For every wedding, there is a style. You may be a rustic dreamer or a bedazzling glamour girl; regardless, your wedding has your special touch or expression. Unfortunately, sometimes those little details can break a budget. Thankfully, DIY projects have taken over the wedding world and have chalked the blogs full of advice and ideas for cutting budgets with a little tape and glue. Thank goodness those craftsmen out there have conjured up ways to make everything from centerpieces to hanging decorations. This DIY project is great for any style- rustic to classy. Hang them in a barn, from the trees, as a backdrop for the ceremony or in the church. They’re fantastic and can even be used after the wedding for household decorations. It’s going to take some work, time, and patience, but they’re worth it in the end!

Photo Credit: Brianna Wilbur

Photo by: Brianna Wilbur

Here are the steps to completing the puffy balls:

  1. Decide the size you’d like the balls to be. Keep in mind that the bigger the ball, the more time it will take to complete them.
  2. Go to the nearest craft store (Michaels, A.C.Moore, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and find styrofoam balls. These come in packs and are also sold individually, so plan accordingly. Think back to step one when you’re picking out the balls – find a size you like and add roughly 4 inches to it and that will be the size of the final project.
  3. Head to any grocery store around for coffee filters. (It would be to your benefit to look for coupons because you’ll be buying a lot of these!) You’ll want to get a ton of white, medium coffee filters. A 3”-4” (in diameter) ball will use around 300-400 coffee filters. It sounds like a lot but in the end, it pays off – I promise!
  4. Now’s the fun part. You’ll need a hot glue gun in a few minutes, so get that plugged in and ready. Open your coffee filters and begin smashing them. WAIT! Don’t just crumple them up! You’re going to want to take each filter individually. Rest your pointer finger in (roughly) the center. Squeeze the filter around your finger. They don’t have to be perfect, but remember that the more you pay attention to detail, the better they’ll turn out. Do this step to a bunch of the filters (it just saves on time so you don’t have to set the glue gun down every 2 seconds.
  5. Once you’ve accumulated a pile of filters, get the styrofoam ball. You’re going to begin by putting a dot of glue on the tip of the filter. Hold it against the ball until it stays. For the first few, it’ll take a couple seconds for them to really sick. After awhile they’ll start to hold each other up.
  6. Fill the rest of the ball this way. For the best results, keep the filters tight together. If you need to, fill in gaps and spaces once it’s finished. Use a pencil to push the filter against the ball. Leave a gap (one or two open spaces) at the top of the ball.
  7. In the open space, twist a screw into the ball. Screw it in enough that it is secure but out enough that you’ll be able to fasten a string to it.
  8. Attach the string and you’ve finished your first ball! It takes some time but in the end, it will be worth it!

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