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Yarn Ball Ornaments Made Easy

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Oh, Christmas tree! Oh, Christmas treeeeee!!!

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How richly God has decked thee!

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With yarn, balloons, and Elmer’s glue . . .yarn-ball-ornament-tutorial

We’re redefining gooey!

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See? Proof that we worked HARD!

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Now how do we get those balloons out of there???

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Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!

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How richly God (and Katie) have decked thee!

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Kid-Friendly Craft Alert!

Spread some holiday cheer as you and your little ones create these elegant homespun ornaments. Simple supplies like water balloons, white glue, newspaper and yarn are all you need to get started.

A boxed set would be perfect for grandparents or a favorite teacher. Or keep them yourself . . . your kids will have fun and you’ll get the keepsake. Hope y’all are cherishing the moments, making paper chains and chugging down some real, authentic egg nog. :)

How To Make Yarn Ball Ornaments

Supplies

Instructions

I’ve included written instructions below, but here’s a visual overview from Monica Villarta:

1. First, cover your work area with newspaper.

2. Blow up your water balloons. If you want a dozen ornaments, that’s how many balloons you’ll need to inflate.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together glue, water and cornstarch/arrowroot.

4. Place a long section of yarn (several feet) into the bowl and press it into the glue mixture.

5. After the yarn has absorbed the glue, lift it out of the liquid and give it a little squeeze over the bowl. It should be saturated, but not dripping everywhere.

6. Take one end of the yarn and tie it around the nipple (tie) of the balloon. Continue winding the yarn around the balloon in a crisscross pattern until you’ve reached the level of coverage you want.

7. Tie another piece of yarn around the nipple and then use it to hang the balloon. Depending on your setup, you may want to use a string to create a “clothesline” to hang several from, or you may want to hang them from a door. Wherever you hang them, make sure to cover the floor underneath because glue will drip.

8. Once the yarn is COMPLETELY dry, pop the balloon with a pin.

9. If desired, apply a thin layer of glue to the outside of the yarn ball and sprinkle glitter over it. Allow to dry on a flat surface covered in wax paper.

10. Use a regular ornament hook to attach it to the tree. Voila, you make a yarn ball ornament!

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35 Responses to Yarn Ball Ornaments Made Easy

  1. Sarah K.

    says:

    Those are so neat! I love the colors!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Sarah! I went through aisle after aisle searching for the right yarn and then found this in the clearance section. It reminded me of a candy cane ; – )

  2. Kristine

    says:

    Cute idea! Love the photos!

  3. Nikki says:

    These are so cute!!! I wonder if Liquid Fabric Stiffener would work instead of Elmers? What did you use to make the snow flakes?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Nikki! Are you crafting like crazy right now??? It’s times like these that I wish I had your skills. We had so much leftover yarn and I have no idea what to do with it.

      Regarding the fabric stiffener, I think it would work. The Elmer’s was a little difficult to work anyway so if I were you I’d give it a shot. The snowflakes are just basic white craft glitter from Joann’s. If you make these I would love to see the finished product!

      • Nikki says:

        I immediately bought balloons when I saw your crafty brilliance. The fabric stiffener experiment is happening right now but will need to dry overnight. I am just using leftover yarn so they aren’t very Christmas-y…yet. You’ve completely inspired me and I am so excited about it! Thank you for the great idea, I’ll let you know as soon as they are finished. Evie will be 2 1/2 next Christmas so I really hope we can make these together!

        As for leftovers – I love to decorate with yarn and wrap everything I can in it! Maybe make a pompom garland with those wonderful peppermint hues!

  4. Vivian

    says:

    So glad you all are enjoying your Christmas season, and what precious decorations! Merry Christmas to the Potamus family! :-)

  5. Daniel says:

    There’s almost nothing I can think of more precious than watching you two making Christmas decorations. The house suddenly felt more festive, more creative, and more intimate. Thank God for children, through whom we’re rediscovering the joy of using our hands to create and have lots of fun!

  6. I LOVE this!! Now I know what to do with all of my “scraps” of yarn!! Love the smiles on Katie’s face!

  7. Hunter

    says:

    I love the ornaments… Now I know what to do with all of my leftover yarn!

    Anthropologie has some great pictures of how to use yarn to embellish presents on their “ways to wrap” section- I tried wrapping it around presents in thick bands and it looks so pretty… A nice way to put those scraps to use.

  8. Esther says:

    Simply beautiful and precious! Katie is going to look back and cherish all of the memories you are making with her. Merry Christmas!

  9. Whittney says:

    How crafty! Love that you’re making memories with your sweet beebs.

    • Heather says:

      Thanks! As we were making them I thought it was going to be a disaster. But we had fun and they turned out beautifully. Now that we’ve had a little success we’re on to another project!

  10. […] it. I think it looks fabulous and was a great way to use scrap yarn! Thanks to Mommypotamus for a gorgeous blog on crafting ornaments with yarn and inspiring me to find ways to use up scrap pieces. My yarn-ball […]

  11. caitlin says:

    i want to save this blog so that i can remember to make these in a couple years when denver is old enough to help. what a sweet idea. love it!

    • Heather says:

      This has been the best Christmas season ever, hands down. At three years old Katie is old enough for crafts, she can sing Jingle Bells and Silent Night, and she LOVES going out at night to look at Christmas lights. Christmas was totally magical when I was a kid, but it doesn’t compare to seeing my daughter experience all this for the first time.

  12. Love this! I’m going to make some with my girls this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Yay! Have fun! We gave a set to Katie’s grandparents last year . . . and of course, I kept a set for myself. Sweet memories! <3

  14. Kati says:

    We did something kind of like this for continent day at Montessori (South America, “weaving” bowls, long story). Anyway, in that craft you mixed a little water with the glue – I think it was perhaps 50/50 and that made it easier for the kids to work with the materials. It still dried well, although having a high quality yarn that will soak up the glue/water mix was helpful. I noticed some of our cheapo stuff repelled the liquid a little too well. LOL!

  15. TreaSon Holdings via FB

    says:

    Brilliant!!!! I am going to have one happy 3 yr old (& grandparents too!)

  16. […] for the tree? And all the better when given as a homemade holiday gift. These Woolen Ornaments and Yarn Ornaments are easy enough that the kids can help to make them. And check out these pretty Ornaments from the […]

  17. Love this tradition… I grew up with fake trees decorated to the nines (they seriously look like they belong in the center of a really fancy mall) – and my husband grew up with real trees and homemade ornaments. So we decided early on that we’d do one fake fancy tree, and when kiddos came along, we’d start buying a real tree each year to do homemade ornaments (and string popcorn and cranberries for garland!) LOVE the idea of creating a new set of ornaments each year… Can’t wait to start this with my future little ones!

  18. Cara says:

    I LOVE this! We’re so doing this tomorrow :)

  19. I crochet dolls. Many are gifts, other are sold. It was my goal to make as many presents as possible this year, instead of buying. In theory, this would be thrifty, but only if you don’t ask how much the yarn for my sister’s sweater cost. My kids would love to make these ornaments, so we will give it a try closer to Christmas. We don’t do our tree until Christmas eve.

  20. Oh my, these look gorgeous. I’m limited for crafty supplies here. Do you think normal white craft glue would work okay? I have no idea what Elmer’s is!

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