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Make Valentine’s Day Ruffle Balls — PLUS a giveaway every crafty person needs!!

I found some Decorative Ball Forms on clearance after Christmas, so I thought it might be fun to make some ruffled fabric balls. **This is a fast and easy project**
I went through my fabric stash and found any fabric that was pink or red.
I ended up using materials I already had on hand, so the only thing I bought was the forms.
And if you don’t have any ball forms — try this trick. Take some plastic bags and wrap some tape around them to form a round shape!
Here’s how to make this fast and easy project:
Take your fabric, cut it into 1.5 inch strips. I didn’t specify the length, I just cut a bunch of fabric and ended up with some left over for another project.
Then I ruffled the fabric. Here’s a tip — set your sewing machine to the longest width and the longest length stitch. Then when you sew the fabric stitch, the fabric automatically ruffles. It saves so much time!!
Once all the fabric is ruffled, it’s time for the hot glue. And I just have to say — I recently got this Hot Glue Gun Helper set. How did I ever survive without something like this for so long?? I have burned myself so many times — in fact I almost always end up burning myself when I do a project that involves hot glue. Plus, the mat protects my work surface so much better.
 And, I have this TERRIBLE hot glue gun. I hate it. It drips hot glue everywhere and I always end up having to peel the dried glue off of everything. Well, the hot glue drips just ROLL off this mat. It is the coolest set. Seriously.
Ok, start at the top of the ball. Add a dab of glue and start winding the ruffle around the ball until you get to the other end of the ball. Easy peasy. Now, your ball may look a little crazy. That is alright.
All you need to do is get a pair of scissors out and trim it up.
So there you go, now you have a festive little assortment of balls to add a little Valentine color to your cold, wintry day. 
And, you can make ruffle balls for any occasion.  
I plan to make some to match my Ruffle Pillows and leave them out all year round!

And guess what???
I have an extra Hot Glue Gun Helper set 
to give away to one of YOU!!
(update!! This giveaway is now closed!!) 
I think this is the Must Have crafting tool. Everyone needs one of these. It comes with 7 pieces that are going to save your hands.
Each kit contains: 
3 fingers
1 craft mat
1 Press Wand
1 Paddle
1 tweezer
You will love it!! Plus – it’s so cute {squeal!!!} And it proteects your hands and work surface up to 600-degrees. Wow – that is hot!!
Here’s how you can win:
  • Just leave me a comment telling me why you need this set.
and if you want an extra entry: 
That’s it! 
Have a Super Delightful Day!! 
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which is really wonderful. It’s a place where people can share their secrets in a supportive environment. Go on over and take a look – I think you will love it!

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  1. cute craft for Valentines day..

  2. cute craft for Valentines day …

  3. I confess…..I am crazy for crafts. I have always had a love for anything I could do to keep my hands and mind busy. I’ve recently retired and I have so many projects in the works. I surf around the web and find things that I say to myself, I could do that, and I do. I would love this set to protect the tips of fingers and my counters. Please …. Please….I need this so much!!! Pick me!!!!

    • Maureen » This is an old post Maureen. I’m sorry the giveaway is now over. Thank you for stopping by my blog though!! xoxo

  4. I am too old and stiff but I enjoy crafts I two have problems with hot glue guns . Burning myself,getting too much on project ect. Sure think one of thehelpers would help my situation.

  5. Cheryl Sutton says:

    This kit would be great to have. I live out in the country & don’t get into the big cities to any kind of stores that would carry this item. I would love to have it, I do alot of crafts, and I am constantly burning myself with the glue gun. When my grandkids come to visit, the glue gun gets a big workout, cause they are always wanting to make crafts to take home to remind them of being at grandma & papa’s house.

    • Cheryl Sutton » Hi Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by the blog!! Unfortunately, this is an old post and this giveaway is now closed. I will update the post to reflect that. xoxo

  6. Dala Johnson says:

    Never knew they made such a thing what a fantabulous idea. Have a few scars from hot glue. Is there a site that it can be purchased from?
    Thank you for your kindness.

  7. Hot pink glue gun set?
    No more nasty burns to get
    Are you kidding?
    Just sets my heart to fluttering…
    When I think of all the fun ahead
    New ideas fill my head
    With six grands I’m one proud G’ma too
    And am always ready for new crafts to do

    Thanks for the chance to win this great prize! Sue

    • Susan Hammill » Hi Sue! Unfortunately, this giveaway is closed. This is an old post. But, thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! xoxo

  8. Shelly Daugherty says:

    This glue gun set is sooo cool!!!! I need it BAD!!! I was always burning my fingers on mine, then I loaned it out, and Never got it back !! I so need this!!! :)

  9. elizabeth normandin says:

    What a cool kit! Why didn’t I think of that? I would love to win Thank You, Beth N.

  10. Susan Barlow says:

    I would love to win this to save burning myself and to have a nice work space to use the hot glue gun with.

  11. Kathryn M Shay says:

    I do not use the glue gun very well as others have stated burned fingers and drips on furniture. I love the idea of making these cute little valentine balls. Thankl you. I do not sew so this project sounds very interesting .


