How to Mod Podge Balls

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Using Mod Podge with Styrofoam balls always requires you to keep a few key things in mind. Find out how to Mod Podge with Styrofoam balls with help from an artist, designer and creative entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Cherish Flieder, designer of somethingtocherish.com, and today I want to talk to you about how to Mod Podge onto a ball. I've selected some Styrofoam balls to get started. There is a couple different ways you can do this project depending on the kind of paper that you want to use. If you use a thicker paper, even just like a regular paper, you're going to want to cut it into tiny little strips and then wrap it around in strips using, gluing it on basically one strip at a time. Kind of like paper mache. If you want to use something like a napkin or a tissue paper you can use the technique I'm going to show you right now. And this wraps itself around really nicely and doesn't have as many bumps as this one. But this is a really great project if you want to make your own ornaments or other table top displays for various holidays. So lets go ahead and get started. To begin we're going to use the Styrofoam ball, a napkin, pair of scissors, some fresh water, I like to use a flat synthetic brush, and some satin finish Mod Podge. So to start I'm going to unfold my napkin and see what I have to work with here. I want primary this purple pattern on the ball. Not necessarily the blue. So I'm going to wrap it over so I can kind of get an idea, just wrap it over and see how much I'm going to need to go all the way around. And once I figure that out I'm going to just squeeze the side together and just clip off this end here. And we're going to go ahead and do this again on the other side and clip off any of the excess tissue paper on this side. Okay, so now that I have a general idea, it doesn't have to be perfect as you see. It'll be a nice fit around the ball. I can go ahead and begin Mod Podging, Now you can go ahead and start adding it to the ball but this is a very porous surface so you're going to end up using a lot more than you probably need. So if you want to get results quickly with less Mod Podge, just go ahead and begin adding it straight to the napkin. I'm going to Mod Podge just about half the napkin to start. And then I'll start wrapping the ball into the napkin. So as you wrap the ball you want to push around towards the top of the ball to make sure you're getting a nice even seal all the way around. And then as you get about half way you're going to want to add a little bit more to the napkin. And folds and creases are totally fine. We're not looking for a completely smooth result with this process. And we may even cut off a little bit extra that we don't want in fact. Okay, and add a little bit more Mod Podge to that side. We're going to go ahead and keep wrapping it all the way around. So as you continue Mod Podging the surface of this you'll want to be careful not to handle it too much in the same spot with your fingers or the napkin can come off right onto your fingers. So try to keep things moving along pretty well. And if you do get it on your fingers, no worries, just clean off with a little bit of soap and water before it dries. Now I'm going to set this to dry on these painting pyramids so that way it doesn't get stuck to the surface of the table, and that's it. I"m Cherish, thanks for watching this video on how to Mod Podge a ball. I hope you'll go live life to the fullest and make it something to cherish.

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