#AtoZChallenge | Yarn balls, or maybe yarn ovals, for a decorative accent

My fireplace mantel sat for many years empty or even worse with a few random mismatched pieces. I could never quite figure out what worked in the space. It was the albatross hanging over our living room. When we ramped up our COVID-19 project to do list, tackling the mantle was top of that list.

I found some great outdoor themed prints from The Landmark Project for the wall above the mantle and then started judiciously editing the pieces that I had on hand until I had a final display that I loved. But, as with all my projects, it still needed one more thing.

I had a glass vase that was the perfect shape and size as an accent piece for the mantel but it rarely had flowers in it so was a little plain. I added some gold tone twine balls that filled out the vase nicely. It made all the difference.

The idea that something so simple could have such a strong impact stayed with me.

I have a cloth bowl in my office made by New England artisan ColeMama Creations. I love it but it sits empty much of the time similar to my glass vase. It was time for another craft.

I was going to make my own decorative balls using yarn.

You can find instructions for this craft online. It seems incredibly simple but somehow I struggled. It was so messy. There was glue everywhere.

I also bought the wrong balloons. They were not round so of the fifteen that I blew up only about half could be considered round enough for the look I wanted. For some strange reason, many of them also deflated almost as soon as I blew them up.

Including, sadly, one balloon after I had covered it in yarn. That one turned out interesting.

I also forgot to dilute the glue with water. I think that step would have been helpful as it might have made it easier to work with the glue covered yarn. Even with the mishaps, it really is a simple craft and ultimately it worked.

It didn’t take long to cover the balls in the glue covered yarn but achieving that haphazard yet cohesive look required more focus than I anticipated. When I added the yarn mindlessly, I kept doubling up in the same area so I had to stay focused.

Slowly and steadily I got seven balloons covered. I knew they had to sit overnight to fully harden. I was hoping to have six usable yarn balls.

The next day, I deflated the balloon using a pin. It was easy to remove them. I just pushed in the balloon in a few of the open areas until the deflated balloon was loose and could be pulled out of the yarn ball.

While not perfect, I had enough that were salvageable to put in my cloth bowl. They make a nice addition. If I get ambitious I might try to make more in different sizes too. It think it would be a nice balance.

I have to brace for the onslaught of glue first. Did I mention this was a messy craft?

Have you ever made anything with yarn and glue?

I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2021. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Craft Projects for my Home. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.

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32 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge | Yarn balls, or maybe yarn ovals, for a decorative accent

  1. Jeanne Bryan Insalaco says:

    I haven’t made yarn balls before but this looks like a fun craft to make with the granddaughters this summer… outside! I crafted with my Florida granddaughters recently and we made cardboard horses she painted. It’s a free pattern by Ann Wood, she offers many free patterns plus paid ones. It’s fun to make crafts at any age. Good job!


  2. mollyscanopy says:

    This will probably be my first project, as I already have all the “ingredients” here at home. And to think, they sell these for a fortune in the stores!


  3. Trudy says:

    This looks like a craft I might be able to pull off! I was given a large shallow bowl that sits as a decoration on a hutch. I keep wondering what to put in it, and I think balls like these might look great in there.


  4. Deborah Weber says:

    While I don’t think there’s any way to get around the messy part, your ultimate success seems worth it. I haven’t made string balls, but I’ve done several things that required working from a balloon as a base. I confess I love the pricking part when done. 🙂


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