DIY String Chandeliers

DIY Projects

Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning. Using balloons, glue and twine, you can also make these lanterns for your wedding – and then bring it home and use it as your very own mid century lampshade.

twine yarn ball lanterns

What you will need are: balloons, glue, yarn, tray for glue, corn starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water, clear fast drying spray paint, hanging lamp cord or fishing line (depending on your desired final product), and a lighting kit if you’re looking for a fully functional lantern. Jessica recommends using a sharpie to mark on the inflated balloon how much room you need to leave for the lighting cord. She also recommends coating the balloon with vaseline prior to wrapping the yarn coated with glue so it doesn’t stick on the balloon once it’s dry. You can see all the details on Jessica’s blog.

diy twine yarn chandelier

Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am?

diy twine yarn chandelier glue balloons

Instructions:

1. Inflate the balloon to a medium size so the shape is a little rounder.
2. If you’re looking to make a lampshade out of the string chandelier, use a sharpie to mark around the knot on the balloon.
3. Before you start working, we recommend using a tarp.Mix corn starch, glue and warm water together until it has a smooth texture.
5. Smear the vaseline all over your balloon until it is completely coated so th twine wet with glue won’t stick on the balloon after dry.
6. You can start a little assembly line with friends by one of you feeding the yarn through the glue mix and giving to another person to wrap it around the balloon.
7. Start wrapping the balloon vertically, slowly changing to wrapping. For a seamless look, tuck the ends of the twine under one of the wrapped strings.
8. Wait 24 hours until the balloon has completely dried before popping the balloon.
9. Spray the string chandeliers with clear fast drying spray paint et voila!

302 comments
  1. Alejandra Vidal

    So my wedding might be over, but I’ve been wanting to do this for CHRISTMAS decor!!! I. am. excited.

    • Heather

      I do this for Easter but leave a large hole on one side, fill with Easter grass and then decorate with stuffed animal or something Eastery

  2. Rachel - theWeddingVine

    Amazing idea!! Then you could spray paint them any colour to match any wedding!

  3. Desiree Cherisse

    How wonderful – I’m going to try this!

  4. Kate

    These are so cool! These would be really neat as home decor too- how cool would they look in a kid’s bedroom? Great post!

  5. Tyra Bleek

    I want to make these for my house. I love this idea, thanks for sharing.

  6. lydia {ever ours}

    thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Joyce

    I love the twine chandeliers. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to make them.

  8. Christina

    This is a great idea, I was looking for something unique to mark our ceremony site, Yay! Thank you so much for sharing:)

  9. Aileen@LoveandLavender

    Love love love! What a great project.

  10. Mariah

    I’ve been wanting to make this for so long and this post has definitely pushed my over the “edge.” they turned out beautifully!

  11. Julia @ Brides Up North

    Fabulous!! If I had more space at home I would be all over this idea.

    Julia
    Brides Up North

  12. Meg

    Ohh, I’m throwing a sting chandelier making party this weekend! These are so pretty and seem to be really cheap to make! Perfect for my low budget wedding!

  13. Blyss

    This sounds like a great idea! I am going to have to try!!!

  14. giozi

    Yes yes yes I want to try it. :)

  15. Brit @ Landlocked Bride

    I used this same idea for my own wedding. But, instead of hanging them, we used them amongst candles on the tables. Fun (but messy) idea!!

  16. hearttypat

    I always wanted to do this, after I saw a similar design in a lighting shop, I’M GLAD that I saw this tutorial! I’d never thought of using vaseline on the balloon first!

  17. Gemma

    This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing. I feel a crafty weekend coming on! :0) xx

  18. azure

    I wouldn’t spray paint them they might get to wet and lose shape… try adding food coloring or water color to the glue.

  19. Lindsey

    This is amazing! I am thinking of so many different scenarios they could be used in. heheeh…I’m giddy! Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Charlotte

    Oh! It looks absolutely gorgeous! In the nearest future I think I’ll to do it. But I’m going to decorate my Christmas tree with them :)

  21. Kelsey

    Made these last night with friends! Such a fun and easy project. They turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ebby

      How much glue did you add to the corn starch and water?

      Thanks

  22. Sidney

    The first picture looks amazing. I want to make these just for fun! Do you know if you can actually put a small lightbulb in them, or will it soften the glue?

  23. naoise

    such a great project! definitely going to have a go at this just a pity hadn’t spotted pre-christmas -loving charlottes idea of christmas decorations

  24. Beti

    My sister did this about 30 years ago for some party or other. It’s fun to see it in use again!

    Rather than just popping the balloon, I recommend gently piercing it near the opening and letting it deflate gently. It will be less likely to collapse the string framework. The vaseline is a good idea, too!

  25. Anna

    Hello! Just wondered if anyone could recommend an alternative to the corn starch? It’s amazingly difficult to get hold of in the UK! I can find corn flour (whole kernal ground up) just not starch. Will the flour work instead do you think? Thanks!

    • Kasie

      I think they make some type of stiffener for projects like this but I’m not sure what you have available to you. Sugar water works good also.
      Between diaper rashes and making gravy, not sure if I could live without corn starch.

    • Carol

      You could also try liquid starch if you can find it in the UK. Also, you could try 1 part flour to 5 parts water. Mix well and boil for 3 minutes. Let cool. This is used to make paper mâché and it dries smooth. Guess you would just have to try different things and see what works the best for you

    • Pam

      I used PVA glue, water and plain flour. 1 cup of each. Mix well and then using a stiff paint brush, coat thoroughly. Leave for 2 days and then deflate slowly.

  26. Deborah

    Wow, this brings back memories. I use to make these many many years ago. We used regular white glue, no corn starch and they held up great. We also left an opening in the front and put Easter grass inside and decorated them with Easter bunnies or other Spring items. We would add a base made out of a cut off plastic cup and covered it with lace.
    They were a big seller at the Spring craft shows and I had several orders for them for weddings. I remember having them hanging all over my kitchen to dry because it was to cold to do them outside. What a mess.
    Thanks for sharing and bringing back such fun memories.

  27. Barbara

    If you are going to spray them, just do it before you pop the balloon and when it is all dry, go ahead and pop the balloon. They look great gold and silver for a party.

  28. Barbara

    Also, we used to use white school glue instead of starch.

