DIY String Balloon Spheres – Fabric Stiffener vs Glue

These DIY string spheres make amazing pendant light shades and whimsical decorations for parties but making them can be tricky, messy and time consuming. Have you tried making these string balloon spheres? If not, you are in luck as I will be showing you step by step how to DIY your own in this experimental post using two methods.

Let me save you the hassle of making rookie mistakes as I have made them for you!

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Supplies:

  • Old bowl/container
  • Glue that dries clear (method 2)
  • Fabric Stiffener (method 1)
  • Yarn/Wool
  • Scissors
  • Balloons
  • Pegs (to hang them to dry)
  • Plastic gloves (optional)

 

Method One – Fabric Stiffener

Step 1 Place your yarn in your container and cover with fabric stiffener

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Step 2 While your yarn is soaking up the fabric stiffener, blow up your balloons. Make as many or as little as you want. You will just need to add more yarn as needed.

Step 3 Spray your balloons with a spritz of oil, I used cooking olive oil

Step 4 Wearing your gloves pick up the start of the yarn and wrap once around your balloon and tie a knot at the base of the balloon, leave some yarn hanging from the knot so you are able to hang it to dry at the end.

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Step 5 Wrap the yarn around and around the balloon until most of the balloon is covered. You still want to see some parts but you don’t want big gaps.

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Step 6 Hang out to dry, not in direct sun.DIY String Spheres with Balloons - wmdrying

 

CRAFT FAIL – this is what happens if you don’t spray your balloons first with a bit of oil.

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Method Two – Glue and Water

Step 1 Make a mixture of 3 parts glue (must dry clear) to 1 part hot water

Step 2 Put two elastic bands over your container, this will remove the excess mixture from the yarn – resulting in less mess. Place a section of yarn in your container and feed through the elastic bands.

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Step 3 Blow up your balloons. Make as many or as little as you want. You will just need to add more yarn as needed.

Step 4 Spray your balloons with a spritz of oil, I used cooking olive oil

Step 4 Wearing your gloves pick up the start of the yarn and wrap once around your balloon and tie a knot at the base of the balloon, leave some yarn hanging from the knot so you are able to hang it to dry at the end.

Step 5 Wrap the yarn around and around the balloon until most of the balloon is covered. You still want to see some parts but you don’t want big gaps.

Step 6 Hang out to dry, not in direct sun.

The Winner

From trailing both methods – the most cost effective is definitely method 2 – the glue and hot water trick. Threading the yarn through the elastic bands to work as a squeegee was also a huge time saver and eliminated a tonne of messing about with plastic gloves and cleaning up the drips from having too much mixture on the yarn. Yay!

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To make big and perfectly round spheres you can use an exercise ball. To make coloured string spheres use coloured yarn. Experiment with doily and lace balloons, you can also dye these before hand if you want to match a colour scheme.

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