DIY Project: How to craft a twine-ball light garland

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Time for another DIY craft project and today I’ll be showing you exactly how you can make this twine-ball light garland yourself.

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It’s one of those projects that’s a little bit messy and does take quite a bit of time, but it is so much fun. Plus you have a really cool piece of decor at the end of it. Perfect for parties or around the home, you can paint it up in any colour you want to match your design scheme, and when lit, it looks so pretty, casting lots of patterned twinkly light everywhere. Mine is now taking pride of place in my office.

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How-to make a Twine Ball Light Garland

I’ve seen twine balls used for all sorts of purposes, from chandeliers to dining table decor, so I thought I’d have a go at making a light garland using this idea. I wanted something that would create a really pretty lighting effect, but I also wanted the string to have quite a strong and vibrant colour.

I chose to use coloured twine, alternating between pink and purple twine balls. But what I actually found was that the glue and cornflour mixture tended to make the colour of the twine look a little dulled and whitewashed, it still looked pretty and would work really well if you want a muted colour-scheme, however this is not the look I was going for. So to create the vibrancy I wanted I sprayed my twine balls with spraypaint once they had dried, this gave them a really lovely sheen as well as the strong colour I wanted,which is worth noting if you want strong as opposed to muted colours. And of course if you are spraying yours you can use any twine, you don’t need to go to the expense of sourcing pretty coloured ones.

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{You will need}
  • Twine ~ Either plain or in colours of your choosing
  • PVA Glue ~ About 1/2 litre
  • Cornflour
  • Warm water
  • Balloons
  • Marker pen
  • Vaseline
  • Old tray for the glue mixture
  • A broom or long piece of wood to hand the balloons from
  • Twinkly light garland to attach the twine-balls to
  • Fishing wire
  • Spraypaint in the colours of your choice ~ I used Rustoleum painters touch multi-purpose paint 

{One} First of all blow-up the balloons, one for each twine-ball you want to make and draw a circle around the top using your marker so you know where to wrap your twine up to, then smear the balloons with a thin coating of vaseline, this will stop your twine from sticking to the balloons.

{Two} Next I tied a piece of string to the ends of each balloon and then around an old piece of wood which I had balanced across the backs of two chairs in my backyard. This allowed me to work quite easily with the hanging balloons. Make sure you have something underneath, like plastic sheeting or bin bags to catch all the drips.

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{Three} Now make your glue mixture, take the old tray (I used a disposable roasting tin so I could just throw it away afterwards) and mix up PVA glue, a few tablespoons of cornstarch and warm water. You want the mixture to be smooth, not too runny, and make sure there’s lots of it as twine is quite absorbent.

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{Four} This is the really messy part. Take the twine and dip it into the glue mixture, running it through so it is entirely soaked, then begin wrapping it around the balloon, both vertically and horizontally until you get the desired effect. I wanted mine to have quite a lot of twine so did this a few times. When you have finished snip off the end of the twine and tuck it underneath another piece so it doesn’t stick out. Do the same for all the balloons.

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{Five} Leave to dry overnight. You will find that your twine balls have now gone hard, if they haven’t then just leave them a little longer until they are fully set. All the balloons on mine began to pop as they dried, but if they haven’t give them a nudge and pop them, then remove the balloons.

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{Six} You can now spraypaint the twine balls into your desired colours and attach to your light garland. I used fishing wire, which is clear, to attach mine.

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So what do you think, is this one you’ll be trying out at home?

Michelle x 

The fabulous photography of the finished garland is courtesy of North West Wedding Photographer Katy Lunsford. All other images taken by me.

This twine-ball light garland was also recently featured by Kat Williams on top UK wedding blog Rock n Roll Bride.

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