  29. Chrysla

    To Anna – in UK corn flour is the same as US cornstarch – just one of those odd name changes that crop up in UK English and American English. So feel free to use it as the recipe calls for.

    While you could leave it out and just use glue, the corn starch makes it very sturdy and stiff, it really binds everything together in a much more permanent fashion than glue alone. A lot of these posters are worrying about spray painting it after it dries because it will make the glue “wet” again – not to worry if you use corn starch, it won’t melt again after it dries.

  30. llucat- doladille

    pour noel 2011 je vais décorer mon sapin uniquement avec de la recup
    je vais utiliser cette belle idée pour mes boules les guirlandes sont faites avec du polystirene. MERCI pour le partage

    Aline à nimes de FRANCE

  31. Kyrstan

    I absolutely adore this look! I love DIY projects too! Money Savers!:)

  32. EC3Mom

    Absolutely gorgeous application of an oldie but goodie idea!!!!

  33. Jessica

    I love reading everyone’s comments and hearing all the different ways people will use and make them! My favorite thing about making these for this event was all the mess and fun we made- hope you made a good memory or two while crafting!

  34. amanda

    oh. my. gracious!!!!!! i have this 2.5x 2.5 foot x 12 feet tall cubby in my living room that needs SOMETHING, and i think this is IT! gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. mary depoalo

    Try liquid starch in place of corn starch. I did this for Easter baskets. just cut a oval and place plastic grass on the bottom fill with treats.

  36. Atalie Thronson

    I can’t wait to make tons of these and hang them all over the tree I am getting married underneath :) LOVE THEM! Thanks a TON!

  37. Susan

    This reminds me of a lamp my mother and law made us years ago. She used this same idea, but cut a circle out of the top and bottom, then covered the string with sea shells and sea glass. She then wired it through the top hole as a hanging lamp with a chain. It was beautiful for years.

  38. JoAnne

    I love this project! I will be featuring this on my blog. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  39. Ella

    Those are so cool! What a great idea.
    I am so going to try this at home.

  40. Kay

    My son and I made these with yarn for a school project. That is another way you could add your color. We did not coat the balloons with anything and had very little trouble with them sticking. I think spraying with cooking spray would be a little faster and less messy. Warning….it takes a whole lot more glue than you realize!

  41. misty

    I think the first person to consider spray painting was not talking about doing it as it was made, but using them in one event as one color and then spray painting for another event to match. Just thought I would point that out. And, I am not sure if that was a yes on using these as lamp shades with actual bulbs in them. Could a bulb melt the glue/corn starch, or worse…start a fire? Thanks.

  42. Em

    I am making these right now.(: They’re fairly difficult to get started, but once you do one it’s not as challenging. DEFINITELY start with vertical loops, and be sure to make the string go in a full loop around the balloon. Also, it is much, much easier to do if you use a lot of glue in the compound. The thicker it is the easier.(:

  43. Emjae

    Just a question, in the first picture, how are they suspended in the thin air? haha, how would you hang them if you had an out door wedding? put a table under every tree? hehe or hang them from every beam in the roof of your reception venue.. any suggestions? they are awesome!

  44. Amanda

    love love love these, am celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary this Saturday…and these are just perfect to hang in the garden!!

  45. Amanda

    to emjae – fishing line might work! :)

  46. Naperville Wedding Photographer

    Such a great idea. Suggesting this to my DIY clients for sure.

  47. Jackie Ladner

    Great information, sharing to facebook and twitter to my friends!

    Enjoyed your site.

  48. Andrea

    Wondering if we could some how use vellum or white tissue paper inside to make it more solid looking and then use battery operated tea lights?

  49. Chelsea

    Would be fantastic to not wrap totally around the ballon and make into tealight holders or use round water balloons to have beautiful balls to stick in any decorative bowl or as a topiary peices.

  50. oMordah

    Hi,
    Love this! I can’t wait to try it this summer with my grand kids!
    These will look great at an outdoor get together, thanks for the info!

  51. Donna

    I used to do this with my son and the daycare kids….they loved it! It’s so much fun and very easy.

  52. Sue

    I remember making these in a smaller size for Christmas ornament when I was in grade school.

  53. Emma

    Mine just finished drying! I made them yesterday – it was great fun! I left them outside to dry, and when I stepped out just now the balloons had deflated inside the yarn and they look fantastic. Now we’re going to punch out the glue-crystals with a chopstick, as suggested, and hang them.

    My friend wrapped one in circles with a lot of yarn leaving a hole in one side. It looks like a little birds nest! Thanks for the great idea, I will definitely be making these again as they are inexpensive and super simple to make.

  54. Josi

    this is the most wonderful diy project i’ve ever seen!

  55. George

    I tried it once, these look great.

  56. Sara

    So I’m working on them right now… Instead of vaseline I grabbed a can of Pam to spray on the balloon, thought it might be easier. I’ll update later to tell you how it goes once it’s dry. P.s. I found a great brownish twine that I might just leave unpainted or maybe just use a glaze to make it more polished.

  57. Viv

    Aw… This is such a great idea!

  58. Lillie Louise

    Awesome idea. I love it!

  59. Debbie

    Just wanted to let everyone know that my mom used to make these around Easter time with pastel colored string but would leave a larger area at the one end and use them for Easter baskets. They are fragile but are very pretty.

  60. Darla

    I remember doing something like this as a kid in school in the 70’s, art teacher was great with stuff like this. I am going to try this again!

  61. sarah liebendorfer

    I made these with my roommate and i love them. it was such a fun project and the steps made it easy. Love it !!!!

  62. Forest Flower

    What an amazing idea! Will definitely be giving this one a go :)

  63. laura

    I love this idea. I am going to make these with my 12 year old daughter.

  64. Jill Lawrence

    If I use colored yarn – will the glue dry clear so that i do not have to spray paint them?

  65. Lauren

    Wow, I never expected twine to look so pretty! Thanks for showing :)

  66. Ernie

    My best friend is getting married and so we got a couple of friends together to do this project. All I can say is beware. For serious. It was messy, tedious, and in the end… unsuccessful. Not to be a giant Debbie Downer, but just make sure you have pleeeenty of time and patience, as this project requires both, as well as anally meticulous attention to detail. Attempters: Beware and may God have mercy on your soul.

