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Decorate My Home, Part 13 – Hemp Ball Accents

I finally added something to that wire basket on our entertainment center.
It was shouting at me to fill her up.

So I did.

With some hemp ball accents.

Nice and tightly wound with hemp cording.

All snug in one place.

How I did it?

I found some thick hemp cording at Wal-Mart in the craft section……or maybe it was with the jewelry supplies. I also found 4 inch styrofoam balls there as well.

I started by smashing one end of the cord into the styrofoam ball, nice and flush with the surface of the ball……… that I wouldn’t have a lump after I started winding.

Do you see from the side that it’s pretty flat against the ball?

Anyway, then I used a hot glue gun to start winding the cord around itself.

Then added more glue as I went, and winded more and more cord, flush against the ball. (Place your glue right on the styrofoam ball, up against the edge of the cording.)

I kept winding, only using a little glue at a time (maybe 4 or 5 inch narrow line of glue on the ball, right next to the cording), and then pressed the cord nice and tight to the ball. Sometimes I had to smash what I had, against the ball, just to keep a nice contoured spherical shape…..
(See, how the first end of the cord is almost completely hidden on the right but there is no bump above from it being there?)

I kept winding, and kept it pretty tight. And made sure to keep the rows nice a close together.

And then at the end, I wound up the last little bit without glue to see how much I would need, then snipped off the end.

But make sure to have enough to tuck the little end piece under.

And then glue and wind the last bit down. Smoosh it firmly in place to keep a nice symmetrical shape.

Then I used spray paint to customize the color of cording on some of them. This is a great way to match already existing decor.

And left one plain.

Then tossed them all into that wire basket up on my entertainment center. Now my eye isn’t always drawn to that empty basket.


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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. sarah indy says:

    Wow! These are great…I was going to buy some but couldn’t find the right colors – then I was going to make some but couldn’t find the colored cord. Thanks so much – your post saved the day :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Oh these are so cool! I love that you spray painted them to go with your decor. So pretty & so easy, love it!

  3. Caitlyn says:

    OMG!! So glad I found this link! I have been wondering how to make these! Thanks so much for the tutorial and when I make these I will be sure to credit you and link to your page! <3

  4. Michelle says:

    Ashley, it's been so long since I've come to your site but I'm glad I came and looked! So far I have made one of these and it turned out perfect! It's time consuming but very easy! Thank you for the idea!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Want to try these hemp balls, they are so clever and so are you my dear lady

  6. gaia in love says:

    I really like it! I used this idea in my post and linked back to your home page and your tutorial.

  7. Silent Princess says:

    i just went through all of ur home decorating posts and its so amazing!!! i mean u come up with such great ideas and everything look so beautiful and nice… luv ur blog ashley

  8. Cami says:

    Let me join the others in saying how much I love this idea! If you are interested, I posted my take on them over at
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  9. Amy says:

    So gorgeous! I'm linking to my blog, I love it! :) You've got fantastic ideas, I can never wait to see what's next! Happy weekend! :)

  10. Josh and Juli says:

    I love this idea! And seriously, the colors are the exact colors of my living room – how'd you know? Thanks for the idea!

  11. Ashley says:

    I bought a big ball of it, and the label said 64.5 yards. I used about 3/4 of it for the 5 balls. Hope that helps!

  12. Paige says:

    I have an empty basket that I was going to do felted balls for…but these are dang cute too! I might have to finish it with clearcoat–I have kids that like to pick at things if they can….

  13. Kenton and Brittney Anderson says:

    Adorable! I was wondering, how much hemp is required for each ball? I just want to know how much to buy!

  14. Sarah says:

    I need to see pictures of your whole house!!! I love this! it makes me want to redo everything in my house!

  15. Kris {The Freestyle Mom} says:

    I've always been a little lerry of the decorative ball idea. But these, these I can get behind. Awesome!

  16. Midnight Rambler says:

    Very nice! I have done this before with styrofoam eggs and small pearls. I fashioned ribbon hangers for them and hung them on my Christmas tree, which at that time was Victorian themed. They were really pretty, but boy oh boy does that hot glue hurt when it connects with your fingers when pushing those little pearl strands into it!

  17. Jen Caputo says:

    awesome! awesome! awesome! I am in love with these :)

  18. Smith Family says:

    How C.U.T.E!!!! Thanks for another cute project to add to my list! Must do this one soon!

  19. eakuban says:

    Love these balls! I would have never thought to spray paint them! God has given you such a gift fro being crafty (and thrifty too) !! I love that you enjoy sharing all your secrets! Thanks!

  20. Jana and Brett says:

    These are amazing. We are looking to move and I'm a little nervous with all the empty spaces I will have, cause we have lived in an apartment for 6 years. :0) This will help! I love your creative style.
    My friend has a blog I think you will enjoy….
    check her out!

  21. sneezerville says:

    that's such a cool idea.

  22. Helen190390 says:

    whenever i saw those balls in craft shops, i always wondered what people used them for! now i know! they look so cute, wish i had the patience to do that many of them! they look great.

  23. Lanie Ree says:

    These are SO pretty! I was gonna comment on how darn expensive styrofoam balls are, but I just saw that a few people have beat me to it. I guess I'm heading to wal mart :)

  24. Ashley says:

    Hepworths…..oh yes, walmart was much cheaper. I found the styrofoam balls there for $2-$3 for a package of 2. I saw them at Michaels too but couldn't bring myself to pay that much.

