DIY Yarn Orbs

Turn leftover yarn into gorgeous orbs to bring a playful touch to your home decor. Or string them together to create a colorful party banner.

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These yarn orbs are ready to party! Gather up extra yarn strands from a knitting project and make them into something new altogether. This project uses a similar technique to the papier-mache you made as a kid, just with yarn. Display a batch of yarn orbs in a bowl on your coffee table for texture, or choose colors to match a holiday. Try orange and black for Halloween (they even look a bit like spiderwebs!) or red and green for Christmas.

What You Need

  • Yarn
  • Nonstick spray
  • Scissors
  • Cornstarch
  • School glue
  • Balloons
  • Spatula
  • Clothespins
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Hot water

Step 1: Mix Glue Solution

In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup hot water, and 1 bottle of liquid school glue. Mix well.

Step 2: Prep Balloons

Blow up balloons and hang them upside down so they aren't touching the floor. Spray with a light coat of nonstick spray.

Step 3: Cover in Yarn

Dip yarn strands in the solution. Squeeze out any excess. Wrap the balloon in wet yarn at random intervals. When you are satisfied with your design, allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Step 4: Remove Balloon

Knead balloon to separate it from the dried yarn. Pop and gently remove balloon remnants. Peel off any excess glue strands still attached to the yarn. String orbs on a banner, if desired.

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