  67. kathi

    My special ed students and I made these using variegated yarn in pastel colors. At first I thought we’d send them home as Easter Eggs but they were so unique that after Spring break I am going to hang them from the rafters in the classroom. Now I want to make some for my own house…

  68. Linzi

    does anyone know how much glue you use?

  69. Sydney

    When i made this i just added a little acrylic paint to change the color and it worked really good!!

  70. Holly Day

    Gosh! I’v always wondered how to make such chandeliers and by a coincidence I arrived to this page, which is a tutorial on how to make them! Thank you, thank you so much!

  71. Julia

    Love this idea! my friend and I did about 13 little ones at the weekend. I am planning on putting fabric flowers in them to decorate my wedding!

  72. Angie S

    Thanks so much for this post! You made them look so lovely, I just had to try to make them.
    Here’s the 1st one I made-
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smilingbluedog/5689206210/in/photostream
    then I made a couple of variations…
    It was worth the effort!
    ( I added a link to you- I appreciate the inspiration).

  73. Maggie

    Love this! I made ones similar only with doilies from my great grandmother as well as from a thrift store into a lamp. It was so easy, fun, and looks pretty awesome! Plus it is a unique way to include family memorabilia!

  74. Kara

    Can anyone tell me if these are really fragile to transport to a wedding venue? Will they survive a short car ride?

  75. Jessica Mayfield

    Kara, the ones that are photographed above are still just as lovely in May as they were the day we made them back in October! We’ve even moved with them and loaned them out for a few weddings! I hope yours turn out great!

    Angie S.- Thank you so much for sharing your photo! They look wonderful!!!

  76. Kara

    Jessica – This helps us a lot as we are getting ready for a destination wedding and want to make these when we get out there. Thanks so much!!

  77. Kara

    Hi again; does anyone have any suggestions about the type of balloons to use? extra large or the thick kind especially for water balloons? Mine keep popping.. Thank you!

  78. Kris

    I’ve read that some have used punch balloons as they are much stronger than the regular balloons.

  79. Iris

    Great idea! This looks so easy to make and of course, very very cheap. Thank you so much for sharing.

  80. Angie

    I tried to make your lanterns and it did NOT work. The yarn kept falling off the balloon and then for no apparent reason the balloon burst slinging the glue..etc. everywhere! I could not wait to make these..not knowing it was going to be like that. :(

  81. Marisela

    What is the best kind of string/yard to use…?

  82. Katie

    Important: I really want to make these into a lamp; is it dangerous to have the light bulb in the center? I have the appropriate hardware, etc. I really wanted to make a lantern for my room!

  83. Erith

    Hi all!

    Have just bought some stuff to make these fab chandeliers and wanted to ask a couple of questions to those of you who’ve already made them.

    – Do you cut the string into strips or use a continuous length?
    – How thick does the gluey mixture need to be?

    Any advice would be appreciated. =D Thanks!

  84. Jeni

    So, my mom and I started these last night for my wedding in July. They are so cool! We did 14 of them outside on the screened-in porch, and despite a couple of disasters (at one point the line they were hanging from snapped and they went everywhere!!) they look great. I am going to touch some of them up today, after a closer look it seems that some of them need more coverage to look better.

    Also, about half way into the project, we ran out of glue. We decided to substitute flour and make a paper-machey like paste, which worked really well! It made the paste nice and smooth but also thick enough that it stuck to the balloons very well. Once they are dry, I am going to spray them all with white spray paint (because when they all fell they got kind of dirty).

  85. Beth

    I want to try these for my daughter’s wedding – I think they would be fun mixed with white paper lanterns hanging from the trees.
    Is there a certain size of string to buy?
    Bring on the hints to make these easier and successful !!!!!!

  86. Rachel

    I was wondering as well about using different color yarn and it coming out funky from the dried glue..

    I used punch balloons the 2nd time I did this and they worked awesome. They blow up to a nice round sphere, and you don’t have to pop them! Just untie when dried. You can reuse the balloon!

  87. Melissa

    Absolutely amazing! Would make great favors after the day is done!

  88. Jamie

    I tried this tonight… and it was a lot harder than I thought. :(

    I have a couple of questions:
    1. Did you cut your yarn in pieces and put it on? Or did you just use the yarn and wrap it until you were finished and then cut it off the spool?
    2. What kind of yarn did you use? I used a little bit thicker yarn used for winter hats…. would the yarn you used be the summer yarn… thinner yarn?

    If you could help me out… I would appreciate it a lot! :) Thanks!

    – Another bride, Jamie :)

  89. Carla Easley

    Oh my! These are beautiful Chandeliers. I’ll need to try this with my friends.

  90. Terumi

    AMAZING IDEA!!!!! Im so going to try this for my outside ceremony wedding, and my inside reception! I think it will be perfect!!!

  91. Jake

    What a clever idea! I love these DIY projects. So stylish!

  92. Pooja Babar

    I would now go for this instead of those expensive and not so happening ones in the market

  93. Minnie

    What a lovely idea. I think I will need to try this. soon.

  94. Karen

    So cool! Since I am into recycled crafts, I may just have to try with all the colorful yarn scraps I have!!

  95. Erynn

    I’m going to do this for my dorm room!!!! So excited, my suitemates are going to be jealous.

  96. Dianne

    string lanterns~I made them in 7th grade…
    how exactly do i put lights in?
    I think we used sugar,thick~ instead of starch
    with the glue

  97. Wai Li

    This is very creative. I think I just might try it. I kinda wish I’d seen this about a month ago when I had to do decorations. Thanks for posting

  98. judith

    How much glue? ( starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water)

  99. colleen fabbri

    Love that art now I know how thats done I will try this.

  100. Lisa

    I think you could put the little battery operated votives in them…would look pretty and not be a fire hazard?

  101. Shannon

    cute :)

  102. Tasia

    I did this today and it was super fun. My friend and I did 45 of them in about three hours. We found out that putting them in the sun will cause the balloons to shrink, but the vasaline will prevent them from breaking. We also spray painted them to match the colors for the wedding. Great idea.

  103. Kim

    I am just wondering how much of the school glue do you add to the corn starch and water????? Thanks so much!! cant wait to make them and surprise my sister for her wedding.

