DIY Christmas Yarn Balls

I actually made these with my sister and brother-in-law in 2008. I stumbled across the photos and thought I could do a the most basic of instructional posts. I got the idea from a DIY string lamp in Ready Made Magazine. Theirs is a much larger and more complex project. These can be made in nearly any size. Mine are approximately 5 to 8 inches across.

Supplies:

  • Yarn or string (the amount varies by size and number, start with a skein for each color)
  • Fabric stiffener (I buy Stiffy, mostly because the name makes me laugh)
  • Balloons
  • Waxed paper
  • Small paintbrush
  • sink or bowl
  • clothespins
  • ¬†rags or newspaper

Instructions

  1. Blow up a balloon to desired size and knot end to close. (You’ll need 1 balloon per ball)
  2. Tie string between the knot and the balloon.
  3. Wrap yarn around balloon repeatedly created a random, full coverage pattern. (Note: the thicker the layers of yarn, the longer it will take to dry.)
  4. When you like the look of your covered balloon, cut the yarn and tie the end under the knot.
  5. Dip your brush in the fabric stiffener (or put some in a paper cup and dip brush) and brush on to the string covered balloon, covering thickly. You could also pour some in a bowl and dip/spin the balloon and use the brush for detailed coverage.
  6. Hold over sink until it mostly stops dripping.
  7. Hang to dry. (I used the string ends and a clothespin and hung them in the shower to dry over night. You could also hang outside or over a pile of rags or waxed paper.
  8. The next morning (make sure the string is dry) pop the balloon using a needle, knife or scissors.
  9. Decorate with your balls! I’ve hung them (just loop some string through the top, small ones could be put in a bowl or vase). I also just put them on the coffee table on a tray. Super fun and easy!

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4 Responses to “DIY Christmas Yarn Balls”

  1. TMae says:

    I remember these! I don’t remember ever doing them myself, but I remember my sister bringing them home from school after some project. I’d forgotten all about them. And now I wish I had holiday colored yarn, and balloons, because despite not having anywhere to put them, I want to make some! They look great!

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  2. Jessica says:

    Very cool, I think I saw these on Pinterest in bright colors for a birthday but had never thought of them for Christmas. Great idea!

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  3. Monicca2654 says:

    I remember these! I don’t remember ever doing them myself, but I remember my sister bringing them home from school after some project. I’d forgotten all about them. And now I wish I had holiday colored yarn, and balloons, because despite not having anywhere to put them, I want to make some! They look great!
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  4. So cool! I saw something like this on Pinterest and totally want to try it. Yours look great.

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