  25. Hepworths says:

    Those are great! I was actually going to make one today (before I even saw your post!) but those balls were $5 each at Michael's. Are they cheaper at Walmart? Great idea to spray paint the hemp. I would have never thought of that.

    Allison @

  26. My Everythings says:

    genius. love them.

  27. jessica says:

    oh so nice. looks great nesting in the basket.

  28. The Short Mom says:

    What a great idea and they look great! its amazing what spray paint can do

  29. Andrea and Casey says:

    I made some just like these and love them! They really are so easy to make. For one of the balls, I braided the twine first and I love the look- too bad it took forever. haha

  30. Devin and Andrea Hatch says:

    Those are so cute! I think I'll have to give those a try. Thanks for the tutorials!

  31. jodi says:

    I really like this. Maybe I'll even get around to doing it too. ;)

  32. Annette says:

    What a lovely idea!!!

  33. sandandstarfish says:

    This is amazing! Great job and super easy instructions! I think me and the lil 18 month old I have will love putting these together. Mine with glue and hers with… I'm sure she'll just want to play with the balls! Thanks!

  34. Jessica says:

    definitely going to have to try this. thanks for sharing!

  35. lajamison says:

    Amazing project idea!

  36. The Jorgensen's says:

    Oh Ashley! It was like you read my mind. This is exactly the project I have been needing. I have a beautiful silver bowl in my living room that needs something in it and these are PERFECT!!!! Thanks a ton!

  37. Kris and Megan Wright says:

    wow looks like something even i could do! love your blog!!

  38. Laura says:

    LOVE this idea! I am going to make some this week for sure! Thank you!!

  39. MelissaD says:

    What a neat idea!!!

  40. The Neglected Nest says:

    I've been looking for an easy project to fill a naked basket of mine. I think this is the winner!

  41. the thrifty ba says:

    i amde some of these for christmas and you have took took at the photo of my back yard…

  42. Cassie says:

    So cute….these balls are so expensive at the store. I wish I didn't have so many projects to do right now. I am going to remember this for later!
    Thanks for sharing.

  43. Jessica says:

    I love these! So easy and very fun. I have a flower basket that these would be perfect in. :)

  44. Jeanette says:

    Your creativity is AMAZING! Thanks for posting so I can copy:)

  45. Tif says:

    These are great! I have an empty metal basket that is just waiting for these!

  46. Anna, czyli Krulik says:

    Great! I love them!

  47. Angie says:

    So pretty! I have an entire roll of hemp. I think I feel a project coming on….

  48. Nori says:

    those look beautiful! i love how you painted them. thanks for sharing the great tutorial!

  49. ~*~ Stephanie ~*~ says:

    Fantastic! I saw these somewhere else recently done in greens and oranges… the colors you have done are the colors I am planning for the living room… NOW I am definitely going to make the balls after seeing them in the same colors!

  50. Anissa says:

    What a perfect idea. I was IMing with my sister about it and we thought you could even add embellishments to the balls to spice it up even more. Either to the outside of the finished ball or smashed into the ball as you wind, winding around them as you go. SO CUTE!

  51. Ashley says:

    Oh, and sorry flutterby, the blue is Bahama Sea by Krylon. Hope that helps!

    1. Meliessa says:

      Thanks for the name of the blue color. Do you remember the names of the other two? I’m just so in love with how the three look together. This is exactly the color scheme I want for my house! Thanks!!!

  52. Brianne says:

    Thanks! I have been wanting some decorative balls for a glass hurricane I have on my dining room table but the ones in the store are so expensive. I love these ones and that you can paint them to match! I hope to make some soon!

  53. Ty and Whitty says:

    I love this idea thank you so much for sharing I can't wait to try it

  54. Mary Beth says:

    I adore these balls! I have some hemp that is smaller in cording, I will see if I can do something similar! I am not using it for anything else! Awesome idea. Thank you for the inspiration!

  55. Ashley says:

    Hey, Amber, I adjusted the directions to explain that a little better…..but you place a line of glue right on the ball, next to the cording. It will kind of ooze a little bit and will squish in between each line of cording as well. Just give it a try….and you'll see how that works. :)

  56. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    I love those!!! Great job!

  57. Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    I always feel happy when I read your posts! Thanks for inspiring me!!

  58. brandy says:

    Once again a perfect and simple craft! Thanks! I saw on Living with Lindsay, directions for dying twine. Spray painting it for this project is SO MUCH easier! I have some black wire baskets above my refrigerator that NEED some of these balls!

  59. Amber says:

    Ok, I might be a little slow but I'm wondering when you were winding and glueing were you glueing to the styrofoam or to the hemp? Does that make sense? Or were you glueing to both?

  60. Leanne says:

    They look great. I'm going to have to try these. I love the idea of spray painting them.

  61. Flutterby says:

    The colors you've chosen are beautiful! What is the blue color of spray paint you used?

  62. Serene is my name, not my life! says:

    Oh I love this! I know exactly where to put them! Thanks!!

  63. Carol says:

    Oh how awesome. I have bought various decorative balls for a bowl in our den. They have all, at some point or another, been picked up and dropped and smashed against the floor! Wouldn't hurt so much if I had made them myself so inexpensively! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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