I have been looking for an excuse to make these yarn balls for ages! What a perfect ornament for our tree.
We actually had to try this one twice before it worked out well and I must say the results are gorgeous!
Here is how to make yarn and string ball ornaments.
Oh and in case you are wondering, that is a feather in the picture from our Angels we made.
To make your yarn and string balls gather your supplies as follows:
- balloons (I used the tiny water balloons)
- cling wrap
- string / yarn (I went for the string on the 2nd try)
- glue and bowl
- optional glitter
- pegs and a line to hang on
Blow up your balloons till they fit in the palm of your hand. Next cover them in cling wrap but leave the ends of the balloon to stick out as this is where you will be hanging them from.
We use the cling wrap to prevent the string from sticking to the balloon, the reason for my first try to fail!
Wrap your yarn or string around the cling wrapped balloon. Mix up your glue in a bowl, my glue is simple school glue. Water it down a bit so it is not so stiff, here is where you add your optional glitter, in the glue mix.
Now you have 3 options to get the glue on the balloon. 1. paint with a little brush till yarn is wet 2. Use your hand to scoop the mix over the balloon 3. Dunk the entire thing in the bowl. I found the best was using my hand to scoop the mixture.
Once you have soaked your yarn or string hang on a line with the pegs. Add newspaper under to catch any drips. Leave to dry.
Once dry you will need to remove the balloon and cling wrap. Use a scissors to pinch the balloon till it pops and then gently pull the cling wrap and balloon bits out.
Thread another bit of string or yarn and hang on your tree!
This craft is also suitable for kids! My 4 year old was almost able to put the yarn on the balloon but he loved soaking the balloons in glue.
These look fabulous on our tree, these pics really don’t do them justice.