How to Make Glue Yarn Balls

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If you can remember about a month ago, I alluded to a Part 3 to my centerpiece saga. If you’re just joining me, read about the paper globes and the crepe paper pomanders I made for my wedding centerpieces. And for all of you who waited patiently for part 3, here it is: Glue Yarn Balls!

I’ve seen this idea all over the place, and I decided it would be a cute addition to my centerpieces, to give them some variety. So half of the tables will have paper globes, and half will have these yarn balls.

To be honest, this project was a little bit of a craft FAIL! But I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that I’ll share with you, and hopefully my next round turns out better.


  • Yarn (I bought a skein of gray and a skein of yellow. I’m not sure how many yarn balls this will yield because I haven’t finished yet.)
  • Elmers Glue
  • A tray to mix the glue and water in
  • Balloons


  1. First mix some glue and water in a tray and stir it (I stirred with a straw so I could throw it away when I was done.) I’m not sure of the preferred glue to water ratio, to be honest. I might have used too much water, because my yarn wasn’t very stiff at the end (see? Craft FAIL!).
  2. Then blow up a bunch of balloons to your desired size. Here’s another failure: I first bought water balloons, but they were very difficult to blow up and ended up making egg shapes instead of balls. Then I bought regular balloons but some of them deflated over night. I’d say either type of balloon could work. Some of my balloons didn’t deflate, so I’d probably go with the regular ones, since they were easier to work with.
  3. Next, wrap some yarn around your hand (I did about 50 times).And soak that yarn in the glue mixture.
  4. Then ring out the yarn and start wrapping it around a balloon in a random pattern.
  5. Here’s a tip: When I popped my balloons at the end, I noticed the yarn was stuck to the balloon, so my yarn balls deflated a little bit. I’ve heard that if you cover your balloon with Vaseline before hand, this won’t happen.

  6. When the balloon is sufficiently wrapped with yarn, cut the yarn from the rest of the skein, tuck the end in, and roll the entire balloon around in the glue mixture again to make sure the yarn is coated.
  7. Then lay the balloon on a piece of wax paper to dry overnight. Tip: I had to dry mine for about 2 days, flipping the balloon over after the first day.
  8. When you’re sure the glue is completely dry, go ahead and pop the balloons and pull them out from the inside of the balls. You should have round, hollow yarn balls when you’re done.

Here’s how the yarn balls look inside my “vases”:

So that’s all, folks! How do you like my centerpieces? Do you have any tips on how to make this craft work a little better? What should I do about my deflated balloons problem??

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  1. Sarah says

    you could also spray paint them after they are dry n the ballons are gone if you aren’t happy with the color and it might make them a little stiffer? Just a thought:)

  2. Heather says

    That’s a really cute idea! Have you tried using a differnt type of glue that dries faster (Insta-Bond) or a different type of string or flattened straw that’s thinner and will dry faster?

  3. Carrol says

    Try covering the balloos with plastic wrap before covering with vaseline. It might keep them from deflating so fast. Also try hanging them to dry from hangers. I’d use a mixture of more glue to water (at least 2 to 1) & that should help it dry faster. You could also try a finer yarn. Good Luck.

  4. says

    I loved your centerpieces and your paper globes, and I think these yarn balls have a lot of potential! I’m glad you are working out all the kinks in the idea, and I’m sure you’ll figure out the details. Thanks for sharing your link on the DIY Weddings blog at Craft Gossip!

  5. Jill says

    When I make these I have a problem after I pop the balloon there’s glue stuck in the gaps between the yarn. Any suggestions on this.

  6. Karisa says

    @Jill I’m not sure if this would solve your problem, but I’ve heard a lot of people are using starch instead of glue with much better results than mine. If I try this project again I’m going to switch to starch.

  7. Margaret says

    I tried the spray starch and the liquid starch and the glue got the hardest of them. Do you add anything to the starch?

  8. Sue Tyler says

    I tried the thinner water balloons because they had the rounder shape as opposed to the regular balloons that came out oval shaped,I used the liquid starch and put Vaseline on the balloons first by morning all the balls had deflated.not one to give up I will try the glue mixture and hopefully they will turn out I plan on using these balls as Christmas gifts I have the big brandy snifter glasses as display pieces and also the tall clear glass vases happy crafting all

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