This week on Pinterest vs Reality: Those string ornaments made from string wrapped around a balloon and held together with glue. That description alone makes this DIY sound so easy. The more I saw these on Pinterest, the more I had wanted to make one!
Here’s how to make one for yourself! My own notes will be in blue.
- Blow up a balloon to the size you want your ornament to be. The shape of your balloon is very important! When the glue dries, your string will look like your balloon. I used old water balloons, so they turned out egg shaped.
- Fill a dish or bowl with equal parts glue and water. Place the string in the glue mixture. A lot of tutorials would include corn starch, but I didn’t have corn starch, so I found a tutorial that didn’t need it. Also, a bowl works better than a dish. What I used was small and shallow so I made a mess. A bowl would also help keep the string in the glue.
- Wrap the string around the balloon, making sure the string always has glue on it. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of string and to wrap it randomly. The more the better. Also make sure ALL the string has glue on it, or the pieces that aren’t gluey won’t stay well.
- Hang your ornament to dry. It’s best to leave it overnight.
- When your string has dried, carefully poke the balloon away from the string, without popping it. This helps to make sure the string and glue separate from the balloon.
- Pop and remove balloon. This part is kind of tricky. Be careful not to disturb your ornament. It’s best to use a pair of scissors to pull it out.
I made some ornaments with yarn and some with twine. The twine was definitely easier to use and if you dye the glue with a few drops of food coloring, it will dye your string too! I’d say this is a “Pin” that works! What do you think?
To find on Pinterest, try searching “DIY string ornament.” Or watch the pinned video here.