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1  Re: I Really need help with my crafty project! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Notalotaluck on: February 02, 2011 06:55:32 AM
Thank you all for all of your tips.  I decided to try using twine and soak it in watered down glue before applying it to the balloon.  It turned out much more sturdy than the first time and it looks a lot better.  The film was still there but not nearly as much as it was the first time, so removing it really wasn't that big of a pain.

I also found a shorter string of lights at a yard sale and decided to try them instead of the regular length string lights I used on the previous one.  Those ended up being MUCH better because they didn't weigh the twine down at all.  I would like to use the LED string lights but I am still not sure where to find them in the shorter lengths and also at a reasonable price.     

Here's the image of the newer one::

I think it looks a lot more clean than the other one, but I'm sure it could be better, so if anyone has some tips on how to improve it, please feel free to comment!!  I can use all the help I can get!
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2  I Really need help with my crafty project! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Notalotaluck on: January 19, 2011 10:53:45 AM
Okay, I need the crafting communty's help in order for me to finish my project that I have been working on.  I am getting married in May, 2012 and my theme is rustic and it is going to be an outdoor wedding.  I found hanging lamps in a magazine that I just fell in love with that would look AMAZING hanging in the trees for the reception.  They were made of twigs and were in the shape of large balls with lights in them.  I couldn't figure out how to make them with twigs, so I found the next best thing- Yarn!!  

*I got balloons, "stiffy" fabric stiffener, and brown yarn.  I blew up the balloon and drenched the yarn with the fabric stiffener, and applied the yarn to the balloon by wrapping it around the balloon in various directions.

*After the balloon had enough yarn on it, I let it sit and dry and after it fully dried, I popped the balloon.
I found that the yarn ball was stiff, but when I attached the christmas lights to the inside of the ball, the yarn began to sag in different sections and just didnt hold up as well as I need it to.  

My Question to the craft community:

What can I use (other than fabric stiffener) to make the yarn harder and more stiff?  

Here is a picture of the current condition that it is in...

You can see that the fabric stiffener is flaking and left white, translucent film over much of the yarn.  It is a pain to pick all of it off and it takes forever.    
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