Thursday, May 10, 2012

[so cheap, so easy]: Rope Ball

You know those diy's that you wish you had never started? The ones that end up costing way more than they're worth? The ones where you reach that pivotal moment where you can either throw it in the garbage or try buying one more thing hoping to salvage the dumb thing? Well, that pretty much sums up this one. Yes, it was one of those projects.  I'm calling it [so cheap, so easy]. Because it should have been. Buy some rope, and hot glue it to a ball. That's all there is to it. BUT, I made it about ten times harder (at least ten times). Here's the short version that really isn't even that short:

Bought 40 feet of black nylon rope for another project. (You actually need about 50 feet for this project.)
Said project was stupid and immediately scrapped.
Black rope ball? No, too easy.
Striped ball? Sure. 
Spray painted half of rope. (Seriously, who spray paints rope?)
Hot glued rope around ball.
Had to explain to two year old what I was doing with her ball.
Didn't like the stripes.
Painted the rope pink. Again. And again. And again to cover stripes.
Had to explain to two year old what I was doing with her ball.
Bought two year old a new ball.

Guess what. You can just buy pink rope. Actually, if I would have planned to make a rope ball in the first place, I would have just bought some neutral jute rope. That would have been super cute. And easy. And cheap. Oh well. At least this project is over, and I like it, or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Want to know the most ironic part of this project? The ball was pink to begin with.

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12 comments:

  1. Ha ha I love this idea, some people are just sooo clever! So funny you had to but her another one!

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    1. Thanks...maybe it's a good idea, but poor execution. Yes, I'll go with that!

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  2. This is such a clever idea. I love your color choice too.

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  3. Jaime you crack me up. The definition of creativity for me is being able to make something out of the materials you have on hand. Pink spray paint is what you had and viola! a pink ball! Now you are a "world famous" artist because you posted your art online. hehehe. Jenjarman

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    1. Thanks for your positive spin...even though it looks crappy!

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  4. I can't stop laughing...best post ever!!! Don't have much to say about it, but it looks great placed next to the white pears =) I loved that you had to buy your two year old a new ball..haha

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  5. Ha! I'm too afraid of taking anything at all belonging to the P. for crafts because she will remember said toy and then ask about it for months.

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    1. I know, and quite frankly, it ended up biting me in the butt. Of course, I couldn't find the same size ball as before, so I had to buy her a ginormous red ball that always seems to be in the way! I guess it serves me right!

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  6. Very funny. I always make things far more complicated than they need to be. The ball looks cute. Good thing you got the two year old a new ball. She would be talking about this when she turned thirty.

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  7. So excited to have found you via live.laugh.rowe! such great ideas :) I'm your newest follower! ~Bre

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    1. Thanks...this is not one of my best!! ;)

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  8. haha hilarious! great craft, though! i love your blog design. found you via the blog hop xo

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