  104. Elsie Collins

    I’ve made these many times since I was a little kid, and that’s a very long time ago!! They’re timeless, fun, and very MESSY to make! The best part is popping the balloon, and seeing the gorgeous shape still in tact!! Try dabbling glue on them again after the paint is dry, and rolling them in GLITTER!!!!!
    FABULOUS for a real festive ocassion!!!

  105. Tess

    such a cool idea!
    I remember making these when the kids were little. dont know what we did with them, but maybe we should have saved them.

  106. Holly

    Posted a link to your blog on mine. Loved the idea :) Thank you for the inspiration!

    http://hollyhart2b.blogspot.com/2011/06/addicted-to-diy.html

  107. Jasmine Orchard

    This is great! I wander how they would hold up in a British garden? Have you tried mixing food dye with the glue mix… I may try that myself! Thanks for great idea!

  108. Roze

    we have been making these for easter baskets for over 30 years the make beautifull decorations also

  109. Marcia Loftin

    I remember making these for Easter many years ago, I believe we used crochet thread, the heavy thread comes in many colors for those who want it colored. I love the idea of making them for a wedding. My children are grown and have families so I won’t be doing any for them, but maybe grandchildren. ha ha Funny how things come around again. Remember the bed dolls we made with Milk Filters? Or the dolls with the big hair we made on bleach bottles. fun memories.

  110. Sarah

    I think these are great,very unusual and unique.cooooool idea,I love them!

  111. Michelle

    Does anyone know how these chandeliers fare outside exposed to the elements (rain and bugs)?

    I love the idea of turning them into a string of lights for my outdoor wedding, but I wonder if the cornstarch would attract bugs or if the chandeliers would be ruined if it rained.

  112. Maria

    I am trying to make these but out of 45 ones in 3 different attempts only 6 have worked. I don’t know where im going wrong? What is the consistancy of glue to cornstarch and what is the best type of baloon or string to use? Im trying them one more time today! Fingers crossed!

  113. Feuerschale

    Nice idea, will give it a go with my kids over the holidays

  114. Anne Cottez - French Tutor

    Looks like a mess, but fun!

  115. Ashley

    I love these so much! I am trying to make some for my wedding, but I am having a lot of difficulty. They turned out functional, but they don’t look as nice as these ones. I tried using regular yarn and it kept falling off the balloons and took FOREVER to make just one, and after it dried they looked kind of messy and weird. So I tried string, and that was too delicate and thin looking. what kind of string do you use?
    I would really appreciate the help :)

  116. Lucy

    Major props to you for making so many of these. I just made the dangerous attempt of making one and it took me forever. I have it drying now so I hope it turns out ok. I will however try it again –I’m not a quiter lol –thanks again =)

  117. Carla

    These look great, I saw a similar tutorial last year and bought everything that I needed to make them..just haven’t got round to doing so yet but this post has inspired me :)

  118. Chamonix

    This is awesome! We’ve used one of your photos in our latest post @ No Impact Bride. Hope you dont mind. :)

    http://www. noimpactbride. com/2011/08/ decorate-your-wedding-with-eco-friendly.html

    Thanks :)

  119. Matt

    I’m gonna try this at my wedding, hopefully the wife to be will go for it.

  120. Bernhard

    That is a very good idea for wedding – thank you.

  121. Warren Williams

    Those are awesome!
    Seen them on a larger scale, as lamp shades in a bar in New Zealand.

  122. Jil

    We made these and used beach balls we picked up at the dollar store. Mixed the white glue with cornstarch until it was like pancake batter dipping long hacks of cotton string in. Some we’ve left white (as is), some we spritzed with hairspray and sprinkled with holographic glitter, and some we spray painted. About 25 hung at different levels and made different sizes. I’d almost like to keep them up year round. :) Such a happy decoration. I’ll find something to do that will allow us to enjoy them daily throughout the summer. Thank You!!!

  123. Regina DUbois

    My Mom used to make these our easter baskets. She would cute out a hole on the side of the balloon and putt easter grass and candy inside. This idea is very versatile.

  124. goodoutlet1

    This is amazing! I am thinking of so many different scenarios they could be used in. heheeh…I’m giddy! Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  125. Mary

    My friend and I attempted this project with high hopes, but we were really disappointed with our end results. We are both artists with experience working with plaster and papier-mache, so we thought it would be a breeze. Not so! The dollar store balloons we bought for the project slowly lost air during the drying period. They also took FOREVER to dry, which I’m blaming on the high humidity the day we did the project, but this caused the our nice round shapes to droop significantly as the balloons deflated. We attempted 21 lanterns, and only about 5 or 6 look halfway decent. We really want to try again, so if anyone has any suggestions to lead us to success, I would greatly appreciate it!

  126. Melissa

    I remember doing something like this when I was a kid in school. We cut out the front and put Easter grass in them and gave then to our mom. That was forever ago. This might be a fun project to do with the kids. Thanks!

  127. Liz

    This is absolutely adorable! I love it!

  128. janene

    I did these years ago with 5th grade students for Christmas. We used liquid starch and string. The we spray painted them and sprinkled them with glitter. If it can be done with a classroom full of 12 year olds, it can be done by anyone!
    Everyone thought they were beautiful!!

  129. Amanda W.

    My mom used to dod the same thing with the yarn, except she would make our easter baskets like this. At the end, she would wet the bottom and place on a shot glass until it dried again to make it so it would sit pretty easter morning. So much fun making these as a family and having something different than the other kids.

  130. kate

    i didnt read all the other post but saw this and am totally in love with the idea. quick question though, should i cutthe twine first before putting it in the glue?

  131. Dana Rhea

    We did this with our kids for easter baskets, cutting an oval on the side & gluing lace, silk flowers etc… The kids lOVED it

  132. Katie Loo

    Love it!! I am thinking about having these at my birthday party. Thanks for posting (:

    Sincerely, Katie Loo (:

  133. carrian

    Love this!! Can’t wait to do it!

  134. Anna S

    Corn Flour…is not the same as corn starch, at all.
    Arrowroot will work fine.

  135. angela

    i love this i am doing this for the baby shower in october, i am going to make it as a mobile they can take home and hang

  136. HaleyMac

    Thanks for sharing, these are beautiful! I’m going to add paint pigment to the glue mixture… and use them to decorate my booth at festivals!

