Sunday, December 12, 2010

Yarn Snowballs - Tutorial

Crafts keep me up at night. I lay in bed and occasionally I come up with a good idea. This may be one of them - yarn snowballs. 
You will need:
  • Cotton yarn, I tried acrylic but they didn't get hard enough
  • Balloons, I used the smallest ones I could find
  • Vaseline
  • Water
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Glitter
  • Clothes hanger
  • Needle and thread
  • Spray acrylic
  • Bag
Get started:
Step 1: Blow up balloons. I put too much air in some of mine and the end result is a yarn ball that looks like a balloon.

Step 2: Cover balloon in a thin layer of Vaseline. This isn't as messy as I thought it would be and my Little Man was able to help out with this step.

Step 3: Soak yarn in a water and glue mixture. I did 75% glue / 25% water. I used about 6 yards for one small balloon but think if I make these again I will try about 9 to 10 yards. 

Step 4: After you have the balloon covered with yarn, run some thread through the tied off portion and hang it on a clothes hanger to dry. It took mine about 12 hours to completely dry.

Step 5: Once balloon is dry, pop balloon and gingerly pull it out. I then threaded a piece of the matching yarn through the ball and sprayed it with some clear spray acrylic. This really smells so please do it outside.

Step 6: Place yarn ball in bag and go crazy with the glitter.

Step 7: Pull yarn ball out and admire your handy work. Hang in desired spot. They will still stink but by this time you might be enjoying that part.

I hung mine on my dining room light fixture. If I was better at making ribbon bows I would have attached them that way.

Here is my original acrylic yarn test. Too soft, but looks nice here on this light fixture. 


Jayna said... Reply to comment

so cute!

The sconce ball reminds me of a fire hazard...just sayin. Shea leans over my shoulder and says, "that's nice!" I love the white with what looks like glitter. I love glitter.

Jayna said... Reply to comment

Sorry, the fire hazard comment is a little brash...I just don't want your cute little house burning down:)

Sarah said... Reply to comment

I thought about the whole fire hazard bit and decided to keep them up there since those lights are only on for about 3 minutes each day. You are too funny.

Heather said... Reply to comment

Beautiful!!! Great idea :)

Amy (naptimecrafters) said... Reply to comment

So neat!! Thanks for auditioning!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

I've made smaller versions of theses for the Christmas tree and even a larger one as an Easter Basket but I REALLY like them hanging off the light ... great idea

linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said... Reply to comment

These make perfect snowballs! Cute idea!
Happy crafting!
American Crafter Judge

Cabby Crafter said... Reply to comment

What a nice tutorial! I got some extra cotton yarn, all I have to do is get me some balloons. thanks!

Michelle said... Reply to comment

Super cute! Stopping by to say hi from the American Crafter Auditions! AND I am a new follower =)!

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