i should be mopping the floor: DIY Sisal Balls and Americana Jar

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DIY Sisal Balls and Americana Jar

Hi everyone, it is Rita from Pink Polka Dot Creations.  
I am honored to be here again with you at I Should Be Mopping the Floor!
Today I have a couple of fun projects just in time for your 4th of July decorating. I am going to show you how to make sisal balls in any color or size and a matching Americana jar to complete a little vignette.
DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!
I know that you have seen these rope (Sisal) balls everywhere and you might even already have a few in your own home decor.   Today, I am going to show you how to make your own...and the beauty in that is that you can customize the color and the size!  You only need a few things to make these cute little beauties:  Sisal cord, a balloon, tape and Mod Podge. See the full tutorial below>>>

DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!
1. Blow up a 5-7 inch round balloon to the size that you want. Tape down the end to make the balloon completely round.
2. Tape your sisal to the balloon.
3.  Start wrapping it around the balloon in all directions.  You can make it as filled in or as open as you would like.
4. Brush or dab Mod Podge all over the ball being sure to cover it all over with a good thick coat!
5.  Let it dry overnight or until the glue is completely dry.  Pop the balloon and carefully pull it out of one of the little holes.  (This is where it it better to leave a few open spaces when wrapping the balloon!)

DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!
Then just set them out for some fun home decor.  (This red one is showing a little bit more of the Mod Podge in this light, so if you are doing a solid color, you could go a little lighter on the glue.  It doesn't show up as much in real life as it does in this close-up)

DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!
I love this white ball.  It is just using a corded string! 
Think of all the possibilities that you could use to make these little cuties!

DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!

Then add this fun little Americana Jar:
DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!
To finish off my little vignette, I just layered red beans, rice, and black beans to make this fun little Americana Flag Jar.  You can use any jar to make one of these, I think that a mason jar would be cute too!  Just start by layering red beans in the bottom, shake or pat the beans down.  Then add a layer of rice for the white stripe.  (You could also use white beans and that would be cute, but I liked the different texture of the rice) Continue layering until you are about 2/3 of the way to the top, then add the black beans for the top.  Tie it off with some cute ribbon, jute or wire and you have a darling Americana display.

DIY Sisal Balls and an American Jar, too!
So there you have a fun little display for the holidays or really you can leave this out all summer!  This little vignette sits on the island in my kitchen, and every time I go by it puts a little smile on my face and makes me proud to be an American!

Thanks for visiting today and thanks to Kristi for letting me be here with you. 
I would love for you to visit me at Pink Polka Dot Creations and take a look around.  
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If any of you need a fun game for your 4th of July Party check out this darling version of Bingo!  It is a free printable with 10 different cards and the calling cards!
4th of July Bingo

 You will also find some fun games and party ideas here, from some of our past parties!
Happy 4th of July to all of you!

Rita always has such fun and festive decor for the holidays! 
What fantastic ideas...thanks for sharing this with all of us today, friend!


  1. These are fantastic Kristi!!!
    Pinning for sure ( I came by to thank you for your sweet comment - no reply blogger and all that jazz ) so happy I did - have to try these - would love a giant bowl of them - different sizes - in my garden !
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs from Montreal

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  2. Now this is just TOO super cute, Rita!! Pinned!!

  3. I love these!! I have several sisal balls, but I need some color ones, but haven't found the color I want. Now I can make them on my own. Thanks so much!! Pinned :)

  4. I LOVE IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!! My son & I just made those balls last weekend. How funny - guess we are on the same wavelength :)