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Hemp String Process


Summertime just makes everything feel lighter and brighter and fresher. Which makes this Hemp String Process a perfect project for a summer afternoon.
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Step 1: Blow up balloons – do you want them round like a ball or oblong like an egg or raindrop? Then blow up eight balloons of varying sizes but in similar shapes.
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You can even change the shape of an already tied balloon (if you’re not happy with it) by creating a longer stem and tying it off again.
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Step 2: Start the hemp string process by wrapping string around balloon. Hold down the end of your string with one finger as you begin to wrap the string around the balloon itself. Wrap over the free end several times to secure it before letting go.
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When you can let go of the end, rotate the balloon in your hand as you wrap so as to evenly distribute the string all around it.
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Step 3: Glue the string end. Cut your string with the end near the balloon knot. Dab a little of your school glue on nearby strings and secure the end of your string to keep in in place.
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Step 4: Create gluing material. Pour a bottle of school glue into a container. Fill the now-empty glue bottle with water, and add that into the container as well.
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Step 5: Apply the watery glue - Using a soft paintbrush, gently apply the glue onto your string ball so that each string is wet to soaking.
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Step 6: Repeat for all string balls, then let dry. You’ll want the string to be fully and absolutely dry before you mess with them – at least 24 hours, maybe more.
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Step 7: When string is thoroughly dry, remove balloons. When string is dry, snip a hole in the balloon, being careful not to cut your string.
TIP: It is critical that the strings be completely dry before attempting to remove the balloons.
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Step 8: Pull out the ballons!
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Attach string balls to mobile hanger. Using a square knot, attach the fishing line to the string ball.

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  • Lisa Wenerowicz Doherty
    on Aug 18, 2015

    add some glitter while glue is still wet.

  • Meem Kaplan
    on Aug 19, 2015

    I made these with my granddaughter last spring but we also put tissue paper pieces of various colors on the balloon first and then the string. We made them big enough to use on a string of white twinkle lights for their deck. She's ten and it was a Very fun project for us.

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