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Monday, April 19, 2010

Silver Button Blingy Decor Ball


I'm reposting this to the DIY showoff party today, May 17th. She asked for a favorite makeover and this one sure qualifies. So it's not quite an oldie, but it's a goodie!!


This is the little display/vignette at the end of the counter when you come into the house from our deck. This is our buffet counter when the fam is here and the rest of time it is Stacking Central cuz it's so convenient. A red glass vase with twisty twigs, berries, flowers and dried eucalyptus, two milk glass pieces and yes, that's a chunky tequila bottle that I've embellished and filled with glass marbles. So I've been trying to keep this counter cleaned off except for this little bit of decor and it's okay and pretty, but.......the silver ball in the milk glass urn just needed a little something, you know? It looked too much like an oversize plastic Christmas ball, which is exactly what it is. I decided to just do something fun and a little over the top. You know when you go to someone's house and you see a decor item that just draws you and you want to pick it up and handle it and you say, "What is it? This is so cool!" That's what I was shooting for.


I hied me away to my craft room and my store of silverish buttons. I opted for silver to match the ball and glued my first button on. Then it occurred to me that the ball was very slick and so were the buttons, so I roughed up the ball with some sandpaper to give the surface some tooth for the hot glue to grip.


I also pulled out some glass half marbles and some scrapbook gems to fill in any gaps.
















And I snipped the hasp thingies off the back of the buttons with my wire cutters. I don't have to show you how to do that, do I? Good.






So then it was me and the buttons and the ball and my glue gun. Put on a little smooth jazz on the CD player, some diet pop close at hand and I went to town. I threw in a few silvery stars and snowflakes and some beads......

Oooh, I like it. I like it alot! I used the little gems to fill in the spaces and some bottle caps for a bit of rustic charm and I had a good time! Ignore the hot glue strings, I dealt with them later. The hubs poked his head in and said it looked steampunky. Is that a word? I agree. It does look kind of steampunkerish.


And a couple hours later and a bit of scrubbing with a stiff toothbrush to take off the glue webs and I have this.....


So now comes the fun part, trying it out in different places in the house and seeing how it looks.



In the living room on the shelf right by my reading chair?



On the shelf in the hall bathroom, right below the mirror?



Or right there where it started, at the end of the counter when you come in the door? Yeah. That's the place. I love the way this came out! Don't you want to pick it up and turn it over and check it out? So do I! ; 0 )

I'll be joining some linky parties here pretty quick.

And here's a start!

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
The DIY Showoff Project Parade
Toot Your Horn Tuesdays at A Silly Little Sparrow
Tip Me Tuesday on Tip Junkie
Talk About It Tuesday on Blogger Chix Designs
Woo Hoo! Wednesday at Always Nesting
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
All Things Dreamy at Sweet European Dreams
Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life as Lori
Friday's at Remodelaholic
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

56 comments:

  1. WOW! That looks amazing!!! what a fabulous idea!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and joining my linky party!! Your pillows are so beautiful. And this craft ball is AMAZING! WOW. Want to come decorate my house?! :)

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  3. it looks great, such a huge difference! I really like the way it makes a statement in that little vase now! and yes, I would be the person to pick it up and look at it & play with it, I'm like a 6 year old, I HAVE to touch everything! haha

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  4. I love this...so classy and it looks like it was costly too...very creative! :D

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  5. I just love the way you used the buttons on this ball... now, where did you find all those buttons?

    Sandy
    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  6. I am so loving this! Classy! Be blessed. Cindy

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  7. I love this! You are really creative, what a great project. I would definitely be picking this up and turning it over and around. Kathy

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  8. Absolutely stunning! I love that decorative ball. It's very Anthropologyish. Thanks so much for linking to Woo Hoo! Wednesday and joining the party. Hugs, Marla

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  9. Of course I don't mind!! Especially if they are as awesome as the pin cushion and this ball. You are welcome every week!

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  10. How beautiful! Who would have thought? I also scrolled down to see some of your other creations. The pillows! OMW! You could sell those things for a pretty penny. You're a talented lady!

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  11. FABULOUS!!! I love the extra room bling!! Sparkle makes me smile! Love it!
    HUgs,
    Tara

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  12. It would definitely work anywhere you put it! I love the buttons! Where did you find all of them?!? Just collecting them? They are great!

