06 Jan

DIY Tutorial: Creative Yarn Chandelier

DIY Yarn and Balloon Ball Chandelier Tutorial

I’m thrilled to share this super creative and useful “Yarn Chandelier Tutorial” from Nicolle of Libby Lane Press with you today!

This project utilizes yarn, a glue mixture, and balloons – and is so versatile and budget-friendly. You can use these cool spheres for all sorts of parties and occassions… from birthday celebrations to baby showers, bridal showers, and beyond! Nicolle created these particular yarn spheres for this super cute Holiday Whimsical Woodland Wonderland shoot:

whimsical wonderland dessert table with forest creatures

Read on for complete DIY details from Nicolle…



by Nicolle from Libby Lane Press

materials for DIY yarn ball chandelier

– Yarn
– School Glue
– Corn Starch
– Vaseline
– Dowel rod/pole for hanging
– Scissors
– Balloons
– Bowl for Mixing



1. Blow up Balloons:
I wanted various sized yarn chandeliers so I chose to incorporate a large punching balloon as my main focal point and added standard balloons for the surrounding areas.  I only blew the standard balloons to approximately half capacity to keep as true of a circular shape as possible.

balloons and yarn

2. Assemble work space:
Place a long pole or dowel rod between two chairs to create a DIY ‘drying station’.  I highly recommend placing a plastic trash bag or disposable plastic tablecloth underneath where you will hang the balloons.  I initially began this project outdoors, however wind became a factor and I was forced to relocate (not easy).

3. Attach balloons to rod:
Tie yarn around the stem of the balloon and hang from the dowel rod.  Be sure that the balloon is suspended and not touching the surrounding balloons.

balloons on a rod

4. Petroleum Jelly:
Cover each balloon in a light coating of petroleum jelly.  This ensures that the yarn will not stick to the balloon once it is dried and popped.

5. Mixing & Dipping:
Mix the school glue (about half of the bottle) with approx. 1/2 cup of cornstarch and approx. 1/4 cup of water.  I estimated these amounts and added more cornstarch and glue when desiring a thicker paste consistency.

Dip the yarn into the glue mixture, squeeze out excess, and begin wrapping around the balloon vertically and then switch to horizontally.  Once you have covered a good part of your balloon, cut the yarn and tie to a surrounding piece.  I chose to do this near the stem of the balloon so it would not be as obvious when hanging.

6. Drying/Popping:
Allow yarn chandeliers to hang for 24 hours in a dry, covered area.  Do not attempt to shorten this process!

Next, pop the balloon (this is where I held my breath in anticipation).  The yarn will also have dried glue crystals however they easily flake off when tapped.

DIY Yarn Ball Chandelier Tutorial

Now your yarn chandeliers are ready to hang! I used mine for my Whimsical Winter Wonderland photo shoot and then hung them in my children’s playroom for a fun pop of color!

whimsical wonderland dessert table with forest creatures


Photography of the final product by: SweetBee Photography


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Jennifer iantomasi SAYS:

I love this idea, and am making them for a baby shower. I found them a little difficult to make as the yarn kept getting tangled and knotted. Any suggestions on how to avoid this?

Reply June 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

Joyce Fox-Christensen SAYS:

great project for grandkids.

Reply June 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Tara Christensen-Sarty SAYS:

so get on it…the girls could use a cluster for their room! ;)

June 10, 2012 at 2:59 am

Tara Christensen-Sarty SAYS:

so get on it…the girls could use a cluster for their room! ;)

June 10, 2012 at 2:59 am

Joyce Fox-Christensen SAYS:

I will as soon as Nana's stuff is over with

June 10, 2012 at 3:30 am

Debbie SAYS:

How will these hold up to high humidity??? I really want to make them but my house doesn’t have central air because it’s 100 years old (give or take) :-)

Reply June 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

MaryAnn Riggs SAYS:

Think I'll try making these for cat toys. Might be interesting!

Reply June 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

Serial Cooker SAYS:

What a good idea, so simple but so cute!

Reply June 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

Naomi Devlin SAYS:

Completely magical!

Reply June 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Doreen Sasso SAYS:

We used to do this when I was a little girl with white twine and then put little Christmas ornaments in between the spaces.

Reply June 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Melissa Mireles SAYS:

Gonna attempt this today! I think these will look great in my nursery :b

Reply June 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Tammy Rhodes SAYS:

Well I tried this and it did not work cause with the the petroleum jelly the slipped off and is very hard to keep on. So if any one can explain how to do it, it would be helpful

Reply July 7, 2012 at 4:46 am

Debbie Anderson SAYS:

I read they the directions. Two things… The yarn might be one of a slippery nature. TRy a rough yarn. Not a silky one. Also., the Vaseline… Should not prevent yarn from sticking. Is the tension firm on the yarn as u are wrapping? I would think the tension would require a firmness. Ill see I'd I have the stuff I try this project. Maybe I should come to ur place and see what u have learned and tried. They look really cool.

July 7, 2012 at 5:29 am

Debbie SAYS:

I’m wondering if spray glue would work, or if the corn starch is the key?

Reply July 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hope Moss SAYS:

I’m so glad to have found this! I use to make something similar with sugar instead of glue when my kids were little.I cut out the center and used it for an Easter Basket.

Reply August 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Stephanie SAYS:

SO I love these! But did you have any issues with the balloons popping? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. They aren’t over inflated, but I was about to call it done when POP goes the project…

Reply August 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Marissa SAYS:

Hey there! Random question but…how did you make the paper cones that are displayed in the picture with the yarn chandelier? So cute!!

Reply August 31, 2012 at 9:03 am

Patty SAYS:

These are adorable! I tried to make some this afternoon and the balloons kept popping on me! They were just tied with the petroleum on them and they just kept popping! I was only able to wrap yarn on 2 out of the 8 I attempted to do. Any tips or suggestions? It was pretty hot out… Thx!

Reply September 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Basma Bianuni SAYS:

Is it necessary to use petroleum jelly? any substitutions for it please? Thanks.

Reply September 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

Lori Asaro SAYS:

I haven't tried this so I could be wrong, but I immediately thought I would try this with Pam/spray cooking oil instead of vaseline…seems like it would be easier.

October 12, 2012 at 6:02 am

basmabianuni SAYS:

Thank you so much.. iam absolutely gonna try it soon :)

October 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

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