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How To Make A Yarn Ball Garland

Updated on November 5, 2013

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')
Paintbrush x1
Assorted wooden beads x28
Long (beading) needle x1
PVA Glue

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!



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      Karen Creftor 3 years ago from Kent, UK

      Hi everyone, thanks so much for your lovely comments :)

      Couldn't believe I finally got a HOTD lol.

      Different colours for different seasons would be awesome, please come back and let me know if you gave it a try and how you get on.

      Thanks again

      ~Kaz x

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      NancyKapoor 3 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Congratulations for selected as hub of the day! I found it very interesting, cool idea to decorate my home :-P I will try to create and hang it on ceiling.. Cuties Idea. Share up with more ideas on decorating home with silly wasted papers...!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      Very cute, and in my house, would also make a fun toy for our 6 cats! (Under supervision, of course!) They'd love to chase it down the hall and back. They'd never leave it alone if I tried to use it for decor, so might as well re-purpose from the get go!

      Thanks for this cute idea...Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Emunah 3 years ago

      Great Hub Article! The pictures and details are attractive to look at. Great Job!

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      making a yarn ball seems like a lot of fun and something that you can do with the kids as well. also, thanks for the pictures. voted up and pinned.

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      Frida Keaton 3 years ago from Wyoming

      Congrats on your achievement. The pictures compliment the material nicely.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this festive garland that's so bright and fun! Pinning to my Yarn: Projects/... board--thanks!

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      Shrutika Myskar 3 years ago

      I truly liked the craft work shown by you. I'm damn sure, it will be helpful for many people at decoration time in X'mas festival.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Congrats on your HOTD! I loved this hub when it was first published and I love it now. Imagining it with Christmas colors right now. Just gorgeous.

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      this is very cute! I think it would look really nice as a decoration in a craft room, although like idig said above you could certainly coordinate colors and it would look great for Christmas, Halloween or another holiday.

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      CatsPage 3 years ago

      I think this is a great idea. I shared it on my crochet club and knitting too page as well, for my facebook fans. Love it.. HOTD definitely..!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks very nice and creative! Thanks for sharing and Congratulations for a well deserved HOTD!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Cute and pretty. It can be also a Halloween (too bad it's just over) or a Christmas decor, as it's also versatile. :)

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      Karen Creftor 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Thanks all for your lovely comments and shares :)

      Please come back and tell us how you get on if you make it!

      ~Kaz x

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Cute...and sounds like a fun project to do. Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This is very cute I love it. Voted up and shared.

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      I love this! I can see using this garland in a number of ways and displaying it in all sorts of places! Great idea - voted up and thanks for sharing!!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      That is so lovely. And it doesn't look too hard to make!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is so cute! I love crafts and this is definitely getting pinned. Would be lovely in holiday colors!