Introduction: Yarn Snowballs
Create fun yarn snowballs that never melt. Change up the color scheme and size for year-long decorating.
Step 1: Gather Up Your Supplies
You will need:
Cotton yarn, I tried acrylic but they didn't get hard enough. I used red for the tutorial but the finished balls were made using white cotton yarn.
Balloons, I used the smallest ones I could find
Needle and thread
Step 2: Blow Up Balloons
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. The smaller balloons make nice baseball size balls.
Step 3: Vaseline
Cover balloon in a thin layer of Vaseline. This isn't as messy as I thought it would be and my son was able to help out with this step.
Step 4: The Soak
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 5: Wrap Balloon
Wrap balloon in the wet yarn.
Step 6: Let Them Dry
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 7: Remove Balloon and Spray Clear Acrylic
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 8: Add Glitter
Place yarn ball in bag and go crazy with the glitter.
Step 9: Let Acrylic Dry
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.
12 years ago on Introduction
You're missing the step/pics of wrapping the sting on the balloon. Seen these before, but like your glitter idea added to them!