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TWINE SPHERES - DIY

A modern and classy Christmas decoration



that will add  light and warmth to any room, on the floor or on the table....also, perfect under the tree!!
This week I'm going to show you how to make these gorgeous props. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I did and when you master it, pass your knowledge along to other crafty people... they'll love you for it, trust me!

All you need to start is:
* Twine
* Balloons
*fabric stiffer or mod podge
* plastic wrap
* elastic band
* container to dip your sphere in

1 Step.
Simply blow up the balloon to the desired size but not to its max capacity or  it will shape like a pear rather than a sphere.
Stretching the balloon before you start blowing it may help you get a more rounder shape but it depends on the quality of the balloon.


Step 2.

Cover the entire balloon with plastic wrap, this helps to retrieve the balloon once deflated and it prevents the hardening mixture from sticking to the twine.



Step 3.

Secure the plastic wrapping onto the neck of the balloon with an elastic band but do this loosely so its easy to remove when dry.


Step 4.
Once the elastic band is on, tie a loop knot also to the neck of the balloon and start wrapping  it with the twine moving in all directions and making sure there are no large gaps left anywhere. 


Step 5.
Next, find a bucket large enough to submerge your balloon in. 


Step 6.
Start pouring the fabric stiffing liquid (or mod podge)all over the sphere making sure it saturates absolutely every part of the balloon. I suggest you rotate the sphere as you pour the fluid to cover  evenly.


Step 7.
Find a place to hang your sphere and place  the same bucket you used to dip it in or something else as it will leak a lot as it dries.
This is where I recycle all the leftover  hardening fluid and keep it in a closed container  until my next sphere project... :0)
If you want ( this step is optional) you can  sprinkle some sparkle powder now.


Step 8.
Next is to wait for the sphere to dry.
For these size spheres i recommend  at least 24 hrs but it depends on the humidity in your house, of course. 

Step 9.
Ok, now that it is completely dry its time to poke your balloon. Use a needle to allow the air to come out slowly and  use a= the eraser side of a pencil to help the wrapping un-stick from the twine if it happens.
Remove the wrapping, balloon and anything else that may or may not have  got trapped inside the balloon.


Step 10.
And last but not least,
Insert a short string of clear (or colored) lights inside the sphere and....


TA DA!



Aren't they just beautiful?!!! 




To make Twine Ornaments instead of spheres, simply follow the same tutorial steps 1-9 but skip the last step, that's all. Here are some pictures of my ornaments.






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31 comments:

  1. Awesome thanks for sharing. I will do this with my children this weekend.
    Cheers Lynda from New Zealand.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Lynda and Merry Christmas to you too!! <3

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  2. Just beautiful finished product. Thank you.

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  3. I really love how they came out and I think I will make some as hanging light pendants for my beachy themed living room! Feliz Navidad from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and thank you for the easy tutorial! I'm going to check out what other cool creations you have :)

    Andi C.

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  4. I love them. Thanks for sharing, and to me it is a new project I have never seen. Don't know where I have been in the last 40 years. lol Can't wait to try them.
    t

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    1. hahahahahaha... Its never too late to start something "new" lol

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  5. Can you spray paint the twine once you've finished and it's dry?

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    2. ok, I did some research and found out that there is already colored Twine or jute string but if you wish to paint it as difficult as it may be, you could too... the only concern would be the hot lights and the paint being a dangerous combination... I'm not sure, sorry.

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    3. Using the newer LED Christmas lights would insure there is no heat issue. So probably safe to use!

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  6. Awesome job..perfect for summer parties as well..beautiful!

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    1. Yes, for summer parties or country style wedding decor!! <3

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  7. Getting a new Gazebo in a month so love the idea of this hanging for my light

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    1. It's going to look great, you'll see!! Nothing like lighting to add warmth into any space. Send us pics!

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  8. Love the lighted spheres!! Just a note to the lady who wanted to Paint them," the newer LED lights would be what you would want to use as they don't put our much heat at all, and would be completely safe with paint!

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  9. Very nice.. I am definitely gonna try it.. thanks for sharing.

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  10. Any advice on how you could possibly weather/waterproof then so they could be suspended in a tree - here in Michigan where it hasn't figured out the season yet and we are having thunder storms rather than snow? :0)

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    2. Spray with scotch guard to help water proof them.

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  11. Before I make these....What is the difference between liquid starch and Modge Podge in this project? Does the Modge Podge leave a film in the gaps? Also, what if I wrap around the balloon without using saran wrap?

    I look forward to making this!!!!

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  12. They look lovely....have been longing to try...BT are they suitable to hang outside in the ratio as I'm at a place where it rains a lot and will it retain its shape

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  13. They look lovely....have been longing to try...BT are they suitable to hang outside in the ratio as I'm at a place where it rains a lot and will it retain its shape

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  14. this is the first tutorial that put the modge podge on after the sphere is made most of them say to submerge the jute in the modge podge and then wrap the balloon. I tried this method and it was so slippery and awkward to do and the spheres came out with large gaps. Wasn't pleased with the outcome at all. I am looking forward to trying it again using your method and am hoping to look as good as yours. Thank you for sharing

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  15. Hello! I want to try to make these. I have never purchased Modge Podge or stiffener before. I was going to order the materials off Amazon to save myself a trip to the store, but I thought I would ask how many ounces or gallons you think is necessary to make the 3 spheres, like the ones you have pictured? Thanks in advance!

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  16. Is it possible to weatherproof them to hang outside in case of rain?
    Thanks!

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