Oh, Christmas tree! Oh, Christmas treeeeee!!!
How richly God has decked thee!
With yarn, balloons, and Elmer’s glue . . .
We’re redefining gooey!
See? Proof that we worked HARD!
Now how do we get those balloons out of there???
Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!
How richly God (and Katie) have decked thee!
Kid-Friendly Craft Alert!
Spread some holiday cheer as you and your little ones create these elegant homespun ornaments. Simple supplies like water balloons, white glue, newspaper and yarn are all you need to get started.
A boxed set would be perfect for grandparents or a favorite teacher. Or keep them yourself . . . your kids will have fun and you’ll get the keepsake. Hope y’all are cherishing the moments, making paper chains and chugging down some real, authentic egg nog. 🙂
How To Make Yarn Ball Ornaments
- small water balloons (find them online here or at a party supply store)
- 4 tablespoons white glue (like this)
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder (I like this non-GMO cornstarch and this arrowroot)
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- yarn (Thinner is better, but we figured that out after we made ours. This Sugar N’ Cream Ombre is similar to what we used)
- glitter (optional – I like this clear chunky glitter because it reminds me of snow)
- wax paper (optional)
- metal spoon
- medium mixing bowl
I’ve included written instructions below, but here’s a visual overview from Monica Villarta:
1. First, cover your work area with newspaper.
2. Blow up your water balloons. If you want a dozen ornaments, that’s how many balloons you’ll need to inflate.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together glue, water and cornstarch/arrowroot.
4. Place a long section of yarn (several feet) into the bowl and press it into the glue mixture.
5. After the yarn has absorbed the glue, lift it out of the liquid and give it a little squeeze over the bowl. It should be saturated, but not dripping everywhere.
6. Take one end of the yarn and tie it around the nipple (tie) of the balloon. Continue winding the yarn around the balloon in a crisscross pattern until you’ve reached the level of coverage you want.
7. Tie another piece of yarn around the nipple and then use it to hang the balloon. Depending on your setup, you may want to use a string to create a “clothesline” to hang several from, or you may want to hang them from a door. Wherever you hang them, make sure to cover the floor underneath because glue will drip.
8. Once the yarn is COMPLETELY dry, pop the balloon with a pin.
9. If desired, apply a thin layer of glue to the outside of the yarn ball and sprinkle glitter over it. Allow to dry on a flat surface covered in wax paper.
10. Use a regular ornament hook to attach it to the tree. Voila, you make a yarn ball ornament!
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