Bouncy Balls and Pantyhose

(I’m afraid the title of this post may warrant a “that’s what she said” joke, though that wasn’t my intention.)

Let me first say that — by my own admission — this is not the end-all be-all of crafty ventures… I wouldn’t even necessarily say the end product is really good… However, it was something that I wanted to try, and try I did.

The other day when I was in the dollar store, I came across some pretty colored bouncy balls and some cheap, black pantyhose and decided to go ahead and take the crafty plunge.  I had a sort of idea.

What I ended up with was this :

Yeah, it’s probably more of a starting point to an even better idea, though I do love the look of the color peeking through the sheer black hose.  And I like to think that if you didn’t know any better, you might not immediately know the necklace was made from pantyhose (maybe?).

Perhaps if the balls were slightly smaller, or if the middle ones were bigger?  Who knows, but it’s definitely something I want to keep exploring.

Here’s how I did it:

First, I cut out the top part of the pantyhose so that what was left was two legs.  Then I cut off the toes so it was open on both ends.

Leaving an extra few inches on one end, I tied off a knot so that I could begin adding the bouncy balls.

I dropped each ball in, one at a time, then tied a tight knot, keeping in place and allowing the color to show through.

I repeated this with the rest of the balls, leaving a little extra room on the other end.

To further confuse the eye (“these are not pantyhose”), I tied decorative knots every few inches.  Then I tied together both ends so it could be slipped over my head.  What’s nice about the hose is that they are stretchy, so you don’t have to tie and untie it every time you want to wear it.

What’s the consensus GPP readers?  I didn’t say it was a work of art, but how could we improve upon this method?  I’d love to hear ideas — I’d love for this to work somehow!

Other, perhaps more satisfying crafty ventures…

State String Art Tutorial

Scrabble Tile Magnets

DIY Subway Art Tutorial