Today I saw someone at a craft show selling and making something I have never seen or heard of before, their craft was making Temari balls! These are traditional Japanese decorations often given as toys or good luck in the new year. So enjoy this top 10 of the best ones I can find then after that you will find the link to make your very own ones…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Temari Balls
10 – Amazing green swirl effect
FACT: These craft balls are a folk art form that originated in China but was introduced to Japan around the 7th century A.D. But it has only been a mainstream craft for westerns for the last 50 years!
9 – Very traditional ball with an almost basketball effect.
FACT: These intricate design balls are often used in handball games like Dodgeball! With their thick outer shell, I would imagine they hurt a fair bit when hitting you.
8 – Simple but beautiful style.
FACT: Parents who give them to their children on New Year’s Day often place a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish written in them in the layer of the ball for their child to discover and read.
7 – Halloween / Spider effect
FACT: These days we can all try to make these decorative balls, but becoming a Temari artist in ancient Japan required specific training, and one was tested on one’s skills and technique before being acknowledged as a crafter of Temari, this would often take years!
6 – Sparkling effect ball
FACT: Not just a gift or toy, they are often thought to symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty from the person who made it to the person who receives it.
5 – Incredible modern style design
FACT: Because of the expensive materials used Temari ball art and craft was only for the Japanese upper class and aristocracy until only 260 years ago!
4 – With such amazing patterns, they look almost printed!
FACT: It is traditional for mothers to still make them for their children, but more and more fathers are doing it as a way to relax after work.
3 – Amazing Sunflower effect
FACT: True traditional Temari balls are made with 100% silk and nothing else. The inner ball was always just balls of rolled up silk as well.
2 – One of the Worlds very best examples and made by a 92-year-old Japanese woman!
FACT: Traditional Temari ball became an art only 500 years ago, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed.
1 – The new and even more amazing 3D style!
FACT: Historically, Temari balls were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos the Japanese traditional garments.