Thursday, March 22, 2012

String Eggs with Glue

I've been seeing a lot of 'pins' for make it yourself eggs or string balls.  After looking each of the 'pins' I decided to go with the one that used an Elmer's glue mixture versus the liquid starch.  I did this mainly because I couldn't find liquid starch anywhere and we have an overabundance of Elmer's in our home.  I will say that although I'm very happy with how my 'pin' turned out it was messy and not something to do with kids.  Trust me...I tried.

The only step that kept my 3.5 year olds attention was watching me blow up the balloons and picking out the embroidery thread colors. I was very open to her helping me especially since there is no right way to lay the yarn or thread.  Once she dipped her little pointer finger into the glue mixture it was all over.  In her grumpiest voice she yelled "this glue is way too sticky!" and immediately went to the bathroom to wash her hands.  There I was halfway into the craft so there was no turning back.  I finished them with a lot less precision than I would have liked but am still happy with the results.

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My Results:

Embroidery thread or a lighter weight yarn (I went crazy with the amount of colors)
A bag of balloons (water balloons or 5" balloons would work)
White craft glue 
Parchment paper
Cookie Sheet
Water for diluting glue
Optional: Glitter

1. Make a mixture of glue and water. I used a 3:1 glue water mixture. You don't want it too watery.

2. Slightly blow up your balloons.

3. Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper.

4. Unravel the embroidery thread onto the floor or around your hand.  I dealt with a lot of knots and tangling and needed to cut the thread a couple of times.

5. I wet the embroidery thread as I went to avoid the tangling.  You wan the thread very wet.

6.  Begin wrapping the thread around the balloon. There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Just make sure your don't wrap it tightly around the balloon closure because you want it to come out easily.

7. I used an entire embroidery thread on each balloon.  When I was at the end of it, I tucked the end under.

8. You can either roll the wrapped balloon one more time in the water glue mixture or spoon the mixture on the balloon.  I used the spoon because I could focus on areas I thought weren't as saturated. 

9. Place the finished balloon the the backing sheet and let them dry with the balloons inflated inside overnight. Optional: I sprinkled white glitter on the wet balloons to give them a shimmer.

10. The thread should be stiff and hard after 24 hours.  You may actually hear popping as the balloon separates from the thread.

11. If it’s dry, pop the balloon and pull it out carefully.


12. I had some dried glue between the yarn pieces that I cleaned up with a needle.

13. These balls look great displayed on a platter or strung.  I did both and really do love them.

1 comment:

  1. We made the same thing a couple of weeks ago. They were fun and turned out pretty cute. It did take a while to clean out that extra glue.


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