I think that these are really gorgeous!!
I have researched them pretty well and hope that this post is able to combine all those tips into something that works. And after working so long I was talking to my mom and she told me about how she used to make these all the time in the '70s easy peasy... if only it was the same for me and i could make these gorgeous things a reality in my world...
Some say glue, some say paper mache, some say hemp, others say yarn (some of it needs to be cotton), some say glue, others glue with water... WHAT WORKS?!?
What I Used:
Scissors, plastic bags, saran wrap, yarn, hemp, white glue,
Aileen's Clear Dry Tacky Glue, balloons and paper mache (flour, water, sugar)
1. glue (with some water) and hemp
- the water makes it too runny and the yarn/hemp ends up falling off of the balloon. when i got it to slightly stick and dry the end product was way to malleable
looks good no?
turns out it was really squishy and wouldn't hold its shape
2. Aileen's tacky glue (clear dry) and acrylic yarn (couldn't find cotton)
-I found that this dried too soft so that the yarn ball could be squished really easily
recommended by one of the bloggers
again it slighty holds its shape but...
falls apart even worse...
3. straight white glue and acrylic yarn ( and then I ran out of white glue)
-the shape is still fairly malleable and it takes alot of glue
this was the best so far and it even hangs but... its shape is slowly drooping more and more and overall it looks bad
4. paper mache (bowl and balloon)
-the bowl is a tidbit flimsy so I have yet to figure out what it can actually hold (scarves?) - it is made out of the yarn and that may have been what did it (maybe the yarn I'm using is too thin..? or it may be the acrylic thing)
and then we come to my happy moment when the hemp ball dried and was perfect.
- I will post the steps to this miraculous solution tomorrow in full detail
They make me really happy.
-I'm not sure but I don't think this is a craft for young children, I enjoyed doing it myself but parts were a bit tricky and finicky
-also not a craft for clean freaks, it gets messy but it is easy to clean up especially if you have newspaper underneath.
Here are links to many, many, many different attempts by other blogs: