DIY: Yarn Chandeliers

I found this idea at the Hostess with the Mostess, you will need yarn or string, balloons, cornstarch, glue, scissors, vaseline, a bowl, time, and space to dry the chandeliers.  If you have a garage, you should make it there, because this craft can get a little messy.

First, gather your supplies:

Then, set up your drying station. I used two chairs, my swiffer sweeper, and laid a plastic garbage bag down.  Blow up the balloons and tie them to your rod; I blew mine up different amounts so that the chandeliers would all be different sizes to add dimension to the final project. 

Cover your balloons with the vaseline.  This keeps the string from sticking to them later.  In your bowl, mix 1/2 cup cornstarch with 1/2 bottle of glue, then add 1/8-1/4 of water. You don’t want the mixture to be too runny, mine was close to the consistency of a thin pancake batter. Then dip your string into the mixture, saturating the string, then squeeze the excess off with your fingers.  Carefully wrap the string around the balloon.  This takes some patience, and will make a mess!  I found the easiest way to do it was to start at the top of the balloon and wrap vertically and then gradually work the string towards horizontal and then back to vertical again. When you have the amount of string you want on your balloon, tie the string to itself and cut off the excess.  Let dry for 24 hours.

After they have dried, pop the balloons and pull them out of your new chandeliers.  

I used the same yarn and push pins to attach them to the ceiling above our kitchen table.  I think that they look great!  They were a fun way to make our little apartment eating space a little more interesting!

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