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String Balloons – Nailed It

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Helen saw this cool craft where you cover yarn with glue then wrap it around a balloon. The idea after that is to pop the balloon when the glue is dry and Voila! you have a cool hanging lantern.

Or not so much.

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Helen definitely NAILED IT!

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36 Responses to String Balloons – Nailed It

  1. Kellie says:

    thank god! I thought I was the only string ball failure!!!

  2. Trish says:

    I have only ever seen this project done by coating the yarn/string with liquid starch, not glue.

  3. Kellie says:

    Can you use powdered cornstarch dissolved in water?

  4. Rhonda says:

    I’ve had good results using Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener!

  5. niki says:

    soak the string in watered down glue (syrup consistency). carpentry grade ponal will work

  6. miria says:

    this is beautiful! i made something that looked like this, but yours turned out better!i threw mine across the room!

  7. y says:

    the same xact thing happene to mine and i was doing it for centerpieces for a school luncheaon and we nailed these so we ended up doind cherry blossoms by taking real twigs and sticking pink paper crunched up on it. they actuall looked nice

  8. Ashley says:

    I tried liquid cornstarch, a recipe which I got off the net and mine turned out the exact same way… I am so glad I wasn’t the only epic fail!

  9. mio says:

    I’m a string balloon failure too!!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I remember doing this at camp when I was younger…. and I seem to remember them just using watered down white glue (watered down to make it soak into the yarn better)…. mine worked out perfectly…. my mom actually still has it >_< that was some 15 years ago! lol

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  12. Nicole says:

    I used to make these all the time with string and sugar water.

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  14. Becky says:

    These make great hanging lamps. Just leave a small “hole” at the top and a larger “hole” at the bottom (to get the light bulb in and out) when you are wrapping the yarn. Once it is dry, run the cord/chain for hanging up through the ball, secure the fixture in place, and hang the lamp.

  15. Kathy says:

    Got it to work (not quite as beautiful result as the example, but not bad) with liquid starch and glue mixed.

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  18. Ashley Kitt says:

    Last year I tried the ones that are supposed to be like easter eggs and failed! This makes me feel much better.

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  22. June says:

    Your outcome looks good compared to mine! LOL

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  24. Hinky says:

    Oh gosh ya’ll make me feel so much better! I tried this with the string and powdered starch making it into a thick paste consistency. First off I soaked the string in the starch then wrapped it around the balloon.. That in it’s self was a challenge. String kept falling off when I’d wind it around to the other side.. Anyway long story short mine looked like the sunk in ones..So if anyone knows EXACTLY, step by step how to do this, I’d love to know I have gone out and bought glues now so I will try the starch and glue together..I will let you know if I succeed… Please if anyone does it and it stays together, post it here Thanks!

  25. Sharyn says:

    Kite string and a mixture of sugar and water. I also put food coloring in the water.

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  27. Heather says:

    I used white glue, modpodge glue, food colouring and water. I just had to push the balloon away from the string before I tried to pop the balloon. But 3 out of 4 worked the way they were supposed too.

  28. Greg says:

    i remember doing this, maybe in first grade. we used a liquid laundry starch instead of glue. after it dried, the art teacher carefully pricked the balloon near the knot to let the air escape slowly, the balloon just pulled itself away from the string no trouble at all. did you pop the balloon or let the air come out slowly?

  29. Kez says:

    I have just started making mine today. I bought cotton yarn in lovely colours (so I don’t have to dye the yarn first!). I am using wallpaper paste which is very lumpy but seems to be working. My second balloon popped and then another one later. I was swearing at the tangled mess of yarn! I think it’s because the balloons were blown up too much. It’s worth the effort though…they look awesome.

  30. Janey says:

    I rolled the string into a ball, placed it inside a small zip lock bag with Elmer’s glue and a little water. When I was ready to use it I opened the bag about an inch, pulled out the string and over my sink I wrapped it around my balloon. Works very well and if you don’t use all the string you just zip the bag back up.

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  33. tonybudz says:

    I thought it was pasta..

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  36. Jennifer says:

    We made these last year… they turned out beautifully! Even my husband got in the mix of making them :)

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