DIY Fluffy Ball Key Chains

A week or so ago I was scrolling on the gram, and I came across a really cute puff ball ring in one of Alyssa Forever's posts. Of course, I double tapped and I was surprised to read that she made it herself (and had a tutorial for on her channel. Check it out here). 

I decided that I wanted to try making some myself, and they don't take long to make at all. It was super easy! I made mine a bit differently than Alyssa though. I opted to make mine into key chains...and I used hot glue instead of pins. I also used chain lengths and key rings, instead of necklace parts and rings (because I wasn't trying to sacrifice any of my jewelry LOL). I made about 8 of them, so I now consider myself to be an old pro haha. 

Here's what I used:

2" Smooth Foam Balls (from Wal-Mart). You don't want them to be too big, or too small. I thought 2" would be an ideal size for maximum fluff, without it getting in the way (it is a key chain after all LOL).

Marabou feather trim in different colors. I needed to use a yard of trim to fully cover each  ball.  (I snagged some trim from Jo-Ann's Fabric, however for the 8 key chains that I made...that wound up being kinda expensive. You might be able to find a better deal online, if you're going to be making a bunch of these. If you do opt to go to Jo-Ann's, use a coupon!). You could also just use a marabou feather boa like this one. Since that boa is 6 feet, doing the math you could get 2 key chains out of it (since 1 yard = 3 feet). I hear that boas are also pretty cheap at Hobby Lobby (my favorite craft store! I don't know why I didn't go there first)

Invisible Thread (to attach the key chains to the fluffy balls). I like using invisible thread, because then you don't have to worry about getting different color threads to match the feathers. It can also come in handy for future crafts. Major key!

Sewing Needle

Chain Lengths (From Jo-Ann's Fabric. You can find these and the key rings in the jewelry design isle)

Key Rings (also from Jo-Ann's Fabric)

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Gun Sticks (I used about 1 1/2 - 2 glue sticks per ball)

How I Made Them:

Step One: Attach one end of the trim to a styrofoam ball using the hot glue gun. Continue applying hot glue to the styrofoam ball, and wrap the entire ball with the trim. Once you've covered the entire ball in fluffy goodness, cut the end of the trim and hot glue the end of the trim to the ball. Make sure that you squeeze / press the feathers down as you go along, so that they're firmly attached.  

Step Two: Attach one end of a chain length to a key ring

Step Three: Thread your needle with invisible thread, and sew the other end of the chain length to the fluffy ball (by slightly lifting a little of the feather trim, and sewing around that)

Step Four: Rock your feathery fluffy key chain!

You could potentially hot glue the chain length to the ball, however I opted to sew it down for maximum security. 

These fluffy ball key chains will make really cute stocking stuffers, so if you're feeling kinda crafty give it a shot!

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