Today on I Love to Create we are going to be talking a little table tennis. Playing with ping pong balls, just without the paddles. Instead of bouncing across a table these ping pong balls are going to be used to create a jumbo necklace. Sounds crazy right? Trust me, the necklace is cute. I used to make and sell them on Fred Flare.
As you know I like my jewelry big, I mean really big. Beads just don’t come in a size big enough for my taste so I had to improvise and create my own, hence the ping pong balls. For this I Love to Create project I cross bred my Ping Pong Ball Necklace with the Shredded Junk Mail Necklace in The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry. If you want to learn how to create your own Eco-Friendly Ping Pong Ball Necklace and win a copy of my book keep right on reading!
Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage (Sparkle)
Aleene's Paper Glaze
Junk Mail or Old Magazines
7 Ping Pong Balls
Dremel Drill (with small bit)
7 long gold eye pins
8 large gold jump rings
Flat nosed pliers
Round nosed pliers
Length of chain
Choosing the right paper to shred for this project is crucial. You want to use colorful slick paper that is why junk mail and old magazines are perfect!
Covering Ping Pong Balls
Since I used confetti style ping pong balls I had a little more give with my coverage. Using sparkly Collage Pauge coat your ping pong balls with your shredded paper. Apply collage pauge to your balls, add paper, add more collage pauge. There is no right or wrong way to do this, the more random the strips are applied the better. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Once your balls have dried completely cover with Aleene’s Paper Glaze to seal and protect. Allow to dry.
Using a small drill with a small bit drill two holes in each ball on opposite sides. I just eyeballed this step, but you could get technical and measure if you wanted to.
Insert your long eye pins through your holes and using your pliers wire wrap so that there is a loop on either side.
Using your jump rings connect the balls to make a chain.
Using another large jump ring attach a length of chain in any color or material you choose to the last two balls. Make the necklace as long or as short as you like. Wear out on the town and let the compliments come rolling in!
I loved all the comments we got on the Fabric Scrap Bracelet about what Eco-Crafts people enjoy making. Today I’m hoping you will fill me in on where you get your ideas for these crafts from. Do they come to you naturally? Do you have a favorite blog? Do you have all the back issues of Scrap Craft Magazine? Eco-Crafts are such a hot topic I’m curious where your inspiration comes from. Leave me a comment and you could win a free copy of The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry.
More Decoupage Jewelry
DIY Network - Check out the charm necklace and bracelet I made on a holiday special.
Show Pony - Using some Decopatch I whipped up a show pony necklace!
Michaels - Make the Sparkle Charm Bracelet I made for a Michaels ad.
Recycled Fabric Bangle - Another fantabulous eco-friendly I Love to Create project.
Flickr - Take a stroll through some of my past decopauge creations.
Cupcake Topper Necklaces - Use them on top of a cupcake or make them into a necklace!