DIY Yarn Balls

DIY Yarn Balls

To celebrate the spring season I wanted to make something cool and “springing” for my home that didn’t scream “bunnies,tulips and pastels.”  Yarn balls are all over Pinterest, so I thought I’d give them a try. I used bright, cheery colors and found some cool chevron ribbon to hang them by. They were a bit more time-consuming then my short attention span likes, but they were well worth it. In the end, I used them for a fireplace mantle decoration and for my dining room table for Easter. I got several compliments. I’m pretty sure I can use them for several seasons here and there. I love my yarn balls. Hope you do too!

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What you will need:

  • Balloons
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Ribbon
  • Drop cloth (I used trash bags)

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1. Blow up your balloons to the size you want your yarn balls. I hung my balloons with yarn from my dining room chandelier. Be sure to put some sort of drop cloth down under the hanging balloons because they will drip.

2. Cut your yarn into 1 yard lengths. I used around 5-7 yarn pieces per ball. Mix glue (I used Elmer’s) with water. You don’t want it too watery, so take it easy adding the water. My first batch was too watery so I had to brush on more glue onto my yarn balls for a second coat.

3. Dip your yarn pieces into the glue mixture and wrap around the balloon. Tuck end pieces in. This process takes time and you will learn by trial and error.

4. Let your yarn balls dry overnight. If they don’t feel stiff enough, brush on another coat of glue and let dry again.

5. Once dry, start to pull the balloon away from the yarn in places, then pop the balloon. You will have to clean-up the balls here and there by trimming excess glue.

6. Add ribbons and hang, make a wreath, put into a bowl or just lay on a table. They are whimsical and cool and will garner lots of compliments and  questions…”How did you make those?” Enjoy!

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