DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments

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by All Things G&D

I love adding color to our Christmas and I love oversized ornaments that make a statement on a Christmas tree. These DIY yarn ball ornaments deliver both!

DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments from All Things G&D

To make, I gathered up my strands of yarn, some balloons, and a variety of glue sources we had around the house. I used 12″ balloons for this project, blown up about halfway – just to the point where they got round in shape.

Stir strands of yarn into a container filled with glue (thin slightly with water if necessary) to coat. Wrap yarn around your balloon, continuing to wet additional strands with glue until your balloon is covered as much as you’d like. Tuck final strand beneath other strands so it does not pull apart off of the balloon.

I tied a strand of yarn around the end of the balloon and hung it from my upper kitchen cabinets to dry. Be sure to place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper underneath the balloons to catch any glue that might drip from the bottom of them as they dry.

Check out my blog post (link below) for a review on best glues to use for this project.

Let yarn balls dry at least 24 hours (more if needed) and then pop the balloon inside and pull it out of the yarn circle frame. String a new strand of yarn through the top, and that’s all there is to it!

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  • Christina Beth Simpson Christina Beth Simpson on Apr 19, 2017

    You used 3 different types of glue. Of those 3, which did you find worked the best? Held up, stayed together, did leave dried crusts all over the finished project, dried the fastest, etc.

  • Linda Linda on Sep 25, 2018

    I did these twice and my balloons leaked and so the balls were

    mis-sharpened by morning. I believe I tied them tightly so I'm not sure what happened? Do you know or have any advice?

  • Roxi Roxi on Nov 24, 2019
    I love these. How cute for a true country Christmas tree. Anything homemade simple like these are what farmers had money for. Could using a hair dryer work on these balls? If you are in a group making them , each person would want to take theirs home.
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  • Angela much Angela much on Apr 28, 2022

    I used the same glues that you used. Everything was fine until the next morning. The balloons had deflated and the string around the balloon was not right

  • Qua78049105 Qua78049105 on Feb 09, 2023

    When i did this craft, I put vaseline on the ballon. The glue didn't stick to the balloon and the balloon came away easily.