I am over at House of Hepworths today sharing my newest creations from my newest addiction, Freezer Paper Stencils, so make sure to stop by!  AlSO – Somewhat Simple has a logo contest going on and one of my designs made the finals!  Stop by today and cast your vote (my design is #5!).

Hi gals from seven thirty three! I’m so thrilled to be able to swap blogs with Kim today. Doesn’t she have such a fun blog?! I have really enjoyed chatting with Kim this past week and getting to know her better. Not only is she such a ca-ute girl, her craft projects are ah-mazing!!
I’m Allison from House of Hepworths!!

I LOVE making things cute! I blog constantly about anything Crafty and Thrifty.
I’m so thrilled that Kim wanted to do a blog swap with me!

I’d love for you to stop by my blog, House of Hepworths and see all the fun stuff I’ve got goin’ on.

Some of the cool craft decor I’ve made recently are my favorite cloche and my soap pump and knife block duo.

Aren’t these fabulous? I just love them!


Now for the fun part – TUTORIAL!!!

Today I’m going to show you how to make the most awesome decor balls out of beans.

Yes, you read that right. Beans.

(If you don’t know me by now, I really like creating cool stuff using totally random items.)
I saw some decor balls at Michael’s Arts and Crafts last week and my first thought was,

“Are those Beans? Seriously, beans?”

Followed by my second thought,
“$4.99 ?!?! Per Ball ?! WHAT ?!!!

Which was quickly followed by my third thought,
“I’m takin’ a picture of this and I’m making my own. There’s no way I’m paying five bucks a ball for some beans!”

And here’s the photo, courtsey of my iPhone – hence the most fabulous quality.
And here’s how YOU can create your very own bean balls.
Buy a bag of beans. Pinto Beans are a great size to work with. Also, get some type of ball – I used foam craft balls.
Start gluing the beans onto the ball. I kept the ball from rolling off the counter by setting it inside a spray paint lid.
After I started gluing the beans on I realized I should probably mark the circumference of the ball with a sharpie so my bean lines were straight.
Then I just kept gluing the beans on in a nice flat tidy row.
Be careful while making your bean balls. You know what they say about beans being the magical fruit… You don’t want any explosions in your crafting area. 🙂
Done. Cool, hua?

What good is a decor ball all by itself?
I made a 2nd one with a different pattern on it. Can you see the pattern??
Once the balls were done I primed them with spray paint primer.
Then I spray painted one black and one brown using flat spray paint.
I think they look great with the Large Decor Ball.
Don’t waste your five bucks on a cheap-o bean ball. Just make some.

Personally I think mine look way better than the Michael’s one anyway.

Michael’s ball:

House of Hepworths decor balls:

Ya, mine are better.


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Thanks for reading House of Hepworths! I hope you like what you see and come stop by and say hi!

Also, I’d like to thank Kim for blog swapping with HoH. I’ve had so much fun!!