Friday, February 5, 2010

DIY Billy Ball Flowers

Craft time. Flower alternative time. Who did I call for help? Domestic Day! In my book, she is the Queen of Crafters. We decided to make a billy ball look-a-like out of crafting supplies. I'm going to show you how we did it. Here you go:

1 bowl of hot water
1 bowl of cool water
Dish Soap (I of course recommend something environmentally friendly)
Package of Natural Wool Roving.
Pipe cleaners or wood skewers for stem of flower

Step 1:
Cut out a piece of roving. The length determines how large of a ball you get. Just experiment at first, until you figure out how large you need them to be for your specific project. In this picture I cut out about 6 inches.

Step 2:
Tie the roving in a knot right in the middle.

Step 3: Spread out the roving evenly on each side of the knot.

Step 4: Bunch both frayed ends around the knot.

Step 5. Once you have bunched the roving together, put a small dot of dish soap in the palm of your hand about the size of a lima bean. MMMM, when is the last time you had lima beans? So good.

Step 6:
Start rolling the roving around in your hand to saturate the wool with soap.

Step 7:
Once you feel like you have spread the soap out a bit, dip the roving ball in the hot water.

Step 8:
Continue to roll around in your hands to create a ball. As the ball gets soapy, continue to dip in the hot water. I rolled each ball around for about 1 minute, and dipped into the hot water 3-4 times.

Step 9:
Once you feel as though you have rolled out a majority of the soap, dip the entire thing in the cold water.

Step 10:
Continue to roll around in your hands to dry it out a bit.

Step 11:
Stick a wooden skewer, floral wire, or pipe cleaner into the ball to create a stem.

Step 12:
Place in your arrangement of choice. YES.

Big thanks to Mr Haack Photo and Melody Brandon for the photos! ENJOY!


Anonymous said...

So THAT'S how you made those =)

Raya Carlisle said...

When you start reading this post you're like "what the...." then you get to the end you say "Oh! Those are lovely". It's a nice little surprise :) So crafty.

Sandy said...

I agree w/ Raya's comment! I had no idea what a billy ball was and I kept looking at the pictures and wasn't sure what the outcome would be. But when I got to the end I literally said WHOA, SO COOL!! Love this!!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

These turned out AMAZING! Loved them!