Decorating with Garland

16 Apr

This is the spring garland the girls and I made.  We spray painted pinecones and fashioned pink yarn balls together with cornstarch and modpodge.    Here are some easy DIY directions for making the balls.  I could not think 0f anything else to call them but balls.

 

Glue Yarn Ball Tutorial

Supplies for Yarn Balls:

  • yarn (I used 4 different colors)
  • a bag of balloons: I used 5 inch round balloons to make smaller yarn balls
  • white craft glue: I used Elmer’s!


Step 1: Make a mixture of glue and water (avoid making it too watery).

Step 2: Slightly blow up one 5 inch round balloon.

Step 3: Pull out a big bunch of yarn from the yarn ball itself. It is helpful to wrap it around your hand holding onto the end as to avoid tangling of the yarn (I learned this one the hard way – what a mess!) Dunk the yarn into the glue/water mixture making it all wet. Squeeze it out before wrapping.

Step 4: Begin wrapping the wet yarn around the small balloon. There is no method here, just wrap it in every which way.

Step 5: Once you have covered up a good majority of the balloon, cut off the yarn and tuck the end under.

Step 6: Roll the yarn wrapped balloon one more time in the water glue mixture, and then squeeze out any excess.

Step 7: Once all your yarn balls are completely squeezed out, let them dry with the balloons inflated inside overnight. This is an important step.

Step 8: In the morning of the next day, the yarn should be stiff and hard. If it is still damp, I would give it a second day. If it’s dry, you can pop the balloon! You should be left with a colorful decorative yarn ball.

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2 Responses to “Decorating with Garland”

  1. conservingquirky April 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    this is so nice and bright and colorful !!! i hope i mine come out so well too,coz im definitely going to give this a try!

    • loosygoosey April 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      you should-i used a mixture of modpodge and glue which i think worked better than just glue:)

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