  137. Zandréa

    This is a fabulous idea! Normal lanterns turned out to be a bit over the budget, but these! They are a perfect substitute!!! Jessica, thanx SOOO much for your creativity and posts!

  138. kristine

    Has anyone made these and used a form of lighting in them??? Any ideas on how to incorporate lighting?

  139. Andi

    These are great, but it takes longer than 24 hours for the string to dry totally. If it is humid it takes longer. If you try to do these overnight, not a good idea. They work better if able to let dry in sun outside.

  140. correlaine

    greatest idea ever::)

  141. Jennean

    Thanks! I am helping my friend with his engagement party. This is amazing. They can use it as decor at home afterwards.

  142. HooplaGallery.com

    Very cool. Saw something similar but very industrial looking on HTV. Like both looks. Very nice and very flexible. Love the idea of using them in an artist’s booth.

  143. cynthia

    this can be a good decoration for a my party

  144. Ashton

    Cool idea! My mom and I used to make these for Easter when I was very little and turn them into Easter baskets an fill them with that green grass stuff and other easter paraphenalia.

  145. Elizabeth

    I’m thinking about trying this out for my wedding. Has anyone tried adding food coloring to the glue to make the lanterns a different color? If so, was it successful?

  146. Paula

    Making these for a Halloween Harvest Festival. I am going to pre – make the lanterns and spray them orange. The children will then be able to decorate them as a pumpkin ant way they choose!

  147. janis - pinecone camp

    So cute! I remember making these in school. You brought back a fond memory and a fun project! Thanks!

  148. Chazity

    Exactly HOW much glue will you need? What should the consistency be like so you know you’ve got it right?

  149. DZion

    absolutely amazing! i love the idea and will definately try it! thank you for sharing!

  150. Jayne @ Green Country Girl

    We’ve made these with our kids at daycare. They are so easy, so much fun, so inexpensive, and so pretty.

  151. Gindy

    when I was a little girl, my grandma made these on the farm with us. She would cut a hole in the center when it was dry and fill it with easter grass and treats, and it looked like an egg. She would spray them in pastel colors. It became our baskets for easter and later table center decor with ceramic bunnies inside. super cute! Recently, I called her to get this recipe and she couldn’t remember. :( This year, I will have my little girls make my grandma one and take it to her. Thank you!

  152. Patty

    You can use any color string (they have lots of pastels at the Craft Store) to match wedding colors too. Or you can just use regular white string and when dry recoat with glue and sprinkle with glitter. You can also fit small items into the balloon…like little bells for christmas, etc. and when you pop the balloon the item(s) are inside the string ball and then just add a colored ribbon to hang from the tree!

  153. Jayne

    These are lovely and a great find – I may have to give them a go for our home which still has a couple of rooms with only hanging bulbs :-/

  154. Susan Morgan

    small egg shape balloons are fun to for Easter. Same process and then carefully cut hole on side for grass and Easter chicks etc.

  155. Heather

    I LOVE this!!! Great Job and thanks for the tutorial :)

  156. Debbie

    I love this idea!

  157. Robin-

    What a fabulous idea for an outdoor wedding. Thanks for sharing!

  158. Barbara Vidal

    These are really great and would be super painted different colors for birthdays as well. I will have to try it out at my grandson’s next birthday. Thank you for sharing :)

  159. Roberta

    I remember making something like this in elementary school. We used thin string of all colors and dipped them in sugar water before draping them over balloons. Then we popped the balloons and clipped out a hole in the side to create an egg-shaped Easter basket/nest. It was just sturdy enough to last a week or so. I loved that project and will do it with my kids, but I also like the idea of creating Christmas decorations that are a little sturdier and less likely to attract ants!

  160. Heather

    So I am totally going to make these for my wedding next year!! I even think I may try spray painting a couple with my wedding colors before I pop the balloon so that the outside is a bright color and the inside is white. I think the white inside will make the lighting feature appear brighter when hanging from the trees outside for my ceremony :-)

    Thanks for the post!

  161. Kelsey

    do you think you could wrap Christmas lights in these??

  162. Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss}

    These are so pretty. I featured an engagement shoot on my blog a month or so ago that had these hanging from the trees. Beautiful!

  163. alex

    how do i know how much glue to use?

  164. Jackie

    I’m moving into a new place and I’m definitely going to have to try this out. I need more things to entertain myself!

  165. Kris

    My first stumble and I love it.

  166. Zack Zainon

    Hi! Great idea! But I thought that putting oil-based products e.g vaseline on a balloon would weaken it?

  167. Grace

    My friends made these for their final art project last year, and now they’re hanging in the front hallway of my school. So awesome!

  168. Katie

    I attempted making these lamps for a friends of mine’s wedding. Too bad that it didn’t work. I followed the instructions exactly and failed miserably. Don’t bother wasting your time trying to make these. They will only collapse as soon as you pop the balloons…

  169. Jo

    I have done the same with equal parts sugar/water boiled. Wrap the sting aoundd ball on and roll in cooled mixture. Dry the same way. Makes great Easter egg deco also.

  170. lauren o

    My grade school teacher use to make something that looked like the string chandliers.They were easter baskets I think she used colored sugar and string, she would cut a hole on each side of the string ball when it was dry for the handle. The sugar made an almost gliter look. They were enchanting filled with palstic grass and goodies.

  171. Ashley

    ** THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL, DEFINITELY GOING TO TRY :)
    HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO ATTACH THESE TO A HANGING LIGHTBULB THOUGH?
    AND IS IT SAFE TO?

    THANKYOU IN ADVANCE :)

  172. Kara

    So, I just attempted this tonight and I had a lot of difficulty. I don’t know what I’m not doing right. I did both cornstarch and glue method. I did the vertical loops but as soon as I start making any kind of angled wrap-around, the whole mess just slides off my balloon. I really want to add more yarn, but if I even breathe on these balloons, the string all slides off and I’ll have to start again!

    HELP!!! please….

  173. JEANNEMARIE55

    Nov. 24, 2011

    Way Out, great great idea, I cant wait to try it. I might add a few
    ideas of my own. Will keep you posted.

    JeanneMarie

  174. Karen

    We did this for prom in 1966! It was great. Thanks for reminding me.

