Patriotic Decorative String Balls

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Learn how to make decorative string balls. They are perfect for any patriotic holidays, such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. You can customize them for any occasion, including birthdays and weddings! Just pick different colors. |patriotic | patriotic crafts | fourth of july | Fourth of July crafts | 4th of july

Here is a link to my original blogpost, which has more pictures, a materials list and a video tutorial:

Gather your materials, which include string or embroidery floss, balloons and liquid starch.

Here is a finer string.

Here is the embroidery floss. Either will work well.

You want to unwind the string, as you put it into the starch. If you just put it in in a clump, it will get all knotted up.

Once the string has soaked a little, you can start winding it around the balloon. 

Once you have them full, you can put them on a glass, or hang them from the balloon to dry.

Once they are dry, you can pop the balloons.

Then, you can gently pull out the balloon.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Here is a link to my original blogpost, which has more pictures, a materials list and a video tutorial:

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3 questions
  • Lottie Crafts
    on Jun 22, 2019

    Could I use modge podge or craft glue instead of starch?

  • Diane
    on Jun 22, 2020

    Could you just put the string all over it and then just slightly dip it in the sta-flo, wouldn’t that be easier???

    • Barb
      on Jun 22, 2020

      no, string won't stick to balloon while dry

  • Terri
    on Jun 22, 2020

    Any chance you could inflate the balloon larger and add small lights for a Christmas outdoor decoration perhaps to hang on a tree?

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  • Teri
    on Jun 25, 2019

    Will definitely try this, love it!

  • Margie Mae Likens Oakley
    on Jul 22, 2019

    Thank you for this idea. I am going to try it for sure. I am going to try it on different shapes of balloons also.

    • Sarge
      on Aug 8, 2019

      If you blow up a balloon a lil larger than what is shown it will appear egg shaped - which is what I did for an Easter project last year. The technique is exactly the same except I used a product specifically for stiffening fabrics.

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