weekend diys | yarn chandeliers

9:40 AM

I know you've seen these all around the web. They are so dreamy and seemed simple enough to recreate so I finally sat down and decided to do it this past weekend. Here's all you'll need:


1. Acrylic Yarn   2. Elmer's Glue   3. Corn Starch
4. Round Balloons   5. Small Pan for mixing
6. Vaseline   7. Pole/Stand for drying


Using round balloons means you'll have perfect circle chandeliers, you can use any kind of balloon but I wanted mine circular. Blow up how ever many balloons you want for chandeliers and tie yarn around the top for hanging.


Hang them on a pole or rack and don't forget to lay down tarp or trash bags. Things get a little messy in the next steps. Cover each balloon in Vaseline. This is so the yarn/glue doesn't stick to the baloon when you pop it in the end.


Mix up the glue with 1/2 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of water. The measurements don't really matter because I just threw a little bit of everything in and it turned out just fine :]


Dip the yarn in the gooey mix and begin to wrap it around the balloon. This is where having a second person is really helpful. Mike dipped the yarn and got the excess glue off while I wrapped.


Let them dry for several hours. It took forever to dry but luckily you can be doing other things and just forget about them. You want them completely dry when you pop them or they might just fall apart. I know this from experience because I have little patience and popped one too early. He died.


Once you pop them they should look all schnazzy like this guy. I haven't decided how I'm going to hang them or where I will hang them but I will eventually. I'm just excited to have finally finished the project I've been dying to do for months!

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39 comments

  1. Mine didn't work!!!! Can you make the instruction more detailed? Or a video? Thanks!

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  2. More glue and more yam

    I made quite a few, i hope u can see the linkhttp://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/179189_442746875750443_917398214_n.jpg

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  3. Do you think it would be okay to wrap the balloon in dry yarn, then roll it around in the mixture, and gently shake off the excess?  I'm trying to think of a way to make it less messy! lol

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  4. Oh! Great idea! My next DIY is also perfect for a nursery!

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  5. I love how whimsical these are. Sounds like a fun and relatively easy project I may have to delve into. I'm sad I didn't see these 4 months ago because they would have been perfect for my after-wedding brunch!

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  6. I featured this DIY on my blog. I looked through your posts about and I can't wait to follow and see what else you post! Keep it up :)
    http://www.minipennyblog.com/2011/06/tuesday-favorite-diy-projects_14.html

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  7. I made 12 but only 6 turned out - will have to try again. I found out that you need a LOT of glue for these puppies to hold up as well as spraying them with a clear varnish to help keep the shape once dried. Summer heat also doesn't help because you'll lose air in your balloons long before the glue dries! Yours look GREAT though! :)

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  8. Hey there,
    I thought that this yarn tutorial was so cute that I posted it onto my blog!
    You can see it here

    http://missyellowshoes.blogspot.com/2011/07/things-im-in-love-with-part-2.html

    Keep up the good work and stay creative!

    Miss Yellow Shoes

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  9. Cute cute cute!!!
    I love this idea...I could handle this craft!!
    Would look so great in a baby's nursery!

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  10. Oh! Great idea! My next DIY is also perfect for a nursery!

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  11. soooo pretty! i just saw another post on these like 2 seconds ago.
    possible wedding diy? i think yes. maybe i could put them on sticks and in the centerpieces! how sturdy is the yarn once it's dry?

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  12. Definitely a possible wedding centerpiece! It's pretty darn sturdy. I mean I wouldn't squeeze them lol but they'd definitely keep their shape attached to a stick for a centerpiece.

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  13. Definitely a possible wedding centerpiece! It's pretty darn sturdy. I mean I wouldn't squeeze them lol but they'd definitely keep their shape attached to a stick for a centerpiece .

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  14. Love this! :] Makes me want to get some to hang around my newly renovated office/studio.

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  15. love this Allison. :) thanks for sharing.

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  16. These are amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. These are *so* dreamy!! :) I totally wanna make some. :)

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  18. These are awesome! You are so magical, dear!♥

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  19. Ooo, I love this idea! Looks great :D

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  20. If you use PVA glue, you wouldn't need to seal them as it does it for you. It ends up being waterproof so you could wipe dust off.

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  21. i wanted noe if anything of string like embroidery thread would word

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  22. Can you use colored yarn?

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  23. TOTALLY TOTALLY TOTALLY love,,, that is sooooo awesome.

    I'm off to FEATURE it on my facebook page right now, and if you get a chance come link up to my party too girl, and you could be featured for a whole week on my blog!!

    I'm totally following you Allison, how awesome!!!

    Come say Hi sometime, and while you're there, check out my latest post on how I cut my own hair :) Bella Before and After , and if you are a sz8.5, and love cute shoes, come enter to win a pair of BCBGirls Hipster sandals ....GIVEAWAY HERE, I really appreciate the support.

    Hugs,
    Bella :)

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  24. Hi! I've been always wanting to make one of these coz they are so pretty but I'm worried about the dust/dirt that would accumulate on it.. Do you suggest anything to spray on top of it to make cleaning easier? Thank you.. =)

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  25. I used white yarn so there was no need to go any further once I had created
    them. However, I know some people who spray paint them afterward to get
    their desired color, in which case I would recomend finishing it off with a
    clear spray sealant. You could just skip to the sealant if you wanted to
    keep yours white in the end. I think that would help and make the
    chandeliers smooth rather than yarn-like where dust can easily collect. Let
    me know how it goes!

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  26. It really just worked the best for me. The thickness was nice but you could probably use any kind.

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  27. I have tried this idea but I kind of failed. I really don't know why. The yarn I used is thicker than softer that the one you are using and when it dries, it just doesn't form such a circular shape. What should I do?

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  28. how much glue do you reccomend?

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  29. I just dipped the yarn in the pan of glue and lightly squeezed off extra glue so it dries quicker

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  30. Is there a reason why you use acrylic yarn?

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  31. how cool! i would love to make some of these!

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  32. Would the Elmer's  blue gel glue work as well? I'm buying some of that for another craft, and trying to avoid buying so much glue...
    Thanks!

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  33. In theory it should work though I'm not sure how well the gel glue would mix with water

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  34. grazie, molto bello io l'ho modificato e trasformato la palla di filato come un copri vaso dei fiori meraviglioso!!!!!

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  37. Hey Allison.
    I just wanted to let you know, I created a link to this tutorial in a blog post of mine, and I made a list of some things I did differently. If you want me to take it down, or change anything, just let me know at zarinaloublog@outlook.com, or make a comment. Just know that i loved this tutorial, and it is my last wish to offend you in any way!
    Here's my blog: http://zarinalou.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/string-ball-lampshades/
    Thanks
    ZarinaLou

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