Yarn balls hanging on a string in front of a window

DIY Yarn Balls

Make festive yarn balls with our simple instructions to add some flash to parties or your home décor.

By: Shelly Reese

Want to add a festive touch to your home décor? Yarn balls are an inexpensive and versatile décor trick. They also make for easy party decorations.

Plastic bags or a dropcloth to cover the floor
Cooking spray
School glue
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup hot water
A mixing bowl


  1. Blow up balloons to different sizes (filling balloons only halfway will help you achieve a more spherical shape) and knot each balloon
  2. Create a drying area (If you’re working outdoors or in the garage, hang up a clothesline. If you’re working indoors, suspend a string between two chairs. Be sure to put a dropcloth or plastic bags under the drying area to catch any drips.)
  3. Hang balloons from strings above the drying area
  4. Spray balloons with cooking spray (to make removing the yarn easier later)
  5. In the bowl, mix hot water with cornstarch
  6. Add a bottle of white school glue and mix thoroughly
  7. Dip yarn into the glue mixture and gently squeeze out the excess with your fingers — you may want to wear rubber gloves.
  8. Beginning at the knot-end of your balloon, wrap your balloon with the wet yarn. The more you wrap, the denser the ball will be


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  1. Wrap in all directions, top to bottom and side to side
  2. When you’re satisfied with the wrapping, cut the string.
  3. Repeat the process with the remaining balloons
  4. Allow the balloons to dry completely. This may take about 24 hours. The yarn should be stiff and dry
  5. Pop the balloon. Try very gently kneading the balloon before popping it to separate it from the yarn. Remove the popped balloon

Tip: If the ball collapses a little, inflate a new balloon inside the ball to gently push the collapsed spot back into place, and then remove the balloon.

Décor Tips

  • Because you can use any color yarn for this project, yarn ball decorations are suitable for almost any occasion.
  • Throwing a baby shower? Hang pink and blue balls above the table for a sweet chandelier.
  • Need decorating ideas for an outdoor wedding? String white lights through the balls or put flameless lights inside and hang them in the trees!
  • Use orange and black balls for a Halloween centerpiece
  • Want an elegant holiday garland for your mantel? Use metallic silver and gold yarn for an offbeat alternative to the usual greenery.
  • Yarn balls make great ornaments for the tree as well.

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Shelly is a writer, communications consultant, wife, mother of two, and artist. When she's not in her office, she's in her studio with her kids making a really big mess. To find out more about her work visit www.shellyreese.net.

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I would think the Pam is not necessary. It just makes it slippery. Once the yarn is COMPLETELY dry, break the balloon and p

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Creative idea!

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do we get responses to the comments we post? looks like not.

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I was excited about this project, but it doesn't seem to work. After spraying with cooking spray you try to wrap the the coated yarn around the ballon, but ir won't stay on, it just slides off. I'm wondering if using cotton yarn would work better. Also, the recipe is not very clear. It calls for 1 bottle of school glue, but doesn't specify what size bottle (there are many different sizes).....

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My daughter just gave me a good idea on this project. She said to add some candy inside the balloon and tie it and proceed with the rest of the instructions. Once you pop and remove the balloon you will have candy inside of your decorated balls and people will wonder how you got the candy inside :)

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