Bookpage Decorative Spheres

Are you ready to paper some balls, ladies?

What you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam balls (I used 2 1/2 inch ones)
  • Strips of paper
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Coke Zero, dark chocolate, and music from (Okay, so these are optional as well. However, I highly recommend these items for increased enjoyment of the project and helping to keep any crass words at bay which might creep up when burning oneself with the glue gun.  Not that I speak from experience or anything.  Just a suggestion of course. :)
This project was inspired by Eddie Ross, and you can see his full flannel ball tutorial here .  I just cut strips of paper out of pages from an old book and hot glued them into place around the ball.
Just keep placing strips onto the ball and gluing until none of the white of the ball shows through.
Once my balls were completely covered with the book pages, I used strips of scrapbook paper and ribbon to embellish the balls.
Here they all are looking cute!
Hmmm… Not sure I like the upside down apothecary jar.  Let’s try something else.

Oooo, this is totally cute.  What is it about nests?  I want to NOT like them because they are trendy, and yet…I love them.

This project cost me nada. I had all the supplies waiting for me in my craft closet.  I’m not sure I’m going to keep the balls in the nest or not because I just thought of another creative way to use them on my mantel.  You’ll have to come back Thursday night to see!  Speaking of which, don’t forget to decorate your mantels and link up Thursday night at 10pm through Saturday for the weekly Mantel Party!  Grab the button code on my sidebar and spread the word.  Hope to see you there.

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  1. Melanie S says

    That is super-cute. I might even do that, and I do not do self-directed home crafts generally. I'm thinking of what I might like to cover them with – maybe some of Maren's designs!. Book pages were TOTALLY a cute idea. Good work, girl.

  2. Leanne says

    So, so cute. Once I get done with 2 science projects and planning a birthday party I'm going to make some. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    I have to do something with at least one of my mantel's this week so I can link up this time! You ARE bad! I snickered every time I read the word "balls" in your post. : ) I've got 10 years on you, Beth, and my Mom still scolds me sometimes, too! It's just that bond between parents and children {no matter what your age}.

  4. One Cheap B*tch says

    LOL! Of course I had to visit once I saw the title. Glad I did, these came out great and I definitely want to try them!

  5. Jennie says

    I LOVE BALLS!:) I have been seeing them all over the blog world! I love these ones…SO CUTE! I can't wait to try them. Thank you!

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  6. Lissa says

    Love these! How cute and easy. Love your blog, I'll be stopping by more often. And FYI: I can relate on the lady-ness thing. I normally am sophisticated but every once in a while I say "I gotta pee" and my Dad cringes. Eh, you can't win 'em all!

  7. jenjen says

    Those are adorable! Very cute and fun! I told my friends about your mantle party. I hope it's a huge success. I am still working on my Valentine's mantle. It probably won't be done until next week. I have a few more projects I want to do before I unveil it!


  8. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    Bwhahahahha!!! Love the title! Love the project even more! Those are too cute and I am filing away for my future library room!

  9. Annesphamily says

    You are my kinda gal! I love those pretty balls! Thanks for sharing and stopping by to see me. You are a talented lady!

  10. HouseMama says

    It's sad after living with boys for awhile that I laugh when I read the word "balls." My boys are not even allowed to call "them" "balls." We have to be anatomically correct around here, but it's still kinda funny in a totally juvenile way.

    Oops – I kinda got off the real topic there. I love this project. So cute!

    I can't wait for the Mantel Party this Friday. I still don't have anything on my mantel but nerf bullets and junk we don't want the dogs to eat. Gotta work on that….

  11. Gayle from Southern Thresholds says

    How clever! I think a bowl of them in a library setting would be gorgeous with some vintage papers

  12. Lisa B. says

    You did great! I hope mine turn out this well. I think the trick is how wide your strip is in comparison with your balls. Do you agree? I tried doing the easter eggs with fabric strips and I didnt do so good.

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