numbered balls

I saw these marbles a few months ago at Pier 1 and loved them...but not the price. They aren't big and you need a fair amount to make a statement with them. I then saw some knockoff's here and was inspired to make my own for a fraction of the price.

I started with three bags of wooden balls from JoAnn's (of course I used my 40% off coupons). Then I painted them all white (three coats).
I picked these letter stamps up at Joann's while I was there. They were on sale for $6.99.



While I was busy painting things white, I bought this $1 birdhouse...keep your eyes peeled to see what I end up doing with it.


After the balls were dry, I took the stamps and stamped each letter twice on the ball with black ink. I put them inside these Ikea jars for now. Not sure that I love them there yet.











What do you think ?












15 comments

lis said...

Hm... they might be more prominent in a pretty bowl, maybe accompanied by a few balls in plain black? They are too pretty to be hidden in the jars, me thinks

theteo5 said...

I agree. I am trying to find a nice big jar to display them in. I actually have about two dozen more that are just rolling around in a jar that need a home. Can't wait for more garage sales to pick up so I can find something!

Melissa said...

I like the balls and the jars, but what if you put all the balls in a bigger version of the jars they are in now? I love those candy store jars!

Kaysi said...

I love the balls in the jars, great idea!

mommyroo said...

I bought those IKEA jars a few weeks ago, to set aside for a future project, aren't they great?

Jessi said...

Fabulous! I bet that took a lot of patience, too. They look great and were worth the time and effort.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Hi!! Visiting from Just A Girl..
Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Reid said...

Those are great! I will have to make some! I am loving the lettered and numbered ball idea.
I do like them in the larger jar, but did like the suggestion of adding some solid black (or red!) ones w/ them.

~SHANNON~ said...

Happy Friday Follow! i love that idea- great job!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon
http://milkandcuddles.com/

Michelle said...

Very cute! You could also, in the beginning of the project, fill the holes in with a dab of wood filler before painting. Love the jars!

theteo5 said...

Michelle, the wood filler idea is brilliant! Those holes drive me nuts!

Thanks for the suggestions.

CC said...

I'm visiting from Friday Follow..and have become a follower. I love the idea of the alphabet balls..they came out great. Hope you come visit and follow me as well. Have a lovely weekend.

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Stopping in to be your newest follower from Friday Follow! Hope you can swing by mine!
Happy Easter!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins
www.groschengoblins.com

Amy Kinser said...

I think you did a great job!

Happy Easter.

Partying with you tonight.

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

I too love these balls. So cute!! I am making some right now. I think they are addicting!! I love those small jars you have them in but I think I prefer the balls in that bigger glass container. It shows them off more. Either way, they are awesome! Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft's Spring has Sprung Party.

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