Butterfly Ball

Butterfly Ball

We already have a beautiful butterfly lampshade, and here is another super easy decorating craft idea using butterflies.  This butterfly ball looks great hanging just about anywhere in the house, from the bedroom to the balcony.  I have one hanging in the alcove between the kitchen and dining area.  Not only are they pretty,  but they can be a great way to keep your home smelling fresh too.  Simply spritz on some room 'cologne' and enjoy the smell for days.  Or try adding a few drops of Rose or Lavender essential oils and hanging one of these decorative balls in the bedroom to help you relax before going to sleep.

What you need:
  • A florists foam (oasis) ball.  These are available at most craft stores , and cost around $1.  Or you can opt for one that is a little fancier,  made out of moss or wicker for a more organic feel.
  • Artificial flowers.  It pays to spend the extra money on high quality silk flowers as they will really make your decoration look nicer.  Avoid tacky, plastic flowers in artificial colors which will just give your ball a 'Made in Taiwan' look.   I like roses and peonies best for this project,  as their large open blooms give a more natural look. 
  • Feather butterflies.  You could use any kind of artificial butterfly,  but I like the contrast of the fluffy feathers against the smooth silk petals.  Try to find butterflies attached to wires, as this will make them easier to use later on.
  • Florists wire or long pins.
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors


Directions:

  1. The first part is the most important, and the most tricky.  You will need to thread your florist foam ball in order to be able to hang it.  The easiest way I have found to do this is to drive a knitting needle through the centre of the ball to create a hole.  Then thread a large bead onto alength of ribbon, making sure the bead is larger in diameter than the hole.  Next, pass both ends of the ribbon through the hole, so that the bead is left at one end and you have the two strand of ribbon through the other.  Tie the ribbon into a neat bow and it is now ready to hang anywhere.  Don't leave this till last,  or you will have to work around all of your embellishments!
  2. Next, add your artificial flowers.  If you are using a ball made of florist foam,  you should cover the whole ball with flower heads.  If the flower came on a stalk, remove the green plastic coating by carefully gripping the stalk in the scissors near the base of the flower and twisting until the plastic coating is cut.  Then you should be able to slide it off.  You may need to remove any leaves or shoots from the stem first.  Then cut the stalk so that it is about half the diameter of the ball and simply push in so that the flower rests on the surface.  If covering the whole ball,  you can use all of the same flower, or use a combination of open blooms and buds.  If you are using a moss ball you might want to leave some of the ball showing through.  For a wicker ball,  attach the flowers by either wrapping the stem around a piece of wicker, or by  hotgluing the blossoms in place.
  3. Finally add your butterflies.  If they are on wire already then you can push them into the ball as you did with the flowers.  Otherwise you can glue them to some florist wire,  or use long florist pins to hold them in place.  Don't go overboard here:  if you use too many butterflies, the ball will look crowded and tacky.  Try to use butterflies in colors which contrast and complement your flower choice so that they are clearly visible.