Woolen Chandelier

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We all have tons of leftover wool at the end of each winter we don’t know what to do with! Here is a beautiful woolen chandelier you can make with it 🙂
Colorful Woolen Chandelier

What all will you need:

  • Punching balloons
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Wool Yarn
  • Corn starch
  • Scissors
  • Glue (Fevicol would work great)
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Hooks for hanging

You need to begin with balloons, inflate them to various sizes, I prefer a lot of small ones. The chandeliers will be the size of the balloons so plan accordingly.

Next step is preparing the glue mixture. It consists of 1/2 cup of glue (or approximate half of a regular-sized bottle), 1/2 cup of corn starch, and 1/4 cup of water. Add a little more corn starch or glue to get the consistency the way you’d like. Stir it well to get rid of as many bumps and lumps as you can.

Before you start wrapping the yarn around the balloon, tie another knot with the yarn around the stem to give you a good starting point. Don’t cut the yarn after your knot, you’ll want it to be all one piece. This is the part you’ll want to do all at once. But warning—it does get messy! So you may want to spread plastic or a drop cloth underneath your hanging balloons.

Dip the yarn in the glue mixture and squeeze off any excess between your fingers back into the bowl. I like to get as much yarn as will fit in the bowl at once, but sometimes it gets tangled. So that’s up to you.

Start wrapping the yarn around the balloon vertically for the first few rotations, then switch to horizontally. How much you do vertically and horizontally is up to you, but it’s worth mentioning that vertical is easier. You can’t mess this up as long as you aren’t wrapping every strand in the same place!

Once you’re good with the amount of yarn you have covering your balloon (Try and picture the chandelier without the balloon to help you determine if you’ll be happy with it.), tie the yarn off near the stem. That way when it’s hanging you won’t see it!

Now that the messy part is out of the way, this is the hard part-waiting for the glue to dry! Allow it to dry for 24 hours. You don’t want to rush this part! Once the 24 hours has passed, pop the balloon!

Start wrapping the yarn from topHang the wrapped balloons for drying

You are all ready to proudly display your colorful creations!

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