Happy Monday and Welcome to Girls Want Pearls #27! I hope you all had a good weekend. I think the winter blahs are starting to get to me so it’s time for a pep talk. Let’s start this week with expectations of good things! Look for someone who needs encouragement today and pay it forward! Pay the coffee tab of the person behind you in the drive through window at Starbucks! Shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk! Or just say a kind word to the checkout person at the grocery store. You never know what someone else is going through and how a little kindness can lift their spirits. How’s that for Sally Sunshine on a cold February Monday?
You with me still? On to our pearl project.
Decorative Pearl Balls
For the first design you’ll need a Styrofoam ball, jute twine, pearls, straight pins and glue.
Glue and pin the twine in place: start in the center and create a cross pattern using 5 or 6 strands. This will create 4 pie shape sections. Fill in the 4 sections as shown. I found it easiest to do one half of the ball and then the other half. After the twine has dried you can remove the pins. Add pearls in a pretty pattern attaching them with straight pins.
For the second design you’ll need a styrofoam ball, 1/4 yard of burlap, pearls and straight pins.
Cut circles of burlap, approx 1 1/2 diameter, then cut each one in half. I didn’t count how many, but enough to cover a styrofoam ball, maybe around 50. Fold each half circle over to form a sort of petal and pin into the ball.
For the third ball you’ll need twine, approx. 4 feet long, approx. 5 feet of brown wire and pearls.
Grab your piece of twine and start wrapping it tightly around the wire, doing 3-5 inch sections at a time. Twist each section until tightly wrapped, then knot, add a pearl and knot again. Repeat these steps, adding as many pearls as you would like. Next take the long wire/twine/pearl strand that you have created and form a circle, mine was approx. 2 1/2 inches. Twist together and wrap in the crosswise direction forming a second circle. Twist at the intersection and wrap a third circle, continuing until you have formed a sphere consisting of 4 circles. Twist the final circle at the top and reshape any of the pieces that are too wonky.
Next week’s hint: Top Notch Upstyle
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