Back in November when we did that remodel / redecorate project, I decided it was time to attempt a few DIY home decor ideas. I'm always drawn to anything made from burlap or jute twine. I have seen these cute decorative balls all over the place for $$$ that I just couldn't bring myself to spend. They seemed easy enough to recreate. Why not give it a try.
I googled and checked pinterest. I came across a few tutorials and they all seemed to be the same concept. This was a pretty simple one to follow HERE.
- Glue (something that dries clear. I used Modge Podge since it was what I had on hand.) The tutorial I linked says to use fabric stiffener. I tried that, and yes, it works but the rope didn't feel as stiff after it dried.
- Twine, jute rope, yarn. Whatever tickles your fancy.
- Small balloons
- A bowl.
- Paper Towels
- Parchment Paper (so the balls don't stick to a surface while drying)
- Blow up your balloons to the size you want your decorative balls to be.
- Pour 1 part glue and 1 part water into a bowl.
- Soak your rope in the glue. I chose not to cut before wrapping because I didn't know how much wrapping I was going to like. I did a quick dry wrap before soaking so I had an idea how much I might use.
- Begin wrapping your balloon with the glue soaked rope.
- Once you are happy with the results, cut the rope and tuck the end under another piece.
- Place your finished balloon wrap on parchment paper to dry.
The 2 darker ones in the front were made using fabric stiffener. The 4 in the back were made with modge podge.
It was suggested to allow them to dry for 24 hours. I will tell you that mine took 3 full days to dry completely. I think it may have been humid those days. I turned my balloons a few times a day to make sure every part had adequate air to try. I occasionally wiped up any excess glue from the parchment paper.
Once your balloon wraps are dry, take a sharp knife or a pair of scissors and pop the balloon. You will here a lot of cracking, snapping and popping. Don't worry, this is perfectly normal. Pull the balloon pieces out. You now have a beautiful home decor piece to place in a decorative pot, bowl, or plate, etc.
And there is the finished project. Don't they look ah-mazing? I love them! This project was super easy and a bit messy, but well worth the outcome. And the cost... dirt cheap! I hope to make a few more in different colors for our dining room.
Until next time.