Easy DIY Projects: String Lanterns & Yarn Wrapped Painted Jars

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Easy DIY Projects: String Lanterns & Yarn Wrapped Painted Jars

String Lanterns 

Supplies Instructions
  • Step 1: Blow up a balloon (decent size, but still round). If you get it too full, you'll end up with an oblong shaped lantern. **WWD Tip: Varied sizes is a good look, but oblong - not so much! 
  • Step 2: After the balloon is inflated, draw a circle around the knot of the balloon. Make it big enough to put whatever light source you would like to use. For example, if you are hanging from twinkle lights or something similar, you will want to make the circle that size so it fits right. If you have no plans to light them up, you can forget this step. 
  • Step 3: Lay down your tarp, and find a way to suspend the balloons with string. Using a shower curtain rod across chairs, a clothespin line, or a rope between two trees all work well. 
  • Step 4: Mix the cornstarch, glue, and warm water together until the mixture is nice and smooth. 
  • Step 5: Smear the petroleum jelly all over the balloon until it is completely coated. 
  • Step 6: Grab a friend or your fiancé to help you with this step, it will go a lot quicker. One person should feed the yarn into the glue mixture, then hand it off to the other person, who will then drape it around the balloon. 
  • Step 7: Begin wrapping the yarn vertically around the balloon at a comfortable tightness, and then gradually switch to wrapping it horizontally. Tuck your beginning and end pieces under other pieces of yarn.  
  • Step 8: After allowing the balls to dry for 24 hours, pop the balloons! Chop sticks or something similar can help remove any glue crystals that form between strings. Step 9: Spray the ball with the clear, fast drying spray paint outside. Step 10: Now hang your balls either from lights, from fishing wire, or display them in a vase or bowl!  
*Project & photos found on Matrimonial Meg   
Yarn Wrapped Painted Jars 
  • Several Jars or other Vintage Glass Vases **WWD TIP: If you have tags on your jars, soak them in water to help get the tags off and use some Goo Gone for the glue residue. Make sure to clean them with soap after to get all the Goo Gone off or else the paint won't stick. 
  • String 
  • Flat white spray paint (or any color you want!) 
  • Tarp, newspaper, or whatever surface you feel comfortable spray painting on 
  • Step 1: Wrap the string around the jar tightly and tie a knot. Now wrap the string around the rest of the jar tightly criss-crossing and overlapping until you like what you see. Then just tie the end to the leftover string where you started and cut off the ends.  
  • Step 2: Place the jars onto your covered surface upside down and spray paint them evenly with 2-3 coats. Make sure to let them dry for 5-10 minutes in between coats.   
  • Step 3: Once they are fully dried just cut the string in one place, unwrap, and place a tea light inside. Ta-da!  

*Project & photos found on The Forge

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