If you haven’t tried making these lovely yarn lanterns yet, now is the time. Made with easy to grab supplies, some space where you can get messy and a wee bit of patience. You will love these beauties.
After checking various websites, I followed instructions from Ruffled.
To secure the yarn lantern to the basket I used fishing wire and basically threaded it through the balloon and the gaps in the basket.
To hang, initially I strung the fishing wire to the top of the lantern only to realize that my lanterns where not super strong and so the shape was giving away. And since I was working on party decorations I could not afford poor shape. So I ended up stringing and securing the fishing wire to the base of the basket and up through the entire length of the balloon.
At the time I was too disorganized to document the process step by step (I still am 😦 ). But here are some pictures I did end up taking.
- Inflate balloon
- Make glue mixture. Half parts of school glue, half parts water and some cornstarch. Stir well. Not too watery and not too thick. Use bowl big enough to dip ball of yarn.
- Dip ball of yarn in glue mixture.
- Let it soak for a bit. Just to coat.
- Meanwhile coat balloon in petroleum jelly
- Hold balloon and start wrapping gluey yarn to it as firmly as you can in all directions.
- Once satisfied with the coverage, tuck the end of the yarn into any corners securely.
- Let it dry either on a drying line or on a cup.
- Once dry, deflate the balloon, slowly
- If there are too many glue crystals, try nipping it off with a chop stick or small knife taking care not to cause damage.
These would be the lessons I learned:
1. Do not underestimate the sticky mess that this project is. Ensure you have covered your floor with large plastic sheets. Wear a trash bag dress. Tie up your hair.
3.It would also make sense to string all the balloons from the drying line so that while you are gluing the yarn to the balloons, you could take a break without having to set the balloon down. You don’t want to try and string sticky gooey balloons. Trust me it was a mess.
5. Do not pop the balloon. Make a tiny prick near the knot and let it deflate slowly.