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How To Make A Yarn Ball Garland
This garland is simple to make, uses cheap and easy to find materials and is perfect for anyone who loves yarncrafts.
Tools and Materials For The Garland
Small piece of strong thread
Assorted scraps of yarn (in 6 colours)
Ping pong Balls x6
Sharp object (i.e. a large needle)
Twine (approximately 3m/10')
Assorted wooden beads x28
Long (beading) needle x1
How To Pierce The Ping Pong Ball
In order to string them you need to pierce two holes (one either side) of each ping-pong ball. This essentially turns them into very large beads.
- With a sharp object pierce one side of the ball. A large needle or tack works well. Try to make the hole along the 'join' of the ball~ this makes it easier to line up the second hole.
- Make the hole larger with the tip of some scissors. Don't worry about the hole being fairly large, it needs to be big enough for the twine to go through and will be covered by yarn afterwards.
- Follow the join around to the other side of the ball and make a second hole opposite the first. You could use a ruler to help line them up, but don't worry about making it perfect!
- Repeat on the other 5 balls.
How To Thread A Needle With Thick Twine
Sometimes you need to use a fine needle with a thick thread. For the garland we need the length of a beading needle used with the thick twine to string the ping pong balls and beads.
This handy technique makes it easy. Use the photo as a guide:
- Take a small piece (about 10cm/4") of strong sewing thread and thread the needle with it.
- Tie the ends of the thread together forming a loop on the needle.
- Thread the larger thread or twine through the loop. Tread at least 2-3" to make sure it doesn't fall out.
- When you string the beads and ping-pong balls the twine will fold where it meets the thread.
String Beads And Balls
String a bead around 8" from the end of the twine and tie a knot around the bead to keep it in place.
Repeat this with another 3 beads spaced roughly 1" apart and then thread the first ping-pong ball onto the twine. Continue this pattern of 4 beads and one ball along the twine. The ping-pong balls don't need to be secured in any way. End with the last 4 beads to make a symmetrical garland.
At both ends tie a loop for easy hanging and trim and excess twine.
Make A Yarn Ball
Using the paintbrush, add a little glue to the ping pong ball and stick the end of the yarn, going over the top of the yarn with glue also to help secure it.
Carefully start wrapping the yarn around the ball, using small amounts of glue to help keep it in place. After a few wraps, change direction and continue in this way until the entire ball is covered and no parts of the ping-pong ball are visible.
Glue the end of the yarn down. Don't worry about the glue showing, it will dry clear.
Repeat with the other balls with various colours until all are covered and look like little balls of yarn!
Leave at least one hour to allow the glue to dry and that's it, your yarn-ball garland is now complete. Hang where desired~ some great places include:
- Along a shelf with your craft books
- Around your yarn basket
- Hanging vertically from the ceiling
Of course this garland can be as long as you like, to suit your shelving etc. Just continue to add multiples of 4 beads and one ball until you have the length required. Just be sure to allow plenty of twine to knot the beads!