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voiceofreason
« on: December 01, 2003 08:56:40 PM »

I've been trying to come up with cool homemade ornaments for my sadly underdecorated tree and I started thinking about all the cool, glitter encrusted ornaments I used to make as a toddler.

My first attempt has been yarn balls. Did anyone else wrap gluey string around balloons to make big yarny cages that might sort of resemble Easter eggs if you squinted? I did this for two years of preschool and one of kindergarten, I think.

I decided to try again, with smaller balloons and cooler yarn (as a knitter, I've got lots of pieces of beautiful yarn that are too small to actually knit with but are plenty enough for an ornament or two).

I mixed up a solution of half white glue and half water, then got my yarn soaking in it. Then I wrapped the yarn around a small, underinflated balloon:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/238914/wrappingtheyarn.jpg

I blotted off as much of the extra glue as I could (and it's good to squeeze as much glue out as you can as you wrap), then hung them up to dry (with plenty of newspaper underneath -- these suckers dripped like crazy). Note my extremely ingenious hanging device:

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/238914/ornamentsdrying.jpg

Once they were dry (this took overnight, but I wasn't as good about squeezing all the glue out as I should have been), I popped them with a pin and pulled out the deflated balloon:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/238914/justalittlepinprick.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/238914/balloonremoval.jpg

I had to use tweezers for a couple of them.

Then I had some lovely, fairly solid yarn balls!

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/238914/ornamentswithnostrings.jpg

For yarn people: the top one is Noro Kureyon and Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, the back one is variegated Sugar 'n' Cream, the front is multicolored Trekking sock yarn, and the right-hand one is this beautiful red ribbon that I can't remember the name of. The cotton yarn definitely absorbed glue better than the wool.

To finish them off, I tied silver wired ribbon to make a hanger and hung them on the tree:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/238914/finished.jpg

What's next? Star-shaped Santa Clauses with batting beards? Spraypainted gold macaroni concoctions?
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Diana
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2003 09:17:17 PM »

Those look fabulous!! Great job! I have an aluminum tree and I wonder how those would look made with yarn that has a bit of glitter/shimmer to it? I guess I'll find out!
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creatingme
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2003 09:44:27 PM »

Thanks for the idea!  My kids will really enjoy making these.
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hopeevey
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2003 11:54:09 PM »

What a great idea!  I didn't do this in pre-school, so I'm glad you posted it Smiley
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yardenxanthe
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2003 07:43:34 AM »

Those are great!  Thanks for sharing!
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comfits
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2003 08:29:26 AM »

yay!!!!!  thank you, voiceofreason!!  i was looking for something that my family could make for Christmas ornaments that would be easy.  this is great!!

another spin on this is your star idea.  only you use a star cookie cutter & wire.  it's a bit trickier, though.  you wrap the wire around a few times to get the basic shape.  then, you have to carefully squeeze out the cookie cutter.  just keep wrapping the wire around and around til it's pretty much a solid shape & there you have it.  i'm doing your idea instead  Wink
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susank
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2003 09:32:21 AM »

I never did this in school either-- great idea, and they came out rad.  voiceofreason, you should submit this to Knitty (http://www.knitty.com).  All knitters are always looking for ways to use up their yarn stash, and this is timely & creative!

--susan.
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voiceofreason
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2003 10:13:14 AM »

You know, I was actually thinkin about submitting this to knitty (I'm also working on some other christmas ornaments that are actually knitted) but I've already missed the winter issue deadline. Maybe next year, though.
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hellostarling
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2003 10:38:53 PM »

that's so cute!  Grin
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missy
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2003 08:46:23 PM »

wow! what a great idea though! those actually look sort of classy for being so simple! especially the red one
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