Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
Paint, FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls, FloraCraft Smooth Finish®, DecoArt Triple Thick, Fishnet, Jute, Hot Glue, sand Paper
I have been so EXCITED to write this post on these cool “Faux” Glass Floats. I recently went to a blogging conference (SNAP) with FloraCraft. I’m part of their Make it Fun team and since they were a sponsor at SNAP, they asked me to come help with the booth. We had a coastal theme booth so they used some of my existing foam projects and had me make new ones too.
The glass floats were one of the projects I had to make (and buoys). I’ve had glass floats on my crafting to-do list for awhile now. BUT I never thought of using foam. I was super excited for the challenge, and I think they turned out great if I do say so myself.
Here are some pictures of the booth, and Jamie from FloraCraft. SNAP was a GREAT experience and it was wonderful getting to know a little more about FloraCraft.
Step 1 – Pick Balls
I decided on medium and small size foam balls. They have a TON of difference sizes, which is great!
Step 2 – Cover Ball in Smooth Finish
Let’s start by adding FloraCraft Smooth Finish®. I smoothed on 2 coats letting each coat dry 2 hours. I made sure to really press it into the foam.
Step 3 – Sand Your Ball
Now that our smooth finish has dried, I lightly damped the balls with a wet paper towel. Then I sanded the balls down with light sandpaper until they were completely smooth. You can dry sand them, but I read the great tip on FloraCrafts website about dampening them. It worked perfect!!
Step 4 – Cover Ball in Triple Thick
Next let’s add our Triple Thick!!! When I told Jamie from FloraCraft that I wanted to attempt these glass floats, she suggested using Triple Thick from DecoArt to give the “faux” glass look.
I added one coat, before I decided to paint the foam balls. Let dry 2 hours. All you need to do is paint it on with a paintbrush, simple as that!
QUICK TIP: Poke a skewer through the bottom and place in a larger piece of foam. This makes it so much easier to add the Triple Thick and paint.
Step 5 – Paint Balls
Ok, it’s time to paint!! We found some fun colors, and painted on two coats. I let each coat dry 30 minutes. See it’s easy so far!
Step 6 – Add Final Coat of Triple Thick
Let’s add our last coat of Triple Thick! Again, let dry 2 hours, or you can even do it before bed and dry overnight. That’s what I did.
Step 7 – Add Fishnet
When I started this part, I really had no idea how I should attempt it. I had several craft fails. BUT finally I found the perfect way.
I really tried to take detailed pictures, just incase I didn’t explain it right, or it was confusing.
Start off by wrapping the ball in fishnet, then use your jute and tie a knot. Wrap a little of the jute around the ball (making it tight). Then cut off the excess fishnet.
Step 8 – Add Knot at Top
For your top knot, I braided three pieces of the jute together and hot glued the ends together. Then I hot glued my braid to the sides. Finally I started wrapping my jute around the braid, adding a small amount of hot glue in places.
My first braid was a little long, so I made and knot to shorten it. I ended up loving how it turned out! So I made all of them like that.
Now the fun part, decorating with the glass floats. I created a little spot in my den for the floats and they look perfect. I absolutely LOVE the colors. It matches my coastal theme perfectly!
Everyone at the conference had to do a doubletake take to make sure these weren’t glass. Plus they were so much cheaper to make then actually buying real ones. I have three boys and I know if I actually bought real glass floats that my boys would play with them and they’d get broken.
So this was the next best option. You just have to take a little time making them. But I’ve done all the hard work, and hopefully my tutorial will make it easier. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!!