Hanging Yarn Ball Art




Introduction: Hanging Yarn Ball Art

About: Artist. Seamstress. Photographer.

I love these! They look great hanging at different lengths in a corner of a room.

Step 1: What You Will Need

What You Will Need:

-1 Bottle of Elmer's Glue
-Corn Starch
-Measuring Cup
- 100% Cotton Yarn - White or Light in Color (Feel free to try any color you want. I chose a lighter color, because I wanted to spray paint mine)
-Fishing Line
-Balloons (preferably medium to large ones)

*If you are doing this project inside you will need a Dollar Store Shower Curtain to help with the mess!
This project will be a bit messy!

Spray Paint to add color to yarn balls

Step 2: Lets Begin

Start by hanging your balloons from the ceiling or on a rope tied between two chairs.

Make sure you do not inflate the balloon to its fullest capacity since you want the balls to be round and not oval.

However, if that is what you are into, go for it!!

Lay your Dollar Store Shower Curtain down. If you are outside you wont need a shower curtain 

**Tying a rope between two chairs and hanging the balloons from the rope works a lot easier since you will be making 4-6 small to medium yarn balls**

Vary the sizes of the balloons you are going to wrap.

Step 3: Now We Will Mix the Paste

1/4 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Corn Starch
1 Bottle of Elmer's Glue

It should be runny, but not watery

Step 4: Dip Yarn in Paste

Go back to your balloons.

Begin by getting the yarn wet in the paste.

You can do this by dipping your fingers in the paste and covering the yarn or dipping the yarn in the paste.

Wrap the balloon with the paste soaked yarn until you are satisfied with how it looks

Allow the Balloons to dry for 12 hours or overnight to make sure they are completely dry

Step 5: Pop Balloon

Once the yarn balls are dry, pop the balloons and remove them from the yarn balls.

You will have something that looks like this.

Step 6: Spray Paint the Yarn Balls

You are finished... unless you would like to add a little color to your art!

I took mine outside and spray painted them!

Find some sticks and push them into the ground.

Hang your yarn balls from them and spray away.

These would make pretty sweet lawn art!


Once they are dry, hang them from the ceiling in your house using fishing line and tacks.


If you enjoyed this tutorial you can find more like this one here: korrinewojcik.blogpsot.com

Happy Crafting!!

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10 years ago on Introduction

ooo those would make cool outside decorations, maybe some metallic spray paint, silver or those really cool metal red, blue and purple ones. (cause I do have those) I think i just might try this, I'm just wondering how well it will hold up to being outside with rain and such, how sturdy is that glue that you made?


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

That's a good question. I have to say that I'm not sure.If you were to spray them with a clear coat it might give them protection against the elements. Worth a shot. I thought these would make great lawn ordainments too! Good Luck!


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

I will try that, i even got me some balloons last night :)


Reply 4 years ago

how did your yarn balls work with the outdoors??


6 years ago

Did this with thick hemp... Don't do that haha way too heavy, will not hold! Retrying with yarn tomorrow (I was impatient and the store was closed so I used what I had).
Also, for making larger ones, to get a really nice round shape try to find the larger "punch balloons" they blow up perfectly round and are designed to be inflated to 16"

Totally going to make these, but paint them in metalic colours and glow in the dark modge podge and put a black bacdrop in the corner with glow in the dark stars!!! By the way, I love the collage about the human spirit thats beside ur yarn balls!!


8 years ago on Introduction

Love these and think we may make some for when we get remarried next year, maybe hang them from trees or somewhere. Thank for the inspiration.


8 years ago

I'm so doing these !


8 years ago

I will make it once I get yarn. Will it work with thread?


Reply 8 years ago

You could give it a shot! It will be very thin and more likely to break apart. I would hold off until you got some yarn, then you can save your thread. Thanks for checking out this tutorial!