DIY Fail: Yarn Ball

Bloggers are always showing you their beyond perfect crafty creations, but you rarely see any missteps. And you know there are missteps.

I happen to think that you can learn just as much from my DIY failures as you can from my successes, so I thought I’d chronicle one of my recent mishaps.

Have you seen the seriously adorable hanging yarn balls that are all over Pinterest (the picture at left is just one of seemingly endless examples)? I thought a couple of pink ones would be absolutely perfect for the “About to Pop” baby shower I threw for my sister. Since I had all of the supplies on hand anyway, I figured I’d give it a whirl.

First, I gathered my supplies.

I collected a balloon, scissors, yarn, Mod Podge and a sponge brush and was ready for action (or so I thought). Since I knew it would get messy, I laid out some newspaper– although I’m not really sure why. The table I was using is already full of crafting war wounds. I’m hoping to tackle that in a future DIY, but I digress!

I took my (blown up) balloon and smeared Mod Podge all over it. Next I started wrapping my yarn all over it. As I was doing this, I started to wonder if I should have checked out some tutorial beforehand. Would there be enough Mod Podge to make the yarn good and stiff? What about the layer of Mod Podge on the balloon? How would that work?

I had a feeling I knew how it was going to work out, but I charged ahead anyway. Next time, I’ll look around for some tutorials or go with my gut instead of wasting time on something I was pretty sure wouldn’t turn out right.

When I was satisfied with the amount of yarn on the balloon, I tried to put another layer of Mod Podge on top (mostly because I was concerned the yarn wasn’t saturated enough).

I left it to dry over night and was greeted with this when I popped the balloon in the morning:

FAIL. Of course, my first layer of Mod Podge made a little skin underneath the yarn.

So what did I learn from this blonde moment?

If something seems wrong, it probably is.

Take a step back from whatever you’re doing and try to think about it from a different angle. If that doesn’t work, look for help from others. I hopped back on Pinterest and quickly saw that other people soaked their yarn in a mixture of water and glue (and sometimes corn starch). That makes much more sense, since you want the yarn to get good and stiff so that it keeps the shape of the balloon once you pop it.

Next time I go with my gut.

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8 responses to “DIY Fail: Yarn Ball

  1. Oh my, I have craft fails all the time, lol! That whole “learning while doing” will get you every time 🙂

  2. Most of my crafting attempts end like this 🙂

  3. You are right! There are fails! I had one the other day, and had to re-think my DIY. Love that you shared it:) x

  4. joreenchan

    I have been dying to start this yarn balloon project! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  5. Shirsha

    I’ve tried it by mixing the glue and the water…didn’t use Modge Podge though – and it worked fine. And I kept these hanging overnight – they turned out solid.

  6. gingerbreadcafe

    I do this all the time, looks easy – something is not quite right go back and read the instructions later!

  7. What is that saying? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

  8. Oh no! The last bit looks pretty awesome I have to say :p But it’s okay, practice makes perfect! This sounds like an amazing DIY I’d love to try too 😀
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