Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Hanging Yarn Ball Art

Here is another fun way to use the yarn balls. I hung mine with fishing line from my ceiling.

What You Will Need:

1 Bottle of Elmer's Glue
Balloons (Medium to Large)
Corn Starch
Measuring Cup
100% Cotton Yarn - White or Light in Color (Feel free to try any color you want. I chose a lighter color, because I spray painted mine)
Fishing Line
*If you are doing this project inside you will need a Dollar Store Shower Curtain to help with the mess!

Let's Begin:

You are going to follow the same steps from the Yarn Ball Hanging Lamp Post, but we will stop at the light kit.

I am going to re-post how to make the yarn balls again here:

Start by hanging your balloons from the ceiling or on a rope tied between two chairs. Make sure you do not inflate the balloon to its fullest capacity since you want the balls to be round and not oval. However, if that is what you are into, go for it!! (Tying a rope between two chairs and hanging the balloons from the rope works a lot easier since you will be making 4-6 small to medium yarn balls) 

Vary the sizes of the balloons you are going to wrap.

Lay your Dollar Store Shower Curtain down. If you are outside you don't need a shower curtain ;)

Now we will mix the paste:

1/4 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Corn Starch
1 Bottle of Elmer's Glue

It should be runny, but not watery

Go back to your balloons. Begin by getting the yarn wet in the paste and wrapping it around the balloon.
You can do this by dipping your fingers in and covering the yarn or dipping the yarn

Start wrapping the Balloon:

Keep wrapping the balloon until you are satisfied with how they look:

Allow the Balloons to dry for 12 hours or overnight to make sure they are completely dry

Once they are dry, pop the balloons and remove them from the yarn balls.

You will have something that looks like this (above) Mine is a bit warped since the humidity has been so high.

Here is the fun part. 

I took mine out side and spray painted them!

Find some sticks and push them into the ground. Hang your yarn balls from them and spray away!

I thought these could be pretty sweet lawn art too!

Once they are dry, hang them from the ceiling in your house. Dont think about it too hard!!! It took me a couple of tries before I got mine the way I wanted them:



  1. Wonderful! A little purple spray paint and a long green stick and I have my favorite Gladiator Allium. Thank you for a great tutorial.

  2. Thank you! I'm going to use this for my wedding coming up in May!!

  3. Can you use a differnet type of glue, or does it have to be that mixture?

  4. I depends on the type of glue you want to use. I have tried to do this with straight elmers and modge podge and they didn't turn out as well. Good Luck on your project!

  5. What size bottle of Elmers did you use?

  6. can I use crochet thread ?