Monday, October 22, 2012

How To Make a Flower Ball

I was browsing Pinterest one day, and came across these gorgeous flower balls.  After doing a little research, I hightailed it to the store to get all of the stuff I needed.

  Let me first tell you that I did NOT rip apart a perfectly good book.  I know a place where you can buy old books that are on their last leg, and the next stop is the dump.  This book did not have a cover, and was missing about 50 pages.

Here are all the supplies that you will need.

An Old Book

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


Foam Ball

Bamboo Skewers

Paper Clip

Sharp Object to Poke Holes in Your Ball

A Ton of Patience

The first thing you need to do is rip out all of the book pages.  Then you need to make a cone out of it, and glue down the edge.  You will need to do this over 200 times.  It is a long process, but well worth it.

The next thing you need to do is, break the top of your skewer off.  I wanted my skewer 7 inches, and all I could find were 10 inches.  Then you take the skewer and slide it threw the cone.  Make sure that you glue down the skewer to the cone.

After you are done with that, you need to get the ribbon attached to your ball.  I used the bottom of a paper clip to press into my ribbon and added a little hot glue to secure it.

To insert my cones, I hung mine from the chandelier in my kitchen.  It took me a while to figure this out, but it makes it much easier if you use something sharp to poke a bunch of holes in the ball before you put your cones in it.  I used a pair of manicure scissors. 

Now here comes the hard work.  You need to use a little muscle to push the skewers through.  It is a long process, and your fingers will probably hurt after a while.  I recommend taking a break now and then.


Pretty soon it will start to fill up and begin to take shape.

And that is it my friends.  I think these are super fun.  I see these being used for parties and for the holidays.  I am making one more.  I just need to give my fingers a little break.



  1. This is really cute and clever. Visiting from Tuesdays Treasures....

  2. I love it! The type of paper you used makes it look aged and whimsical I just love it. Imagine a group of them hanging above the table at Christmas time now that would be so pretty. They would almost pass as snow flakes or stars. Great job you :)

  3. Lovely, great job! I like old books crafts and this is wonderful. For now I just decoupage a table and a wall with them but I should try something like this.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  4. Very very adorable and worth all the temporary finger pain! You can use this for decoration all year around. Saw you at Savvy Southern Style link party. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  5. Absolutely fantastic!!

    And, may I just say your home's decor is to die for!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. So cute! Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. Hopped over from Liz Marie! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

  7. Love Love Love this!
    I made a book page wreath & my fingers are still recuperating!
    On putting this on my to do list!

  8. I love how it turned out! A bit of red ribbon and it's perfect for Christmas!! Great job!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  9. This is so awesome! Definitely on my "must do" list. I have seen these before but never a tutorial. Thanks for breaking it down.


  10. This is really neat! I expect it took a lot of patience but it looks like it was worth it!