  12. I have several of the old glue guns awell. Didn’t know they made a kit with finger protections. This would be a great birthday gift for me (Feb 12th). Love this package. Love the ruffled balls and pillow projects (tater tots and jello). Will be giving them a try!!

  13. Channon Gregg says:

    Love this idea!

  14. Would love to win this package. Did not know there were so many cool tools to help with hot glue gun projects. Love the mat! This will definitely save me from trying to find something to put on the table before using the hot glue. Thank you!

  15. Liza Braat says:

    ik weet niet wat een Hot Glue Helper is.
    maar het lijkt mij een handig ding mijn lijmpistool lekt ook altijd.
    die ballen zijn super leuk.
    Gr Liza Braat

  16. Yes!!!I love this. My fingers are raw from the glue gun I have and it is hard because I do not feel everything due to nerve damage to my left arm and hand. Something like this is wonderful to have but living on a fixed income means not getting what you want only what you need. I love this idea!!

  17. I definitely need this set. If I ever turn criminal (ha) the police won’t be able to use my fingerprints as I’m sure I’ve burned them off over the years. Would love to have this set.

    Love the ruffled ball idea and will definitely try it.

    Thanks. Rosalie

  18. would love always burning myself with a regular hot gun

  19. What a cute idea! I love my glue gun, my kiddos joke that even though I don’t like to sew, I can make anything with a glue gun! That helper set looks fabulous!

  20. Very Cool Idea! Only i would probably just leave my fabric unruffled. Love it!

  21. Diana Copeland says:

    What a great give away! I use a glue gun nearly everyday. Love making wreaths for funerals and home decor. Hate it when I peel skin off along with hot glue,painful to say the least!!

  22. I would be oooohhhhh so grateful for this. I don’t use my glue gun anymore because of the burns, I have arthritis in my hands and don’t always have a lot of feeling, I can’t tell you how many times I burned my fingers because I pulled the trigger too hard and glue went everywhere and the mess was well, a mess. Having a mat and finger protectors – what a joy that would be. I’ve been using bottled glue but you just can’t do eveything that you can do with a glue gun. And on disabilty, it’s more than likely not in my budget in like, forever lol. I want to win, really – everything I’ve written is true. I’m semi wheechair bound.

  23. so, so cute. lovvvve these simple, customizable ideas that can be tailored to any holiday/decor.
    I need that glue gun set! that kit is the perfect marriage of adorable and practical. I am a huge hot gluer, since I was first allowed to use my mother’s at seven years old. :) but I can’t tell you how many of those big puffy blisters I’ve subjected my poor fingers to. andddddd… pink and black just happens to be the color scheme of my craft desk!!

  24. Hi I have read your post. The ruffle balls are an excellent idea! I am an educational assistant working in a special education class. This kit would be a wonderful asset for my kids. I do a lot of arts & crafts and every time I would have to glue gun the crafts for them. The kit would allow them to do it on their own. thx

  25. Wow what an ingenious idea this set is, didnt know they existed until now, I last used my glue gun several christmases ago and it was such a bad experience I havent used it since, ive seen many crafts that use glue guns, but have had to pass on them for fear of more burnt fingers, iam disabled but try to keep myself busy with crafts when iam able. I would love to tackle the crafts ive not been able to up till now and would love this set, do you know where I can buy one please? Thank you for showing us this tutorial and broadening my mind.

  26. I would love to have this “Hot Glue Gun Helper” set. I’m trying to make roses out of plastic spoons. When the heat from a candle starts to melt the spoon, I have to work quickly with my fingers to form a petal on each spoon. Boy!! those spoons get hot. I have several burns on my fingers. Plus having a mat that will with stand that much heat,will diffently save my table and table cloths. If this great gift does not come my way, where can I purchase this set? Thanks

  27. I just love this. I do alot of glueing with the grandkids, this would be a great help.

  28. karen peachey says:

    I need one so I don’t have to peel the hot glue off the counter!!:)

  29. This glue gun kit would be great to have. I can’t use my glue gun without getting burns and blisters on my fingers and hands. I am a diabetic and have neuropathy in most of my fingers, so don’t always feel the hot glue right away until it is really burning. I would love to win this glue gun kit. Your ruffle balls tutorial was great.

  30. Sharon Johnson says:

    my fingers are as nimble as they were. I’m pushing 70 and still loveto craft,but when you get all these glue gun burns, it turns you off. Sure could use this wonderful new aid

  31. Jess Ryan says:

    My favorite DIY’s require hot glue guns (I prick myself with needles all too often, resulting in blood spotted beauties). Last glue induced project (ruffled tree skirt), left me with burn marks on my sacred finger, the finger every busy, yet flustered craftster should need… the elusive left middle “bird”. I’d like to keep that one ready so when my husband decides to tease, I can give it right back (unmarked, pristine, and preferably pink!).

  32. Louise Gallagher says:

    As I never win anything can you tell me where to purchase this wonderful finger saving set!!

  33. Joan Groe says:

    The glue gun kit looks like such a lifesaver for somene who is a challenged hot glue gun grammy like me.