DIY Twine Balls With Lights

4 Materials
25 Hours

We created these twine balls by accident. Okay, we intentionally made them, but they were supposed to be light balls that we hung outside in our trees. It seemed like a great idea until we finished the project. We had the balls ready to be hung outside, but it was raining.

That's when it hit us. These balls can't go outside. The rain will "melt" the glue and turn them into a sloppy mess! We threw them under the Christmas tree without thinking, but once we saw it, we knew that's exactly where they belonged.

This DIY fail turned into my favorite piece of Christmas decor. If you're looking to add a little more light to your life, these twine balls are a great addition to your home decor!

(p.s. we did end up making some outdoor friendly ones too. Check out our full tutorial on outdoor hanging light balls)

Alright, let's start DIYing!

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1. Blow up your balloons.

2. Wrap your balloon in cling wrap or spray it with cooking spray.

3. Create a place to hang your balloons once they are wrapped in twine.

4. Make your glue mixture. Mix together equal parts cornstarch and glue. Then add water until you have the consistency that is slightly runnier than normal glue.

5. Dip your twine in the glue mixture and then run it through your fingers to remove any excess.

6. Wrap your balloon once and tie the twine in a knot.

7. Continue wrapping the balloon in twine.

8. Once you are content with the amount of twine your balloon has on it, cut your twine and loop the end of the string underneath another piece of twine on the balloon to secure it.

9. Tie a piece of twine to the bottom of the balloon. Tie the balloon to the place you determined in Step 3.

10. Let the balls dry for 24hrs.

11. Once dry, pop the balloon and remove it from your twine ball.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 12 questions
  • Susan
    on Dec 16, 2019

    I made these as a child, only we used liquid starch and various colors of threads.

  • Michelle Lindley
    on Dec 17, 2019

    How u get lights in there,what kind you get? Are they stuck together with one set of lights,are separated lights in each one plug up or battery use lights

    • CJ
      on Dec 22, 2019

      Michelle, she put the strings of lights in after they are completely dry and the balloon and plastic wrap have been removed. Go to her blog for full details.

  • Tracy Huffman
    on Dec 17, 2019

    How do you arrange the lights?

    • CJ
      on Dec 22, 2019

      Tracy, she put the strings of lights in after they are completely dry and the balloon and plastic wrap have been removed. Go to her blog for full details.

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  • Betty
    on Dec 28, 2019

    This is awesome! Got to make it for next Christmas! Got to learn how to save!

    • Terrya
      on Dec 30, 2019

      Betty just tap the ♥️ on the bottom right of the initial picture/post. The heart will fill in with color to save it. The heart will fill in with color to save it. This will save it in your favorites under the heart symbol♥️

  • MaryLou
    on Jan 2, 2020

    I will definitely give this a try

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