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Giggles_Etsy
« on: August 07, 2010 09:49:29 AM »

String Ornaments


Materials:
  • String or thin cord (any colors or different colors)
    Water balloons (regular balloons would be to big)
    White glue
    Hand pump (in case you are like me and cant blow up the balloons)
    Water
    Small mixing bowl
    Waxed paper, or paper to cover floor
    Clips and string to hang balloons while they dry, or set them on wax paper
    Glitter, optional
    Sharp pin or sewing needle
    Tweezers
    Large eye needle
    Ribbon

Step 1: Blow up balloons


Step 2: Fill bowl with half water half white glue and mix


Step 3: Dip the string in glue mix make sure it is well coated and remove excess glue (it might be helpful to cut string into smaller pieces to work with*


Step 4: Wrap the string around the balloon, have fun with it and go nuts wrapping the string around. You can even use different colors string. Cut string when you are done wrapping and now sprinkle on glitter, again have fun choose a contrasting glitter, chunky glitter, multi0colored glitter , maybe just glitter half, just the bottom or top whatever*



Step 5: Lay balls on wax paper to dry dont let them touch. Rotate balls every hour or so to dry evenly. OOOOORRRRRR hang them on a string and clips them on with binder clips or clothes pins even  a paper clip will work. (plus they will dry faster and more even and now coming back to move them all around)


Step 6: Let dry for 24 hours


Step 7: when string is completely dry and hardened take a sharp pin and pop balloon (if you are scared just make a tiny hole near the neck of the balloon and the air will leak out slow and wont make a popping noise, or have your hubby do it for you guys love to destroy)


Step 8: Remove pieces of balloon wreckage with tweezers. 


Step 9: Cut ribbon to about 6 inch (or more if you like)pieces and loop through ornaments and tie a knot you may need a needle to get the ribbon through small spaces.




 Now you have pretty ornaments to hang on your tree, or wherever you want to put them 
*You can also wrap the balloons first with string then dunk or paint on the glue mixture, this process is much messier but still fun
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010 10:27:54 AM »

This is great, I love hanging things everywhere... I can maybe try and make this for a friend soon, I think she'd like this.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2010 10:39:07 AM »

We made such lampshade with my mom, then i was small Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2010 11:57:28 AM »

This is great, I love hanging things everywhere... I can maybe try and make this for a friend soon, I think she'd like this.


i'd love to see what you came up with
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2010 01:40:16 PM »

Oh, I bet you could put them on a string of lights. Pretty.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2010 08:44:09 AM »

Oh, I bet you could put them on a string of lights. Pretty.

tes and the light would shine great through them
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010 10:24:03 PM »

Very cute I remember doing something like this when I was growing up thank you for the refresher I will use this especially now that I have a daughter of my own.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2010 10:53:49 PM »

Very cute I remember doing something like this when I was growing up thank you for the refresher I will use this especially now that I have a daughter of my own.

it would be really fun to do with kids, especially if you don't mind them getting messy
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010 10:56:29 PM »

love it! I tried the lamp shade thing and it didn't work so well for me Sad It caved in for some reason, even though I followed the directions and let it dry extra long :/.
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2010 01:27:45 AM »

Oooooh i'll have to try this with the kids one day!
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SailorMaat
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2010 06:26:35 PM »

Now this is a great idea. I gotta make some.
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Giggles_Etsy
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2010 08:21:39 AM »

I'd love to see what you all come up with
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2010 09:25:24 AM »

This is really pretty. I love how light and sparkly it is!
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2010 10:20:49 AM »

very sparkly, so much so that i am still finding glitter all over
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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2010 11:33:58 AM »

Great tutorial.  I remember making these as a child.  Thanks for reminding me of this simple yet lovely craft.  These would make great decorations for a party or a wedding.
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2010 08:48:21 PM »

Thats a pretty neat idea and it would make a great kids project for christmas ornaments.
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« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2010 04:57:36 PM »

i like this so much (: i want to put some in my bedroom.
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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2010 06:35:51 PM »

if doing this with little ones, take a 13 gallon trash bag (that's the size that fits my kitchen trash can)... carefully cut out a hole for the child's head and 2 more holes for the arms to poke through.  doing this helps make cleanup a wee bit easier.  blessings- AngelHugs
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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2010 11:11:31 AM »

great advice, I should of mad eone of those for myself lol
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2010 08:18:34 AM »

Thats a pretty neat idea and it would make a great kids project for christmas ornaments.
that's what I was thinking!!!! each year I get my kids to make ornaments for their Aunts and uncles, last year I really could get them interested in anything, this might just work! even though I HATE glitter I'd be willing to let them use it for this lol

oh and I have that same color blue nail polish on as in that last pic lol
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2010 10:39:38 AM »

that was my dodger blue nail polish

if you don't want to use glitter, use a sparkly string instead
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2010 08:06:13 PM »

those are cool Smiley  depending on what string/yarn you used, it could be for different holidays (i know people that make halloween and easter trees)  and you could decorate them with more ribbons or beads!...ps, i really like your nail polish Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2010 09:24:44 AM »

i do a halloween tree everyyear

here are some black ornaments too






lol so many nice compliments on my dodger blue nail polish, i should wear it more often:)
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« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2010 03:28:32 PM »

you can prob even put something in them (in the balloons) like little pumpkins or something...it might be cute Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2010 09:46:52 AM »

I would put the prop in the balloon first then blow the balloon up, so when you pop it later the prop is still in the ornament with no chance of falling out
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