  175. Impossible Mom

    I am attempting this tonight -but I don’t understand the measurements {for mixture} it doesn’t say how much glue to use?? Is it just corn starch and watch!? Or is there glue involved??

  176. Hexcollie

    Different colors of glow-in-the-dark glue would make this so much cooler!

  177. ST

    This is a BRILLIANT idea!! I am SO going to try this – it looks like a blast and the results are BEAUTIFUL> <3 <3

  178. Sarah

    Just wondering how much glue, water and cornstarch to use? Great idea!!!! I am going to try making them for my birthday!! :)

  179. Liz

    To those wondering about using light bulbs inside these: Just use CFL’s. They are way more eco friendly, last longer and don’t get hot at all. I use them in all my paper lanterns.

  180. Kristy

    For those of you wondering about the amount of glue, you use 4 oz of glue mixed with the 1/2 cup Corn Starch, and 1/4 cup warm water. I made a black one of these for Halloween this year and glued orange spider rings all over it so it was a giant spider web!(cut off the ring part of the spiders) The kids LOVED it!! Also, for a regular sized balloon, I cut 6 strips of yarn, each 20 feet long. That sounds really long, but it doesn’t go very far :) I am excited to make these white ones for my house! Also, the vaseline idea is awesome. Can’t wait to try it! One of my spider webs stuck to the balloon real bad so it got ruined. Thanks for the idea!!!

  181. Ana Grace

    Clear fast drying spray? Where can I get that? And what is it exactly?

  182. Robert K. Tompsett

    We did that back in grade school 55 years ago!

  183. Bakeca Milano

    Great idea for a post.Thank you!

  184. Sarah

    Thanks Kristy!! :)

  185. Julie Takase

    very nice

  186. Hisham Soliman

    very cool end-product in addition to a fun activity!

  187. Lauren

    Bridal Shower!!!! Thank you!!!

  188. Rodolfo Grimaldi

    “Stumbled Upon” it and loved it instantly :).

  189. Melissa

    I love this…I linked this to your site from mine…

    Thanks

  190. Jeanette

    Trying this right now. Going to add old white Christmas lights to them. Thanks so much for posting this. <3 DIY projects like this. :)

  191. Ms K

    Oh these are beautiful!! What a lovely idea!

  192. Jen @ Paisley Print Shoes

    This is awesome!! I can’t wait to try it.

  193. Linsey

    Good Luck with this project. Just tried it this morning and failed – they are not joking when they say messy – and I do recommend gloves – unless you want the glue and vaseline to combine on your bare hands. . . trying to get it off of my hands was not fun.
    Not the best idea.

  194. Nisha A

    Such an awesome artistic and chic look!

  195. Abbey

    you can make them with twine too! my brother made a fully functional one for my mom and the shadows it makes are really cool!

  196. Habibies

    so cool and beautiful

  197. Ass

    Omfg!!! I want to do this so badly but i dont know where to hang it to dry

  198. Cayso

    Mine’s drying right now, however i only used hairspray and glue.. Hope it works!

  199. De Vonne

    Very neat!! I’ll have to show this to my future Daughter-in-Law!!!!!!

  200. Ada

    This is amazing.. I love it

  201. iç giyim

    That I had made. But he has never been so beautiful

  202. Ashley

    I made these for my wedding in aug. if you want to see them, shoot me an email!

  203. peggy

    How much glue do you need?

  204. Maggie

    I love this! It would be perfect for my annual 4th of July party in my back yard. How long do they last? Thanks for the pretty inspiring pics.
    :)

  205. Elsie

    What a lovely chandelier and a creative way to use the string balls.

    I made string balls for my daughter’s 21st birthday party a few years ago to decorate the tables. I coloured the string by soaking it overnight in strong water and food colouring solutions before winding it around the balloons.

  206. Emma

    I love it! I can’t wait to get home to do it! I’m at a friend’s house. We love Stumble, and I’m glad we stumbled upon this!

  207. janine

    Hi jsut wondering i live in South-africa and would love to make thee. What type of glue do i use and another thing my baloons keep on popping. Please help asap

  208. Victoria

    I loved the concept, and offered to do a sample ahead of time for our children’s graduation dance. Can someone advice as to the amounts or proportions of glue, water, and corn starch to mix ?

    Thanks in advance !!

  209. Sarah

    Just finished my first try at this.
    For those of you asking for more specifics:
    I used white cotton yarn and got a very large spool for $7. (not any acrylic yarn I think that wouldn’t absorb as well)
    Walmart’s party balloons, 12 for $1
    small tub of vaseline $1
    an entire small box of corn starch $1.50
    half medium bottle of Elmer’s glue $2
    So not bad for about $12.50 or so

    I mixed the glue/corn starch/water in small batches at a time. About 1 cup of corn starch with enough glue to make a big sticky mess and then watered it down just enough so that I could mix it thoroughly with my fingers and the end product was a little thicker than pancake batter.
    I used one continous thread for each balloon and soaked the yarn in the batter about 2 feet at a time. I would dump a long segment in and then smooth off the excess and place it across a long row of paper plates then wrap that part around the balloon and then move on. This way the yarn wasn’t too wet or too dry, it stuck to the balloon just fine. Next I hanged them to dry for about a day and a half. The balloons had shrunk a little by then and I’m glad I waited until the batter was completely dry!
    I made 7 balloons in various sizes before I ran out of corn starch. Make sure you really wrap the ballon well with a lot of yarn becuse if you don’t use enough to cover it, it will collapse. One of my 7 was a total waste and 1 more is kind of wimpy because I didn’t use enough. I only made these two days ago and they seem sturdy enough to hang inside for a long time but if you want to use them outside be sure to bring them in at night because the moisture at night would probably kill them

  210. Angela

    Do you know how to make balloons yourself? Well if you do you should teach me because in two weeks is the science fair at Bonner MT Mosoula or whatever you spell it and I will be so happy if you help me.

    Sincerely: Angela

  211. Lisa @ A Little Slice of Life

    This looks so easy, even if it is a little messy. Now I just need a reason to make these. I’m sure I can come up with something.

  212. artis4fashion

    Oh wow, that’s a fabulous technique! Soo beautiful, thx for sharing!

  213. Jill Wilhelm

    I have been talking about doing this for some time! Yours are beautiful!

