...

Well, this is so perfectly done and demonstrated. Thank you..!!

Jessa Smith said...

That's awesome! I would have never guessed it was thumb tacs. I love it!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

LrSchwtz said...

This is so innovative, I love this tutorial! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com for Share the Wealth Wednesday and link up!

Maggie said...

great way to use those tacks..
don't forget to add it to our linking party this week
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/04/happy-easter-2011-and-linking-party.html
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

So smart - you're SOOO creative! I never would have thought of this... : )

nataly said...

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Amy@happylittleparty.blogspot.com said...

I just love using stuff around the house!!
so cute

Life with Lucy said...

This is a such a great, resourceful idea! I agree- office supply stores and strangely delightful. Have you found any thumb tacks in any other colors? It would be fun to have a multicolored bowl full of them. Thanks SO much for sharing- this is definitely on my to-make list!

ccoffey said...

What an interesting spin on the decor ball. Great job!

Cara

http://miscellanoeusme.wordpress.com

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower! Your blog is super fab and full of awesome inspiration. I love this thumbtack ball -- so clever!!

Lindsay said...

Super duper creative. Love this!!
Vase fillers can be so pricey...what an great inexpensive but lovely idea!

-Lindsay
Delighted Momma

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