Treasure Ball

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Treasure Ball

I finally finished making another Christmas gift. (Only have 2 more photo albums to finish and family gifts to mail out. Yes, I'm bad. Christmas is busy for my husband.)

This is for a woman I homeschool with. She's between my mom and grandma in age. She knits and scrapbooks and cooks and just about everything else.

It's a treasure ball.

I forgot to take pictures when making it. Sorry.
Essentially, you get yarn, ribbon, or other stringy type things and small treasures. You start with something that will allow you to start a ball. In my case, I used a measuring shot glass (to measure out a tablespoon or less of liquids you cook with), and filled it with various brads and other fun things that would jingle against the glass. Then I wrapped one kind of string around it- creating a ball shape. After the center was covered, I started sticking chipboard pieces and scrapbooking flowers in and wrapping them into the ball. Then I switched to a blue yarn. I used it to hold down different chipboard. Then I used some orange string to hold down a sheet of stickers. Then I wrapped the last skein of yarn I bought specially for this to finish off the ball- sticking in some paper circles and squares and ovals perfect so scrapbooking with. Tie a knot on the top, add a note, and viola, a self wrapped gift of extras you have lying around your house.

For scrappers, I use ribbon instead, but I still top it with a ball of yarn. It just turns out in a more uniform ball that way.

So, what do you think?

LMCH's picture
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that is such a cool idea! I have never seen anything like that before.

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That's cool, Mish! I have a feeling mine would not turn out a perfect ball like yours did. Lol

captainswife's picture
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how neat is that?!

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That is very cool! I've never seen anything like that before either, but I am now going to steal it:)

heathera212's picture
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NEAT!

K9Trainer's picture
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Wow Michelle! What a really cool idea!!

slurpeegirl13's picture
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That's a very cool idea! You're so creative, I'd never think to do that!

MommyMish's picture
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I must admit that I stumbled across a craft page that showed this. Of course, I don't have the link anymore (this was a LONG time ago) and have just kind of done my own thing with it since then. Most of my ideas come from something I've at least seen somewhere else at some point.

scrapangel's picture
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That is a really cool way to give someone small things. I really like it.

MommyCB's picture
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that is so creative and cool!!! I love that idea! And I didn't know you homeschool!! OT, but what grades are your kids in? I was hs all 12 years and we pray about doing that with K, so I always want to talk about it. Smile

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"pickle in middle" wrote:

That is very cool! I've never seen anything like that before either, but I am now going to steal it:)

same here

mommys's picture
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cool gift!

MommyMish's picture
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I was a preschool director and have most of an elementary teacher degree. I'm homeschooling my 3 year old for preschool as our preschool shut down. We call it a homeschool co-op because there are 3 kids and there are 3 adults involved (a mother or grandmother of each child). Unfortunately, I don't have the discipline to do much more though I wish I did. I could maybe homeschool Anna more years, but Caleb absolutely needed school. He's loving the Lutheran School he's at and they teach our values exactly, so that's been REALLY nice.

MommyCB's picture
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that sounds like a great set-up! I wish we had a private school around here. our public school system is really terrible. Sad Lowest SAT scores, etc. ugh.

MommyMish's picture
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Well, "around here" is a 40 minute one way drive. But he loves it so much that it's worth it and doesn't seem as long a drive.

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Michelle, the treasure ball is such a cool idea! TFS!

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That is sucha a great idea. I might have to do this next year for my MIL she would think it is really neat to. She is into making cards more than anyone I know, other thana few of you. Wink My sisters would like something like this to as they are beaders/jewelry makers. Great idea, thanks!!