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.