Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Painted Ping Pong Balls Wreath


I love the look of stylish wooden beads wreaths - made with real wood beads, and the wreaths made with half wood beads, too! And of course, the wreaths that are all the rage now, ping pong balls - faux wood beads wreaths using items from the dollar store! All of these have inspired me so much - that I just want to make one right now!  But I also have a selfish reason for making one, too!

Would you believe I still have lots of ping pong balls left over from when I made a remote control lamp out of them?  More than enough to make my very own version of this chic decorative trend - perfect for this months' Pinterest Challenge on Fall ProjectsThe purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to not just pin, but to make it happen!  And the best part, I had everything in my stash to make a lovely painted Ping Pong Balls Wreath - costing nothing for me to create! 


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Here's what I used:
Ping Pong Balls (22)
14" Metal Craft Ring
Wire Cutters
Ice Pick
Drill
Acrylic Paint/brush
Multi-Purpose Glue/Hot Glue/Duct Tape
Fall Floral Stems with Leaves & Flowers
Wired Ribbon - 2.5"
Bowdabra/Wand/Bow Wire
Raffia

Let's start with the ping pong balls:
The first thing I did was to make holes in the ping pong balls. It was easiest for me to use an ice pick to gently punch a hole in one side, centering it through the ball and out the other side. This way the holes are evenly spaced on the ball. Then use a drill just to open the holes a bit wider on each side (one at a time) to accommodate the metal craft ring fit. Quick and easy!
Next, use a heavy duty wire cutter to open the ring where it was soldered together.

And then begin to push the balls onto the ring, one at a time  -  twenty-two total  .  .  .
leaving space for a bow, floral stems and flowers. 
Next, paint the balls using a wood tone color acrylic paint. This color is called Cafe Au Lait by Anita's, an all purpose acrylic by Rustoleum that was 79 cents a bottle. Can you believe it? Hobby Lobby was out of wood tone colors in the more expensive and popular brands and I was desperate when I started looking at Anita's. But when I saw the Rustoleum label on the bottle, I knew it couldn't be that bad. And it wasn't. One coat was all I needed! 
I guess you're wondering why I didn't paint the balls first before putting them on the ring. Well, it was easier to prop the ring up using clamps while painting, allowing the balls to dry completely without touching anything. 
After the balls are completely dry, join the ring ends to close using hot glue. The hot glue will grab the metal ends right away and keep them together temporarily.  Once the hot glue cools off, add a permanent glue or adhesive to the spot to keep the ring intact. Hot glue will not hold forever and will eventually loosen and cause the ends to separate. In addition, I covered the area with duct tape (can be painted) to further secure it.
Next, arrange the floral stems in opposite design directions around the open area of the ring. Use the faux beads as anchors, gluing the floral stems with leaves in place and wrapping the floral wire of the stems around the ring for extra stability.
And of course I had to use my Bowdabra to make a pretty bow with eight, 4" loops .  .  .
folding and twisting the ribbon back and forth .  .  .
and attaching the finished bow to the metal ring using the Bow Wire to secure.
Then add additional faux fall florals like mums, and more stems with leaves, filling in gaps .  .  .
including a small raffia tie for hanging, to complete the look! 
Don't you just love how the ping pong balls look - just like the real thing - wooden balls! 
Lovely in any Fall decor!


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28 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this wreath. I can't believe they are ping pong balls and this is wonderful and beautiful. I've been wanting to use wood beads, but just felt they were expensive and I always try to make things on a budget. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! Yes, I felt the same way. Using ping pong balls is so much cheaper.

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  2. Genial, ha quedado preciosa¡¡

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  3. I would of never thought your wreath was first ping pong balls. They look like real wooden beads. Love the tutorial.

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    1. Thanks so much, Terrie! I'm glad I had the ping pong balls on hand. I love the look of wooden beads but the cost can get out of control depending on what you want to make.

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  4. I have wanted to make these wreaths but in Canada a package of six wood beads was $11. I have looked at different solutions and now you solved the issue for me. Thanks so much Gail, I love this. Pinned.

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    1. Thanks, Leanna! Those ping pong wreaths are quite popular these days. They're the best solution to get the wood beads look! I don't know who came up with that idea but they were on the ball (no pun intended) with that one!

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  5. This is over the top cute Gail, they look just like wooden beads!! LOVE it! 👏
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks so much Jenna! I can't get over how much they really do look like wooden beads!

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  6. Love this idea Gail. They look like wooden balls.

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  7. Thanks, Linda! It was fun putting this together and seeing the end results!

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  8. This is such a pretty and thrifty project! I would never have thought of this! Pinning.

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  9. What a pretty wreath! I totally thought it was made with wooden beads. What a great idea that also keeps it night and light too. Pinned.

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  10. What a cute project and a great alternative (using ping pong balls) to those expensive wood balls. Love the project.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cynthia! I never would have either if it wasn't for Pinterest!

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  11. Those ping pong balls definitely fooled me, lol! Your wreath looks great! I just made one of these using split wood balls because I was to scared to cut that brass ring like you did, lol. Now I think I need to go for it. Great tips!

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  12. I would never in a million years have said those started out as ping pong balls. What a great way to repurpose them Gail.

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  13. I love the wreath! And if it wasn't for the title, I never would have guessed they were ping pong balls. They look like real wood beads!

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  14. I've never seen any projects made with ping pong balls. Your wreath looks great and you fooled me at first thinking the balls were wood! Pinned.

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  15. Just lovely, Gail! And super smart to use ping-pong balls that are painted to look like huge beads! and so affordable too!

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  16. Beautiful wreath! And so fun made with the ping pong balls - looks just like the wood beads! This was our most clicked from last week's Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, and will be featured at this weekend's party :)

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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  17. Such a pretty Fall wreath, Gail, and I can't believe how much the ping pong balls look just like real wooden beads!

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  18. Wow! What a great look! I wouldn't have know those weren't wooden beads if you hadn't told me, hahaha.

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  19. So pretty! I need to get me some ping pong balls to make this :-)

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  20. The ping pong balls look like wood beads. This is brilliant Gail, and the way you also painted them on the wreath is also very smart.

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