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Foam Ball Garland

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

Cheree Berry created this garland for her own wedding.

For each strand of the garland, Cheree created a graduated strand. Because the roughness of the Styrofoam will be apparent, this style of garland will look best when viewed from a distance, so use it on a wall or entry, where it won't be seen close-up by most of your guests.


Tools and Materials
To prepare the Styrofoam balls:

Four 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam balls (Baisch & Skinner)
Two 2 1/2-inch Styrofoam balls
Two 3 1/2-inch Styrofoam balls
One 4 1/2-inch Styrofoam balls
Floral spray paint in red

To string each garland:
Soft-flex beading wire (a little less than 1 yard per strand)
Needle-nose pliers with wire cutters
2 O rings
4 crimp beads
2 1/4-inch red beads
6-inch straight upholstery needle
Fishing line and hooks for hanging

1. Spray paint the Styrofoam balls with the floral spray paint, and let dry.

2. Cut 30 inches of the beading wire. Secure an O ring at one end: Thread the end of the wire through 2 crimp beads, and then loop it through the O ring. Thread the end back through the 2 crimp beads, and pinch them with pliers to grip the wire. (This is the same process you'd use to attach a jump ring to the end of a necklace in jewelry-making.)

3. Slip a 1/4 inch bead onto the wire from the other end, and slide it next to the crimp beads; this will keep the O-ring from cutting into the Styrofoam ball.

4. Thread the free end of the wire through the eye of the upholstery needle, and begin stringing the balls, piercing the balls through the middle with the upholstery needle. Once all balls have been strung, finish off the end of the garland by adding a red bead and slipping the wire through the 2 remaining crimp beads, and then loop it through the remaining O ring and back through the crimp beads, shortening wire so crimp beads are close to the red bead. Then pinch the crimp beads to grip the wire.

5. Use fishing line to tie multiple strands together end to end. To hang, attach removable self-adhesive picture hooks to the wall, and slip O rings over the hooks.

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