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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Leah Weintraub SAYS:

Trying this today!!!

June 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Kirsty Williams SAYS:

If I were to make one of these as a light shade instead of a decoration, would it be fireproof … bit of a silly question

July 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

Buttons and Paint SAYS:

Wow what a great idea, thanks for sharing! We love this, so have featured your post in our wool crafts round up x (http://buttonsandpaint.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/wool-crafts.html)

September 21, 2014 at 5:14 am

Ashley G SAYS:

is there anything you could use instead of a balloon?

October 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Erin Michelle Highbaugh SAYS:

We made some of these and they worked great! To the person that the yarn kept sliding, I think you probably used too much Vaseline, or didn't wrap vertical lines first. That's important because it gives the horizontal lines something to stick to. I I'd also hasn't these to dry inside so the balloons don't shrink or swell from temperature changes.

August 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Melanie Smith SAYS:

Suprising my Daughter who is fixing to turn 12 we are completly remodeling her Room its a big suprise i will be making these not sure where to hide them though.

August 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Jennifer Lindsey SAYS:

Huge mess. We only did two, and I'm not even sure they are going to turn out. it's hard to keep the string in a constant motion. Seems that it tends to gob up toward the top because you have to turn the balloon. I saved the rest of the gluey mess just in case we did it right and they look okay. Not too impressed with this craft, though.

November 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Lubasi Ngonda II SAYS:

Can you use flour as a substitute instead of cornstarch?

December 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Brenda Cullars Hamlet SAYS:

You did a great job explaining your tutorial! I'm a small picture girl so I need step-by-step! LoL!

February 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Emma tomlinson SAYS:

Hey!can u tell me something we can add instead of cornstarch??

March 10, 2016 at 4:35 am

Claire SAYS:

Great idea but where do you buy the corn starch

March 19, 2016 at 6:37 am

Roberta SAYS:

So cute and fun! I am sharing this on Pinterest!!

March 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Barbara SAYS:

I’m going to try them with cute florl fabric strips, it will be easier then string.

April 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm

dawne SAYS:

how do u cut off the excess balloon?

May 26, 2016 at 9:06 am

Jean Farmer Davis SAYS:

Shelby Jones I agree. Definitely due to temperature change. I've done this with crepe paper to make giant Easter eggs. Came out very pretty. No early popping…did it indoors.

May 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm
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