Last week Mother Nature partied like it was 2016 at our house.
She shook her thunder and filled the sky with flashes of light and rained down buckets of drops and sent three feet of water rushing through our yard at lightning speed (pun totally intended).
And when the morning broke, the yard and driveway and fields were full of this.
Or giant logs.
Or mud-covered sidewalks.
I see opportunity.
A wonderful, glorious, amazing opportunity to make this……
Let’s start with a little closer examination of our debris pile.
See all those twigs?
Stacks and stacks and stacks of twigs that you could use to make this.
A twig wood sphere.
I’ve seen these before in the store and they were dozens of dollars.
You can make your own with a balloon and a little hot glue.
And here’s how I made it.
Start with twigs.
Mother Nature broke most of them for me, but in case she didn’t stop by your house, gather twigs from outside and break them into 4″ to 5″ pieces.
I used about 45 for the project.
Next, blow up a balloon.
You can make it as big or as small as you want, depending on the size of your sphere.
Make sure to get standard balloons (or a little thicker if you can find them). You don’t want thin water balloons because those might pop in the middle of your project.
Place the balloon in a bowl. This helps stabilize it when you are adding the twigs.
Start by gluing a triangle of twigs.
It works best if the twigs are all approximately the same size.
I partnered with Elmer’s to make this project and used the Craft Bond glue gun.
I love how easily it works with the glue sticks and how it really gave me control over how much glue I wanted to apply to the twigs.
Place your twig triangle on the balloon and start layering in more twigs.
Try not to glue directly to the balloon, it just makes more work later.
Here’s a close up of the twigs so you can see the basic pattern.
You don’t really need that much hot glue to hold the twigs in place.
Simply repeat this pattern over and over, it will give your sphere stability.
Continue gluing twigs around the balloon until you have completely covered it.
Check the sphere one more time to make sure you don’t have any holes left you need to fill.
Trim off excess strings from the hot glue.
And then all you do is pop the balloon.
It deflates and leaves behind the wood sphere.
There is a moment where you go yikes because now you see all the hot glue strings left behind when the balloon pops.
Just trim all the excess glue and pull the balloon out from the center of the twig sphere (now you can see why you want to avoid gluing onto the balloon because it really sticks to the wood).
And when you are done you’ll go from this.
It really was an easy project.
And just between us….
….have you ever seen debris look any cuter. 🙂
PS Now if I could just figure out a project for all those logs.
I designed this project in collaboration with Elmer’s.
All opinions are my own.
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