Scented Fabric Decorative Balls

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I’ve wanted to make fabric decorative balls for a while now, but Styrofoam balls are more expensive than I think they need to be.

I went to the dollar store to see if there were any balls there that I could cover.

I found a four pack of wiffle balls for a dollar.


After I found the wiffle balls I thought it would be so fun to stick something inside to make them scented.

Wiffle Balls
Hot Glue Gun
Scented Car Tree

I cut up a scented car tree and shoved it inside the wiffle ball!

The scent I chose is called Applewood. It smells like apples, cinnamon and pine cones. Very Fall-ish to me.

For a spring scent I was thinking a dryer sheet inside each ball would smell so great!

After you have your car tree inside your wiffle ball glue a fabric strip to your ball.

I cut a strip from a fat quarter about 42″ long x 1 1/2″ wide

I used hot glue to glue the fabric strip to the wiffle ball.

Pull the fabric tight so that it forms to the ball.

Wrap the fabric around the ball in a criss cross fashion. Glue the fabric down from time to time.
If you want you can leave a good amount of space unglued so you can pull the fabric to the side to insert a fresh new scent when needed.

Continue this process until you cover the last part of your ball.

That’s it! Now make some more! Isn’t this the greatest fabric for fall? I just love it! I used Brown Main, Orange Damask, Yellow Floral, and Brown Circles form the Decadence collection by Riley Blake.

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I put a few pieces of wired ribbon in the bottom of my bowl to add a little height.

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My kids were wondering where that wonderful smell was coming from. It really does smell great! The essence of Fall!

I couldn’t stop there with my fall decorating so I used Wire Ribbon to spruce up my planter shelf.
I tied Chocolate, Lemon Grass and Gold Anisha Wired Ribbon together and waved it to the height I wanted. Then I put a vine of Fall leaves over the top.

It wish these pictures did it justice, but it looks so much better in person.

I had so much more wired ribbon, so I let my imagination go wild!

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I made 3 little wreaths to hang on my kitchen wall.

I made the flowers on the wreath with wired ribbon. They are so easy and fun! No sew, and no need to worry about sealing the ends.

–Supplies– (For Wired Ribbon Flower)

Wired Ribbon
Glue Gun

Cut your wired ribbon to about 40″

Pull the wire out of one side of the ribbon. Don’t pull it all the way through. Leave a little wire out of both sides of the ribbon.

This gathers the ribbon up in a cinch! LOL

Fold one end of the ribbon a couple times to conceal the raw edge. It will stay because of the wire!

Starting at that fold roll the ribbon into a rose.

This is what the back should look like.

After you spiraled your ribbon into a rose fold the other end of the ribbon and glue it down.

For the “crushed” rose look press the rose down with your hand. The great thing about using wired ribbon is that you can shape it however you want!

Because it is wire it stays pretty well, but glue down wherever you think it needs it.

That is all there is to this flower!

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now make a couple more and glue them down to your wreath.

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I love the way this spruces up my kitchen! Now my house really looks and smells of fall!

Scented Fabric Decorative Balls - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This ribbon flower would look so cute on a smaller scale for a hair clip or brooch! I can’t wait to give it a try!

The Ribbon Retreat has so much great Wired Ribbon and there are so many fun things to do with it!

Happy Fall!!

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  1. rachel gardiner
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    cute cute cute!!!!!

    • Cherie
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Rachel!

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  3. Rica
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Love it!!! Great ideas!

  4. Sarah
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I love the scented ball idea. Great idea for fall. I even like the raw edge of the fabric makes it look more homemade. Much better then having an ugly airfresher out on the counter….

  5. Selena
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    So talented love it!

  6. Alaina Swanson
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Ooooooh!!! I want to make these, they would look amazing on my table. Thanks for the cute idea.

  7. lois
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    You could put Christmas scents in the balls and hang them on the tree. Actually, the ribbons could be ornaments, too. Thanks for the ideas.

  8. Dana Dusek
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    THANKS. I have hundreds of pieces of fabric that are cut to cover “koozies”, yet I no longer make these (unless ordered). I now have a use for cases of fabric…..Love the idea of the ribbon on the wreath too. I have a huge bag (got a good deal-more than 10 years ago) of small wreaths. I have lots of thin wired ribbon. These will make great Camp Grandma projects.

  9. Barbara
    Posted June 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    What an inspiration so clever /inexpensive I am tired wasting money to have scented balls etc around house will be making these for myself and gifts

    Thanks new idear

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Barbara! Thank you so much! I am so glad you love these fun scented balls. They are so fun to make and look beautiful too! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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