Monday, December 03, 2007

Copy Cat

I went to a Rosarian luncheon this weekend and they were selling raffle tickets for lots of great gifts. I never win anything (oh, except for a little tapestry stool that you rest your feet on and it definitely wasn't my taste- about twenty years ago) but I never give up the ghost so I bought six tickets. True to my word, I never win anything. But I can make stuff. One girl had two winning tickets (and I think it was out of three she purchased) and she got to pick from the gift table first. This

wreath was what she picked and everyone coveted it (except for the colors). (Again, bad photo of it; someone in the frame must have moved because I took a shakeless shot.) A couple of my friends suggested that maybe they could make it so frustrated teacher that I am, I said that I would investigate the wreath, photograph it and figure out how to make it and what we would need for such an endeavor. I had to go to Hobby Lobby anyway so I mosied on over, with my fancy clothes on and all, and realized that all holiday ornaments were 50% off.
The Styrofoam wasn't on sale (it cost about $5) but I used the online 40% off coupon so that made me happy. I purchased lots of glass balls, and in fact, have some to return as I bought too many. I started by lining the inside and outside with balls. I took off the ring hangy thing on the top and slathered it with hot glue and pushed them in the foam. I broke one and after that wore gardening gloves, because you need to apply some pressure if you want them in the foam. Now that I think of it, there is no reason why you couldn't use plastic balls. They wouldn't break and it would be much easier for storage after the holidays.
Then I just put a bunch of biggest balls on until I couldn't fit anymore (I did it first without glue for better placement), applied the glue and then took my stash of little balls (I bought a box of purple and gold varieties all together)
and filled all the holes up with them. This could be used on a table with a candle in it or hung on a wall. All in all, it took about 45 minutes from start to finish (even counting the breaking, cleaning and getting a bandaid). Hey, do you have 45 minutes to spare?


Anonymous said...

You did a great job of picking the colors for my bedroom.
You can send it to me at:
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Anonymous said...

I have made these before, and I found if I sprayed the white styro. ring first - it doesn't really matter what color, something that coordinates - you won't have to worry about a little show thru of the white.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am impressed. I could spare 45mins but I have never seen the little balls here. Too bad, but maybe something else could be used instead. Must investigate.

Anonymous said...

You are so-beyond talented...and tireless in effort. You should xerox yourself so we can all have a "Tommy" in our home!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am so impressed with your amazing results! I'm so inspired I'm going to head out to my local big box craft store for supplies today! Thank you and merry christmas! :)

Cindra said...

Hmmm, once again, you're the best. You need to have your own show. I know everyone would like you better than MS.

kathy said...

very nice, so professional looking and at 50% off how can you go wrong! I also love your gift card idea and may use that for some older nieces and nephews

QuiltingFitzy said...

Stunning, and as a centerpiece with a white candle, scrumptous!

Anonymous said...

It really turned out great. Beautiful work.