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  13. Yes, I agree very steampunkeryish. It's great! I would never thought to snip off the backs of the buttons- would have just built up a blob of glue that probably would have broken off. IMO you achieved your goal of creating something that will make people notice it,pick it up and say- wow how cool and what is it?

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  14. What a fun project! I like all the bling!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  15. This is a great project! I love decorative balls, and I've been wanting to update some of mine, but haven't thought of any good ways to do so. Now I've found a way!

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  16. I absolutely love this idea and the ball is amazing! The metallic look, the gems,the rustic touches, the total bedazzlement. Woohoo!

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  17. That's too cute! Great idea for using those buttons and bling is always a must!

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  18. Dang! That is sooooo clever! Great job. I want one too.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  19. WOW -- That looks great there! The ironic thing is that I did the same type of craft about five years ago as a Christmas ornament. Then I hung it on the tree and it almost brought every branch down to the ground. Very heavy! I never even thought of using it anyplace else. But now I will go dig it out of my ornaments and display it someplace else (since it will topple the tree). Great Post!

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  20. Oh, my goodness! I love it! so pretty and charming! I am your newest follower and would be honored if choose to do the same!

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  21. This is really cool. I love the way it turned out. It'd be fun to make a few and hang them from the ceiling. My daughters would love this in their room and think it was so neat!

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  22. Hi there. I found your blog through Friday Follow. If you would be interested in becoming a follower of my blog, I would gladly follow you back.

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  23. Ann,
    I love your silver ball! That's some serious bling there. :) I also wanted you to know I featured your Lingerie Pillows today over at my blog! Stop by and check it out. :)

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  24. Super cool! That came out really neat! Great job!

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  25. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Love how this decor ball looks - so creative! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  26. This is wonderful!

    I love it!

    Thanks for joing Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party.

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  27. This is so gorgeous! I mean, go-buy-all-the-stuff-to-make-one-NOW gorgeous. Count me in as a new follower. :)

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  28. P.S. I REALLY love the watch face on it, too! Such a clever detail!

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  29. And, I love this too! Wow, you are so talented!
    I am going to "Grab your button" and follow your blog!
    Have a good evening!
    Leticia

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  30. i love this. LOVE. I was just about to start making my own decor balls, and I'm glad I happened on this first! :) thanks!

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  31. Hi there
    What a clever clever loveable item! I love what you did here. I want one too! Where did you get that silver ball? I also really like what you did with the drawers into making them shelves. Great ideas.
    have a wonderful day...
    and stop by when you have some time.
    Judi

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  32. Gorgeous! I can think of 100 places to put those balls around my house!
    www.uvinyl.com
    www.uvinyl.blogspot.com

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  33. Beautiful! thanks for the creative ideas

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  34. I'd love to post a pic of my interpretation of this fun project, but I'm not sure how?

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  35. Jennifer, I couldn't find an email address for you, but if you wish you can email your picture to me at makethebestofthings@gmail.com and I will post it in my blog. Thanks for your kind words!

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  36. I know I am a year late to seeing this but it is POSH! AN I did a button initial for our front porch. Buttons are sew (bad pun but a fun one!)versatile!
    Kim@repsohture.blogspot.com

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  37. My goodness, it's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. What sort of glue did you use for the gazing balls with glass beads (the ones in your banner)?

    Thank you!

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  39. Who would of thought!! you are so creative! love it!

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  40. I just found a big box of old buttons on the basement on the weekend, and this is the perfect project for them :-) I'm thinking using a styrofoam ball as the base would make the gluing a bit easier, and the backs of the buttons would be additional anchors with the hot glue.

    Thanks for the inspiration :-)

    Kelly

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  41. Very cool... love this! Thanks for the visit to our fairy house and for the great tip on resealing every spring! :)

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  42. I wish I had a stash of silvery buttons. I would so do this.

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  43. I stumbled across this when looking for ideas for displaying my collection of coins from various countries. I think coins would work as well as the buttons. Thanks for the idea! Now I need a ball.....

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  44. Another lovely project to try! The button balls are beautiful!

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  45. I love this project..this and the rocks you did with crochet! Thanks for the Elmer glue tips...I love it when we can combine art with our frugal nature...! KerryLyn

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  46. Cute projects! Love the fact that you dont have to spend alot for home decor, just use your imagination!

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  47. Cute projects! Love the fact that you dont have to spend alot for home decor, just use your imagination!

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