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« on: December 02, 2011 07:49:12 AM »

Anyone have any suggestions for these? They appear to be some sort of Styrofoam, and i would assume dipped in paint or something for the various colors. Very light, so I assume they are SUPPOSED to be fillers in a vase of some kind, but Im thinking I can make something super crafty AND Christmas-y out of them!




Thoughts and suggestions?! Those tubes are about a foot tall at least! So lots to use!

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011 07:55:07 AM »

depending on you enthusiasm and patience you could glue each one to a wreath in a pattern? or a bulb?
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011 07:56:09 AM »

where did you get that from/how big are the individual balls?

You could string them and make something like a popcorn garland out of them?
i bet that would look great.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011 08:15:12 AM »

couldnt you use those for practically anything instead of glitter? theyre a bit bigger im sure but itd still work nicely. you could cast some in resin like people do with sprinkles as well.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011 08:27:48 AM »

where did you get that from/how big are the individual balls?

You could string them and make something like a popcorn garland out of them?
i bet that would look great.
I hadn't thought about stringing them! Maybe like with fishing line? Good Idea! They are about as big as a dime, except they are a fully sphere. I got them from my fiances mom, who got them from her friends attic Smiley we have no idea what they were used for originally!

depending on you enthusiasm and patience you could glue each one to a wreath in a pattern? or a bulb?

I could put them IN one of those clear bulbs they have at the crafts store! Wonder how much they are going for these days...

couldnt you use those for practically anything instead of glitter? theyre a bit bigger im sure but itd still work nicely. you could cast some in resin like people do with sprinkles as well.

They are pretty thick since they are complete spheres. Probably like the size of the end of your pinky-(Ish!) I'd LOVE to start putting stuff in resin, haven't quite learned that skill yet tho Sad

I've tried glue gunning them onto something for a school project (as decorations) but they keep melting from the heat, so no more glue gunning them for me!

Thank you for all your ideas! You rock! <3
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2011 08:29:48 AM »

A ha! Maybe something like this:
http://pinterest.com/pin/662033892/

But I think I would end up wanting to paint the outside a nice winter scene! What do you think?
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011 11:14:20 AM »

Something like this maybe? 

http://www.mamaslearningcorner.com/2011/11/childrens-crafts-sequined-christmas-ornaments/

You could layer them on before or after the sequins or skip the sequins all together.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011 12:31:52 PM »

you could also use them as a base for something like that:
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/crochet_fabric_wrapped_bead_necklace

could be used for decoration purposes too and I bet it would be so much lighter than these necklaces tend to be

I also like the idea of them inside clear ornaments. As you said they were styrofoam, it might be possible to squish them together to create a more solid filling? Maybe it would look interesting?
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011 07:45:44 PM »

Use a foam tacky glue or glue dots when working with them. This way they wont melt
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011 12:06:09 PM »

Place your xmas flowers in vase and fill w/ these colorful beads
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011 09:15:31 PM »

You guys are so awesome!

I figured I should probably just SHOW you what they look like instead of trying to describe them (terribly!)

That is a normal size pen, btw


I tried stringing fishing line though them with a needle, but whatever the coating is they have on it, it doesnt seem to like to be punctured. I was going to try to make a garland with it (thank you for the idea!) but Ill just end up destroying more than I'll use.

I started putting up my christmas decorations this weekend, and they are looking an awful lot like the berries in some of my garland/decoration pieces. Maybe I'll try and use them for more of that, or like you said, maybe put them in a vase as decor!

Thank you all for your wonderful ideas!
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2011 12:40:08 AM »

I think I would make mini dry snow globes in glass ornaments using miniatures
 from the doll house section and then put the foam balls in lose.
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2011 10:14:20 AM »

Glue them on a foam wreath form.  It'll be pretty!!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2011 11:14:52 AM »

Glue them on a foam wreath form.  It'll be pretty!!  Smiley

Oh that WOULD be so pretty! So clever you are Smiley

I think I would make mini dry snow globes in glass ornaments using miniatures
 from the doll house section and then put the foam balls in lose.

True, I didn't even think of the mini section! What a good idea!
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2011 04:46:29 PM »

You said they melted when you used the glue gun. How did they melt? Did the paint come right off exposing the styrofoam? Or did they just get sticky and loose shape. If they melted properly I was thinking about putting them in a mold and slightly heating them until they settled in the form. Then cooling it and taking them out. It could be a seasonal mold like a santa. What came to my mind first was one of those donutish shaped pans for making like an angle food cake you know the ones with the hole in the middle. Ah yes bunt pan I remember. If you have enough of them to fill one of those half way you could melt them down and make a very nifty pokadotish wreath. Thats what I would try. Although I may burn the house down. You could always test a few of them to see how they melt and stick to the pan.
http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/what-to-do-with-a-bundt-pan-300x235.jpg
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2011 05:31:43 AM »

You said they melted when you used the glue gun. How did they melt? Did the paint come right off exposing the styrofoam? Or did they just get sticky and loose shape. If they melted properly I was thinking about putting them in a mold and slightly heating them until they settled in the form. Then cooling it and taking them out. It could be a seasonal mold like a santa. What came to my mind first was one of those donutish shaped pans for making like an angle food cake you know the ones with the hole in the middle. Ah yes bunt pan I remember. If you have enough of them to fill one of those half way you could melt them down and make a very nifty pokadotish wreath. Thats what I would try. Although I may burn the house down. You could always test a few of them to see how they melt and stick to the pan.
http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/what-to-do-with-a-bundt-pan-300x235.jpg

Interesting idea! Never thought about using a bundt pan! I ended up tossing out the hot glued ones, but they seemed to warp the outside coating (I would assume its some sort of plastic maybe in the paint?) And then within a few moments it seemed the inside just melted and got distorted by the heat. But maybe I could just use a spray adhesive or other sort of glue? I've never tried gluing anything onto cooking materials before! Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2011 07:29:00 PM »

Maybe hot glue them to fabric the size of placemates. You could do an interesting swirly design, or stars, or just random dots. It could make a cute table setting  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2011 05:14:46 AM »

I just saw the the link to this on Craft Gossip.  It is foam trees covered with little styrofoam balls that look similar.  http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2011/11/18/oh-tiny-christmas-tree/
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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2011 09:53:05 AM »

I just saw the the link to this on Craft Gossip.  It is foam trees covered with little styrofoam balls that look similar.  http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2011/11/18/oh-tiny-christmas-tree/

OMG! THat is awesome Smiley Thank you thank you! I actually have some of those foams! I dont know why I didnt think of that earlier! Thank you!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2011 05:02:35 PM »

mix with  acrylic MATTE MEDIUM and press into a mold (think rice-crispy treat) to make a foam bead sculpture.

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