Here's the material list:
- Stiffy fabric stiffener (found at most craft stores)
- Balloons (I used water balloons, it probably doesn't matter)
- Paper towels and a plastic bag.
To figure out how much jute you need, dry wrap the jute around the balloon to get an idea of how long it should be and cut it from there. Now put enough fabric stiffener in a small bowl - enough to cover the cut jute. Mix it up and make sure all the jute is covered.
Now start wrapping the jute around the balloon. I started with a pattern like this:
Then just kept on wrapping it, trying to cover all the big empty spots. It ended up looking like this:
Now, place the finished wrapped balloons on top of a paper towel on top of a plastic bag.
I did this so it wouldn't get all over my counter, although it is water based, so it washes up easily.
I let these dry for about 24 hours -just enough time to make sure they were hard and stiff. Throughout the 24 hours, I turned the 'balls' two or three times to make sure all surfaces got some air and got a chance to dry.
I then popped the balloons with a sharp knife. The balloon crackles and shrinks and 'magically' releases itself from the stiffened jute. Amazing :)
These would also be super cute not just hanging from trees but having a light hanging in them. Which brings us to some more cute ideas for Christmas ornaments!Rustic Twig Wreath Ornament | Mom 4 Real
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