Guest Post: Lish from Imprintalish

I'm crazy excited to post Lish's tutorial today because it's such a cool project... when we were talking about this exchange, I wasn't sure what kind of project I was hoping she'd offer or I'd suggest, but I immediately announced that this was my favorite of her projects (obviously I played it real coy there...) because this is just one of those things that I would LOVE to have if I had a house or a place to put it... I think it makes her son's room look like a modern art museum! And I have to say that I owe Lish a HUGE thank you for her persistence in getting this post together because she was going to write up another project, but because she's not Martha Stewart (or one of her 700 staff members/magic elves), it didn't quite work as planned, but she still managed to get this together in about ten seconds! So, without further ado, here's Lish!


Hi everyone! Isn't Mel just the sweetest most craftiest person you've meet!? If you read her Crafty Interview yesturday you got to know a little about me and my blog Imprintalish, where I post mostly about life, photography, crafts and of course my kids! You can also find my shop over at Etsy and I host a fun photo link up called Frivolous Fridays. I would love for you to stop by and say hi sometime! Below, you will find some of my other creations...


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Today I will be sharing with you my favorite project, which was for my son's 'big boy room'. So roll up your sleeves and join me for a super messy, super fun DIY!

 
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 What you'll need: 
A medium sized beach ball- I found one at Walmart for $3.95 
Base to sit the ball on- I used a small bowl 
Vaseline 
Ball of Yarn 
Large bowl 
2 bottles of white glue 
1 cup of corn starch 
1/2 cup of water 
Lots of newspaper 
Clear spray paint/adhesive
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1. Put down lots of newspaper or a tarp-it gets very messy! Set the ball on top of a small bowl. I used this as a guideline for the opening where the light bulb would hang. Coat the ball in Vaseline so the yarn doesn't stick to the ball.   2. Mix together the glue, water and cornstarch in a large bowl. I originally made half the recipe and then had to make more halfway through. You may have to alter the recipe depending on the size of ball and how much yarn you want to use. I doubled the original recipie. Just make sure the mixture is on the thicker side.
 
3. Coat the yarn in the glue mixture. Only add a bit at a time or you will end up with huge knots! Of if you have someone nearby to help-ask them to hold the ball of yarn as you pull it through the mixture. 
 
4. I started with wrapping yarn around the bottom of the ball/top of bowl and then went up and down from there. I just wrapped and moved the yarn around until it looked right. Because I ended up with so many knots, I actually had to cut the yarn and start again. I just made sure to secure all the ends by wrapping the end underneath other pieces of yarn.
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5. Set the ball aside for 24 hours. Then prick the ball with pins. I poked about 4 or 5 holes and waited for it to deflate. Remove the ball through the opening at the bottom. 
 
6.Hang the ball outside and spray with clear spray paint. Again, step back and admire your magnificent handywork!
 
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7. To hang from ceiling fan, I removed the original light casing and tied 3 pieces of wire to the screws that held in the light. I attached the wires to the yarn light and voila! Again, step back and admire your magnificent handiwork!
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Hope you enjoyed my little project! A big thank you to Mel for having me guest post here today! I had so much fun!
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Isn't this AH-MAZING!?! I just love it! Be sure to check out Lish's awesome blog, Imprintalish, for more gorgeous projects! She's super-sweet and one of the most organized bloggers I've ever had the pleasure of talking to and "working with"! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Lish!

32 comments :

  1. Great way to dress up a light! And great guest post =) xo

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  2. I love this light - I've always wanted to try and make one of those - thanks for the tutorial

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  3. awesome! awesome idea!! totally loved this guest post!! :-)

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  4. very cool! i'm going to give it a try with the ikea pendant attachment!

    thank you!

    amy

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  5. This is awesome, neat work! You make it look so easy :)

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  6. LOVE IT!!! I'm visiting from Hope Studios blog party! I have to try making this!!! Come by and say hi!
    XOXO,
    tasha
    www.frugaliciousme.com

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  7. Love this! I'll be featuring it on my blog on Saturday.

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Thanks for linking up!
    Sumo:)

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  8. amazing!!!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  9. Totally cool project! This is one I'm must try!

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  10. That is amazing!!!! Just joined your blog! That is so cool what you did with yarn. So simple yet looks so classy!

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  11. Totally awesome idea! Looks a lot like something you'd see at West Elm! Would you link up with my linky party, Creative Me Monday? It's open all week long and I'd love to have you. Here's the link:

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/10/creative-me-monday_09.html

    Hope to see you there!
    Jenny

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  12. This is fantastic! Job well done.

    -Emily (visiting from bargainbound.blogspot.com)

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  13. Great for any room, but I could see teens really loving this one!

    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  14. Visiting from the Creative Paige. Love this tutorial - you make it look so easy.
    :) crafty texas girls

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  15. Perfect for the ceiling fan...I'm doing it. One day!

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  16. You are so clever! That lampshade is so cute, and you have a lot of patience too! Thank you for sharing the idea. God bless x

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  17. Love love LOVE this!! Great idea for a multicoloured project too, to use up all those little ends of balls of wool. Great tutorial!

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  18. Oh fabulous! I love what you did with yarn! I've made yarn bowls and they were fun to make! Thanks for sharing this at my What's In The Gunny Sack? link party!

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  19. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!!! My friend had an outdoor wedding and made these to hang all around the tent her reception in and it look AWESOME!!!! Except that it started pouring rain and they all "melted".... so I guess it's good this is IN your house!! :)

    Kammy from Kammy's Korner

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  20. That is aweosme I have got to give it a try. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  21. I love it! Great job! It doesn't look too difficult either

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  22. I think I saw your post somewhere else recently too and was pretty much speechless. Love this.
    pam

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  23. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/10/anything-goes-39-highlights-from-38.html

    you've been featured!!!

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  24. This turned out so great! Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  25. What a really Fabulous idea! I so love it. I want to make one for my kid's room! ^^) We love it so much we are featuring it on the blog tomorrow. thanks for sharing this, Mel and thanks for introducing me to Lish and her awesome blog!

    Have a lovely weekend, you both!


    hugs,
    Lelanie

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