Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I am the only female in this house of six, and rarely do I have an occasion to add a little something girly in the house. Especially in pink! I was inspired by these hanging flower balls at the House of Smith’s blog. But alas, I have no little girls to hang these in their rooms. They were too cute not to do, so I made smaller versions for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece.
For this project you can raid the dollar store! I purchased everything but the vase from ours. I purchased white, pink and red packages of crepe paper streamers. I also purchased a package of 3″ styrofoam balls, as well as a bag of mini styrofoam balls that were meant as a snow man kit. They measured 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ in size. Of course you will need your hot glue gun and sticks.
First cut your streamers into 24″ strips
Then crumple the strip in your hand to soften it.
Unravel and flatten back out, then turn down the top third of the strip
Start off by rolling tightly for about six or seven turns, and then glue.
This will be the center of the flower.
Now comes the tricky part.
You need to twist and turn the crepe paper around the center point.
It is almost like twisting and making a bow tie shape.
This will take trial and error to get down. You will get frustrated and hate the first few that you do. But trust me, after a few you will be making them quickly and they get better as you go along. You definitely have to “get the feel of it”, and despite reading the directions several times I had to just jump in and work on it.
You can use the hot glue to secure your work at any point. Some just use it to start and at the end. I tend to glue a lot as I go along because I don’t want mine to unravel if my hands slip.
At the end you will have a bit of a nub from where you started in the center.
Just cut it off so that it lays flat.
Then glue to the Styrofoam form. Be sure to not squish them to close together and let them shine!
I did the pink ball on a 3″ form, the red ball on a 2″ form and the white ball on a 1″ form. Remember that the width of flowers will at least double the width of your form.
Finally, I purchased a glass container from Walmart for five dollars. I also purchased a spool of pink ribbon at the dollar store. Placing the balls into the glass container, I just let the ribbon fall loosely to take up some visual space. Final cost of this project was $11. I also have plenty of supplies left to make several more balls to add to a taller, thinner glass container to compliment this one.
Here is all three colors again
And here is just the pink and the red for a bit tighter color palette.
I think they came out beautifully! A simple, pretty centerpiece for our table to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Have a question? Let me know and I’ll try to answer it!
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