  214. Clair Boone

    LOVE this! I love re-using ordinary objects to make something clever and my 4 year old could (maybe!) help with this! Thanks! http://mummydeals.org/category/go-green-and-save-green/

  215. cinperry

    these also make great easter eggs. cut a small window, fill with easter grass and candy,

  216. D. Allen

    I have made these for my wedding in all 6 of my colors, however, I did not use the clear spray paint, corn startch or vaseline and I lightly spray with spray adhesive about 5 minutes before popping the balloons…

  217. NoWickCandle

    Those would be so pretty for a wedding! I’m passing this along to my future sister-in-law!!!

  218. Caryl@wicklesscandleparty

    What a great craft project! I will try this with my grandaughter.

  219. Jo

    Maybe someone asked this already, but can you use actual light bulbs with these? Safely, I mean. ?

  220. Jo

    Ah, never mind. Clearly I did not read through the directions thoroughly haha.

  221. Apriel

    Question? Has anyone just tried to use fabric stiffner that way you dont get the glue crystals?

  222. Wedding Photographer

    Wonderful idea for extra decorations. Sometimes it’s so much more fun to do everything by hand. It carries an important personal touch. Looking forward to see more ideas like this.

  223. Liz

    Beaut idea, thanks for sharing. I’m going to attempt this with a mixed age group of school kids at the care centre where I work. Wouldn’t know how to get hold of corn starch here in Australia but I am thinking that wallpaper paste might work just as well. Helpful to read through all the comments. Thanks again.

  224. Nisha

    Fantastic!!!! Looks like store-bought, probably costing like $20 each at Bed Bath & Beyond!

  225. Nisha

    Oops I meant, almost* looks like they’re from store. So amazing you made this at home!!

  226. Gemma

    Hi Liz,

    We used cellulose paste for ours. We used lots of different coloured wool and boy oh boy our balloons look great! ( not being bias at all….. haha). We did this with 56 5-8 year olds and they loved it. Very very messy, but totally worth it!

    Thanks for this great idea, guys!

  227. Chelsea

    Great tutorial! I featured your blog on my blog. Thanks again for the great tutorial!

  228. Mary

    These are beautiful but how much glue do you use?

  229. Anonymous

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  230. Kaitlin

    What a fabulous craft project! Maybe just a tad bit messy but it seems like it could be used for all sorts of applications! Thanks for sharing!

  231. Virginia

    I love the idea of the battery-operative votive candles! These would be perfect for Jr./Sr. Prom decorations also and wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.

  232. Kimberly

    So sweet for my girls room! You could use colored yarn instead of spray paint if you are pregnant (like me)!

  233. Kathy Donchak

    I just love this idea, and can’t wait to try it out.

  234. Bianca

    Hi there, I absolutly love this idea however am having difficulty with my own. I am trying to do it with seeded snow grasses but the ballons keep on popping! The grasses are quite soft and I’m not sure if they are the problem? My ballons are not overly large either nor

  235. Bianca

    … nor is the mixture too warm. Any problem solving ideas would be much appreciated!

  236. Xagemobile

    lovely post thanks

  237. Kirsty

    Hi
    I love these and made one for my daughter for easter as an easter bunny basket. This website shows a different technique which I don’t think is as messy. http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/craft-decorating/craft/article/-/13331105/making-easter-baskets/.
    Hope you find it usefull. I am thinking of threading crystal beads onto the cotton before I wrap it around the balloon, fingers crossed the glue won’t make the beads look dull. :)

  238. Pamelicious

    I tried these with raffia paper which was a bit cheaper but turned out really great! I imagine there are endless types of string you could do this with that would be equally as awesome. And it’s got to be one of the simplest, easiest crafts and good bang for the buck. Great post, thanks.

  239. Grace

    These are also great with colored string for easter!! If you wrap it around small water balloons it looks like an easter egg!!!

  240. Candlelight Obsession

    WOW! Everyone is racing to the computer to see this right now. I’m so going to try this!

  241. Debbie

    I didn’t see an answer to how much glue to use. I am anxious to try this week.

    Thanks

  242. Fajas

    Can we use colored yarn for this?

  243. maxine

    How much glue do you use and what kind of glue is used?

  244. Larslove

    These look amazing. I am always wanting to try and do this with my daughter but haven’t found the time. What a great job and what a great post.

  245. monisha

    Good Work.. Love it

  246. Steph (@imcountingufoz)

    Totally gorgeous, I need to throw a garden party so I can make these.

  247. Kirsty

    I usee PVA glue, 2 parts glue, 1 part water. :)

  248. Afternoon Social

    I have a couple of friends who are getting married this summer and would be a fun way to decorate for it together. Great idea, thanks!

  249. Jenny St

    After a failed attempted trying it my own way last night, I sort of followed these directions and love the finished product! Here’s what I did:
    First, I sprayed PAM on the balloon. I used yellow yarn and ran it through the glue mixture (one bottle of elmer’s school glue, about 1/4 cup water and 1 TBSP of cornstarch – I tried to make it the consistency of pancake batter) and started wrapping the balloon vertically, as many people suggested. After I wrapped it as much as I wanted to, I hung it outside in the sun to dry. After about 4-5 hours, the yarn dried and the balloons shriveled so all I had to do was pull the balloons out and I was done (minus the glue webbing I will have to clean off). THANKS FOR THE HOW-TO!!

  250. kelly

    Nobody answers questions about lights!!!! What lights can you use in these. Want to make them to hang above the dance floor for my daughters wedding.

  251. Donna

    This sounds great for my daughter’s wedding. I really want to use laundry starch instead of the glue and corn starch combination. Will laundry starch work as well?

  252. VinPro Elegance

    Good Post,Thanks!

  253. Carly

    Using this idea for my daughter’s 3rd birthday, but inflating the balloons to hold the true balloon shape. Colored yarn works out just fine, the glue dries clear. We’ve actually used colored yarn, then a contrasting spray paint before popping the ballon to make them dual toned. I’ve been using a 7.6 oz bottle of glue for each batch of adhesive. Makes sure the yarn is well saturated! Additionally, I have been using continuous lines of yarn for my wrapping, can’t see it working right otherwise.

