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Yarn Ball Decoration Lights

This is another one of those projects that I started "HOPING" that it would turn out.
Who knows when you are making things up, but in my head it was so cute...

I started with some water balloons, Elmer's glue, and 2 shades of purple yarn.
I DRENCHED about 2 yards of the yarn in glue.
Then I wrapped it around a blown up balloon.
(I thought I had some MESSY pictures of this stage, but my camera is telling me the pictures are empty files, so you'll have to imagine me covered in glue spending an hour wrapping these balloons.)

Then I let the balloons sit for 2 days.
It's been VERY wet here lately, so I let them sit extra long just in case.
(I've also been pretty busy with some family matters, but we'll pretend it was deliberate.)

After 2 days, I popped the balloon and pulled it out of my yarn ball.

There were a few balls that had become malformed as the balloons lost air.
But it was easy to reshape them when I got the balloons out so don't worry if you try and they look funny as they are drying.
Also, they made weird noises as they deflated-- so don't spend forever trying to figure out what that "strange sound" is when your kids come running to you about it.

I finished my lights by adding them to a strand of mini Christmas lights.
I put the lights inside the ribbon balls in an area where the ribbon was very close together.
Most of them stayed without help, but I did need to add a little hot glue to one or two to make sure they stayed when I hang them.

(Yes, feel free to be amazed and wowed at my amazing picture.)
But seriously, I wish you could see how cute they really turned out.

I plan to put these above my dessert table at the party.  I think they will be just the touch of whimsy that I'll need to tie it in with the rest of the party.
What do you think?


  1. These are too cool! I'm going to feature them on my site today!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  2. These look awesome!

  3. You are totally creative! What a fabulous idea..! These would look perfect on my patio :) So cute

    Delighted Momma

  4. These are so great! I've seen this type of craft before, but never with lights inside of them. Such a beautiful touch. :)

    You're more than welcome to link up at the Sunburnt Cow link party.

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  5. Beautiful! We made a yarn and tissue paper version of this!

  6. What an ingenious idea!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. :) Lana

  7. I think they are really cute & they look like a lot of fun to make too. Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday.

    Heather @ /

  8. Ooooh, they look so pretty lit up. They'll be perfect for your party~

  9. Wickedly cute & a stealable idea! Found you on the linky party & following your blog now. Stop by Wiccan Make Some Too when you can & say hi.

  10. I am totally going to make this!

  11. Hi Kim~

    Your idea is so darn creative, I just love twinkle lights!! I invite you to link to my fun & inspiring blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower of your great blog. :)

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

  12. Super cute!! I want to do these but in white and pink and bigger...I'm happy to be your newest follower. Please stop by for book club if you're interested--connie,

  13. The kids could dive right in and help with this. So I featured you today!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  14. I think AMAZING! I stopped by after seeing your creation on SmileMonsters! Love this idea. Happy to be a new follower.

  15. Very cute idea. I might have to try these soon.
    I am visiting through your link on Skip to my Lou.
    A Southern Lady

  16. So cute!! You are so clever too. I know this will look fabulous at your party!!!

    Thanks for joining me at Strictly Homemade Tuesday!! Hope to see you back next week.

  17. Wow! THis is so cute!! I love this idea!!!

    I host a weekly Friday link party I would love you to join if you are interested.


  18. These would look great in my daughter's room! So so cute!

  19. oh man, these are so fun! I can't wait to try this for my boys' rooms!! Thank you for sharing this!!!

  20. Love love love these!! I am totally going to try this when we put in our new patio!

  21. What a great idea. This would look great on our back porch.

  22. These are perfect for my RV awning!

  23. This is an AMAZING idea!!! You are so smart!! They look beautiful. I'd love to make some for my dorm room :)

    Please please pleasseeee link this up to my link party! Haha it's such a good idea you have to share. (And I'll probably feature you if you do cause I think it's such a great idea...but shhh don't tell yet :) )

  24. It is really a great idea! Love it!

    What kind of glue did you use?



    Stopping from MyGirlishWhims


  25. Oh my gosh! These are so cute! Thanks for an awesome tutorial! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party! It lasts all week!

  26. wow these are adorable!! I love this idea!! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings!

  27. You may have already seen, but I featured this today!!

  28. I just loved this idea that I created some too. But instead of for lights, I just have them as decor to fill an empty vase! I linked to you in my post! You are so clever and I am excited to start following your cute and clever blog!

  29. Amazing! I love this idea. Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  30. Shut the front door!! These are so cute and the perfect little holiday idea to switch out for the different ones coming up. I have a whole skein of black yarn laying around.... guess who has is whipping up some Halloween lights... THIS CHICK! Thanks a million for the idea!

  31. I'd love to make these for our campsite. Anyone know how they hold up if they get rained on?

  32. What an adorable idea. I wonder how they would look with my handspun yarns?