Vanessa from V & Co. created this tutorial for you to decorate your wedding in style. We think the same technique would also be lovely using a selection of favorite cottons, for an outdoor party or celebration! You can learn more about Vanessa in her introduction, and be sure to check out her fantastic list of free tutorials on her blog.

From Vanessa: The decorations at a wedding should enhance ambiance but not take the focal point away from the bride and groom. So for me, the decorations at a wedding should be simple, but full of elegance.

These decorative hanging balls are made of recycled men’s white t-shirts. What they lack in cost to make, they will for sure make up in the big impression they will have in setting a romantic environment.

Materials needed:

  • 2 men’s XL white T-shirt for large ball (for smaller ball you will only need one)
  • 6 inch and 4 inch styrofoam balls
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon (in coordinating color for your wedding)

First cut the bottom seam off your t- shirt.

Now from the bottom up of your t-shirt, and using only the all white area, you are going to cut strips of 1 inch in width.

Make sure you snip either end of your strips to create 2 strips each.

Put your sewing machine to the “running stitch” or the “basting stitch.” On my sewing machine that is the longest stitch of 5.

I then lightly held the thread on top as I ran my running stitch.

This will make your ruffle gather as you go.

Start by coiling your ruffle.

Place a dab of hot glue to the end of your coiled ruffle…

…And add hot glue to the back of your ruffle flower:

Then I placed it on my styrofoam ball.

Now you are going to repeat the steps and continue to add the ruffle flowers to your ball.

Once you are getting closer to having your ball finished, you will want to add some ribbon to the top of your decor ball. I got regular pins and slightly at an angle placed my first pin in to secure the ribbon in place. The second pin I placed going the opposite way from my first (still at a slight angle); this should anchor your ribbon.

With my two pins in place, I then put some hot glue on top of them. For added security! Make sure your ribbon stays adhered to your styrofoam ball! If needed, add more pins (at an angle) and/or glue. Continue to glue your ruffle flowers till there is no area left uncovered.

You can make as many as you want and in a variety of sizes. Hang them from trees and verandas or, if indoors, from the ceiling. Whatever you chose these decorations will for sure bring simple elegance to your surroundings.

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