    Very unsure of using these with bulbs that get warm, defiantly not for use with any open flame, as the glue is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE once dry!

  254. severine

    Hello,

    Great idea that I passed through my French blog . Quick question, how much glue should be mixed with 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of warm water.

    Thank you.

  255. Jessica

    Wow, very cool!! I absolutely love this. What a great idea! You did an amazing job, if I ever have an outdoor event I am most definitely going to try this. Thank you for sharing!!!
    ~Jessica

  256. Kim

    HOW ARE THESE STRING CHANDELIERS HELD UP IN THE FIRST PICTURE? ARE THEY HUNG WITH SOME SORT OF FISHING LINE OR WIRE? OR ARE THEY ACTUALLY BEING SUPPORTED BY SOMETHING FROM BELOW? ANY SUGGESTIONS FROM OTHERS ON STRINGING THESE FROM TREES FOR A WEDDING? THANKS

  257. Brandon

    Wow, now I know what to have my mom do for my sisters wedding! She is gonna love this!

  258. Balloon Artist

    Great work! Definitely I will also try to do this.

  259. Cindy

    My ballon inflated so it looks all wrong.. D:

  260. Mabel

    This is crazy! I love it!
    I wanna have a try by myself.

  261. sarah

    GREAT IDEA! Going to try it soon for sure for some special occasion :) I just cant figure out where to hang the final product :/

  262. javeriyasayeedsiddiqui

    Just love yarn chandeliers! XD
    Sharing this tutorial on my channel

  263. Cookiecrumble

    Alternatives and safety issues:
    I saw on another post that you can use a punch ball or inflatable gym ball. Cover the ball with aluminum foil using tapetklister (wallpaper adhesive), which by the way is not flammable!!! Then dip the twine in the wallpaper adhesive and swirl around the ball tightly. This is probably a good alternative for projects involving lighting.

  264. iç giyiM

    congratulations. it’s beautiful. bravo

  265. Cathy N.

    I have been watching video tutorials for the making of all these elegant string chandeliers (or lanters). People use different materials but I want those that I can easily find and get. I was checking all the stuffs in your tutorial and they seem cool and easy to find. Thanks for this post, really helps me a lot!

  266. poeticnay

    I am going to try to modify this and make a chandelier for my new home!! This will make a wonderful project for me and my daughter. I’ll post pics later. Thanks so much for sharing.

  267. Bradie

    Just tried making 10 of these today with my best friend for her wedding. Had a blast making a huge mess, but this project is totally not worth it. Lost many balloons after vasoline (vasoline + latex + sun = inexplicable balloon popping), and lost some more after the twining process. Just checked them after hanging in the basement to dry and lost two more. Down to three. Looks like we’re keeping decor minimal. :(

  268. Margaret

    can you tell me exactly how you make the glue for this please and I love this idea very very beautiful

  269. Clare

    These look great! I’m hoping to make and put little led candles in them.
    I was wondering how much glue you need to add to the corn starch and water mixture? I don’t think you have specified?
    Thanks!

  270. Cyndy

    This is the best time spender, a bunch of Tweens can spend days on this very inexpensive project. thanks love it

  271. Natalie sprouse

    My chandeliers are just drying now……. It’s been a great project and I just hope they work. This is a trial run and if they turn out ok I will use them as decorations for my daughter’s wedding next summer :-)

  272. kathleen

    I tryied I put the glue in a tub and mixed it up but when I put the cotton in it got all mixed up and tangled soi had to throw it away but I really wanted to do it

  273. VacPartsWarehouse

    This is a really crafty idea. I think outdoor decor is too awesome, and these chandeliers seem pretty easy to make. This would fit in great with our DIY tips and tricks we have on our pinterest! Thanks for this! What do you think about lighting these? Would you use some christmas style lights since candles would be a bad idea?

    Thanks for this cool idea!

  274. Dale Fizer

    Many thanks a bunch for posting!

  275. joanna t

    What glue are you using? I would also like to know why are you spraying with paint?

  276. Jeanette Powell

    How much glue do you use?Thanks for your help.

    • Jeanette Powell

      How much glue do you use? These are beautiful!

  277. julie skillin

    What a beautiful idea for a wedding day. They will brighten up the day. Brilliant!

  278. Nichole

    About how many lanterns do you think I can make out of 525ft of twine. approximately?

  279. sarah

    these are great, im going to make them fot my wedding

  280. Krystal

    Stunning. Gorgeous photos!

  281. Kristy

    Just wondering what type of glue you used? :)

  282. Mary Lou Bowen

    Am planning to do lots of these for a granddaughter’s July wedding – only will be using off white lace remnants and perhaps even doilies – varied sizes – some with lights, some without. She is excited about them.
    Grammie

    • Mary Lou Bowen

      Plan to make these with off white lace remnants and doilies for a granddaughter’s July wedding. Anxious to get started.

  283. Eryion

    I tried to recreate these lanterns for my wedding reception, biggest pain in the arse ever! Only one of them turn out okay but trying to recreate these was hands down one of the most frustrating crafting experiences of my life!

  284. vacpartstogo.com

    These are truly beautiful and amazing. Wish I had thought of them for my wedding.

  285. Teresa Fix

    You need to mention NOT to use a synthetic yarn or sring but cotton as the ‘paste’ won’t adhere well.

  286. natalia

    How did you hang the chandeliers. What did you use?

  287. Kiley Dyer

    This is pretty cool. I am definitely trying this!!!!

  288. Mercy

    Hi,

    Awesome.. liked the presentation.. would love to try this at home…

  289. Seena

    Hello there, Thanks for this lovely tutorial. I made a bunch of these for my niece’s birthday and everyone loved them.

  290. Uttara

    I tried these balls.But when i popped the balloons after keeping them to dry with the yarn on for 24 hours.But the entire lantern shrivelled up and lost its shape.The threads had stuck to the balloon so much that the balloon on popping did not pop completely and was still stuck to many parts of the lanterns from inside.It has become like a birds nest and lost its shape.Can you suggest me something so that i can successfully complete my lantern and so that it does not lose its round shape even after popping the balloon.Please as fast as possible.It is urgent

  291. basma

    thnx alot …i’ll try it …but what is the “clear fast drying spray paint”!

  292. Tekyiwaa

    Can I use corn flour in place of corn starch?

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