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« Reply #130 on: December 11, 2007 08:41:37 PM »

Where you get your balls.  I looked at Hobby Lobby and could only find the flaky type styrofome balls.  Yours look like a smooth type.  thanks.  catdaddytn

« Reply #131 on: December 12, 2007 07:18:43 AM »

wow!  Now that I've read more of this thread, I see that my question about where to locate the smooth styrofoam balls is a common question.  I found a website, but unfortunately I forgot to save the name of it and also, I'm unsure if these are even the right type.

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I did see the smooth foam stuff in shapes other than balls at Hobby Lobby.  Does WalMart carry these balls?  We don't have a JoAnn's.  I might order some, but would like to have the smoothies, now.

I've seen this idea or similar, using pieces of men's ties.

thanks.  catdaddytn

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« Reply #132 on: December 12, 2007 08:20:36 AM »

I couldn't find the smooth styrofoam balls anywhere.  I tried 2 joann's, 3 hobby lobbies, the dollar store, a menards, and target.  I ordered them from this site.
I found this site online that still has the Dylite foam balls in stock - and at a decent price...JoAnn's has them in thier online store - but they are sold out right now.

This is the cheapest I found with shipping etc.


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Here's my first one.  It's kind of messy, I will probably add some ribbon at the seams.  I should also use fabrics with more contrast.

« Reply #133 on: December 12, 2007 09:38:48 AM »

I am somewhat craft challeneged but I made these ornaments for my boys this past weekend and I am so happy with how they turned out.  This was a very easy project and your tutorial rocked!  

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« Reply #134 on: December 13, 2007 07:01:59 AM »

I have found a nice way to make 'hooks' onto the balls. I use a little piece of ribbon. Fold this round and pierce a pin through the ends. Apply the pin into the ball - et voila! A nice little hook.


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« Reply #135 on: December 13, 2007 07:06:33 AM »

I love that people took this tutorial and flew with it. Must admit that I grabbed some fat quarters at Joann's to make one for our Secret Santa at work. They had no balls there so I might stuff it with yarn bits... a very lumpy ornament. Cheesy

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« Reply #136 on: December 13, 2007 06:19:32 PM »

boy do i wish i had read this entire thread before running off to make these.  i too got the BAD kind of balls... and had a heck of a time.  i didn't even finish two panels, let alone a whole ball.  they are now serving as cat toys for my curious little one.  lucky for me, i have the day off tomorrow, so i guess i'll go scoot about town until i can get my hands upon the "good" styrofoam balls.  lucky for me we have two joanns (one is HUGE), a couple targets, a couple walmarts, ac moore, michaels etc.  wish me luck!

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« Reply #137 on: December 14, 2007 05:13:52 AM »

I bought a huge box of these for around a buck a piece...they are fast and very reasonably priced.

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« Reply #138 on: December 14, 2007 08:03:30 AM »

Upon reviewing some craft books, I saw some ideas that go along with these with a little different twist.  One is to use pieces of men's ties.  Another is to use just random fabric pieces in the same way.  Another similar one was featured in last years' Women's Day by using a trim around the various sections.

thanks.  I need to get started, even it's using the crunchy styrofoam.  Why are these "good" balls so hard to locate?

« Reply #139 on: December 16, 2007 08:18:21 AM »


hey if you can't find the "good" balls. I had a huge box of those really cheapo string wrapped ornaments. Just pull out the top and rub your thumb or finger across the bottom to get the string to come off and you get a perfect "good" polystyrene ball. Any place that sells ornaments has them.

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