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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My flower ball knockoff

Updated 6/15/10 to link up with the Dollar Store Challenge over at The CSI Project.

Remember a couple of days ago when I showed you this flower ball that I almost bought at Tai Pan Trading?

I loved the green color. But it was $12.97. Which in realty is really $13.00, and not $12.00 as my hubby reads it.

Isn't it fabulous?

I was so tempted to buy it even though it was almost $13.00. I even put one in my shopping cart. It stayed there for my entire trip around the store.

But before it was time to check out, the frugal part of me talked me out of it. Thank goodness.

Because looky at what I have now!!!!
My frugal knockoff version. In the same pretty green color. And I made it all by myself!!!

And mine cost me $3.00. Not $13.00. Take that Tai Pan Trading!

I already had the Styrofoam ball. I picked up a bunch (about 15) around Christmas at the thrift store for $1.00. Yesterday I went to Dollar Tree & picked up 3 bunches of these green flowers. And since I am not a flower person, I have no idea what these flowers are called. All I know is that I loved them at first sight. Mostly because of the green color.

Each bunch had 7 flowers. I just pulled each flower off the stem & then poked them into the Styrofoam ball. Yup, I didn't even hot glue them. I will eventually, probably when gravity takes over & they fall out. But you know me, I'm lazy. For now, they are just poked in.

I used all but 3 flowers. So it took about 18 flowers to make this size ball. And it only took me about 5 minutes. My kind of crafting. Cheap, quick, easy, fabulous!!!

I guess I should have measured the Styrofoam ball & the completed ball to give you an idea of size. But I was just too excited to think about that before I started making it or posted about it.

I'm sure I'll make another one, or fifty. I'll try & remember to post about it then. And maybe I"ll even take photos during the process. I just need to find some more flowers like this at another Dollar Tree. I bought the last 3 bunches in this color at the one I went to yesterday.

I placed the flower ball under my cloche, where it will stay FOREVER.

Or until the flowers start dropping off, or I get bored & want to change it out.

I love it!!!

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  1. Wow! Yours are so much better! They were cheaper and you get the satisfaction of doing them yourself!

  2. I love your flower ball, especially the thrifty part! I will definitely be going to Dollar Tree tomorrow, and they better have those green flowers. They're so perfectly Springy! Thank you so much for sharing your idea!

  3. Great job! I love your flower ball and it looks fabulous under the cloche!! Yours is every bit as pretty as the store bought one and you saved $10.00 too....perfect!!

  4. Hi Girlfriend...

    Kim, you are a creative genius!!! Oooh...I just love this beautiful spring green, flowery ball!!! It looks fabulous under glass too! Girl, you know that this is the color that I decorated my house in for spring...I am going to make me one of these for sure!!! Crossin' my fingers that our local Dollar Tree has the same pretty green flowers! You're absolutely right Tai Pan Trading has nothin' on you, Girl! Hehe! I love it!!!

    So happy to have you stop by for a visit, sweet girl! So glad that you like Peter Cottontail! Thank you for the sweet note! How are you doing, Sweetie? Are you keeping busy? I'm not up to much...still trying to recuperate from my Vegas trip...I'm so slow!

    Have a fabulous day, Girlfriend!
    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...I see that you did your hutch, I'm heading that way now! Hehe!

  5. This looks great! I haven't been in a Dollar Tree in forever, but I think I'll have to drop in since you are finding such treasures there!

  6. Good for you! You saved $10 to use towards other projects!


  7. I love your beautiful flower ball .. I love how you use green and white's soo fresh looking ... and I love the blue hutch in the background.
    I think you'd like the flower balls made out of lambs ear's your colors ...I saw them on a blog ..sorry I can't remember the name of it right now ...but if you go to my blog you'll see the ones I made and the name of the blog were I leared to make them.
    I just love everything you do.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugz ..Betty

  8. I love it too. And you are right, that green is amazing! All this dollar store talk and I may go in there and buy something retail after all. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  9. I love your flower ball. Your hubby totals the way mine does. Is it all men? I love Tai Pan, but it can sometimes be so expensive. I actually like yours better. Way to go!

  10. I love all the same things you do. I have a letter D on a piece of wood that I was just toying with last night and thinking of putting under a cloche and had a little grapevine wreath too. I like grapevine wreath balls and mossy things. I love it all. It is so beautiful and put together.

  11. Love this and the green color is gorgeous! It looks so pretty under your cloche! Great job - I always love recreating for less! WTG!

  12. Cute, cute, cute! Love the green, and I really love that it was less~well done!