Introduction: Wacky Christmas Lights
Have you ever been bored with your room decorations? Maybe you spent 24 hours on making your new living space exactly how you want it to be, but halfway through the year, once Halloween and Christmas have passed, you realize you never got festive. Well, these cheap and flashy light covers are the solution to keeping your room illuminated with the festive spirit. Make sure you wear old clothes - this could get messy!
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Step 1: Collect Materials
For this project, the following materials are required:
- Spool of yarn (red and green spools if you want to be festive - about 8-12 feet covers a balloon)
- Measuring cup (at least one cup)
- Bottle of Elmer’s liquid glue (Elmer's is recommended because it mixes well with water)
- Water balloons
- Utensil to mix the water and glue (a plastic fork or spoon will work)
- Scotch tape
- Wax paper
- Roll of paper towels
The following materials are optional:
- Shoe box
- Hair dryer
Make sure to wear clothes you don't care about, things might get messy!
Step 2: Prepare the Balloons
Count out how many lights you have. Each bulb will require its own balloon. Blow up the balloons to the size of a baseball for each individual light.
Warning: Be careful to not spend all of your air at once. Blowing up a lot of balloons at one time can make you lightheaded.
Step 3: Create the Glue Mixture
1. Mix together a ratio of ½ cup of glue to ½ cup of water in a bowl.
2. Use your utensil for mixing here, a plastic fork or spoon will work, this will get a little messy.
3. Mix until the mixture resembles a mixture a little thicker than milk.
Note: ½ cup of glue and ½ cup of water is enough for approximately 15 balloons. Plan the amount of mixture you need accordingly.
Step 4: Wrap the Balloons
- Without cutting the yarn, run the loose end of the yarn through the bowl of glue and water such that the amount of yarn needed is well covered in the mixture.
- Begin wrapping the yarn in criss-cross/diagonal motions around one of the inflated balloons. Once the balloon is covered, cut the yarn off of the spool and press the end on top of the balloon.
Hint: Holding the balloon by the nub will make the balloons easier to hold on to!
Step 5: Repeat
Repeat steps 3-4 for as many lights as you need covered, setting the completed balloons aside to dry.
Step 6: Dry
Let the balloons sit until dry (approximately 24 hours)
Optional: Speed Dry
To speed up the drying process, use the hair dryer in the low blowing cool setting, gently blowing air all around the balloons. The yarn is dry once it becomes stiff.
HINT: Put balloons in a shoe box to prevent them from blowing away.
Step 7: Popping Time!
1. Once the yarn is dried, pop the balloon with the scissors.
2. After popping the balloons, remove the remains of the balloon from the dried yarn ball. Some of it always gets stuck.
Warning: Be careful when handling scissors; they are sharp!
Step 8: Attach
1. Take each solid yarn ball and place them around their own individual lights.
2. Place a piece of tape around the yarn and its light to keep them from separating.
3. Repeat this step for each individual light.
Step 9: Cleaning
If any glue is stuck to the table or the utensils, a wet paper towel will do the trick! Wipe the item down and the glue should easily come off.
Step 10: Project Is Complete
Congratulations! You have now completed the Wacky Christmas Lights craft and are ready to let your light shine!